Holiday chocolate nut squares retro bar cookie recipe (1997)

Planters holiday chocolate nut squares vintage recipe

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This holiday chocolate nut squares recipe makes a delicious vintage-style bar cookie — filled with chocolate, pecans or walnuts, plus coconut on a sweet cookie dough base!

Planters holiday chocolate nut squares: Vintage bar cookie recipe from the ’90s

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Planters holiday chocolate nut squares vintage recipe

Holiday chocolate nut squares (1997)

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 38 minutes
Total Time: 53 minutes


  • 3/4 cup Parkay spread
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1-3/4 cups Planters pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped


  1. Beat 1/2 cup spread and 1/4 cup sugar until creamy.
  2. Blend in flour.
  3. Press on bottom of an ungreased 9- by 9- by 2-inch baking pan.
  4. Bake at 350 (F) for 18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  5. Heat 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup spread and heavy cream in saucepan, stirring until the spread melts and mixture is blended.
  6. Stir in pecans; set aside.
  7. Sprinkle coconut and chocolate over crust.
  8. Top with pecan mixture.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes more or until golden.
  10. Cool; cut into squares.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 754Total Fat: 61gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 50gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 9gSugar: 18gProtein: 11g

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Planters holiday chocolate nut squares (1997)

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