Salted Nut Squares Recipe
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Salted Nut Squares Recipe

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A favorite of young and old, this recipe came from my sister-in-law. It's simple to prepare and delicious. There's no need to keep it warm or cold, so it's perfect for the potluck that has you traveling longer distances. —Kathy Tremel, Earling, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:54 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 54 servings


  • 3 cups salted peanuts without skins, divided
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups peanut butter chips
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 115 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Place half of the peanuts in an ungreased 11x7-in. dish; set aside. In a large saucepan, melt butter and peanut butter chips over low heat. Add milk and marshmallows; cook and stir until melted.
  2. Pour over peanuts. Sprinkle with remaining peanuts. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Cut into scant 1-1/4-in. squares. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Salted Nut Squares in Taste of Home December/January 1994, p39

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Sharon Blackman User ID: 1111806 4096
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"Yummy but very gooey and sticky. It took a long time to get the marshmallows to melt and I had to the pan back on low heat. Not sure if that made them come out sticky and gooey. Next time I might try using marshmallow crème vs the mini marshmallows. Thanks for sharing, a quick and easy recipe."

Lopi User ID: 169672 5879
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2012

"I have peanut butter on the shelf, but not chips. Can I use that instead?"

obrien178 User ID: 5488036 2932
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"These are divine! They taste a lot like a Payday candy bar. I have made them twice now for gatherings and have gotten rave reviews. I leave the stove on very low when I add the SCM and marshmallows and stir continually until melted. This seems to speed up the melting process. Definitely a recipe I will be making often. Thanks!"

BoosterBarb User ID: 5949002 6457
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"This worked better with 3 cups mini marshmallows and be sure to use the large Virginia peanuts because they don't work well."

dzm388 User ID: 724894 199033
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"Yummy but very gooey. Hard to eat out of hand, a fork works better. It took a long time to get the marshmallows to melt and I had to the pan back on low heat, so maybe that's what went wrong? May try again with half the filling ingredients. But - it was yummy!"

ruth48 User ID: 6267462 4415
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"Quick and easy to make. I took them to a business bar-b-que and everyone loved them. They taste like a candybar. Not to sweet, just right."

cindyost User ID: 2125334 6455
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"It taste just like or maybe better the Salted Nut Roll Candy Bar. I think next time I will mix the peanuts in the saucepan as one of the last ingredients."

Vicki58 User ID: 6172984 3208
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"Thank you for the recipe..."

BoosterBarb User ID: 5949002 5876
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"Fantastic bar. Reminds me of the PayDay Bar. Everyone loves this and I get writers cramp giving out the recipe. It is really great for travel. Don't have to worry about temperature control with this one!! A+"

MY REVIEW User ID: 3595952 6359
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2010

"I can follow a recipe really well...especially one this simple. So, I don't know if there is something missing from this recipe or if the wording is off, but when it says to stir the butter and the peanut butter chips until "smooth," that conjurs up images of a thick liquid or slurry consistency. However, when I did this, all I got was a smooth play-doh consistency and I had to keep heating the mixture while I added the marshmallows and s.c. milk in order to get them to melt. It all turned out really well and they tasted great, but I was expecting a more liquid-like consistency during that step."

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