Peanut Butter-Chocolate Squares

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  • Makes: 24 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Bake: 8 mins to 10 mins 325°F
  • Chill: 5 hrs
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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Squares
Ingredients
1
9 ounce package chocolate wafer cookies, finely crushed (2 cups)
1/2
cup packed brown sugar
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/2
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
cup peanut butter
1 1/2
cups milk
2
4-serving-size packages French vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
1
8 ounce container frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed
1
cup dry-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1
7 ounce tub dipping chocolate*
 
Miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cups (optional)
 
Chopped dry-roasted peanuts (optional)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, allowing foil to extend over ends of pan; set aside. In a medium bowl stir together cookie crumbs, brown sugar, and salt. Add melted butter and vanilla; stir until mixture is evenly moist. Press cookie mixture firmly and evenly over bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until crust is firm. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together peanut butter, milk and pudding mixes until combined (mixture will be stiff). Fold in one-fourth of the whipped topping and the 1 cup peanuts. Spoon peanut butter mixture evenly over crust; spread evenly. Cover and chill for for at least 1 hour.
  3. In a microwave melt dipping chocolate according to package directions; transfer to a medium bowl. Fold together melted dipping chocolate and the remaining whipped topping until combined.
  4. Spread chocolate mixture evenly over the peanut butter layer. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. To serve, lift uncut squares from pan using foil. Cut into squares. If desired, garnish each serving with a peanut butter cup and/or peanuts.
From the Test Kitchen
*Note:

Find dipping chocolate in the baking aisle of your supermarket.

Nutrition Facts (Peanut Butter-Chocolate Squares)
    Per serving:
  • 413 kcal cal.,
  • 27 g fat
  • (12 g sat. fat,
  • 4 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 8 g monounsatured fat),
  • 26 mg chol.,
  • 381 mg sodium,
  • 39 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 26 g sugar,
  • 7 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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