Peanut Butter Squares

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Chocolate Peanut Butter SquaresChocolate and peanut butter–the two great tastes that always taste great together, right? Wrong. I know, I know, you didn’t think it was possible. Neither did I, until I made these. But they’re terrible. I mean, really, really terrible. The peanut butter base is mushy and gritty and the overall texture is just ick.

After I got over my initial disappointment, I Googled the recipe and found rave reviews which totally surprised me. Have you made these? What did you think?

Photos of the process here.

Base Ingredients
Scant 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
scant 1/4 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

Topping Ingredients
7 ounces milk chocolate
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1 tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. Stir all the ingredients for the base together until smooth.
  2. I use the paddle attachments to my mixer, which my children love operating, but a bowl and a wooden spoon will do the job just as well.
  3. You will find, either way, that some of the dark brown sugar stays in rubbly but very small, lumps, but don’t worry about that.
  4. Press the sandy mixture into a 9-inch square brownie pan and make the surface as even as possible.
  5. To make the topping, melt the chocolates and butter together (in a microwave for ease, for a minute or two on medium) and spread the base.
  6. 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.

Makes approximately 48.

Recipe from How to Be Domestic Goddess via WCHS.


4 Responses to “Peanut Butter Squares”

    jami on 1 December 26th, 2008 10:54 pm

    I’ll look for my recipe. I love it. It’s a childhood favorite. I think it’s got graham cracker crumbs with pwd sugar and peanut butter. The pb part is nice and dry/crumbly, but sticks together, and it’s got a thin chocolate layer on top.

    Jess on 2 December 26th, 2008 10:56 pm

    I love that you still post despite not liking the result – this is what makes blogs like yours an honest, invaluable tool to experimental bakers!

    jami on 3 December 26th, 2008 11:36 pm

    OK, here we go. Same concept, hopefully better result, c/o my mom’s friend Helene:

    1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
    1 box (16 oz) powdered sugar
    1 cup melted butter or margarine
    1 1/2 cups peanut butter (I use plain ol’ Jif)
    12 oz chocolate chips

    Mix graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Melt butter and peanut butter together. Add to sugar mix and stir together thoroughly. Spread into a 9×13″ pan.

    Melt chocolate chips and spread evenly on top of pb mix. Cool and cut into approximately 48 squares. Do not refrigerate before cutting.

    Hallie on 4 December 30th, 2008 5:47 pm

    Too bad that they came out not tasting right, they look pretty good to me! I almost don’t believe you thought everything chocolate and peanut butter went together.