Cooking time: 20 minutes plus chilling
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 48 serving
â€¢3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
â€¢2 ounces semisweet chocolate
â€¢1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 24 squares)
â€¢1 cup flaked coconut
â€¢1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
â€¢1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
â€¢2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
â€¢3/4 cup sugar
â€¢2/3 cup chunky peanut butter
â€¢1 teaspoon vanilla extract
â€¢4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
â€¢1/4 cup butter, cubed
â€¢In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Stir in the cracker crumbs, coconut, peanuts and wheat germ. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
â€¢ In a small bowl, combine filling ingredients. Spread over crust. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
â€¢ In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Pour over filling. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until topping is set. Cut into squares. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.