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Raspberry Velveeta cheese squares - old 1960s(?) recipe from Velveeta box - anyone know it?

My husband grew up in Nova Scotia, and his grandmother used to make these squares (he claims they're delicious; I am summoning up as much tolerance as I can). It would be oh-so-nice to be able to surprise him with a batch. (Well, nice for him...)

Please, please, has anybody heard of this abomination? Any recipe(s) to share?

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  1. Awww....cute!
    Did you check the Kraft(?) website? I threw my 1960's and 1970's Betty Crocker cookbooks away. It met the same fate as my "seal o' meal" and stuffed "kitchen witch"- remember that pantyhosed stuffed "witch" sitting on spoon handle? Anyway, sometimes it is hard to get those retro recipes. I think the internet is your best source. Try googling "retro appetizers" or something to that effect. Good luck!

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    1. re: sedimental

      Thanks. I will continue my searches. I think this was supposed to be a dessert, though (hahaha-who knew??).

    2. Your post intrigued me enough to do some searching (and I agree, it sounds awful but my family is from the Maritimes so I know sometimes they ate odd things like that back in the 60's!). Anyway, I couldn't find anything with raspberries and Velveeta and was wondering if maybe he meant 'cream cheese'. However, then I found a bunch of recipes for Velveeta Fudge - if you google it, you'll see all the links. Could it be something like that?

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      1. re: ms. clicquot

        Thanks so much for your enthusiasm!!!

        No, it was definitely not cream cheese. My husband's mother told him her mother got the recipe from the Velveeta box (she could be wrong, however).

        As Hubby recalls:

        "Imagine a thin layer of shortbread-type stuff, then a layer of raspberry jam on top of it, then a crumble on top, sort of like what is on top of apple crumble, but with cheese mixed into it. Something like that." (This is his memory from 30+ years ago, so he concedes it may not be 100% accurate.)

        1. re: Full tummy

          You can register for free on the Cooks Country website, which has a recipe board where you can post a request for these old lost recipes.

          1. re: greygarious

            Hey, thanks. And I just sent the question to Kraft Canada.

            1. re: Full tummy

              Hopefully they'll be able to help you out. I did find a couple of recipes which sound similar to what you're looking for but no mention of raspberries:

              http://www.familyoven.com/offsite?r_i...

              http://www.recipelink.com/mf/0/76713

              The apple and cheese combo sort of makes sense - my mom loves a slice of cheddar on her apple pie. I have to admit that I don't quite get it but each to their own. Good luck with your quest!

              1. re: ms. clicquot

                Here's an apple velveta cheese crumble recipe. It calls for Ritz crackers as the base... http://www.easy-applepie.com/apple-de...

                Closer, perhaps?

                ~TDQ

                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  Oh, wow. That looks promising. I will ask Hubby when he gets home.

              2. re: Full tummy

                By the way, I never heard back from Kraft.

                1. re: Full tummy

                  WOW.....I have been looking for this recipe for 20 years. I have even tried making it from scratch myself but never turned out the same. My Mom made it and they were a traditional favorite at Christmas with all us kids. My Mom is from New Germany Nova Scotia. We did have an old Kraft cookbook that I remember....long gone now. And it may also have been on the box. I have asked Kraft many times hoping their kitchen staff would be interested in making the recipe. Your husband is right very delicious. Like a matrimonial square. Bottom cake, raspberry jam filling and Crumbly tip. I remember cutting the velveeta cheese into the flour mixture till crumbly. Patting a layer in the pan, spreading jam and crumbly top. When baked the cheese would melt and brown. I'll let you know if I find the recipe and if you have found it please let me know. Thanks I've copied the recipe and will try it this weekend. I can't believe I found this...been looking a long time........

                  1. re: steinfam

                    How exciting!!

                    Since I posted our last recipe, we have made some modifications. Here is the recipe we have settled on so far. (Hubby's uncle came for a visit around the time we were working on it, and we served it to him; he claimed they were just as he remembered and took the rest of the batch home with him!!)

                    Raspberry cheese squares

                    2 cups flour
                    1/2 tsp baking powder
                    3 tbsp brown sugar
                    1/4 tsp salt
                    6 oz chilled unsalted butter, cut into cubes
                    extra butter for greasing the pan
                    3.5 oz. Velveeta, cut into small cubes
                    3.5 oz. Cheese Whiz
                    7 tbsp raspberry jam

                    Preheat oven to 350 F.
                    Butter a 9" x 9" baking pan.
                    Sift together dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, brown sugar, salt)
                    Cut Velveeta, Cheese Whiz, and butter cubes into flour mixture with a pastry blender, until texture is like a mix of coarse sand and fine gravel (texture may be uneven).
                    Press half the mixture firmly into the bottom of the baking pan.
                    Heat jam for one minute in the microwave, and spread it evenly over the top with an offset spatula. (Dip offset spatula in warm water if jam is too sticky.)
                    Sprinkle remaining mixture evenly on top.
                    Bake for about 25 minutes, till top is somewhat browned.
                    Let cool and cut into squares.

                    Let us know which recipe you try and how it went. We use half Cheese Whiz because we're convinced (as others are) that today's Velveeta has a milder flavour than the Velveeta of years gone by.

                    1. re: Full tummy

                      Hi
                      I'm glad I checked for your response and found this new recipe. I'm trying it today. Now as I recall the recipe was on the Package. My Mom kept as a bookmark for her cookbook. Date squares and Cheese Dreams. They were her regular squares for our family gathering. Off to bake........Thanks

                      1. re: steinfam

                        Post back how it goes... you might find you need to make some modifications to it, too. Let me know.

        2. Emailing Kraft was a great idea! And I agree, lots of people combine a slice of melted cheddar cheese with apple pie, so, maybe there's something to this. Please do let us know if you end up finding the recipe and how it turns out!

          EDIT: Does the local Nova Scotia newspaper have a lost recipe person you can contact? Our newspaper has a columnist whose job it is to answer lost recipe questions. She has access to all kinds of old cookbooks and newspaper archives and such that we ordinary mere mortals do not have access to.

          ~TDQ

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          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Also a possibility, Uncle Phaedrus: http://hungrybrowser.com/

            I don't know if this is the same person as the Chowhounder whose handle is Phaedrus.

          2. Thanks so much, Everyone, for your enthusiasm!!! Will let you know if I hear anything from Kraft (nothing yet), or if anything else pans out.

            Lots of great ideas here.

            1. I have been searching for this recipe for over 20 years! I was very excited to see your post when I, yet once again, attempted to look for this recipe. I too am from NS and as a young girl my mother used to make these for me. Your husband is absolutely bang on in his description. They were absolutely delicious and such a warm memory for me. I will continue onward with my search and let you know if I ever find the recipe.

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              1. re: NovaScotia1962

                Well, check out the recipe below and we can compare results!!!!