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Chocolate Arrowroot Cookie Squares

These old fashioned Chocolate Arrowroot Cookie Squares are an all-time favourite that has been made in my family for decades; great for the freezer too.

Chocolate Arrowroot Cookie Squares

Chocolate Arrowroot Cookie Squares

As a child, I first remember these simple and delicious no-bake Chocolate Arrowroot Cookie Squares as being made by Aunt Marion Morgan from Port-de-Grave, my mothers home town. She was an “aunt” in the Newfoundland sense of the word, where the “aunt” and “uncle” were more commonly used as terms of respect for your elders than as a reference to a blood relative.

Though Aunt Marion had no children of her own, she welcomed the seemingly endless rabble of grandchildren visiting my grandparents a couple of doors up the lane. A boiling, black bottomed kettle on the kitchen wood stove meant cups of cocoa or sweet, milky tea were always on offer.

With steaming cups in hand and a warning to, “Blow on dat now, ’tis ‘ot,” we watched in anticipation as her ample frame, clad in her favourite lilac hued polyester dress and ever present apron, disappeared into the back pantry to retrieve a mystery treat for the tribe of little martles assembled around her kitchen.

These old fashioned Chocolate Arrowroot Cookie Squares are an all-time favorite that has been made in my family for decades; great for the freezer too.

Chocolate Arrowroot Cookie Squares

A bottomless old biscuit tin held snowballs, date squares or chocolate chip cookies but sometimes she returned with a long rectangular Tupperware container full of Arrowroot Squares much to the delight of her wide-eyed visitors.

Some 35+ years later, this recipe not only survives but thrives in my family circles, where, especially at this time of year, a Christmas gathering will most likely find Aunt Marion’s Arrowroot squares making yet another welcome and memorable appearance.

First published on December 4, 2007.

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Chocolate Arrowroot Cookie Squares
Chocolate Arrowroot Squares
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
25 mins
These old fashioned Chocolate Arrowroot Cookie Squares are an all-time favorite that has been made in my family for decades; great for the freezer too.
Course: Cookies
Servings: 36 cookie squares
Author: Barry C. Parsons
For the cookie base
  • 28 Arrowroot cookies
  • 5 tbsp cocoa
  • 7 tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 3 beaten eggs
For the chocolate middle layer
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp cocoa
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp boiling water
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • small pinch salt
For the Vanilla Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup whipping Cream
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the base
  1. First break up the Arrowroot cookies into small pieces about the size of a postage stamp or smaller.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine the cocoa, sugar, melted butter, vanilla, salt and beaten eggs.
  3. Place on medium low heat and cook, scraping the bottom of the pot constantly until mixture resembles soft scrambled eggs. You want to make sure that the eggs are thoroughly cooked but not completely dried out.
  4. Add the broken Arrowroot cookies, mix well to combine together and press into the bottom of a greased or parchment lined 9x9 inch square baking dish.
  5. Set in fridge to cool for about 20 minutes.
For the chocolate middle layer
  1. While the base is cooling prepare the chocolate middle layer by mixing together all of the ingredients for the chocolate middle layer. Beat together very well until smooth and fluffy and spread evenly over the prepared base.
  2. If serving these right away, you can top them with Vanilla Whipped Cream and chocolate shavings. If you plan on freezing these, use a commercial whipped topping such as Rich’s or Nutriwhip because it holds up better to freezing. The 8 fl oz size will do.
For the Vanilla Whipped Cream
  1. Combine the whipping cream icing sugar and vanilla in a small bowl and whip to firm peaks.

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Friday 4th of September 2020

Friends of ours were sailing their new boat home and stopped in our Port on the way. Ate this sitting in their cockpit in one fell swoop !


Saturday 19th of October 2019

Hi Barry, Made those last year and they were amazing! The only thing I couldn’t seem to get right was that the bottom for my cookie was runny, you couldn’t pick it up at all it had to be eaten with a fork, it was almost pudding like. I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong, any suggestions?


Monday 2nd of July 2018

Hi Barry These squares look delicious!! Can these squares be frozen or are they better made and then served?

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 3rd of July 2018

They can be frozen but either add the cream on top when defrosted or use a non-dairy whipped topping that's able to be frozen.


Monday 28th of May 2018

Hi Barry, How wonderful of you to bring the past to life. We called our Aunts & Uncles what we were told to, & we didn't question why we should or how are they we were related? It was a given. I'm from Northern Ontario, and it's wonderful to read a fellow Canadian talk about this or that, because no matter where we are in this great country, food does bring us closer, no matter the distance. One of my son's is 37, and if I give him a box of arrowroot cookies - he's in cookie heaven. I will certainly make these bars for him, and his siblings come the holidays. Something else I would like to mention, is that whatever is in your recipes, we are sure to find it here in Canada. You are doing a wonderful job, and it shows that you care. I'm learning so much from you, and our neighbours south of us. Thank you.

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 31st of May 2018

Thanks so much!

Erin Caron

Friday 2nd of March 2018

I make a variation if these and they are loved by all. Thanks for giving me another option to try !

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