Shields Date Shake

World's Finest Shields Date Crystals® Shake

Makes a 16 oz Shields World's Finest Date Shake

To make Date Paste:
1/4 cup of Shields Date Crystals®
1/4 cup of water
Mix well and freeze overnight.

To make Shields Finest Date Shake:
1/4 cup Frozen Date Paste from above
1 cup Vanilla Ice Cream
1/2 cup of very cold Milk
Blend with a drink blender and enjoy.

Hint: Make up a large quantity of the Date Paste and keep it in your Freezer for when the mood strikes.


Shields Date Crystals Sandwich Filling

from 1954 recipe folder

3 oz creamed cheese
3 TBS cream
2 TBS mayonnaise
1/2 cup Shields Date Crystals
1/2 cup ground walnuts (optional)
Blend the cheese, cream and mayonnaise. Add the Shields Date Crystals and walnuts.

A customer wrote that she put this on Graham Crackers for her children as anafter school snack and is now doing the same for her grandchildren.


Floras Chocolate Date Candy

from John A. Mardesich

Cook 2 cups sugar in 1 cup water to soft ball stage
Add 1 pound chopped dates and cook to hard ball stage
Beat until thickened
Add 1 cup (or more) walnuts

Pour onto cookie sheet and spread, cool until cool enough to handle, then roll into balls and dip in melted chocolate.


Date Pecan Brittle

from Clare Smith

Microwave oven
4 cup pyrex bowl
9x13” pan, spray with Pam
1/2 cup white or dark Karo
1 cup sugar

Mix and cook 3 1/2 minutes on high in microwave oven
Add 2 cups pecans and 3/4 cups Shields Date Crystals
Cook 4 minutes in microwave
Add 1 tsp oleo and 1 tsp vanilla
Cook 1 minute in microwave
Add 1 tsp soda, stir and spread in Pam sprayed pan
I use the whole pecan halves for the brittle, or chop the nuts and mold into balls or sticks while still warm. The date crystals add a delicious and unique flavor.


Mother Forlows Date Filled Cookies

from the 1920’s

2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup shortening, lard or margarine
1 1/3 cups sour milk
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
4 to 5 cups flour

Just enough to handle. The smallest amount the better.
Roll dough as thin as possible, cut cookies, put filling on by teaspoonful.
Put another cookie on top. Bake at 375 degrees.

1 cup dates or raisins
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup boiling water
2 rounding tbsp flour
Boil 2 minutes. Cool


Mom’s Date Roll

from Charlie Weaver

1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup cut up marshmallows
3/4 cup chopped dates
1/2 can Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup nuts chopped (not too small)

Mix together. Roll into log, cover with wax paper & refrigerate. Slice approximately 1/3 inch thick to serve.


Date Nut Roll

from Maude Kibler

3 cups sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
Boil to soft ball stage (when tried in cold water)
Add 1 cup stoned (pitted) and cut up dates.
Boil to hard ball or medium hard stage.
Add 1 cup chopped walnuts.
Beat until consistency of dough. Scrape out onto damp cloth and work into a roll 1 1/2 inch in diameter.
If you wish you may roll it in fine cut walnuts.
(I am assuming you then slice the roll up)


Banana-Date Bread

1/4 cup shortening
1 cup date pieces or crystals
1 cup bananas
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
2 eggs well beaten

Mix the dates pieces or flakes into the banana pulp.
Cream the shortening and sugar then add the beaten eggs.
Combine the two mixtures and stir well. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
Then blend into creamed mixture. Bake in a loaf pan one hour at 350 degrees.


Date Nut Bread

1/2 cup date pieces or flakes
3 cups sifted flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup chopped nuts
3 tsp. Baking powder
1/4 tsp Soda

Pour boiling water on raisins and let stand 10 minutes.
Drain, mix date pieces or crystals with raisins and nuts.
Sift flour, baking powder, salt and soda. Add brown sugar, fruit mixture and mix well.
Stir in egg that has been beaten into milk.
Pour into greased loaf pan and let stand 15 min.
Bake in moderate oven 350 deg. About one hour and 15 min. Or until done


Date Bread

from Mrs. Arnold Chaizois

1 loaf pan
1 tsp soda
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup boiling water, pour over soda and dates
let stand until cool
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp butter
1 egg
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup nuts

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour in loaf tin.


Devil’s Food Cake

1/2 cup date pieces or crystals
3 tbs chocolate
1/4 tsp salt
2 unbeaten eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sifted flour 1 tsp Soda
1 tsp vanilla

Sift together flour, soda, chocolate and salt three times.
Add date pieces or crystals to milk. Add brown sugar to butter and cream.
Thoroughly until light and fluffy in consistency.
Beat in eggs one at a time, and then add small amount of date pieces or crystals and milk alternating with flour mixture, beating after each addition until smooth.
Add vanilla.
Bake in greased 9 inch deep layer pans for 25 to 30 minutes 350 deg.


Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pour 1/4 cup melted butter into pyrex utility dish and grease sides and bottom thoroughly.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup dates pieces or crystals evenly over bottom.
Arrange drained pineapple halves around the bottom.
1/2 cup margarine or butter
3/4 cups brown sugar
2 eggs unbeaten
1 tsp. Vanilla
3/4 cups date pieces or crystals
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 tsp Salt

Soften margarine or butter by creaming.
Add sugar, unbeaten eggs, milk and flavoring.
Add sifted dry ingredients.
Beat for two or three minutes or until butter is light and very smooth.
Pour over the pineapple.
Bake in moderate oven 350 deg. For 35 or 40 minutes.


Orange Cake

1 cup date pieces or crystals
1/4 cup orange juice
1 cup brown sugar
grated rind of one orange
2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup sour milk
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 tsp Salt
2 eggs unbeaten

Mix date pieces or flakes and orange juice.Let stand while making other measurements.Mix together shortening, salt, orange rind and brown sugar.Add eggs slowly stir after each addition.Add the orange juice and date pieces or flakes and stir.Resift flour and baking powder.Add small sour milk, mixing well each time.Bake in a 10x10x2 inch pan for 50 minutes at 350 deg.


Cup Cakes

1 cup date pieces or crystals
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs well beaten
1 cup milk
Add date pieces or flakes to 1/2 of the milk. Cream shortening and sugar.
Add eggs and then the remaining milk alternately with the flour to which baking powder and salt have been added.
Then add date pieces or flakes mixture.
Beat well and bake in muffin tins for 25 min at 350 deg.
Makes about two dozen cakes.


Fruit Cake

1 cup date pieces or crystals
1 cup shortening
2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
4 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup citron
1/2 cup nuts
1/2 dried fruit
2 tsp vanilla

Cream shortening and sugar well. Add well-beaten eggs.
Measure sifted flour together with baking powder and salt, sift twice.
Add flour mixture alternately with milk. Beat smooth after each addition.
Add fruits, nuts, date pieces or flakes and vanilla.
Bake in loaf or tube pan one hour or until done. 350 deg.


Date Granola

from Elaine Weiner

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup green pumpkin seeds raw hulled
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup white sesame seeds
1/4 cup flax seed
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup shields date crystals
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 cup shields date bits in a large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, sesame seeds, flax, coconut and shields date crystals.
Spread the mixture in an even layer on a large, rimmed baking sheet or a 9x13pan.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
Transfer to a large bowl and then stir in the date bits.
In a small pan over a low heat, combine the honey, oil and cinnamon and heat until warm, about 2 minutes.
Add heated liquid to the granola mixture and toss thoroughly to combine.


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