Nothing gets you in the Christmas spirit like cookies, so when we got home we decided to make some. Our kitchen inventory is limited to whatever our landlords own, so no crazy shapes or decorative icing, but we found a recipe with some (I think) pretty festive flavors: ginger, brown sugar, dates, and walnuts.
We're not sure why they're called "Chinese Chews"-- I googled it and couldn't find anything definitive on the name. Given that this is an old recipe, it's very possible that this cookie is a little racist, so...I can't guarantee its integrity, but I can 100% vouch for its deliciousness. The hardest part is making the candied ginger (which is actually much easier than it sounds), and after that it's smooth sailing. Make it. Try it. It's delicious.
Anyway, we hope you're all getting into the spirit back home. Enjoy the snow for us!