Crispy Chocolate Squares Recipe
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Crispy Chocolate Squares Recipe

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Folks will think you slaved away on these fast and fudgy treats. "People often request the recipe and are surprised to find out how easy they are to make," reports Karen Speidel of Wheeling, Illinois. "Even kids can make 'em!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:48 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 package (10-1/2 ounces) miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 153 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 82 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the marshmallows, peanut butter, chocolate chips and butter. Cover and microwave on high for 1-1/2 minutes. Stir until well blended (the mixture will be lumpy). Add cereal and peanuts; stir until well coated. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan.
  2. For the frosting, combine chocolate chips, butter and milk in another microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 1 minute. Add sugar and vanilla. With an electric mixer, beat frosting until smooth. Spread over the cereal mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Cut into squares. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Crispy Chocolate Squares in Quick Cooking March/April 1998, p47

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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"Took these to an office party and left with just a clean plate. They were a HUGE hit."

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"I made these for my husband to take to work for his gluten free co-workers. They were delicious. I made several copies of the recipe, and sent them along. These are better than scotcheroos. I will make these bars again!"

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2008

"My two sons helped me make these treats many times. They always "licked" the bowl afterwards. Sometimes I leave off the frosting, but either way the squares are scrumptious."

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