Frito Candy

As I previously mentioned, I went a little overboard with food for our Beirut finals. In addition to the pizza roll that I made, I also made this Frito Candy.

When you say Frito Candy, people look at you kind of funny, like what the heck is Frito Candy. But, if you have a piece in your hand to give them to try, they will love you. I have always enjoyed mixing sweet and salty together so I knew it would be a hit. I opened the candy container and this stuff was gone within 5 minutes.

Sweet Salty Frito Candy (from Cookie Madness)
2 cups pretzels
1 cup Fritos
8 mini peanut butter cups
1 stick unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips – I used dark chocolate chips
Optional: Chopped peanuts for the top

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 13×9 inch pan with parchment paper or no-stick foil.

Crush pretzels. You can use a food processor to chop, or just throw them in a ziploc bag and crush with your hands or a meat tenderizer. Add Fritos to processor/bag and break them up with pretzels. Dump into pan. Unwrap peanut butter cups and throw them in the mix (I broke them in half first).

Place butter in a non-stick saucepan and melt over medium heat. When butter is melted, stir in brown sugar. Bring mixture to a full boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring once or twice. Pour over Frito mixture and bake for 8 minutes.

Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over hot candy. Return to oven for 1 minute to soften chips. Spread softened chocolate chips over bars. Add chopped nuts if you would like to.

Cool at room temperature until you feel the pan is cool enough to be transferred to your refrigerator, then transfer to refrigerator to set the chocolate. When chocolate is set, lift from pan and break the candy up as you would almond toffee. You can eat it cold or let it come back down to room temp.

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13 Responses to “Sugar Cookie Bars for St Patty’s Day”

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    Brisbane Baker — March 17, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Mmmm sugar cookies bars! What an awesome combo!

    http://www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

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    SimplySweeter — March 17, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! These bars look fabulous!

    http://www.simplysweeter.blogspot.com

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    Kaloula — March 17, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Oh – YUM! I want to go home immediately and bake these!

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    yumventures — March 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I love baking that has simple recipes and turn out delicious! These look great for any occasion 🙂

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    Katie — March 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    LOVE THOSE!!! They are super cute. And you can’t go wrong with green sprinkles! 🙂

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    Cottage Sisters — March 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Oooooh! These sound delicious, I am definitely going to make these. Thanks for sharing, have a wonderful day! Denise@cottagesisters

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    Kathleen — March 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I’m newer to the blogging scene so these bars are new to me! Thanks for posting it again.

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    Vivian - Let's Try These... — March 17, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    They may have been all the rage last year but they are new to me! I wasn’t able to find any st. patricks day sprinkles … bummer. Yummy looking pictures

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    Kerstin — March 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Happy St. Patty’s Day! What yummy sugar cookie bars – love the sprinkles!

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    carrie1 — March 17, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    mmmm…mmm…mmmm… making these right now for my nephew and niece! =)

    Thank you for sharing! =)

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    bcallegra — March 18, 2010 at 2:35 am

    I love this recipe – and I know what you mean about the supermarket sprinkles. I have a huge tub of heart shaped ones leftover from a purchase last year and I think there’s enough to last me for the next twenty years of Valentine’s day treats.

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    nsmerkt — March 20, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I made these the other evening for a picnic and they were all that you had promised! Oh my! One of my new favorites for sure. Thanks for sharing this and for the rec for a half batch!

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    teresacooks — March 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Just made these. My kids are loving them.

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