Matrimonial Squares

The Matrimonial Squares is basically oats crusts with dates filling in the center layer. It is very nutritious and great for potluck and party. We have no idea why it is called Matrimonial Squares – there must be a good story behind it. Do you know the story?



Base and Topping:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter

Date filling:

  • 1/2 pound dates, pitted
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar (ignore if you do not like it too sweet)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


Click on the link below for the instructions.


Preheat the oven to 350 F.

_MG_9189_edited-1Mix the dates, water and sugar (if desired) together in a saucepan. Cook until thick, stirring frequently.
_MG_9199_edited-1Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Allow to cool before using.
_MG_9192_edited-1In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
_MG_9194_edited-1Cut in butter until crumbly.
_MG_9198_edited-1Spread 3/4 of the crumbs in a 9 x 13 inch cake pan.
_MG_9203_edited-1Spread the cooled date filling over the crumbs in the pan. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs over the top of the filling. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes.

Jean, thank you for sharing the two recipes with us.

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  1. jillbeth

    I don’t know where the name came from but they look delicious!!

  2. Robyn

    Hello, I just came across your blog and think it’s great. I appreciate that you include photos alongside the step by step instuctions, it’s really helpful. Thank you and happy cooking! 🙂

  3. peew

    Why the name “Matrimonial Squares”? Here’s my wild guess (for laughs only)…The ingredients are primarily oats and dates…A marriage is all about sowing wild oats and having dates? haha..

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