Norene Gilletz Passover Cinnamon Nut Squares

This recipe is from a cookbook my mother-in-law gave me when Murray and I got married!! I have used it for over 40 years and I love the recipes in it!

SECOND HELPINGS PLEASE! was first published in 1968. Norene Gilletz edited the book.

This recipe is for is PASSOVER CINNAMON NUT SQUARES… it is not a square recipe… but a cake that is cut in square pieces! Baked in a 9×13 pan…this cake was easy to prepare, no separate beaten egg whites that go into many Passover cake recipes.

Here is the recipe If you have SECOND HELPINGS PLEASE! the recipe is on page 226. I made a couple changes … I did not have any cake meal so I put the equivalent amount of matzo meal in the food processor & whirled it until it was fine.. it was not as fine as cake meal but it worked in the cake… I also added water..the recipe called for the juice of half an orange and half a lemon.. I didn’t want to use that so I used water. The cake turned out delicious.

NOTE: During the year I am sure you could replace the cake meal with flour!


6 eggs

2 cups sugar

1/4 cup oil

4 tbsp water

1 tablespoon cinnamon

2 cup cake meal ** I used finely processed matzo meal

1 tbsp potato starch ** if you are using flour for this recipe during the year, I would omit this

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup chopped walnuts ** you can use any nuts you like

cinnamon sugar… just mix some sugar & cinnamon together to the taste you like..if you make too much no problem, just store it with your spices until next time you need some cinnamon sugar..


Preheat oven to 350f

Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan

  1. Beat the eggs with the sugar until light in texture. I used a hand mixer but you can use a stand mixer for this as well
  2. Add the oil & water, mix well
  3. Add the cinnamon, cake meal, potato starch & salt, mix…start your hand mixer on low so that the dry ingredients do not fly out of the bowl!! Scrape down the sides of the bowl & make sure that all of the dry ingredients are incorporated into the wet ingredients
  4. Fold in the nuts
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish
  6. Sprinkle the top evenly with cinnamon/sugar
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the cake is cooked through


i didn’t really sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly on the top of the cake!!

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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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