Edna’s Cherry Square

So quick & easy, Edna’s Cherry Square is a delicious dessert you can make which is sure to become a favourite!

We had wonderful friends who lived in a pretty small town in Northern Alberta, Jack & Edna Bondar. Sadly both have passed away but I have the fondest memories of both of them. Edna was an inspiration to me when I was a young woman. She made bread ( way before I would ever have thought to make bread!), she sewed, was a good cook & did many other things… had a busy life rich with family, friends & her community.

Murray & I would go visit Jack & Edna before we had our children, when we had our family & after our kids moved away. I could share so many memories but i won’t! I will share Edna with you through a couple of her recipes.

This one, Edna’s Cherry Square, was always a favourite of mine. M She wsould lkake it when we went to visit & I ahve forgotten about it! I was going through my book of recipes looking for something to make & saw this. Written down as she told it to me, I figured out what to do!

The recipe can be made with a mixer or by hand. I made it by hand so I had to soften the butter in the microwave! When I took this out of the oven I think Edna’s looked differently though but mine still tastes the same so I am happy about that!

Here is the recipe


1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1 can cherry pie filling

Icing sugar to sprinkle over the baked & cooled Cherry Square


Preheat the oven to 375f

grease a 9 x13 baking dish , I used non-stick spray

  1. Mix the Butter & sugar together until combined
  2. Add the 2 eggs. beat them in
  3. next, add the vanilla
  4. Stir in the flour & walnuts, mix really well making sue everything is moist & well combined
  5. Spread 3/4 of the batter into the prepared baking dish
  6. The pie filling is spread evenly over the batter
  7. Drop the remaining batter by teaspoons over the pie filling
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for approx 45 minutes
  9. Let cool & then you can dust the top with icing sugar if you want!!

Cut into squares to serve & dist with icing sugar!


Ready for the oven

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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!