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Queen Anne Squares. A Newfoundland favourite!

Queen Anne Squares. Another popular cookie bar in Newfoundland, especially at the Holidays. It reminds me of a cookie bar version of the Mounds candy bar.

Queen Ann Squares On a white serving plate.

Queen Ann Squares

I’ve often received requests for this recipe from readers of the website but I had never actually made Queen Anne Squares. They are a local favourite in these parts and you can find them in many local bakeries.

Queen Anne Squares

Queen Anne Squares 2017 image.

I put out the call for a recipe on our Facebook page and got several responses with slight variations on what was the same basic recipe. I did modify it to make the moist cake base a little thicker to better support the delicious coconut filling and chocolate frosting top.

Queen Anne Squares

Queen Anne Squares (2012 photo)

This may have been my first time making these but certainly won’t be my last. Spouse says they remind her of a cookie version of one of her favourite candy bars, a coconut “Bounty” bar. In the states that would be the equivalent of a “Mounds” Bar or an “Almond Joy” without the almonds.

Hmmm… Now I’m thinking a couple of toasted almonds on top might be good. Maybe a new version could be in the works! Stay tuned!

Queen Anne Squares 2018 Update

When adding layers to any unbaked cookie bar recipe, spoon the filling all over the surface of the bottom layer before levelling. This ensures even distribution of the weight and helps get even layers throughout the baked cookies.

Queen Anne Squares almost ready for the oven.

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Queen Ann Squares On a white serving plate.
Yield: 24 cookie bars

Queen Anne Squares

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Queen Anne Squares have been one of the most popular cookie bars ever on Rock Recipes. These popular Newfoundland treats are a scrumptious combination of coconut and chocolate.


For the bottom layer

  • 2/3 cup butter melted
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 extra large egg, or 1 1/2 medium

For the coconut layer

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk, (300 ml can) 14 oz in US
  • 2 cups dried unsweetened coconut, medium or fine cut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the chocolate frosting

  • 2 cups icing sugar, powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 or 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup butter


To make the bottom layer

  1. Beat together all ingredients until smooth, then spread evenly into the bottom of a lightly greased and parchment paper lined 9×9 inch baking pan.

To prepare the coconut layer

  1. Mix together the 3 ingredients until completely blended then drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto the cake batter layer. Spread out carefully.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 -30 minutes. Cool completely before adding the chocolate frosting on top.

To make the chocolate frosting

  1. Beat together the icing sugar, cocoa, vanilla butter and a little of the milk.
  2. Add only enough milk to bring the frosting to a smooth but spreadable consistency. A frosting that is a bit on the thick consistency side works best here.
  3. Spread on the cooled cookies and cut into squares or bars.


The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 cookie square.

Amount Per Serving Calories 197Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 8gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 25mgSodium 69mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 1g

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Thursday 17th of December 2020

I have all your cookbooks and I love everyone of them. I grew up with some of these recipes (in Nova Scotia) and remember baking them with my mom. I have made these squares dozens of time. Everyone asks for the recipes and I refuse to give in out. I tell people to go to your website or buy your cookbook and get many many more recipes like this one. It works, everyone who’s asked for the recipe now follows Rock Recipes and own at least one of your cookbooks. I’m spreading the joy that you’ve given me with these recipes.


Tuesday 20th of October 2020

I made these a couple weeks ago and were a total fail. I don't know what I did wrong - followed the recipe, but the bottom layer and coconut layer seemed to meld into each other, and the coconut layer was mush.

So disappointed - would like to know if you have any thoughts on what Ii could have done wrong.

Thanks Rhonda

Anne Ashford-Hall

Wednesday 13th of March 2019

Can I make it in 8 x 8 sq pan, don't have 9 x 9


Sunday 3rd of March 2019

These are wonderful but my middle layer (coconut) was sort of runny. Square shape didn’t hold up. Am I doing something wrong??

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 5th of March 2019

Not sure. You din't use regular canned milk by mistake did you? Never had that happen. Maybe bake an extra few minutes.


Monday 17th of September 2018

Kept on looking at the video of these squares and finally decided to make them today.They are decadent ,chewy and delicious! They turned out to be more delicious than I expected.Thanks for a terrific recipe.

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