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Butterscotch Bars

Food for the Gods is a decadent, chewy, and buttery holiday treat filled with dates and walnuts. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American, Filipino, French
Servings 16 pieces
Calories 154 kcal


  • 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.
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