With all the cookie baking that goes on around here during the holidays, it’s sometimes easy to get burnt out on sweets. Although I think we could all happily eat through our weight in cookies, it’s always a good idea to mix things up a bit – not too much, mind you, but just a little. For me, that means tossing in some salty with our plethora of sweets.
My usual go-to for a touch of salty is chocolate covered pretzels and white chocolate covered Ritz crackers. Oh, and these Chocolate & Peanut Squares with Sea Salt. They are a great combination of salty and sweet and their texture is both crunchy and smooth. It really doesn’t get much better than that.
Chocolate Peanut Squares with Sea Salt
- 2 1/2 c. salted peanuts
- 3 T. butter
- 1 c. peanut butter chips
- 1 c. chocolate chips
- 1 14 oz. can sweetened, condensed milk
- 2 c. mini marshmallows
- 2 t. coarsely ground sea salt
1. Spread 2 cups peanuts onto an 11 x 7 cookie sheet or a 13 x 9 baking dish. Reserve the remaining 1/2 cup peanuts.
2. Combine the butter, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips in a medium saucepan. Melt over low heat, stirring frequently. Stir in the sweetened, condensed milk and the mini marshmallows until completely melted and smooth.
3. Pour the chocolate mixture evenly over the peanuts. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of peanuts on top. Chill the peanut squares in a refrigerator until firm. Sprinkle the sea salt on top.
4. Cut into small squares end enjoy!
If you’re not a fan of overly salty sweets, or if you don’t have any coarse sea salt on hand, you can omit the sea salt if you want. However, I think it really adds something special and ties the flavors together nicely!