Butterfinger Squares

Spotted a recipe for these butterfinger squares on Pinterest months ago. Who knew you could melt candy corn, stir in melted peanut butter, and it tastes like butterfinger! I waited until the day after Halloween and grabbed a couple of bags of candy corn at clearance prices. Thought these would be awesome in my Christmas cookie gift boxes. This recipe calls for the addition of cereal to add that extra crunch.

Once I tried it, I realized that if someone gave one of these squares to me and told me it was a butterfinger candy bar, I wouldn’t know the difference! You can cut it into small squares or go for bars to make it more of a candy bar. This would be awesome for a party or  as a gift.

Rating 5/5

 

Butterfinger Squares

 

3 cups candy corn

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter

1 cup corn flake or rice krispies cereal

1 (12 oz) bag semisweet chocolate chips or melting chocolate

 

In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave candy corn at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted. Stir in creamy peanut butter and cereal until smooth (microwave for 15 seconds if the mixture gets too stiff to stir).

Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment or wax paper. Scoop the mixture into the baking pan and press flat with a rubber spatula. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Do NOT freeze or you will not be able to cut it into squares.

Lift the candy out of the pan and cut into 1-inch squares with a sharp knife. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted. Dip squares into melted chocolate and set on parchment-lined cookie sheet to set. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer.

Found this recipe here.

Enjoy.

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Apple Squares

A Saturday night at home with nothing to do. I had the itch to bake something and I knew there were a few things I was trying to use up around the kitchen. I really wanted to make something with apples but I only had two apples left in my refrigerator. The AllRecipes website is so easy to pull up and search for a recipe using specific ingredients. I found the recipe for apple squares here.

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped apple

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

2 tbsp white sugar

2 tbsp packed brown sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9-inch pan (I lined mine with foil to make removal easier).  In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Mix in egg and vanilla extract.

Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture until just combined. Stir in apples and walnuts. Pour and spread into prepared pan.

Combine in a separate small bowl the 2 tbsp white sugar, 2 tbsp brown sugar, and 2 tsp ground cinnamon. Lightly dust the top of the prepared apple mixture. The original recipe only called for the white sugar and cinnamon topping but I found adding in brown sugar gave the squares a nice crisp shell on top.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

These reminded me of eating apple pie but in bar form. They were a little gooey in the middle. Enjoy a warm apple square with some vanilla ice cream and you have a great dessert. I wouldn’t mind adding more cinnamon and smaller apple chunks in my next attempt at this. It was a great way to use up some extra apples I had sitting in the fridge and an almost finished bag of walnuts.

Enjoy.