Contest-Winning Peanut Butter Squares Recipe

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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
MAKES:
48 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:
48 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cold butter (no substitutes), cubed
  • 2 squares (1 ounce each) 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 vanilla extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 4 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup butter

Directions

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat butter and chocolate on high for 1 minute; stir. Microwave 30-60 seconds longer or until melted; stir until smooth. Stir in cracker crumbs, coconut, peanuts and wheat germ. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
In a small mixing bowl, combine filling ingredients; mix well. Spread over crust. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate and butter on high for 45 seconds; stir. Microwave 30 seconds longer or until melted; 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 with an 850-watt microwave.
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 each: 121 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

  • 3/4 cup cold butter (no substitutes), cubed
  • 2 squares (1 ounce each) 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 vanilla extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 4 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup butter
  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat butter and chocolate on high for 1 minute; stir. Microwave 30-60 seconds longer or until melted; stir until smooth. Stir in cracker crumbs, coconut, peanuts and wheat germ. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine filling ingredients; mix well. Spread over crust. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate and butter on high for 45 seconds; stir. Microwave 30 seconds longer or until melted; 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 with an 850-watt microwave.
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Squares in Taste of Home October/November 2002, p27

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lisajohnson07 User ID: 6550071 59444
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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1275 User ID: 6324211 205169
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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jensheba User ID: 1014293 81513
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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