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

  1. So nice to be reading this post about Helen Crocker. As a kid in Moncton I tried not to miss those shows on CKCW.

    1. Thanks for commenting on my post – I lived about a half hour outside of Moncton when I was growing up, so am pretty sure that CKCW was the channel we watched too. I remember watching the show with my mom – good memories!

  2. I also remember watching Helen with my Mom. I still use a recipe my Mom called Helen Crocker’s Never Fail Gingerbread. I’m still making it after all these years and it has never failed!

    1. That’s awesome, Debra! Isn’t it great to use recipes that have been handed down to us from our mothers and grandmothers?
      Hope you try the recipe for the Helen Crocker Squares, and if you do try them please let me know if they are a hit.
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment! Much appreciated.

      1. I used to watch that show with my Mother as well. She even bought the same stove that Mr.Crocker had on her show! Years later went to school with her grandson. Even later I became close friends with one of her granddaughters.25 yrs later we are still close. I use a lot of my Mother’s recipes that are probably Helen Crocker ‘s

      2. I probably have used other recipes of my mom’s that were also gleaned from the Helen Crocker show. I wish mom was still around so that I could ask her. She was an amazing cook and baker. Good to have the memories, at least.

  3. Hi Sylvia My Mum and I watched Helen Crocker and I can still see her in b&w TV… such fond memories. I found a Girl Guides Cookbook at a secondhand shop and came across some of Helen’s recipes. Mum made those yummy squares many times. I happy to find some reference to this wonderful cook. Thanks

    1. Hi Mary! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!
      I used to watch Helen Crocker on a black and white television with my mom, too, and loved the show and the recipes she shared with her viewers! Mom made these squares every year at Christmas time, and often for funerals and weddings too (don’t you love the irony of these two events?)
      I’d love to read more of Helen’s recipes if you’d care to share them online, either on my page or on your own site.
      Thanks so much for commenting!

    2. Tank you for sharing your mum’s recipe. She was such a great cook. I will try these Xmas time. They sound yummy and easy to make.

  4. Hi Sylvia, I am a registered Home Economics from NB, I am a member of the New Brunswick Home Economics Association. This year is our 100th anniversary, which we are celebrating. Helen crocker was a very active member of the association and while she was a member she started a scholarship which is still active today. We are trying to obtain more information about her and looking for any info that might be available. I remember seeing her on CKCW TV back in the 60’s but I was wondering if you have any info and would love to get a clip of her tv show. We believe it started in 1954. Barry Robertson, Rexton New Brunswick

    1. Hi Barry – First of all, please let me apologize for the tardiness of my reply. I’ve been away from my blog for several months and am only replying to comments on it now.
      I hope you were able to find the information you were seeking for the scholarship; unfortunately I don’t have any other information about Helen other than what I’ve shared on my blog. My mom and I faithfully watched her show and I know that mom tried out several of her recipes, but other than that I’m afraid I’m of no use to you.
      Wishing you and your endeavors all the best, though.

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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.



  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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…

  12. 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!♥

  13. 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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