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Chewy Date Torte

Mother used to make this dessert only once each year, for Christmas dinner. When I was a child, this torte seemed like the very best food in the world, and it was so difficult to wait a whole year for it. When I grew up and became a mother, I decided to change that—today, I make Chewy Date Torte not only at Christmas, but at Thanksgiving and other special occasions as well. For variety, I sometimes add a cup of chopped apples to the recipe. It is every bit as tasty!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (8 ounces) pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Whipped cream
  • Additional chopped nuts, optional


  • In a large bowl, beat eggs. Gradually add sugar, beating until thoroughly combined. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into bowl. Add milk, butter and vanilla; stir just until combined. Stir in dates and nuts.
  • Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until the torte tests done. Cool. Cut into squares; top with whipped cream and additional nuts if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 294 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 153mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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