Chocolate Peanut Squares

I made these for my aunt and my grandma, who came to visit this Sunday. Inspiration came from, but the recipe changed quite a bit in the process. These nutty squares, covered with a thin layer of spiced up chocolate, are a great dessert with a cup of strong coffee.


The base:

  • 250 g peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 7,5 dl corn flakes
  • 1,7 dl dark syrup
  • 0,7 dl shredded coconut
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla sugar

First, I toasted the peanuts in a hot dry frying pan until they started to brown and the brown skins started to peel off. Then I poured them in a bowl filled with cold water. Now, most of the skins floated to the surface, and I could spoon them off. Then I just drained the peanuts, and ground them in a shredder with the 2 tablespoons of water until they were quite fine, not yet powdery.

Then I cooked everything except the cornflakes up to a boil, and let the mixture bubble for a few minutes. Meanwhile, I ground the cornflakes, and then removed the pan from heat, and mixed everything together. Now, I spooned this on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment, and flattened it with my fingers, dipping them in cold water every once in a while to prevent sticking, until the layer was about 1 cm thick.

Then I baked the peanut layer in 200 degrees Celsius for about 13 minutes, until it started to brown on the edges.

Dark chocolate topping:

  • 200 g vegan chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • a pinch each: cardamom, cinnamon, Chinese five spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger

I just melted the chocolate in a small bowl, in water bath, and mixed everything together. When the base layer had cooled down, I spread the chocolate on top of it with a spatula.

White decoration:

  • 30 g vegan white chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon soy milk
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

We happened to have a few squares of vegan white chocolate left, so I used them to decorate the squares. It is not available in Finland, so next time I’ll probably just have to use basic icing. But now, I melted the chocolate in a water bath, and mixed with the rest of the ingredients until smooth and white. Then I whisked this around the squares to create pretty uneven decoration.

Now, I cut the layer in 30 pieces with a sharp knife, and then we let the squares settle overnight in the balcony (which, at this time of year, is about the same temperature as the fridge, and that was full). Then we enjoyed these over coffee with grandma.

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