Chocolate Chip Date Cake Recipe

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Pam Jennings of Prairie City, Iowa, shares her recipe for Chocolate Chip Date Cake. "This bar-like cake travels well because there's no messy frosting to melt," assures Pam. "It also stays nice ans moist—if there's any left over.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 149 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 41mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, bring water and dates to a boil. Remove from heat; cool. In a bowl, cream together sugar and shortening. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, cocoa and salt; add to creamed mixture. Add dates and cooking liquid; mix well. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and walnuts. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 32 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Chip Date Cake in Taste of Home June/July 1993, p54

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