Queen Anne Squares

The delicious dainties are popular treats across Newfoundland Cafes. They are especially popular around holidays. I’m definitely adding these to my cookie box next Christmas.

Queen Anne Squares

Recipe by Ellen


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  • For the chocolate bottom layer:
  • 6 TBSP unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 cup all purpose flour

  • For the coconut layer:
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (300 ml can)

  • 2 cups dried unsweetened coconut

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • For the chocolate buttercream layer:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 3 TBSP cocoa powder

  • pinch of salt

  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted and at room temperature

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 2-3 TBSP milk


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line 8×8 or 9×9 pan with parchment paper.
  • To make the bottom layer, beat sugar, butter, vanilla and cocoa powder with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add egg and continue mixing until well incorporated and smooth. Add flour and fold with a spoon until incorporated. Gently press down into the prepared baking dish.
  • Mix coconut, vanilla and condensed milk in a bowl until blended. Drop by spoonfuls on top of chocolate layer, I use an ice cream scoop for this. Then gently spread over the chocolate layer. Bake in preheated oven for 25-27 minutes. Temperatures vary but 25 minutes should generally be enough. Cool completely before icing.
  • To make frosting, beat powdered sugar, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla and butter in a stand mixer. Add 2 TBSP milk and beat until fluffy. Add more milk as needed but don’t add too much, we want this frosting to be thick. Spread over the cookies and slice into small squares. I like slicing into 3/4 inch squares and serve as little dainties, but you can slice into bigger squares if you wish.

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