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Food For The Gods Recipe (Butterscotch Blondie with Dates and Walnuts!)

I adore Food For The Gods, which is a classic Christmas treat in the Philippines. I’m not exactly sure where the name was derived from, but basically it’s a butterscotch blondie that includes dates and walnuts. It’s made with butter, sugar, and syrup which gives it a thick, chewy butterscotch taste. The walnuts give it a nice crunch and the dates are a sweet bonus. Every Christmas time, I always look forward to it.

I tried various recipes a few times, combining what I saw on the net, and the feedback that I got was that they prefer it to be more dense and chewy, so with some experimenting around arrived with the below recipe.

Dates can sometimes be difficult to find and I think some recipes swap it in for raisins.

I tried this recipe with twice the amount of cinnamon indicated below, and the cinnamon was overpowering — turns out, just 1/4 teaspon will do lol! Warning — these bars are definitely packed with calories and sugar, so don’t take too much! I always use the holidays as an excuse to indulge, though.


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Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40-45 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40-45 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325ºF and line a 9″x13″ pan with foil.
  2. Combine butter, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, and mix well. Beat eggs separately and then mix well with the wet ingredients.
  3. Prepare the dry ingredients. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder, and salt. Toss in walnuts and dates and toss until well coated.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  5. Pour ingredients into the lined pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let it cool completely before cutting.


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