Date-Nut Treasures

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1-1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup bran flakes
1-1/2 cups dates, pitted and chopped
1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C). Lightly grease an 8 x 8-inch baking pan. Combine flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. Separate eggs and beat together egg yolks and sugar until thick. Beat in milk and vanilla extract. Gradually blend in flour mixture. Fold in bran flakes, dates and nuts. In a large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry and fold into date mixture. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes until top is lightly
colored. Leave in pan and cool on wire rack. Cut cooled dough into 1-inch strips and sprinkle
with confectioners' sugar.

Note: Posted by Marbalet to the now-defunct Holiday Cookie Club at Epicurious.com

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