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Recipes: Chex® and Candy Squares

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One of my friends recently shared a website which has some wonderful ways to assist schools – Boxtops for Education. While already familiar with the site due to my work in public education, I learned something new as a result of her particular link – the Boxtops for Education website also includes recipes. Who knew?

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Intrigued, I spent a little time reviewing the party recipes on site. When I came across one which combined cashews, chocolate and caramel, three of my favorite things, I knew the results would be spectacular! Besides that, these Chex® and Candy Squares are ridiculously easy to make.


1 roll Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies

1 cup salted cashew halves, chopped

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup caramel topping

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 cups Corn Chex® cereal

1 miniature candy-coated semisweet chocolate baking bits


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, break up cookie dough. Stir or knead in cashews. With floured fingers, press dough in bottom of pan to form crust. Bake 18 to 23 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. In 3-quart saucepan, cook and stir chocolate chips, caramel topping and flour over low heat until smooth.
  4. Remove from heat; stir in cereal and ½ cup of the baking bits. Spread evenly over crust.
  5. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup baking bits; press in lightly.
  6. Cool completely (about 1 hour). Cut into 6 rows by 6 rows.


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