Annette’s Coconut Squares

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Coconut Squares
Coconut Squares

Coconut Squares are my mother-in-law’s favorite cookie or cake… It is a light cake square covered in a delicious chocolate topping and rolled in coconut. Yummy! Chocolate and coconut.

She used to buy these from a bakery in Cleveland as a young woman and mother. When she moved to Florida she though that she would never have them again. Luckily she had family living there who would send them occasionally. We worked on the recipe until we got it just right!

I hope that you enjoy these as much as Annette does!

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Annette’s Coconut Squares

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A light fluffy cake, covered in a rich chocolate topping, and rolled in coconut!


For the Cake Squares:

1 Cup Butter – softened

2 Cups Sugar

4 Cups Flour sifted

4 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda

 1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla

1 1/2 Cups Milk

8 egg whites

1/2 Cup Sugar

For the Chocolate Topping:

1 1/2 Cups Cocoa

4 1/2 Cups Sugar

4 1/2 Cups Water

Pinch Salt

3 teaspoons Vanilla

Sweetened coconut flakes chopped finely


For the Cake Squares:

Preheat oven to 350

Cream together butter and sugar.

Add vanilla and beat until smooth.

Combine Flour, Baking Powder and Salt.

Alternate Flour mixture with milk mixing until smooth.

In a separate bowl, beat egg whites with 1/2 cup sugar until stiff peaks form.

Using a rubber spatula, fold the egg whites into the batter.

Put into 2  9×13 pans and bake for 35 minutes.

For the chocolate topping:

Combine cocoa, sugar, water and salt in a medium saucepan.

Boil for 5 minutes.

Cool and add 3 teaspoons of vanilla.


Let cake cool and cut into squares.

Let topping cool and dip squares into the chocolate.

Let drain a few minutes and roll in finely grated coconut.


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