I've never been very fond of dates, but I recently bought a pint of the new Haagen Dazs "Sticky Toffee Pudding" flavor ice cream and loved it. I had no idea upon trying the ice cream that sticky toffee pudding was a dessert made with dates, but thanks to my introduction to sticky toffee pudding via ice cream, I've been rethinking my relationship with dates. Maybe I do like them? Just to see where I really stood with dates, I baked a batch of date bars from a recipe off Epicurious.
These are very good date bars. The crust and topping are buttery and delicious and hold together well. The bars have an abundance of date filling, so take that into consideration if you are not a huge date fan or if you are just easing into them.