Pour boiling water over dates; add baking soda. Mix in bowl and cool. Cream shortening and sugar; add eggs and beat well. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa alternately with date mixture. Pour into greased 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle over top sugar, nuts and mini chocolate chips, mixed together. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes.
By Robin from Washington, IA
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