Have you ever walked into a new room/space and the scent of it gave you a flashback? I had that happen to me recently, I was at my new gym and they must be using the same cleaner as the school I did grades 1/2 at…it was super freaky. Scent is a sense that I think is totally underrated, by most at least. I don’t wear perfume at all and don’t think I’ve owned a scented candle since 2000, but I get time-warped big time by certain smells. I came across an old magazine recently that had a Tommy Girl perfume sample and whoa…I immediately felt compelled to wear some awkwardly stonewashed flares and pound a rockaberry canadian cooler into me at the nearest field party.

These squares have been a staple dessert in my family for as long as I can remember. They’re such an awesomely retro recipe; usually Jell-o ain’t my thing, because, well, it’s weird. But these squares are so yummy and refreshing, the strawberries on the shortbread crust, they’re an undeniable good time. I have earned myself a reputation in the family as being a little bit obsessed with them, my aunt Mary always makes sure there’s a big square left for me at any family gathering. I could likely eat the whole pan, but I usually have to share with a bajillion aunts, uncles, and cousins, as my mom comes from a family of 13! Seriously. Gotta love the old-school Irish-Catholic fams!

Without any further ado, here’s a recipe for a baby shower/wedding shower/sunday afternoon dessert recipe that has stood the test of time!

Aunt Mary’s Strawberry Squares


1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/2 cup butter


2 cups crushed fresh strawberries

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 (85 g) package strawberry gelatin

2 cups whipped cream

2 tablespoons icing sugar


Preheat your oven 350°F. Combine flour and sugar. Cut in the butter until crumbly, then press dough into 8-inch square baking tin. Bake until a very light golden colour about 15 to 20 minutes.

In a medium sized pot, place two cups crushed fresh strawberries. Add 1/2 cup sugar, and bring just to a boil.Remove from heat; add Jell-o powder and stir well until dissolved. Chill until slightly thickened.  Fold half of the prepared whipped cream into thickened strawberry mixture and pour into cooled crust. Chill in fridge until set. (this should be about one hour or so). Beat the icing sugar into the remaining dessert topping and spread over the set layer, then chill until serving time.



2 comments to “Aunt Mary’s Strawberry Squares”

  1. Kathy says:

    Man I love your writing! And holy rockaberry flashback!

  2. Jen says:

    Love your blog, long time lurker and first time commenter (ummm, so that sounded like I was calling into a sports talk radio show). I know from reading your blog you’re vegetarian and was just wondering if you had a substitution to the Jello/vegetarian predicament. I have vegetarian friends and would love to bring these to one of our get togethers but know some of them wont eat jello because they’re a meat by-product. Any suggestions or ways to get around it?

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