Peanut Cake Squares Recipe
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Peanut Cake Squares Recipe

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When I was in high school, I worked for an Irish family...and they made these yummy treats each year for St. Patrick's Day. The sweet frosting and salty peanuts are an irresistible combination. The only complaint my husband has is that I make them just once a year! -Bridget Jones, Veyo, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + freezing Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + freezing Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • FROSTING:
  • 7-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups finely chopped peanuts

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 496 calories, 21 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 298 mg sodium, 68 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 12 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick and lemon-colored, about 4 minutes. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture. Beat on low speed just until combined. Beat in milk and butter.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Cover and freeze overnight.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat the confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and salt until smooth. Frost the top and sides of frozen cake squares; roll in peanuts. Place on wire racks to set. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Blarney Stones in Taste of Home February/March 2002, p33

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 496 calories, 21 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 298 mg sodium, 68 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 12 g protein.

Reviews for Peanut Cake Squares

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Reviewed Mar. 14, 2014

"I liked the taste a lot, but they were a little difficult to put together. I think the frosting needs to be a little thinner to adhere to the frozen cakes. Will definitely make these again, though"

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Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"This exact recipe from the same person Bridget Jones Diary is also on AllRecipes.com, if your on two sites with great reviews then it really must be good. I'm definitely going to make these in March for my work. Thanks! =o)"

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Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"My family just loves these, my mother in law called them blarney stones. I would definitely make again!"

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Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"I made these for a family gathering and they were devoured! I had to give the recipe out to several people!"

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Reviewed Mar. 6, 2010

"I tried to give these 5 stars, but the program only registed 4. If you like salted nut rolls (the candy bar), you will love these. I found this recipe (called Blarney Stones then) in 2002 and have made them every year since.They are a little putsy to make (The prep time listed on the recipe is highly misleading. Plan on that 30 min PLUS the frosting and rolling time. I would say at least 60 min all tolled - and that is probably very optomistic.) They are worth it for St. Pat's Day, though. They are the most anxiously awaited treat at our annual bash and the first to go! I agree on the frosting comment. I actually added 1/2 cup of softened butter to the existing recipe and that worked great. Three tips - first, for the nuts, I use the Fisher Nut Topping from the ice cream section of the grocery store. They are quick, easy and delicious. Secondly, be sure you cut the cake into small squares (1-1 1/2 in tops!). These things get huge once frosted and rolled and they are rich. Finally, they are SO much easier to ice when they are frozen. I skipped this stage once to try to save some time - BAD idea! They were a mess to work with."

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