Need'ems: The name fits


January 16, 2002|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Barbara S. Schubert of Ellicott City is seeking a recipe called Need'ems. She says: "I bought some at a craft and baked goods fair in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and knew immediately it was the appropriate title for this scrumptiously delicious sweet treat. It was a square of semisweet chocolate with a creamy filling. Please help me locate this recipe as I now know my taste buds Need'em."

Goldie Brody of Baltimore responded with a recipe "from a cookbook titled Damariscotta Kitchens -- Favorite Recipes From Historic Lincoln County, Maine."

Some references to the treat call it Needhams.


Makes 5 dozen small squares

1/2 cup melted butter or margarine

3/4 cup mashed potato

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 pounds confectioners' sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

two 7-ounce packages flaked coconut


12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

four 1-ounce squares unsweetened chocolate

1/2 cake paraffin (2 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches, the kind used for top of jelly jar)

Combine butter, mashed potato, salt, sugar and vanilla. Beat long and well to make creamy. Add coconut and mix well. Spread evenly in a 13-inch-by-9-inch-by- 2-inch buttered pan to a thickness of 1/2 inch. Allow to harden in a cool place, then cut into small squares.

To make dip: Combine ingredients in double boiler and melt. When mixture reaches 83 degrees, dip square into it and place on waxed paper to set. Or, you may pour mixture over squares.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "These are moist little coconut squares that you wouldn't suspect of containing mashed potato. If you have a hard time with the idea of eating paraffin, you may omit this ingredient, but the resulting chocolate layer will melt in your hands during eating. The paraffin helps the chocolate act like `molding chocolate,' so that it is shiny and less likely to melt."

Recipe requests

Karen M. Lawrence of Kelso, Wash., is seeking an Hawaiian nut loaf that she acquired in a cooking class at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif. "The main ingredients were crushed pineapple, orange zest and macadamia nuts."

Laura Cunninghame of White Hall writes that she "would like a recipe for bean pie, which is popular in the Baltimore City area."

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