Easy New Zealand Squares


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

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
9 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup flaked coconut

  • 1 cup chopped dates

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ cup flaked coconut


  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.


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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

280 Calories
13g Fat
42g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 88mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 211mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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