date and oat bar cookies

1 large orange
1 cup chopped pitted dates
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup Quaker Oats
1 stick unsalted butter, softened

Grate a tablespoon of rind from orange; reserve. Squeeze 1/4 cup of orange juice. Mix dates, water and orange juice in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, until thick. Remove from heat and stir in reserved rind and cinnamon. Cool. Sift flour into a large bowl. Stir in sugar and oats. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture forms coarse crumbs. Pat half of the crumb mixture firmly into a buttered 8 x 8 x 2 inch pan. Spread cooled filling evenly over top; sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over filling. Sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until top is very lightly browned. Cool. Cut into squares.

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