VARIATION: Mincemeat Squares : Use 2 cups mincemeat
instead of date filling.
"This recipe in some old cookbooks is called Date Sandwich Cake. Other variations are Raisin Squares or Fig Squares. Date Squares (Matrimonial Cake, if you happen to come from the West) are a real nostalgia treat.
The fillings in the 30s recipes was extremely sweet. Today's versions reduce the sugar in the filling, since the dates are sweet enough, and are often microwaved.
Raisin Puff, an old favorite in P.E.I. is somewhat similar, with raisin filling sandwiched between layers of soft cookie dough instead of an oatmeal mixture."
Recipe source: "A Century of Canadian Home Cooking: 1900 Through the 90s" by Carol Ferguson and Margaret Fraser