Easy New Zealand Squares Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Easy New Zealand Squares Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Easy New Zealand Squares

Recipe by  

"Chewy, sweet, wonderful treat from my mother-in-law."

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 9 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    50 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, 1 cup coconut, dates, sugar and baking powder. In a saucepan, melt butter, golden syrup and vanilla. Pour over mixture in bowl. Mix until crumbly, then press into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle top with 1/8 cup coconut.
Kitchen-Friendly View


  • Golden syrup can be found in some supermarkets, and many gourmet markets. It can be substituted with corn syrup or molasses.

Reviews More Reviews

Jan 25, 2004

Tasted very good, but I found that the butter and molasses (subst. for golden syrup) just weren't enough moisture to bind the dry ingredients together at all. I added a beaten egg and it turned out very nicely.

Jul 28, 2004

I also added an egg due to a viewer's suggestion. They are quite nice, could be fancied up with colored coconut.


5 Ratings

Jan 05, 2004

If you like dates you will love this recipe. Fast, easy, chewy and NOT too sweet. I used corn syrup for "golden syrup" and I also added an egg like the previous comments suggested. This one is going in my recipe book!

Dec 12, 2013

I doubled it and did need to add two beaten eggs, otherwise it was GREAT!


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 280 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.9 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 12.6 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 3.8 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 2.7 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 88 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More
Go Pro!

In Season

Want to Grill Tonight?
Want to Grill Tonight?

Check out time-saving recipes, because any night’s a good night to grill.

Back-to-School Eats
Back-to-School Eats

Get recipes that work for your busiest days.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and helpful cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for just $7.99!

Related Videos

Easy Baklava

See how to make sweet and easy baklava.

Easy Apple Crisp

Apple crisp made with white cake mix, sugar, cinnamon and butter.

Apple Squares

Apples, nuts, and cinnamon make an amazing dessert or breakfast treat.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States