“Chewie Chews”

  • ⅓ cup soft salted butter
  • ⅓ cup sugarchewiechews.JPG
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon plus ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons 1% milk
  • 8 ounces chopped sugar dates
  • 4 ounces chopped pecans
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 4 extra large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons dry orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon plus ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

Preheat oven to 375°. Line a 9″ square pan with foil, leaving a couple inches overhanging on two sides. Spray the foil and pan sides. Combine the butter, sugar, flour, ¼ teaspoon salt, and milk in a large bowl on medium speed for about 2 minutes, until well mixed. It will be somewhat crumbly. Press into the pan evenly and bake 10 minutes. Reuse the bowl; don’t bother washing it. Combine the dates and pecans in the bowl and sprinkle all over the baked crust. In the same bowl, whisk together the corn syrup, eggs, orange peel, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and ½ teaspoon salt until they are well combined. Pour mixture all over the dates. Sprinkle the coconut all over evenly and bake 35 minutes. Place on a rack for 2 hours. In a medium bowl, whisk the powdered sugar, orange juice, and ½ teaspoon vanilla well and drizzle all over. Lift out with the foil and cut into 24 pieces. Cover and keep at room temperature.