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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Squares

Makes: 24 servings
Prep 30 mins Bake 325°F 8 mins to 10 mins Chill 5 hrs
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Squares
  • 1 9  ounce package  chocolate wafer cookies, finely crushed (2 cups)
  • 1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  cup  butter, melted
  • 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)

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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 24,
  • cal. (kcal) 413,
  • Fat, total (g) 27,
  • chol. (mg) 26,
  • sat. fat (g) 12,
  • carb. (g) 39,
  • Monounsaturated fat (g) 8,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 4,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • sugar (g) 26,
  • pro. (g) 7,
  • vit. A (IU) 292,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 3,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 28,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 381,
  • Potassium (mg) 201,
  • calcium (mg) 40,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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