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chinese chews
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5 from 2 votes

Chinese Chews

An old English recipe with a chewy centre and sweet, crackly top.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: chinese chews
Servings: 24 squares
Calories: 110kcal


  • slice tin (28 x 18cm)


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup dates, finely chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 30 grams butter, melted


  • Grease a slice tin (approx 28 x 18cm) and line with baking paper, leaving paper overhanging at sides to assist with removal of slice later.
  • Pre-heat oven to moderate (180 degrees celsius, fan-forced).
  • Beat the eggs on med-high for 5 minutes or until pale coloured and fluffy.
  • Add the sugar slowly while beating on low speed. Once added, beat on med-high speed again for one minute.
  • Mix in the dates and walnuts.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt and fold into the mixture.
  • Add the butter and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  • Pour mixture into slice tin and use a spatula to spread out evenly in tin.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a golden-brown colour and firm to touch.
  • Allow to cool to a warm temperature in the tin, then remove using the overhanging baking paper. Cut into squares and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 53IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.5mg