My Mother’s Kitchen: Helen Crocker Squares Recipe

I spent some time this evening surfing the internet, searching for information about a television show called “At Home with Helen Crocker”, or maybe “The Helen Crocker Cooking Show” that I remember from my childhood. I managed to find two or three references to Helen and her show, but details were vague. What I remember about Helen Crocker was that mom and I watched her on T.V. in a time when television shows were black and white and we had the choice of two channels for our viewing pleasure.

The recipe I’m including in today’s post is one that mom copied down from Helen Crocker’s television show, hence the name “Helen Crocker Squares”. Because this recipe contains bright red and green glacé cherries, mom usually included them in her pre-Christmas baking spree, along with her dark and light fruit cakes, mincemeat and pumpkin pies, and shortbread cookies.  Quick and easy to make, these squares don’t even need to be baked; just cover them and store in the refrigerator.

Thanks, Helen Crocker, for introducing mom to these squares, and thanks, mom, for introducing these squares to your family.

Helen Crocker Squares

30 graham wafers crushed fine
30 large marshmallows cut small
½ lb. Red and green glace cherries cut small
½ cup chopped nuts
1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
Mix altogether. Grease 8” x 8” pan with butter. Sprinkle bottom of pan with desiccated cocoanut. Press in mixture. Sprinkle cocoanut on top. Place in refrigerator until firm. Cut in squares. Enjoy.

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17 thoughts on “My Mother’s Kitchen: Helen Crocker Squares Recipe

  1. My mom is also born Oct. 30 1928 were talking about a Brazil nut loaf that mom got from her show. It was delicious and we always made it at Xmas. Fond memories Linda and Jessie (mom) Gardner . Moncton, n.b.

      1. My mom and I certainly liked watching your mom’s show. We hardly ever missed it. I love the old recipes most of which were very economic and easy to make. I wonder if the tv station would have any of the old footage. Thanks. Linda

  2. I have a recipe for Helen Crocker’s Hot Cross Buns if you would like me to post it. My sister and I and a friend were on her show making a Fried Marbles craft when we were young. The friends father worked at the TV station Mrs. Crocker was on.
    Hazel Nielsen

    1. Hi Hazel – Sorry I’m just replying to your comment now but for some reason I didn’t see it until tonight. My apologies.
      That would be great if you’d like to share the recipe for the Hot Cross Buns. And I’m a little bit jealous that you were on her show when you were young – wow! Must be quite a memory.
      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you read this and follow up with your recipe. Cheers!

  3. Nice to find your blog. As a small child I was a guest on her show. Can’t remember at what age ,I am guessing maybe 6 or 7 yrs. old. I had a large doll collection which I showed off and donated . Guess that would of been 1961 or 1962.Wouldn’t it be neat to see exerts from her shows? Thanks so much for your blog

  4. More on Helen Crocker:

    At the 1956 convention, Helen Crocker, chair of the Family Life Committee, suggested NBHEA publish a cookbook that could be sold in advance of the CHEA convention slated for St. Andrews in 1958. The cookbook was published and 500 copies of “New Brunswick Recipes”, were distributed to the three Maritime associations at the convention. In 1961 Elaine Neilson, a Mount Allison student from New Denmark, NB, was awarded the first NBHEA Scholarship of $300.00. A need identified 17 years earlier was now being addressed.



  5. Check:

    Helen Crocker Memorial Scholarship
    University of Moncton
    Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

    I met one of Helen Crocker’s grand daughters at a local grocery store here in Moncton a couple of days ago. I didn’t get her name.
    Is there a website for Helen Crocker?
    I may have to go to our local library.

    Thank you for your blog.

    1. Glad–thanks for dropping by my blog. I’ll check through my mom’s recipes to see if she had that particular one but I don’t think she did. If I find it I’ll be sure to post it on here.

  6. Something has bugged me for over 40 years. Every time I mention that there was a cooking show with the host Helen Crocker people would try to correct me, saying “you mean Betty Crocker”. When I insisted they would tell me I got it wrong.
    Thanks to your blog (which I googled after seeing an ad about a Betty Crocker cookbook) I now know I wasn’t losing my mind at all.

    I can’t say I watched the show but I did see bits and pieces while channel surfing (yes, all two channels).
    Ray M – formerly of Moncton NB

  7. So interesting to find this post. I’ve been looking online for Helen Crocker as well- but for a different reason. Helen was my great grandmother-my father’s mothers mother. I showed him your post and he says that he remembers those squares well…and that they were, in fact, christmas squares. Super cool to find this. Thank you!

    1. Wow–that’s great that you found my blog and my post about these squares! Thanks so much for your comments…these squares really are delicious and super easy to make, so they are always a hit. Hope you come back to visit again soon.

    2. Hi Emily. This is your uncle Bob in Regina. The show was called “At Home with Helen Crocker”. The squares were a real treat for me and my siblings. Grammie was a fantastic cook, bridge player, author (cookbooks of course), and traveled abroad more than a few times. She also had a long association w/ the Girl Guides. Hope you are doing well.
      Uncle Bob

      1. Hi Bob–not sure if your Emily will read your post or not, so you may want to contact her directly. But thanks for the additional info about Helen Crocker. I didn’t know that she was a bridge player, for example…would have loved to have sat across the table from her and played a few rounds…

  8. Just a general comment: I love that you are posting these recipes. Its as heartwarming as much as it is making me very very hungry.

    Thank you!♥

  9. Great post! This was the first recipe of your Mom’s that I made – it was always a favorite of Les’s. And I had almost forgotten the two channel B&W days…. Great memories! Thanks – can’t wait to see what comes next!

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