Contest-Winning Peanut Butter Squares Recipe
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Contest-Winning Peanut Butter Squares Recipe

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I grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my mom and grandmother making Pennsylvania Dutch classics. This scrumptious recipe, which combines two of our favorite flavors, is one I adapted. -Rachel Keller, Roanoke, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 48 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 24 squares)
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • FILLING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 121 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 97 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Stir in the cracker crumbs, coconut, peanuts and wheat germ. Press into a greased 13x9-in. pan. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine filling ingredients. Spread over crust. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Pour over filling. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until topping is set. Cut into squares. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Squares in Taste of Home October/November 2002, p27

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 121 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 97 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"Very yummy and easy to make. My four year old was even able to assist with some of the mixing."

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Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

"This was heavenly. The cream cheese really made it great. I left out the wheat germ, but this recipe was great. Easy to make."

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Reviewed Apr. 12, 2008

"This recipe is outstanding. easy to prepare and very tasty. i made it for a family brunch and everyone loved it!"

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