How to Make Old Fashioned Raisin Squares

Yummy all cooled

This tried and true recipe comes from my wonderful mother in law Shirley. Having worked in the food service industry for many years she has the most wonderful, most requested recipes loved by all. She’s an excellent baker too I might add.

This recipe was very popular in the hospital cafeteria where she worked her last few years before retiring. Nurses would line up everyday hoping to be able to purchase one of these gems before they sold out. They always sold out super quickly I might add. Needless to say there were many disappointed faces once they were all gone.

Should you not want to make your own, or are unable. I am pretty sure you can still purchase them here at Bidgoods. They are a locally owned and operated grocery store. They have the best unique food and gift items that are native to Newfoundland anything from fish to berries to jams and a whole lot of yummy baked goods. I am pretty sure you may even be able to buy hand made and hand knit items there as well.

My mom grew up not too far from there in a beautiful little town called Petty Harbour, my sister and cousins still live there. It is so beautiful and picturesque, just like a postcard. Check them out:

Photo by Tom Eagan

You can also get creative and play around with the fillings try apple, cherry, apricot what ever your heart desires really, you cant go wrong with this yummy square. Young and old enjoy them so much. They are very simple to make.

Watch me make them here in this video:

How to make these super yummy squares:


  • 1 cup real butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups raisins
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tsp. corn starch


Boil and then cool the raisins, water and cornstarch.

Combine flour, salt baking powder. Cream your butter and sugar together add eggs one at a time. add vanilla. Slowly combine the dry ingredients alternatly with the milk.

Press 1/2 into a lightly greased cookie sheet then place your cooled filling on top. Roll out your other 1/2 of the pastry and place on top. bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 30 mins. Cool cut into squares and enjoy!

The original recipe called for a box of raisins. I haven’t seen a box of raisins in Newfoundland for years! However you can still find them here:

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10 thoughts on “How to Make Old Fashioned Raisin Squares

  1. Would love to have the recipe for Apple flips. I remember having them at the General Hospital years ago. Delish! Best ever!

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    1. Hi there the apple flip recipe is there it’s the one from General Hospital under Julies favourites or pies and pastries Enjoy!


  2. These look so good and remind me of something my grandma used to make when I was a little girl. Definitely going to have to try them. Thanks!

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    1. Welcome they are pretty tasty and it’s a very old recipe so chances are they are similar enjoy 😉


  3. I remember my mom going to the bakery when we lived in Scotland and buying these, the only difference was that the top was sprinkles with sugar, and I think before they were baked they must have gone over it with a fork for air holes. Going to try these, thanks for sharing.


    1. Hi thanks for sharing your memory and welcome , you can do the same if you like just egg wash and use a coarse sugar before baking 😉


  4. Hi I am a Lee from Petty Harbour .Im curious to know who your mother is. I made your raisin squares they are the same as I remembered them. Love your recipes.


    1. Hi Clara thank you
      I’m absolutely sure you’d know mom she is Joan Lee Stella was her mom ❤️


  5. Does this crust resemble a pie crust? I have been looking for a lemon square recipe that I can only find in a handful of bakeries in my area (New England). I only see recipes with cookie type crusts.


    1. Hi there it’s kind of similar not quite but kinda 😊


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