Sep 10, 2009
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Food for the Gods

By: Aileen Anastacio

Food for the Gods

Wrapping the bars in foil and cellophane not only makes them pretty, it also keeps them moist for weeks. Get tips on how to package baked goods here.  P.S. If you want chewy Food for the Gods, use super dark brown sugar.  (Click for more recipes for bars)

Makes 32 bars 
Prep Time 30 minutes 
Baking Time
35 to 40 minutes


1 cup butter, cubed
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup dates, chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Grease and flour an 8-by 12-inch pan and set aside.

Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Add the white and brown sugars, and mix until well combined. Remove from heat.

4  Add the eggs one at a time. Stir using a wire whisk. Make sure the egg is mixed in completely before adding the next.

Add the dates and walnuts. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well to combine then add to the dates-nuts mixture. Mix just until incorporated. Do not overbeat.

Pour batter into an 8-by 12-inch pan and spread evenly. Bake in the oven at 350ºF for 35 to 40 minutes or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean but not dry.

Cool completely before slicing. Slice into 1 1/2-by 2-inch pieces, then wrap with foil and colored cellophane.


Photography by David Hanson | Prop Styling by Becky Kho


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  • Carmela Marie M. Reynoso 11 months ago Report Abuse
    I've been looking for this recipe by Chef Aileen. Thanks for having it here. This recipe is the best. :)
  • Kaye Aug 27 2012 @ 07:10am View all replies1 Report Abuse
    An Iranian friend gave us preserved dates. So, I tried looking for a recipe of date nut squares / food for the gods to make use of it rather than just nibbling it with a cup of hot tea. Then, I came across this recipe via Google & thought of adapting its simple & easy to follow DIY recipe . Well, everybody loves it especially the kids. Thanks.
  • farrah Nov 19 2009 @ 08:45am Report Abuse
    hello! i would really love to make this for christmas. problem is i only have 10x15 pan. please enligthen me if i have to adjust the recipe to fit well in the pan. if ever i have to adjust, by how much?or is it okay if i use the original recipe and use my pan. i really hope you would help me..thanks so much!
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