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Peanut Butter Squares

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

If you’ve ever eaten Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, you’ll recognize these homespun versions of them. And if you discount melting the chocolate (which in any case the microwave can do) there is no cooking involved. You may think that seeing how the dough is made—just peanut butter, butter, and sugar—might put you off eating them. Sadly not.

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, game day

Recipe Coursedessert

Mealkid snack, snack

Taste and Texturechocolatey, nutty, rich

Type of Dishchocolate dessert, dessert

Ingredients

  • Scant ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Scant ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 7 ounces milk chocolate
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • One 9-inch square pan, greased

Instructions

Stir all the ingredients for the base together until smooth. I use the paddle attachment to my mixer which my children love operating, but a bowl and a wooden spoon will do the job just as well. You will find, either way, that some of the dark brown sugar stays in rubbly, though very small, lumps, but don’t worry about that. Press the sandy mixture into the brownie pan and make the surface as even as possible.

To make the topping, melt the chocolates and butter together (in a microwave for ease, for a minute or two on medium) and spread on the base. Put the pan in the refrigerator to set. When the chocolate has hardened, cut into small squares—because, more-ish as it undeniably is, it is also very rich.

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I love these, but for the life of me, I can't cut them well. I get cracked chocolate and smooshed peanut butter when I try to cut them. Yummy, but a mess and really never presentable. Not good for my health when i can't bear to throw them away but can't bear to give them away either. And advice?

The “Peanut Butter Squares” are delicious. Very easy to make, however they are very sweet. So a little piece goes a long way in satisfying a sweet craving and they are fabulous with a cup of coffee.

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