Chocolate Coconut Squares with Juanita Kees

Chocolate Coconut Squares

Hello, dear readers,

Whenever I'm invited here to post a recipe blog, I always have to dig deep. My cooking repertoire extends to macaroni cheese, spaghetti bolognaise and good old English-style bangers, mash and gravy. Anything else generally involves a call out for a firefighter. Lucky, I have a husband who can cook! But the recipe I want to share with you today has a special place in my heart. It’s what my Aunty Maureen used to bake especially for me 😊.

Before we moved to Australia, Sundays were reserved for big family gatherings and a barbecue at Aunty Maureen’s place, and there would always be chocolate coconut squares on the table. Whenever I miss my family 8000km away, I bake these to remind me of the good old days when the cousins and I used to run wild in the backyard, swing off the tarzan swing in the big old tree and pick mulberries until our hands were stained purple. I hope you’ll enjoy this treat as much as I do. Regards, Juanita xo

Chocolate Coconut Squares

Shortbread base:
2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
240g margarine or butter
2 cups dessicated coconut
8 tablespoons of sugar
A pinch of salt


Cream butter/marg and sugar together. Add coconut, flour and salt. Press into a swiss roll tin and flatten with a knife. Bake until set and golden brown (about 10-15 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius or 325 degrees Fahrenheit) Remove from oven.
2 cups icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cocoa
Mix with a little hot water. Pour topping over baked mix while hot. Cool and cut into squares.

 About the Author

Juanita escapes the real world by reading and writing Australian Rural Romance novels with elements of suspense, Australian Fantasy Paranormal and Small-Town USA stories. Her romance novels star spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in. She creates emotionally engaging worlds steeped in romance, suspense, mystery and intrigue, set in dusty, rural outback Australia and on the NASCAR racetracks of America. When she’s not writing, Juanita is mother to three boys and has a passion for fast cars and country living.

Juanita Kees on the web:

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Juanita Kees' new book out this month:

Promise Me Forever (Bindarra Creek A Town Reborn Book 8)

News correspondent, Jack Hughes, is sent to sleepy Bindarra Creek to escape the spotlight after a scandalous fake video goes viral. He’s in the fight of his life to save his reputation. In a town only determination has kept from dying, the last thing Jack is looking for is love.
The Bindarra Creek Museum is Meg Moonie’s life. But with her granny dead, a murder suspect on the run and the police asking questions, she struggles to keep the museum and Mary Moonie’s dream alive. Jack is a handsome distraction, but Meg has been hurt by a roving reporter before. Men who couldn’t put down roots never promised forever. If only he wasn’t so easy to fall in love with…

Buy on:

Amazon Kindle              Amazon Paperback

Amazon Aust                  Amazon UK 


  1. Yum on those decadent squares.
    And hooray for seeing Juanita's work publicised in yet another place. I hope sales go gang-busters.

  2. Lovely recipe, I might need to try this one and huge congrats on the new book I can highly recommend it

    have Fun


    1. Thank you, Helen! Let me know what you think of the chocolate coconut squares :)

  3. the coconut squares sound heavenly!! i always enjoy a shortbread base or even just a shortbread cookie!!

  4. Ok those sound really good. I love the cover for the book.

    1. They are very yummy, Mary! I love this cover too. The artist captured Meg and Jack perfectly.

  5. That sounds very interesting!!      

  6. love anything with coconut and chocolate...yummy

    # congrats on the new book

  7. Yum! Those look delicious! (I am impressed with the number of different posts you have written for your blog tour. They're all so interesting, too! Great job!)

  8. And hi again!

    These sound wonderful. Coconut is hit or miss for me but I can't think of anything that would work better in this recipe.

  9. Superb article, man!! you are really included a real advance area of knowledge I expect for may days. Hope you more article on it creates & let us to see.

  10. I don't cook or bake a lot either- but I have a few things up my sleeve. :) These sound tasty. Great cover, Juanita!

  11. Chocolate and love story What a dream Lovely recipe and very intriguing plot thanks a lot for sharing them xoxo Cris

  12. Se ve todo genial! Muy bonitas las fotos! Que tengas feliz noche! 💗💗💗

  13. Looks very good :)

    lovely Greetings

  14. Bangers and mash. Now, you got my attention. :-)

    Greetings from London.


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