1 ts Vanilla
1 ts Baking powder
1 c Sugar
1 c Dates
1 c Flour
I got this recipe from a lady who is now in her 90's and still going
strong. She said this recipe came from the 1920's sometime and was used in
my neck of the woods, out Barkerville way. (a gold rush town from the
1890's that has been made into a tourist trap) Because there were so many
Chinese that came up to make there fortune, it ended up being called
Chinese Chews, but she swears that the name is Date Chewsticks.
NOTE: no margarine or shortening!!!!
Beat eggs and sugar, add baking powder, vanilla, and flour. Add the dates
last and mix thoroughly. Batter will be thick. Pour into a greased 8 x 8
pan and bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. When cooled sprinkle icing sugar
over the top and rub in until completely coated with icing sugar.
Can be doubled and baked in a 9 x 13 pan. Takes about 10 - 15 minutes
I have also used that candied fruit that is available at Xmas in place of
the dates and it is wonderful. To make it real fancy for a "DO", use a
paper doily before sprinkling the icing sugar on top.