Chocolate Fudge Peanut Squares

Total Time
54mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 39 mins

Chocolate and peanuts are a delightful combination.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • CRUST

  • butter (for the pan)
  • flour (for the pan)
  • 1 23 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 14 cup peanuts, finely chopped
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled (unsalted)
  • BATTER

  • 1 14 cups cake flour
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 18 teaspoon baking powder
  • 18 teaspoon salt
  • 34 cup peanuts (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to tepid
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled to tepid
  • 3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 4 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 2 cups superfine sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Set the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan.
  3. Dust it with flour, tapping out the excess.
  4. In a bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and peanuts.
  5. Pour the butter into the baking pan.
  6. Scatter the cookie crumb mixture in the pan in an even layer.
  7. Press down on the crumbs with a spatula.
  8. Bake the crust for 4 minutes.
  9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  10. In a bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  11. In another small bowl, toss the chopped peanuts with 1/2 teaspoon of the flour mixture.
  12. In a large bowl, whisk the butter and chocolate.
  13. Stir in the peanut butter, blending it well.
  14. Add the eggs, sugar and vanilla.
  15. Stir in the flour mixture and chopped nuts.
  16. Spoon the batter into the crust, spreading it evenly, and taking care not to dislodge the layer of crust.
  17. Bake for 35 minutes or until just set.
  18. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  19. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until firm.
  20. With a sharp knife, divide the mixture into quarters.
  21. Cut each quarter into quarters again to make 16 squares.
  22. Use a metal spatula to lift from pan.
  23. Store in an airtight tin.