Food & Drink

Cookie Palooza: Anna Hess's Date & Nut Bars

28f637faa27fba3309a8_date_bars_final.jpg
These date & nut bars are chewy delights. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
0b90e166200c5bddf537_date_bars_baked.jpg
Bake until lightly brown - 25 to 30 minutes maximum - or the bars will be dry and tough. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
28f637faa27fba3309a8_date_bars_final.jpg

CLARK, NJ – This toothy, tasty cookie comes to us from the turn of the 20th century.  Anna Hess was born in 1882 of German immigrant parents.  She was an excellent cook who attacked the kitchen in a no-frills, meat and potatoes sort of way.  Even her cookies commanded attention:  dried fruit, nuts, solid ingredients that reflected her strength – and perhaps what she could manage to buy during the difficult days of the Depression.  Short on ingredients, but not short on flavor, this is one of Anna’s legacy recipes:

Dried Fruit Bars

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour

Sign Up for E-News

¼ teaspoon double-acting baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

¼ cup melted butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, well beaten

1 cup chopped nuts

1 cup dried dates, sliced (substitutions: apricots, figs, prunes)

Confectioners sugar for dusting

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  Mix in other ingredients in order given. Butter a shallow pan (13x9 inches), then line it with waxed paper. Spread batter in it.  Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) 25-30 minutes (do not overbake, bars should be light brown). Cool slightly, cut into bars 1 x 3 inches. Turn out on rack and peel off paper. When firm, roll warm bars in confectioner’s sugar.  Yield: 40 bars. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Clark

Clark's CityMD Urgent Care Shares Flu Survey

CLARK, NJ - As flu season is in full gear and the probability of catching the flu is a real concern, a majority of Americans admit to taking actions that may contribute to the spread of this highly contagious virus.  According to a recent survey, roughly three out of five Americans who have had the flu or flu-like symptoms (61%) admitted to being out and about the last time they ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, February 22, 6:00 PM

UCEDC, Cranford

Next Level Business Planning

Business & Finance

Carousel_image_248cea245b872fb9c722_resolve_house

Fri, February 23, 12:00 PM

Resolve, Scotch Plains

Free Teen Anxiety Group (Ages 14-17) at Resolve

Carousel_image_cb76d129f430419a337a_sjhsfishfry

Fri, February 23, 5:00 PM

Catanzaro Dining Hall at Saint Joseph High School, Metuchen

Friday Night Lenten Fish Fry

Food & Drink

Clark VFW : Spotlight on Joseph Horling

February’s spotlight is on Joseph Horling , Staff Sergeant US Army 1942-1946.

Joe was born in Rahway NJ on Oct 1, 1920.  He and his brother Anthony were born to Anthony Sr. and Bertha Horling .  Joe’s father was born in Munich and his mother Bertha in Austria. 

Joe enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1942.  Eight months later, in 1943, he enlisted in the US ...

‘Souper Sunday’ Benefits Dreamers Scholarship

February 21, 2018

First Congregational Church of Westfield, 125 Elmer Street in Westfield, will host its annual Souper Sunday forum on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. This year’s program will focus on issues surrounding immigration and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The event, which includes a soup and salad luncheon, is free and open to the public. 

Hosted by the ...

2018 LGBTQ Roundtable Comes to Hamilton Stage in Rahway

February 21, 2018

RAHWAY, NJ - Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and Freeholders Bruce H. Bergen and Alexander Mirabella welcomed Christian Fuscarino of Garden State Equality to the 2018 LGBTQ Roundtable meeting hosted by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders at the Hamilton Stage in Rahway.

They were joined by Union County Department of Human Services Director Debbie-Ann Anderson, ...

Don't Rule Out a College Based Solely on Sticker Price Here's Why

Has your child been crossing schools off their college list based solely on the sticker price?  In this week's Tuesday Takeaway, Chris Curran talks about why the sticker price is often far higher than the actual price you will pay.    Take a listen to Chris Curran's latest chat and don't forget to check out his book College Funding ...

Choosing a College With the 'Right' Fit

Do you know if your child is choosing a college with the right fit?  Do you know what the right fit means or why it matters?  Take a listen to Chris Curran's latest chat about why fit matters and don't forget to check out his book College Funding Secrets.  

Check out other columns by Chris here.

Scutari vs Mahr

February 14, 2018

I read with interest in a local newspaper regarding the Union county democrat party political infighting for their “county chair” selection.  There were 2 letters juxtaposed, each one listing supporters of either Senator Scutari or Fanwood Mayor Mahr, who are the two main people vying for the “boss” position.

Although I am a democrat I am not a committee ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!