Combine dates, boiling water and brown sugar in bowl. Set aside and cool. Meanwhile using mixer, cream shortening, 1/2 c. sugar and eggs and continue beating until well mixed. Add cold date mixture, blend well into batter. Add baking soda and salt to mixture. Using low speed on mixer add flour slowly and mix only until well blended. Grease a 12" X 9" pan and lightly flour bottom only. Pour batter into pan. Top with chocolate chips making sure to spread evenly and all the way to sides of pan. Next sprinkle evenly with 1/4 cup sugar. Finally top with the walnuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Enjoy!!!
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