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Vienna Squares

Ronald Reagan's Vienna Squares

Along with jellybeans, Ronald Reagan supposedly enjoyed these bar cookies.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Raspberry, Ronald Reagan, Vienna Squares
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 24
Author Anna
Cost 5


Shortbread Crust

  • 1 cup butter, salted (230 grams)
  • 1/2 cups sugar (100 grams)
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (320 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt increase to 3/4 teaspoon if using unsalted butter

Filling and Topping

  • 1 10 oz jar raspberry preserves, preferably seedless
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar (200 grams)
  • 2 cups finely chopped nuts


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 15x10 inch jellyroll pan (or line with foil and grease foil if you prefer).
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and 1/2 cup sugar until creamy. Add 2 egg yolks and the salt. By hand or using lowest speed of mixer, stir in the flour to make a soft dough.
  • Pat dough flat in pan. Bake 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Remove from oven and spread raspberry preserves across baked cookie crust. Top with chocolate chips.
  • With an electric mixer, Beat egg whites until whites start to form soft peaks. Gradually beat in the sugar. Fold in the nuts. Gently spread egg white mixture on top of jelly and chocolate chips and bake again about 25 minutes.
  • Let cool completely, then cut into squares or bars.