12 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine dates and 1 cup boiling water in a small bowl; set aside.

Step 2

Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, and egg in a large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until blended.

Step 3

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; stir well. Add to sugar mixture, beating well. (Mixture will be crumbly.) Stir in nuts and cooled date mixture.

Step 4

Spoon batter into a lightly greased 13" x 9" x 2" pan. Combine remaining 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 1 1/2 cups boiling water, and remaining 1 tablespoon butter, stirring mixture well.

Step 5

Pour brown sugar mixture evenly over batter. Bake at 375° for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream.

Christmas with Southern Living 1999

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