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Chinese Chews presented on an antique silver tray.

Chinese Chews

A very old recipe for Chinese Chews, a traditionally southern Christmas bar cookie featuring nuts and dates.
Course Desserts
Cuisine Southern, Vintage
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 42 pieces
Calories 56kcal


  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8x8 pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking, powder, dates, salt, and nuts. Add eggs. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Spread into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan, cut into small squares and dust with powdered sugar.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg