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Tweed Bars

I've always liked this unusual bar.
It's a cake like bar that is flecked with chocolate and has a delicious buttercream frosting.
My friend Dorothy submitted this recipe to our first Greendale church cookbook.

A bench scraper does a neat job of cutting these iced bars.

For the bars:
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 squares semi sweet chocolate, grated
  • 2 egg whites, beaten (save yolks for frosting)
  1. Line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper or grease and flour the pan.
  2. Beat egg whites until stiff
  3. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  4. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with milk.
  5. Fold in grated chocolate and beaten egg whites.
  6. Bake in 350 degrees oven for 25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool and frost.
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 squares semi sweet chocolate shaved
  1. Beat together butter and egg yolks.
  2. Add icing sugar and beat until creamy.
  3. Spread icing on bars.
  4. Melt shaved chocolate in a small bowl over hot water (not boiling)
  5. Drizzle chocolate in rows about an inch apart
  6. Working in the opposite direction, pull a knife tip through the rows of chocolate drizzle.
  7. Place bars in fridge until chocolate sets.
Note: I refrigerate these bars because of the uncooked egg yolks in the frosting.


  1. These were my favorite bar as a teen. After I moved away from home, my Mom would always make sure she made them when I came home to visit. (And it's nice that they dry out quickly because it just gave me a good excuse as to why I was eating so many of them so often!)

    They are absolutely the best!!!

  2. Goodness, this looks Wonderful!!

  3. Wow do these sound delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. These are my favorite squares! We always called them "Charlotte's Squares" because we got the recipe from someone named Charlotte. Last year my cousin straightened me out, telling us they are called tweed squares and they are a Cape Breton recipe. I love the frosting!

  5. Even though it was almost 100 degrees outside today, I decided I wanted to bake something sweet for my husband and these bars came to mind. They were worth every bead of sweat I worked up in my kitchen! So easy to make and so yummie! My husband was crazy about them!

  6. My husband from New Brunswick calls them "speckled squares".

    1. I to am from NB and also called this dessert "speckled squares".

  7. cooked them in the 9 x13 pan,had all new ingredients and they didnt rise at time will try an 8 by 8 square.alittle disappointed.