Homemade Peanut Squares
Recipe from Scratch

Here's my all-time favorite Peanut Squares Recipe.

I remember 40 years ago, eating these - white cake squares with fluffy white frosting and rolled in nuts.

Best Peanut Squares Recipe

Peanut Squares Recipe


2-3/4 cups cake flour
4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt

4 egg whites
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

3/4 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. Butter 9x13 inch pan and dust the inside with flour and tap out excess. Line the bottom of the pans with wax or parchment paper. Put the cake pans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Measure sifted flour, baking powder, and salt and sift together three times. IMPORTANT to follow these steps.

Cream butter and add remaining 1 cup sugar; creaming together until light and fluffy. Add sifted ingredients alternately with milk a small amount at a time, beating after each addition until smooth. Mix in flavorings and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add 1/2 cup sugar gradually, and continue beating only until meringue will hold up in soft peaks and beat thoroughly into the cake batter. Spread evenly into prepared cake pans.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or when a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer to a rack and cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cakes, unmold them and peel off the paper liners.

Invert and cool to room temperature, right side up. (These cooled cakes may be wrapped airtight and stored at room temperature overnight or frozen for up to two months.)

Cut into approximately 24 squares and put in the freezer for st least one hour.  It's so much easier to frosting when you do. 

Here's frosting for the peanut squares recipe.


7-1/2 cups homemade powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tsp homemade pure vanilla extract
scant 2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
Fisher nuts topping (finely chopped nuts in ice cream section)

In a medium bowl, combine sugar and salt. Add vanilla and butter.  Mix and add enough milk to make a thin frosting. Frost entire square and immediately roll in peanuts. Place on wire racks to harden.  Store in the refrigerator.

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