Walnut Strawberry Squares
One of the beautiful things about my job in the kitchen at Heath’s Tearoom (www.heathtearoom.com) in Rockport, Ma, is that we need cookies for the tea trays. The three tiered trays are called “The Queen”, that contains tea sandwiches, a scone, and then three treats on top tier. A “Sweet Treat” plate, is a plate of 5 treats, so having an assortment, or contending with allergies and preferences sometimes, leads to the need of variety. I’ve brought some of my favorite cook books to the Tea Room on the days I bake, and one of them is my mother’s cookie cook book which was adjusted and altered as she made them over the years.
I found “Strawberry Squares” and don’t remember making them or eating them growing up, but decided to give it a try. They came out beautiful and tasty and good warm or chilled. And they certainly look good on a doily at the tea room. Our pan we cut into about two dozen small squares for the tea trays.
Walnut Strawberry Squares Recipe
1 cup of brown sugar, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 3/4 tsp salt. 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Beat until crumbly and reserving two cups, press the remainder into a 9×13 greased glass pan.
Spread 1 cup (I did two) of strawberry jam (or jam of your choice!) over the oats mixtures. Sprinkle remaining oats mixture on top.
Bake 400 degrees for 25 minutes, it should be golden. Cut into squares and store in air tight container in the fridge.