Date Walnut Squares

  • Yield 16 servings

The spiced whipped cream is optional, but adds a peppery element of surprise to this dessert.

Date Walnut Squares
Teresa Blackburn

Ingredients

Date Walnut Squares:
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups chopped dates
Spiced Whipped Cream (optional):
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon (heaping) powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 pinch black pepper
Date slivers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly oil an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. To prepare squares, beat eggs until foamy. Beat in sugar and vanilla.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together and stir into egg mixture. Fold in walnuts and dates.
  4. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. Cut into 2-inch squares while warm, but allow to cool before serving. Makes 16.

  5. To prepare whipped cream, place all ingredients into a small, chilled bowl and beat until thick peaks form. Scoop into a pastry bag outfitted with a star tip and pipe on top of each bar. Garnish with a sliver of date.

Recipe by Nancy Vienneau

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