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Tweedies a.k.a. Tweed Squares

Tweed Squares a.k.a. “Tweedies.” Vanilla cake with flecks of grated chocolate baked in, topped with vanilla frosting and finished with a layer of chocolate. A Newfoundland favourite.

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Tweed Squares a.k.a. “Tweedies.”

Tweed Squares. Today’s cookie recipe is more like a delicious little tea cake and is a very old family recipe.

Tweed Squares or Tweedies as we always called them, were a childhood favorite of mine. It seemed every Newfoundland baker I knew when I was growing up baked them.

1 ounce blocks of unsweetened dark chocolate on a white background

Unsweetened chocolate in one ounce blocks are used in this recipe.

Unsweetened chocolate in one ounce blocks are used in this recipe but if you have semisweet on hand that’s okay too.

The chocolate flecked cake is quite moist and pairs well with the creamy vanilla frosting and crowning chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Chips, to melt and dip the biscotti

I like dark chocolate chips for the topping but semi sweet are good too.

We always made and froze these during our annual Holiday baking marathon.  I was always the first one to scoop one off of any cookie tray I found them on.

2017 Update.

Since I first posted this recipe several years ago it has continued to grow in popularity. I have has people from all across the country write to thank me for this nostalgic  reminder of childhood for them in Newfoundland.

One of the best things about writing this blog is the wonderful stories and memories many readers share about old fashioned recipes like this one.

Many have reclaimed this recipe into their family as a result of finding it here, preserving part of their own family’s baking story.

That is the just the best thing about writing this blog.

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Tweedies close up featured image on white serving plate
Yield: 24 squares

Tweedies a.k.a. Tweed Squares

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Tweed Squares a.k.a. "Tweedies" - vanilla cake with flecks of grated chocolate baked in, topped with vanilla frosting and finished with a layer of chocolate. A Newfoundland favourite.

Ingredients

For the cake base

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, reserve whites
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 ounce dark chocolate, finely grated.

For the Vanilla Frosting

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar, powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a little milk

For the Chocolate Topping

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp butter

Instructions

To prepare the Cake Base

  1. Grease and flour a 9x9 inch baking pan well or line with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar well. Add the egg yolks and beat until creamy.
  4. Fold in the flour alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Do mot over mix.
  5. Beat the egg whites to soft peaks and gently fold them into the cake batter. When the egg whites are almost incorporated fold in the grated chocolate.
  6. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 20 -25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake the cake portion. Cool completely on a wire rack. Top with vanilla frosting.

To prepare the Vanilla Frosting

  1. Cream together the butter icing sugar and vanilla.
  2. You may add a little milk a teaspoon at a time, if the frosting seems too stiff to be spreadable but the frosting should be quite a thick consistency; much thicker than cake frosting.
  3. Spread evenly on the baked cake base and chill in the fridge for a couple of hours before adding the chocolate topping.

To prepare the Chocolate Topping

  1. Melt the chocolate and butter together over low heat or in a double boiler.
  2. Cool to lukewarm and spread quickly over the chilled frosting. Let the chocolate set before cutting into squares or bars and serving.

Notes

For a thinner cake base, try being this recipe in a 9x13 pan and adding 1 1/2 times the recipe for the filling and topping.

If your cake domes too much in the px13 pan, you can always cut a little off the top horizontally with a serrated knife before adding the frosting layer.


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.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

24 squares

Amount Per Serving Calories 197Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 6gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 37mgSodium 122mgCarbohydrates 25gSugar 18gProtein 1g
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Tammy

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

can I make them in an 8x8 pan?

PATRICIA HAYLOCK

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

cooking instructions for 8" x8" pan?

Heidi

Tuesday 26th of June 2018

I’m so excited to find this recipe. My Nan used to make these when I was a kid. I loved putting a piece in the microwave so the chocolate and frosting melted a bit. I can’t wait to make them for myself.

Dianne Sheppard

Friday 9th of March 2018

Hi Barry. Do you use fresh milk or tin Carnation milk in making Tweedies?

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 12th of March 2018

Either is fine.

Ena

Sunday 24th of December 2017

Hi, just made these, the batter was a bit thick, almost like a bread batter until I added the egg whites, is this how they should be

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 13th of March 2018

It is a relatively thick batter.

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