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Shortcut Apple Pecan Date Bars

Shortcut Apple Pecan Date Bars are an easy dessert recipe that's ready for the oven in 10 minutes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake mix blondies, date bar recipe, date bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 20 bars
Calories 303kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 1 (15.25) package yellow cake mix
  • ¾ c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 t. cinnamon OR apple pie spice
  • ¾ c. butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 c. chopped dates
  • 1 c. chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a 13-in x 9-in baking pan.
  • In large mixing bowl, whisk together cake mix, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Add melted butter and eggs; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in apple, dates and pecans.
  • Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or just until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.


  • Use your fingers to break up any large chunks of brown sugar when combining the dry ingredients, but don't worry about any smaller clumps.
  • Pull the bars out of the oven when they're just golden brown. They should still be a little soft in the middle, since they will firm up a bit as they cool. This yields a chewy, gooey date bar!
  • Eat them like blondies with your fingers, or garnish the bars with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for an even more decadent treat!
  • This easy date bar recipe freezes really well when wrapped tightly, so they're a great make-ahead option.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg