This was long, long before my time (let's see if Oldest Sister reads this...), so I had only heard of mocha squares, but never tasted them. I asked Mom what they were and she described a vanilla cake with white frosting and peanuts. Um, where is the chocolate? Where is the coffee? This made no sense to me. Until I borrowed Mom's cookbook.
|Tried Recipes, Grafton Lutheran Ladies Aid (1961)|
There in the tattered book was the recipe for mocha squares.
I did internet searches for mocha squares and found recipes for bars that involved chocolate and coffee, which is exactly what someone would expect from the name. Finally, in desperation, I searched for "cake squares frosted peanuts" and saw that the rest of the world calls these peanut squares or peanut cake squares. That makes so much more sense!
Because I am such a good sister, I whipped up a batch of so-called mocha squares to share with Oldest Sister at our weekly tea and crumpets.
|Lily lends a paw to the baking process|
They were fairly easy to make and tasted delicious while fresh. I gleefully arranged them on a cute 1950s platter and drove them to my mother's house where I waited for Oldest Sister to arrive so I could tell her I made her most-hated food*. And she had the nerve to not show up that day. Drats, foiled again!
*Lest anyone think that I am more evil than I really am, I have a similar story involving cherry pie with canned cherry pie filling, which I cannot stand to even smell to this day. Oldest Sister has made several things with cherry pie filling, so this was an act of revenge, not outright aggression. Too bad it didn't work out. <sigh>