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I find it impossible to make a recipe and not imagine how to change it, so I usually do. Sometimes it’s better than the original sometimes it’s not, but I have always seen recipes as a starting place, not not the end.

The texture of these bar cookies is amazing. Super chewy not cakey at all and the nuts add the perfect crunch. My family loves the original, but I always have to change recipes so I tried it with coconut, macadamia nuts, pineapple and goji berries. I think they are prettier than the original, but, to be honest, I love dates so I think the original is better. I’m going to have to try it with chocolate since the texture is that of my dream brownie. I’ll let you know how it comes out. If you try these show me the pictures on Twitter or Facebook, I would love to see your results.

     Chinese Chews
Makes 3 dozen(or less)

¾ cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon Salt
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup chopped walnuts
3 eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Stir in the chopped nuts and fruit, then
add the eggs.
Spread into a well greased 10½ X15½ X1 inch pan.
Bake for 30 minutes.