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Contest-Winning Peanut Butter Squares

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 24 squares)
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed


  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Stir in the cracker crumbs, coconut, peanuts and wheat germ. Press into a greased 13x9-in. pan. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine filling ingredients. Spread over crust. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Pour over filling. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until topping is set. Cut into squares. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 121 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • bake4all
    Nov 14, 2012

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    Jul 14, 2012

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  • lisajohnson07
    Feb 27, 2012

    Very yummy and easy to make. My four year old was even able to assist with some of the mixing.

  • 1275
    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.

  • rkeller
    Dec 8, 2008

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  • jensheba
    Apr 12, 2008

    This recipe is outstanding. easy to prepare and very tasty. i made it for a family brunch and everyone loved it!

  • chandracopeland
    Apr 11, 2008

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