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Chocolate Date Squares

1 cup dates

1 cup boiling water
1 3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 F Combine dates and boiling water and let cool. Combine the flour, cocoa, soda and salt and set aside.

Cream until fluffy the sugars and the shortening. Then blend in the eggs and vanilla and add the flour mixture and date mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes. When it comes out of the oven sprinkle with chocolate chips. Cool before cutting.

Submitted by Mavis Paynter, Charlottetown