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Crispy Chocolate Squares

 Crispy Chocolate Squares
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!"
48 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.