Raisin Squares Italian Bakery Style

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

This recipe comes from a local Italian bakery shop. They are made with raisin filling or canned apple pie filling also. Give them a try.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash raisins.
  2. Add to the boiling water on low heat in saucepot.
  3. Add remaining filling ingredients, salt, sugar, flour, juice, and cook just until thick.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool well.
  5. Crust:.
  6. Mix egg with vanilla and add enough cream or whole milk to make one cup of liquid.
  7. Combine remaining ingredients flour, sugar, salt, and lard and lifting to air and rub to make a coarse pea size crumb.
  8. Add in liquid and just combine to make a ball of pastry.
  9. Divide pastry into two .
  10. Dust a board with the flour for rolling and roll one section to fit a 17 x 14 sided ungreased cookie sheet.
  11. Spread on cooled raisin filling, or canned apple filling.
  12. Roll second half of dough, and place nicely on the top, sealing edges.
  13. Prick all over top with a fork and brush with more cream.
  14. Sprinkle with granulated fine or coarse sugar over evenly.
  15. Bake 350° for 25 minutes until golden.
Most Helpful

5 5

Although I'm a dedicated raisin fan, I don't know how close what I made with this recipe comes to the original raisin squares, but I can tell you this ~ These dessert squares are VERY TASTY! I did use vegetable shortening instead of lard, but other than that, the recipe was followed! Definitely a keeper & worth making again & again! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup cooking game]

5 5

This is a recipe I grew up with my grandmother making, and they are delicious! I had not had them in years until my cousin brought them to a family reunion a few years ago. They are a little tedious to make, but well worth the effort!