Unbaked squares recipes have always been popular with home cooks because they save time — they don't require any baking — and they don't heat up the kitchen in the warm weather.
These were some of Mom's favorite recipes for making homemade bars and squares. Being a farmer's wife meant there wasn't always time for baking, and these unbaked treats often saved the day before company arrived.
Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)
The traditional Canadian Nanaimo Bar consists of three delicious layers: Chocolate Wafer, Custard Filling, and Chocolate Icing.
Chocolate Wafer Layer:
1/2 cup butter, softened
5 tablespoons white sugar
5 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Place softened butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla, and egg into bowl. Set bowl in pan of boiling water, stirring until the mixture has completely melted and is the consistency of custard. Next...
2 cups graham wafer crumbs
1 cup coconut, shredded
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Mix graham wafer crumbs, coconut, and walnuts. Add wafer mixture to cocoa mixture. Pack into ungreased 9x9x2-inch pan. Cover with filling.
Custard Filling Layer:
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons Bird's® Custard Powder
2 cups icing sugar
Cream 4 tablespoons butter. Combine milk and vanilla custard pudding powder. Add to butter. Mix in two cups icing sugar. Spread evenly over chocolate wafer base. Allow to harden. Cover with icing.
Chocolate Icing Layer:
2 squares semisweet chocolate
1 tablespoon butter
Mix 2 squares melted semisweet (or dark, if preferred) chocolate with 1 tablespoon softened butter. Spread evenly over filling and allow to harden in fridge, or a cool area.
These decadent chocolate squares are chocolatey, crispy and delicious. The big reason they taste so GOOD is they contain actual Butterfinger® bars and miniature marshmallows, the favorite treats for generations of candy lovers.
7 Butterfinger® chocolate bars (1.9 oz/53.8g size)
6 cups toasted rice cereal
4 cups miniature marshmallows
3 tablespoon butter
Buy 7 Butterfinger® bars (1.9 oz size). Chop up 4 bars into a bowl, then mix in about 6 cups of toasted rice cereal and set aside.
Now, melt 3 tablespoons of butter into a saucepan and add 4 cups of miniature marshmallows. Carefully heat on stove top until somewhat melted. Add the chopped bars and cereal mixture, then gently stir it all up.
Pour the results into a 13 in x 9 in baking pan and let it cool until hardened. Crumble the remaining 3 Butterfinger bars across the top and then cut the pan contents into squares. Serve like fudge squares. Unbelievably delicious!
You simply have to try this chocolate dessert squares recipe; it's so GOOD tasting.
Note: This yummy unbaked squares recipe could be made using almost any favorite chocolate bar if Butterfinger® bars are unavailable.
30 marshmallows, 1/3 cup butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 package Rice Krispies® (5-1/2 ounces).
Melt butter and marshmallows in double boiler. Add vanilla, beat thoroughly to blend.
Put Rice Krispies® in large buttered bowl and pour on marshmallow mixture, stirring briskly. Press into shallow buttered pan. Cut in squares or bars when cool.
This vintage unbaked squares recipe yields 16 2-1/2 inch squares from a 10 x 10 inch pan. Nutmeats and coconut may be added.
2 well-beaten eggs, 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 pound (3-1/4 cups approximately) finely chopped, pitted dates; 1 teaspoon vanilla, pinch of salt, 3 cups rice cereal, 1 cup (approximately) shredded coconut.
Combine beaten eggs, sugar, dates, vanilla and pinch of salt in saucepan. Cook slowly, stirring constantly, for about 10 to 15 minutes or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Stir rice cereal into cooled egg mixture.
Shape into balls, each about the size of a large walnut. Roll in coconut. This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookie balls.
1 fifteen-ounce can sweetened condensed milk, 6 cups shredded coconut, 3-1/2 cups (approximately) sifted confectioners' sugar, 1 package strawberry-flavored jelly powder, 20 drops red food coloring.
Combine milk, coconut, sugar, jelly powder, and red food coloring in bowl. Mix together well and chill.
Form into shapes of average-sized strawberries. Roll strawberries in 2 to 3 tablespoons of strawberry-flavored jelly powder. (It will be necessary to open a second package.)
Add a few drops of green food coloring to a small quantity of royal icing. Use it in a cake decorating tube to make a stem and 2 leaves on each strawberry. Makes about 30 delicious strawberries.
1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup grated chocolate, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 pound marshmallows, 5 cups rice cereal.
Melt butter and marshmallows over boiling water, stirring often. Add vanilla and beat well. Mix well with cereal and chocolate. Press into a large buttered pan; when cool, cut into squares, sticks or bars.
2 cups moist coconut (shredded), 1/2 cup peanut butter, 4 teaspoons vanilla. Mix all ingredients, keeping back 1/2 cup coconut; shape mixture into small bars and roll in remaining coconut.
1 pound tin of dried milk powder, 1 cup boiling water, 7 tablespoons sugar, 4 tablespoons cocoa.
For this unbaked squares recipe, dissolve sugar in water, then add to dried milk and cocoa, mix it well. Place layer of chocolate in a flat tin, next a layer of the vanilla cream filling, and top with a layer of chocolate. Set overnight and cut into small bars or squares.
Vanilla Cream Filling:
Mix 1/2 pound icing sugar to a stiff paste with 1 tablespoon condensed milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla. Delicious!
Slit large, fresh California dates along one side. Stuff with plain or salted cashews, walnut halves, almonds, or candied orange peel or fondant. Roll in fine sugar. Store in covered container to ripen.