• Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  • Place dates and 1 teaspoon baking soda in a bowl. Stir in boiling water; cool completely. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and 1 cup sugar. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, salt and remaining baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with date mixture.
  • Pour into a greased 13-in.x 9-in.x 2-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining sugar; top with chocolate chips and nuts. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.