Prince William Squares. A downsized version of the no bake UK favourite, chocolate biscuit cake, but made into smaller portions as cookie squares.
I first wrote about chocolate biscuit cake around the time of the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. That was way back in April of 2011. It was chosen by the prince as the groom’s cake at the wedding reception. Read that post here.
The full recipe makes quite a large “cake”, which in reality is more akin to a giant sliceable chocolate bar. It is great to have around at the holidays to be enjoyed in small slivers, like fruitcake.
The full chocolate biscuit cake is perfect for dessert for a large group or to be enjoyed over the course of a week. This favourite of the entire royal family is rumoured to be required to return to the dinner table every day until finished.
Most dessert leftovers, apparently go to the palace staff but not this one. I can definitely see why. With all that creamy smooth chocolate interspersed with crunchy cookie chunks, it is pretty irresistible.
Price William Squares are a new holiday favourite.
This year during the holidays, I again wanted to serve this delicious, super easy, no bake treat on Christmas day. With my Pecan Pie already on the dessert menu as well as my simplified Christmas Pudding, a full cake would just be overkill.
In order to downsize the recipe, I decided to do what I had thought about for a while. Make the recipe as no bake cookie bars! I figured making them at half the height of the cake would be ideal for more bite sized treats.
With a little applied geometry was required to adjust from a round 9 inch springform. I figured making a half batch in a 9×9 square pan would work well. It worked out beautifully.
The original cake recipe calls for a covering of ganache over the whole cake. That layer is really nice for presentations sake. I did not feel it was necessary in this case so I omitted that step in the recipe.
The digestive biscuits (cookies) in this recipe could be substitutes for any crisp cookie you like if they are not available in your area. McVities Digestive biscuits are what I used and they are readily available across Canada.
My Christmas guests loved these little squares, particularly my daughter Olivia, who may have eaten half the batch over a few days!
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- 1 pound dark chocolate roughly chopped (or 2 2/3 cups chocolate chips)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- small pinch salt (omit if choosing to use salted butter)
- 2 tbsp whipping cream
- 3 tsp golden syrup or corn syrup
- 1/2 pound digestive biscuits broken by hand into postage stamp sized pieces
Lightly grease a 9x9 inch pan and line with parchment paper.
Melt the butter over medium low heat.
Add the chocolate and salt and continue over medium low heat until the chocolate is fully melted.
Remove from heat and stir in the whipping cream and golden syrup until smooth.
Fold in the broken biscuits and pour into the prepared pan that has been lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper.
Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Remove from pan and cut into 36 small squares or 24 cookie bars if you prefer them larger.
NOTE: I have made this recipe with salted butter. Just omit the pinch of added salt in the recipe.
Total time includes chilling time for the squares. They will need a couple of hours to chill and set.
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