Recipe: Gluten-Free Matrimonial/Date Squares

It is that time of year again, when all thoughts are about baking Christmas squares and cookies. I, myself, want to be able to make all the great goodies that I grew up with and Matrimonial Squares were always a fav of mine.

Last year I tried a new recipe for a gluten free date square that did not work, and determined from there not to try making them again.

At Safeway the other day I spotted a fresh bag of pitted dates and it rekindled my desire to make a great Matrimonial Square.

This recipe does that.

In fact, I think it is better than the ones I used to have as a kid. That is a statement you do not hear very often about gluten free baking.

[print_this]Recipe: Matrimonial/Date Squares

½ cup cornstarch
1/3 cup brown rice flour
3 Tbsp tapioca starch
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups gf oats(I use Only Oats brand which is non-contaminated)
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp xanthan gum
1 cup butter(melted)
½ lb(225 g) chopped, pitted dates
½ cup water

Mix together the first 8 ingredients fully, then add the melted butter and gently stir until combined. Set aside.

Cook dates and water in a pot on the stove, mixing periodically until a gooey paste forms.

Spray and line a 8×8 pan (I spray, then line my pan with parchment paper for easier removal of squares)
Press ½ of oat mixture on pan.

Spread date filling evenly over oat layer.

Top with remaining oats and spread out.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
Allow to cool completely before removing and cutting squares.
Enjoy them!!!

4 comments add yours

  1. Made this recipe with Christmas baking with only few adaptations: what a treat to have a good GF matrimonial cake! Matrimonial cake was a staple growing up but haven’t had it since celiac diagnosis and now my daughter has been diagnosed with celiac. Both she and I were very pleased to have this fantastic version of GF matrimonial cake for Christmas treat. The Costco had Medjool dates so I used them to make this cake and the only change I made to your recipe was to add lemon rind and juice of one lemon to the date mixture so cake would more closely resemble the version my mother made for so many years. Thanks so much.

  2. HI Karlene!
    I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe and never thought about adding lemon to the bars. Matrimonial squares were always my favorite too, however I think this gluten free version is better than the ones I had as a kid.

  3. This is the best recipe ever!! I found it last November and have been making it ever since. NO ONE can tell it is GLUTEN FREE. Thank you soooo much!! I too have a childhood connection with date squares….so happy to be able to reproduce my mother’s excellent baking thanks to you.

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