adapted from Dough Puncher
250 grams (about 9 ounces) ready-to-eat dates6 tablespoons boiling water2 cups flour3 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt1 cup brown sugar1/2 teaspoon cinnamon9 tablespoons butter, softened1 egg, beatenPreheat oven to 325F. Line a 9 x 9 pan with foil, and spray lightly with cooking spray (this makes it easier to lift the bars out). Place the dates in a small food processor or blender. Pour boiling water over the top and pulse until a rough paste forms.In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in beaten egg to form a moist but crumbly dough. Press 2/3 of the dough into the prepared baking dish. Spread the date mixture over the top, and crumble remaining dough over the date mixture. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Cool before serving.
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