2 Recipes for the Spring Season: Raspberry Squares and Lemon Sherbet

Last week, I found a collection of recipes in an old notebook given to my parents on their wedding day. My grandma told my mother about how she had collected them over the course of a few decades. While some were given to her by her parents, others she’d taken from Martha Stewart’s cookbook, Entertaining. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


Raspberry Squares (Makes around 16 squares)


(Genevieve W.)


  • 1 Cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  • ½ Cup Raspberry Jam



  • 4 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Can shredded coconuts (4 oz)

  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla


Making the cake:

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees, Grease an 8-in-square baking pan.
  2. Stir flour & baking powder in a bowl.
  3. Cut in butter with 2 knives or a pastry blender until the mixture looks mealy.
  4. Beat the eggs slightly & stir into the flour mixture along with the milk. Mix well.
  5. Spread dough over the bottom of the baking pan.
  6. Cover the mixture with a large layer of jam.


Making the topping:

  1. Melt butter.
  2. Beat the eggs until frothy. Then beat in the sugar & melted butter thoroughly.
  3. Chop coconut into smaller pieces and mix well with the sugar/egg combination.
  4. Flavor with vanilla and spread on top of raspberry jam.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes @ 350 degrees.



Lemon Sherbert




  • 1 Pint of Milk
  • ⅓ Cup of lemon juice
  • Grated rinds from the squeezed lemon.
  • 1½ cups of sugar.


  1. Poor 1 pint of milk into a bowl.
  2. Add ⅓ cup of lemon juice and grated lemon rinds.
  3. Add 1½ cups of sugar. Stir until dissolved.
  4. Put the mixture in an ice tray & freeze until solid.
  5. Take out & break up with a fork.
  6. Beat until fluffy. Return to the tray.
  7. Place in the freezer to preserve.


* TIP: My grandma says “This is a snap to do however you must prepare it in the AM because it takes time to freeze & then re-freeze again. It’s so cool!”