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Chocolate Peanut Candy Squares

 Chocolate Peanut Candy Squares
Several years ago, I took this recipe to my sister's annual Christmas cookie- and candy-making party. Everyone still tells me that their families beg them to make these decadent delights for their holiday festivities.
144 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 cup butter, divided
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package (10 to 11 ounces) butterscotch chips
  • 1 jar (18 ounces) peanut butter
  • 1 can (16 ounces) salted peanuts
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1 package (2 pounds) confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • Grease a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with 1 tablespoon butter; set
  • aside. In a saucepan over low heat, cook and stir chips and peanut
  • butter until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Spread half
  • into prepared pan; refrigerate. Add peanuts to the remaining
  • mixture; set aside.
  • In a saucepan, combine the milk, pudding mix and remaining butter;
  • cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir for 1
  • minute. Remove from the heat; stir in maple flavoring. In a bowl,
  • beat confectioners' sugar and pudding mixture until smooth.
  • Carefully spread over bottom layer. Carefully spread with reserved
  • peanut mixture. Chill for at least 24 hours. Cut into 1-in.
  • squares. Refrigerate in airtight containers. Yield: 12 dozen.