Chocolate refreshers brownies (1960)

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chocolate refreshers brownie recipe 1960 1961
Goody for you! Who can resist Chocolate Refreshers, made with Nestle’s semi-sweet morsels?

They’re chewy rich goodies everyone loves! Full of nuts and dates and Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate morsels. They won honors in the latest Pillsbury Bake-Off — and they’ll win honors in your home, too!

chocolate refreshers brownie recipe 1960

Chocolate refreshers recipe

Prize winner in the 11th Pillsbury Bake-off


1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cups dates, cut in pieces
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup (6 oz. pkg) Nestle semi-sweet morsels
2 unbeaten eggs
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped nuts


Sift flour with soda and salt. Combine dates, brown sugar, water, butter in large saucepan. Cook over low heat stirring constantly until dates soften.

Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate morsels; beat in eggs. Add dry ingredients alternately with orange juice and milk. Blend thoroughly after each addition. Stir in walnuts.

Bake in a well-greased 15″ x 10″ x 1″ jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool. Spread with glaze. Cut into bars.

Orange glaze for chocolate refreshers


1-1/2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons soft butter
1 to 2 tsp. grated orange rind
2 to 3 tablespoons cream


Combine sugar, butter and orange rind. Blend in cream until of spreading consistency.

>> You might also like this recipe: Double Chocolate Brownie recipe (1982)

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One Response

  1. I have a bunch of deglet noor dates in the pantry and thought of this recipe. Our mom made them frequently and they are SO good! The dates make the base really dense and chewy and the orange icing is, as in the name, is truly refreshing. Had no idea this was a Pillsbury Bake Off winner, but the 1960 date seems most likely. As soon as the weather cools a bit, I’m headed to the kitchen. Everyone join in!

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