Orange Date Bars

Light, fruity, and very easy to make!

2 orange cake mixes
1 box (3.4 oz.) of orange or lemon instant pudding
1 c. oil
4 eggs
1 8 oz. box of chopped dates
1 1/2 C. chopped pecans or sliced almonds

Preheat the oven to 350º. Mix the above ingredients, except for the nuts, and spread the dough in two 9 x 13” pans or in a 10 x 17” pan that have been sprayed. Sprinkle nuts over the batter and lightly press them in. Bake for about 20 minutes, just until the center is firm. Cool in the pans.

Drizzle: Mix 1 C. powdered sugar with enough milk to make it pourable, and add a shake of salt, and vanilla, lemon extract or almond extract to taste. Drizzle over top of the cooled cookies and cut into bars.

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