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

  2. 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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