Matrimonial Squares

This is an old time favorite square recipe, my Mom and my Grandma used to make this all the time. I don’t know why it is called matrimonial cake – there must be a good story though. It can also (more descriptively) be called Date Squares.

Matrimonial Squares
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Oatmeal crumble base and topping with a rich date filling in between.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
Date Filling:
  • ½ pound dates, pitted
  • ⅔ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  1. In a large bowl, combine oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly.
  2. Spread ¾ of the crumbs in a 9 x 13 inch cake pan.
Date Filling:
  1. Mix dates, water and sugar together in a saucepan. Cook until thick, stirring frequently.
  2. Remove from heat and add lemon juice.
  3. Allow to cool before using.
  4. Spread over the crumbs in the pan. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs over top of the filling.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes.


One Review of Matrimonial Squares

  1. Pat May 19, 2019 at 2:20 pm #

    It’s called “matrimonial cake” because on the Canadian prairies, this was most commonly brought to bridal showers

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