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1 c. sugar
1 c. shortening
2 eggs
1 c. chopped dates
1 c. hot water
1 3/4 c. flour
2 Tbsp. cocoa
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. chopped nuts
1 (6 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips

Pour hot water over chopped dates and let cool until
lukewarm. Cream sugar, shortening and eggs. Sift flour, cocoa,
salt and soda together. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately
with date mixture to creamed mixture. Add vanilla. May put
half of chocolate chips and nuts into mixture and remaining on
top, or put nuts and chocolate chips all on top. Put in
greased and floured pan (about 9 x 14-inches). Bake at 350 degrees
for 35 minutes, approximately. Serve plain, sprinkle with
powdered sugar or granulated sugar.

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