Chocolate Coconut Squares: A Bake Sale Winner

I’ve been on a treat making frenzy lately. I whipped up these squares for our church dessert auction this past weekend. I don’t know about you, but the dessert auction stresses me out. I don’t need my baked goods to go for the most, but I get paranoid that no one will bid on it. It could be like my dessert didn’t get asked to prom. So, do I bid on it myself, or have one of my “kids” bid on it? I don’t know what these Chocolate Coconut Squares ended up going for because I stopped checking once there were three bids! I know the big payday went to the pineapple upside down cake. If you follow me on instagram, then you saw the amazing unicorn cake balls, and they only went for $15, which is a crime against humanity! On a completely unrelated note, if you want to get really good deals at a church bake sale, Kenai is probably the place for you!

This recipe is adapted from one in my favorite treat book. If you’re Canadian, you’re probably familiar with the Company’s Coming series, which, along with the Best of Bridge series are some of the best cookbooks out there. Unfortunately, they go out of print pretty quickly because new books are released so often. You can have some luck finding them used, but mostly in Canada.

Speaking of Canadian, is it a Canadian thing, or just a northern thing to refer to these types of treats as “squares?” I know a lot of people here call them “bar cookies,” but I’m wondering if it’s like pop vs. soda. Are people in Minnesota making squares or bar cookies, or are they all just making fancy cupcakes?

These squares are typical of the kind of  treat that I grew up with. If there was any kind of social event that involved food, there was sure to be a table full of various squares. Nowadays, the tables are full of cookies and cupcakes, but again, I’m not sure if that has to do with my advanced age, or the geography.

My husband isn’t a fan of this dessert, but he boycotts everything with coconut. Everyone else in my house (aka all the sane coconut lovers) thought it was amazing. They’re pretty rich, so I cut them small. A 9 x 9 pan will make 36 squares. Next time you have a bake sale, or a pot luck, try these out.

Chocolate Coconut Squares

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. salted butter
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 c. sweetened coconut
  • 2 c. graham cracker crumbs

Frosting

  • 1/4 c. butter, softened
  • 2 c. icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla pudding powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp. milk

Instructions:

  1. Line a 9×9 pan with greased parchment paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips and butter over low heat, stirring continually.
  3. Add vanilla, egg, coconut, and graham cracker crumbs to the chocolate mixture.
  4. Stir until combined and add to the pan. Cool.
  5. While the chocolate mixture is cooling, prepare the frosting.
  6. Combine all the frosting ingredients, and mix with an electric mixer until it gets to spreading consistency. You can add more milk or icing sugar to get it just right for you.
  7. Spread the frosting over the chocolate layer.
  8. Chill in the fridge.
  9. When the pan is cold, use the parchment paper to remove the giants square, and the cut into 36 pieces on a cutting board with a large knife.

 

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