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(on Wikipedia)

Date squares are a simple starter recipe which require little knowledge, few tools, few and cheap ingredients and very little bravery.

The payoff is big! This makes a great, sweet, dessert.

Although this is quite thorough, there are subtleties you will need to discover for yourself. I will not be sharing my secrets!

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Tools and ingredients

  • Electric hand mixer
  • Heavy mixing bowl
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Spatula
  • Small knife

Soften butter

  1. Stand the butter at room temperature for a few hours.

Grate your butter to speed up the softening process.

If your butter melts while you are trying to soften it, simply put it in the freezer for a few minutes to harden it again.

Do not attempt to microwave butter to soften it. Microwaving butter liquefies it and makes it unmanageable.


  1. Cut the butter into small portions.
  2. Place your butter pieces into a heavy, cool mixing bowl.
  3. Put some sugar into the bowl.
  4. Set your hand mixer to its lowest speed and mix the butter and sugar until no clumps remain.
  5. Turn your mixer to medium speed and continue to mix for about two minutes while regularly scraping off beater buildup with a rubber spatula.
  6. Continue to add small amounts of sugar at a time and keep mixing.
  7. Mix for about ten minutes.

    • Pause periodically to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl for unblended sugar.
  8. Blend until the desired fluffiness and smoothness is achieved.

    • Check for ridges, as they signify that air pockets are present in the mixture and that creaming has been successfully completed.

You can store the creamed butter in the refrigerator for future use.