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Matrimony Squares - gluten free

We have neighbors who spend the winter months in Yuma and they brought me a gift when they returned home this spring -  a box of dates bought on the farm where they were grown.
So delicious !
I made matrimony squares with them and of course, made them gluten free.


  • 3 1/2 - 4  cups dates - pitted and chopped 
  • 1 1/2 cups water 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 tablespoons brown or golden sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 2 1/4 gluten free oak flakes 
  • 1 1/4 cup Julie's Flour Mix or your favorite GF  all purpose mix 
  • 1  cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum (unless you are using a mix that includes it) 
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder 
  • 1 cup butter 
  • 1 package vanilla sugar
  1. Cook the filling until it is a soft, smooth, spreadable mixture (add more water if needed)
  2. Remove from stove and let cool slightly while you prepare the crumbs.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together, then cut in butter until you have uniform crumbs. 
  4. Place half of the crumbs into a 9 x 12 baking dish.
  5. Pat crumbs down and then cover with the date filling 
  6. Cover with remaining crumbs and pat down. 
  7. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned - about 30 - 40 minutes. 
  8. Let cool completely before cutting. 


  1. oh my gosh, I make these all the time and the thing that surprised me is we call them the same name,.. so many of my blogging friends had never heard them called by this name. My Grandma made them and hers before her, the recipe has been in ou family for 100 years! yours look wonderful!

  2. If we don't need to make this gluten free, would we just use a cup of regular flour and not the xanthan gum? Thank you! :)

    1. Check out
      for regular matrimonial squares


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