Recipe: Peanut butter squares

It’s always nice to come home for the holidays and eat special treats from my childhood.  My mom made an old family recipe called peanut butter squares and there aren’t many of them left 🙂

For peanut butter squares, you will need the following:

*1/2 cup brown sugar

*1/2 cup corn syrup

*1 cup peanut butter

*1 cup corn flakes (for food cancellation purposes, mom used bran flakes)

*1 cup rice krispies (for optimal food cancellation, mom says to forget rice krispies and go with even more bran flakes)

* 1/2 tsp vanilla

Dissolve the brown sugar & syrup together in a sauce pan over low-medium heat, then remove and add in the cereals, peanut butter and vanilla.  Blend this mixture together – it should be thick.  Spread this goodness into a 7 x 10 inch pan.

Now this recipe is not complete without the piece de resistance – icing! Mom made a layer so thick that I almost died from sugar overload 🙂  For the icing extravaganza, you will need:

*1 cup brown sugar

* 2 Tbsp butter

* 6 Tbsp cream or whole milk.

* 2 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar in the US)

If you don’t like icing as much as we do, cut the recipe in half! To make the icing, boil the brown sugar, butter and cream/whole milk in a sauce pan over the stove or else you can just melt it in a bowl in the microwave – either method will work.  Remove from heat and gradually add in approximately 2 cups of icing sugar (aka powdered sugar for my lovely American readers).  Mom suggests mixing it gradually by hand and then using a hand mixer.  I’ll take her word for it!

Once the icing is complete, throw it down on the healthy bran flakey peanut butter base and spread it around.  Let it set – I’m guessing the fridge would be a good place for that to occur and once set, proceed to stuff in pie hole…preferably after cutting it into a piece or two!

Peanut butter squares....with mega icing!

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