Chocolate Peanut Ice Cream Squares

When we had friends over Friday for dinner, I had to plan out a meal that was both easy to prep, easy to prepare, and delicious!  Mr. Housework wasn’t going to be home until right before they arrived, and I’d have a clingy {almost} one year old crying for me and following my every move.  So, I decided Mr. Housework would grill steaks – therefore, leaving me not having to do anything, really!  I chopped up a salad and baked some potatoes, but really, I did NOTHING!  That’s the BEST!  So, in my guilt, I decided to pull out an old family recipe {ok, maybe it came from the April 1980 Sunset magazine} that my mom has passed on to me – Frozen Chocolate Peanut Squares – and get ready for this one – they’re DELICIOUS!

As the weather is getting warm{er} – well, ok, we live in Phoenix – sorry about the rest of you!  Anyhow, as the weather warms up, this is the perfect recipe for a little coolin’ off!

This is a layer dessert – takes a bit of time to put together, but it’s totally worth it!!!!
(originally printed in April 1980 Sunset magazine)
3/4 cup butter or margarine
2 c. vanilla wafer crumbs (about 1 box)
2 c. powdered sugar
3 eggs
6 oz. semisweet choc. chips ~ melted
1 1/2 c. salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream ~ slightly softened
(go ahead and buy 1 gallon, because then you can eat the rest!!!!)
Melt 1/4 c. of the butter.  mix with crumbs and press over bottom of a 9″x13″ pan.  In a large bowl, use mixer to beat together the remaining 1/2 c. of butter and powdered sugar until creamy.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in chocolate until well blended.  Fold in 1 c. of the peanuts.  Spread mixture over the crust and freeze until chocolate is firm {about 30 minutes}.  Spread ice cream over the top.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 c. of peanuts.  Cover and freeze until firm, at least 12 hours.  Let stand at room temperature 5-10 minutes before cutting into squares!
The family recipe my mom made for my recipe box years ago!

9 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Ice Cream Squares

  1. Oh YUMMY in the TUMMY! I love chocolate and peanut butter together. This is going on the "to make" list. Thank you

  2. Hi, I'm following from the Totally Tuesday Blog Hop. Those chocolate peanut butter squares look delicious. Thanks for sharing the family recipe. 🙂

  3. Hi Melanie, Thanks for coming over to visit. I added your button to my blog roll. Have a wonderful evening.

  4. Yum! This looks really good.

    I'm a new follower from the blog hop! Looking forward to seeing more of your blog.

  5. That looks SO easy to do in the summer. I love to cook in the winter. But in the summer, not so much.

    stopped by on the hop, love to see you over at Lovin my Little Ladies.

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