Us lowly creatures on earth have yet to know what gods indulge in when they have a sweet tooth craving that needs to get fixed. I have always wondered how this cookie bar got its name, but the first time I sank my teeth in it, I immediately got an all time high from it.
It was indescribable as the sweetness of the cookie bar was rich but theÂ nutty chewy and moist texture was what got hit me good!
If you take a closer look at this pastry, itâ€™s actually quite similar to a butterscotch bar or a date and nut cookie bar. In fact, I think thatâ€™s what it really is, but food for the gods sounds much better, donâ€™t you think?
This baked goodie is usually sold crazy during the holidays. Most people will buy a whole box of it in place of a fruit cake. Not many like fruit cake but this cookie bar comes quite close to the richness of a fruit cake without the strong flavours of the liquor and the candied fruits.
Itâ€™s a great gift away Â and keeps well.
If youâ€™re concerned about the sugar content, I suggest you donâ€™t even go there.Â Itâ€™s all or nothing with this pastry. There is no looking back. The amount of sugar in it is almost obscene but definitely worth the trouble. Haha … so.. are you in it with me?
FOOD FOR THE GODS
1 cup all-purpose flour
Â· 1/2 tsp. baking powder
Â· 1/4 tsp. baking soda
Â· 1/4 tsp. salt
Â· 1 cup melted butter
Â· 1/2 cupÂ granulatedÂ sugar
Â· 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
Â· 2 eggs, at room temperature
Â· 1/4 cup dates, coarsely chopped
Â· 1 cup fresh walnut, coarsely chopped
Cooking Procedures :
1. Preheat oven to 350Â°F. Grease and lined bottom of an 8 inch square pan with waxÂ paper or parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a bowl, beat melted butter and sugars together. Add eggs one at a time and continue beating until smooth and creamy.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine. Add to butter mixture and stir until evenly blended.
4. Dust dates and walnuts with 1 tbsp. flour, combine until well coated. Add to the mixture. Mix and blend well.
5. Pour and spread batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until an even golden brown and cake tester insert comes out clean.
6. Remove from the oven. Set aside to cool. Cut into bars. Wrap individually in colored cellophane wrappers or place in paper cups.
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