Date square

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Date squares
Alternative namesMatrimonial cake, date crumbles
Place of originCanada
Main ingredientsDates, oatmeal

A date square is a Canadian dessert or bar cookie made of cooked dates with an oatmeal crumb topping.[1][2] In the western provinces and states it is known as matrimonial cake.[3][4] In Eastern Canada it can also be known as date crumbles.[5] It is often found in coffee shops as a sweet snack food. Sometimes nuts are added to the base layer or crumb topping, or other alterations.[6] There can also be candied peel added to the date stuffing for a contrasting texture.[7]


The date square is known as a traditional dish of Newfoundland.[8]

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  1. ^ "Old-fashioned date squares".
  2. ^ "Best Ever Date Bars With Crumbly Oat Crust". Archived from the original on 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
  3. ^ "Matrimonial Cake".
  4. ^ "Matrimonial Cake".
  5. ^ "Date Crumbles". 4 October 2007.
  6. ^ "Starbucks Blueberry Oat Bars".
  7. ^ Network, The FOURnet Information. "Date And Nut Squares - Recipe -".
  8. ^ "Newfoundland Date Squares". 3 February 2017.