Chinese Chews

Chinese chews, a sweet deal with made with chopped dates and walnuts, and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

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Each individual now and then, I just have to bake a thing. Anything.

It is practically generally more about the baking than the ingesting. So, you will locate me strolling about the neighborhood, knocking on doorways, and supplying regardless of what it is absent. Perhaps thanks to an unusually big spate of baking on my component, one particular of my neighbors has been passing up my offerings of sweets and selfmade buttermilk biscuits, stating, “No thanks, I’m very good.”

Now which is a unfortunate encounter, owning your baked merchandise declined.

So, when I asked the other day if he would like “some additional of those day and walnut squares with powdered sugar,” and he said, “Sure,” I realized these Chinese Chews ended up a hit.

Chinese Chews have been a beloved in our relatives for many years, but check out as I could, I could not find the resource for the recipe. A very little digging disclosed that the recipe for Chinese Chews 1st appeared in the June concern of Very good Housekeeping in 1917.

This version, handed down to me by my mom, varies only marginally from the recipe that was posted in the course of World War I.

It incorporates an added egg, calls for sifting the dry substances, beating the eggs nicely, and topping the squares with confectioners sugar (rather than forming them into balls and rolling them in granulated sugar).

What is ideal about Chinese Chews is that whilst they are undeniably chewy, they aren’t overwhelmingly sweet. The crunchy walnuts insert a nice equilibrium to the texture, and the confectioners sugar sends a information to your mouth that they are, indeed, a dessert—not a health and fitness food items bar.

There are many variants on the recipe for Chinese Chews, and probably just as numerous guesses as to why they are identified as Chinese Chews. There’s practically nothing noticeably Chinese about them, so that remains a thriller.

Some versions of the recipe phone for butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and even coconut. Other folks swap out the walnuts for pecans, and toast the nuts.

What is your beloved way to make Chinese Chews? You should convey to us in the reviews. If you have not tried using this well-known, chewy dessert, you’re in for a handle. Your neighbors might like them, way too!

Chinese Chews Recipe



  • three/four cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • one teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/four teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • one cup chopped walnuts
  • three eggs, properly-overwhelmed
  • Confectioners sugar, for topping


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 for a longer time. Be aware: If you grease the pan, but really do not flour it, the squares will adhere to the pan and be complicated to get rid of just after baking.

two Combine flour, sugar (not confectioners sugar), baking powder and salt. Sift with a sifter or fantastic mesh sieve into a medium sized mixing bowl. If you really don’t have a sifter, whisk dry components with each other well to combine.

three Stir the dates, nuts and properly-beaten eggs (I conquer the eggs independently with a hand mixer for about one moment until eventually fluffy right before adding them), into the dry elements.

It is not vital to defeat the eggs with a mixer, you can conquer them by hand with a fork. Make guaranteed components are nicely put together – the batter will be sticky.

4 Distribute the batter out as thinly as feasible into the well prepared pan.

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

6 Let interesting absolutely, and lower into 1 to one  1/two-inch squares. Be aware: Quite a few recipes phone for cutting the squares even though still warm. In my encounter, they are substantially less complicated to minimize soon after they’ve cooled.

7 Sprinkle with powdered sugar, utilizing sifter or sieve, as desired.

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Steve-Anna Stephens

Management consulting could be her working day work, but Steve-Anna Stephens moonlights as an authentic Southern hostess and cook. Owning expended the vast majority of her life in Alabama, Steve-Anna’s wanderlust has carried her to Boston, Tucson, Southern California, and back to Tucson all over again.

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