Tuesday, August 20, 2013


While grocery shopping in Wisconsin over the week-end, I took one look at this peanut square and just had to have it.  People who know me well will find the fact that I picked up any sort of sweet treat strange, but food memories make people do quirky things.  My mom used to buy the little cakes for my brother and me as a special treat while we were growing up and it didn't occur to me until this week-end that I've never really seen them outside of Wisconsin.  I shared one of the cakes with Ang and Penny over coffee in the late afternoon and we all agreed it was pretty amazing.  It tastes a little like a Pay Day Candy Bar and I didn't over remember them at all.  I brought the second cake home to Emma and Finn who declared peanut squares to be as delicious as I think they are!
 Just in case I get another peanut square craving I found this recipe on line; I am not a big Taste of Home user, but it makes sense you's find this timeless recipe there.

Homemade Peanut Squares
(recipe via Taste of Home)

For the Cake:
4 Eggs 
1 3/4 Cup of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-3/4 Cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 Cup of milk
1/4 Cup butter, melted

For the Frosting:
7-1/2 C powdered sugar
2/3 Cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 Cups chopped peanuts

1.  In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick and lemon colored, about 4 minutes.  Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the egg mixture. Beat on low speed until just combined.  Beat in milk and butter.

2.  Pour the batter into a greased 9x13 baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a pick comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack, cut into squares and freeze overnight.

3.  For the frosting,in a small bowl, beat the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and salt until smooth.  Frost the tops and sides of the frozen cake squared; roll in peanuts.  All to set on a wire rack.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OK, now I'm hungry for a peanut square. They have to come from the Marquette Bakery in Green Bay.


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