Food for the Gods is a decadent, chewy, and buttery holiday treat filled with dates and walnuts.
- 170 grams (1 1/2 sticks) butter
- 275 grams (1 1/4 cups) brown sugar
- 2 eggs, large
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 240 grams (2 cups) flour
- 125 grams (1 cup) cashew nuts, chopped
- 170 grams (1 cup) pitted dates, chopped
- Line an 8×8 baking pan with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
- Sift baking powder and flour together.
- In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter until it bubbles and starts to clear up. Continue to cook while stirring with a spatula until it starts to smell toasty and nutty. Immediately remove from heat and transfer to a bowl to cool.
- Add the brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to the butter. Whisk until smooth.
- Add the eggs one at a time, whisking to mix after each addition.
- Fold in the flour, dates, and walnuts until no flour streaks are visible. Do not over mix the batter.
- Pour onto the prepared baking pan and bake for 25-30 mins.
- Remove from the oven and cool before cutting into squares.
- You can reserve a handful of dates and walnuts to sprinkle on top of the batter before baking.
- Add pecans, pistachio, or your favorite nuts for more flavor.
- Chopped dates are sticky. Mix it in with the chopped nuts or toss it in flour to avoid stickiness.
- I had 16 squares in total. However, you can cut them even smaller as each square is quite filling.
- Category: Filipino, Pastries
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Filipino
Keywords: Food for the Gods