Super Yummy Fig Bars (Egg, milk, peanut, & tree nut free)
Fig Bars – Makes 36 Bars
3c chopped pitted figs
1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 c water
1 c packed brown sugar
1 cup softened butter (margarine can be substituted)
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 tsp salt*
1/2 tsp baking soda*
*If you use self-rising flour, omit the salt and baking soda
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook dates, 1/4 c sugar, and 1 1/2 cups of water in a 2 quart pan on low heat, stirring constantly. Cook 10 mins, and then let cool for 5 minutes. Grease the bottom and sides of a 13X9 pan with shortening. Mix brown sugar and butter until well mixed. Add flour, oats, salt*, and baking soda* until crumbly. Spread half on the bars mixture on the bottom, cover evenly with fig mixture.
Here is a picture of the mixture spread over the top of the bars mixture, and a side view
Use the rest of the bars mixture to cover the filling, press lightly. Bake 25-30 minutes. Cool 5-10 minutes, and cut into 6X6 rows while warm.