Chinese Chews Origin
The “Chinese Chews” recipe appeared in the June 1917 issue of Good Housekeeping.
From what I can find they are also made with coconut and with and without dates.
They are also called Chinese Chews Cookie Bar, Chinese Chews Cookies, Chinese Chews Balls, Chinese Chews Candy, Coconut Chews, and Chinese Chews Haystacks.
It appears the recipe was submitted by Mrs. L. G. Platt of North Bend, Oregon. I wonder if Mrs. Platt named them Chinese Chews or they existed before her recipe was published?
Of course, the family history stalker in me had to go find about the submitter, and by using Ancestry.com to search for Mrs. Platt and I found that she was Caroline A. DAVIS Platt (born 1877 in Nebraska – 15 May 1963 in Clackamas, Oregon) who married Leighton Gill PLATT. This would make her about 40 years old when she submitted the recipe to Good Housekeeping.
I have searched the internet and read numerous pages about the origins of this recipe and nobody can figure out why they are called Chinese Chews.
Through my research in trying to find the history of the Chinese Chews recipe, I have seen a pattern that people use this type of recipe for the holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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Front of the recipe card for Chinese Chews.
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Back of the recipe card for Chinese Chews.
- The recipe notates that she uses black walnuts instead of pecans
- This recipe is very similar to the one published in Good Housekeeping with the amounts of flour and salt varying
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Chinese Chews Recipe
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- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup bread flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
- 1 cup dates, finely chopped
- Powdered sugar
- Beat eggs and add sugar
- Beat well
- Sift flour, baking powder, and salt
- Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture
- Blend in nuts and dates
- Spread the mixture thinly over well buttered baking sheet
- Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees
- Cut in 1" squares while hot
- Roll in powdered sugar to form balls