Chinese Chews

from June 1917 Good Housekeeping issue, slightly enhanced

Yield: 1 serving ( Serving Size: f )
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  • 3/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup(s) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 cup(s) dates chopped
  • 1 cup(s) walnuts chopped
  • 3 eggs well beaten
  • confectioners sugar


  1. 1 Preheat oven to 300° F. Grease and flour an 8 x 12-inch pan – if you use a smaller pan, the baking time will be longer. Note: If you grease the pan, but don’t flour it, the squares will stick to the pan and be difficult to remove after baking.

  2. 2 Combine flour, sugar (not confectioners sugar), baking powder and salt. Sift with a sifter or fine mesh sieve into a medium sized mixing bowl. If you don’t have a sifter, whisk dry ingredients together well to combine.

  3. 3 Stir the dates, nuts and well-beaten eggs (I beat the eggs separately with a hand mixer for about 1 minute until fluffy before adding them), into the dry ingredients. It is not necessary to beat the eggs with a mixer, you can beat them by hand with a fork. Make sure ingredients are well combined – the batter will be sticky.

  4. 4 Spread the batter out as thinly as possible into the prepared pan.

  5. 5 Bake for 30 minutes, or until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean.

  6. 6 Let cool completely, and cut into 1 to 1 1/2-inch squares. Note: Many recipes call for cutting the squares while still warm. In my experience, they are much easier to cut after they’ve cooled.

  7. 7 Sprinkle with powdered sugar, using sifter or sieve, as desired.
April 2013

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