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Cranberry-Vanilla Cereal Drops

  • Servings: 60
  • Course: Appetizers & Snacks

Is it a cookie or a candy? Although it could fall into either camp, let's say it is a no-bake treat that is easy enough for kids to make (with adult help) or when you need a sweet something in a hurry. Try a different flavor next time, prepare as directed, except substitute one 8-ounce package Turtle or Peanut Butter party mix, such as Chex Mix® brand, for the cereal, marshmallows, nuts, and cranberries, and substitute 10 ounces chocolate-flavored candy coating for the vanilla-flavor. To store, layer the cereal drops between pieces of parchment paper in an airtight container and cover. The pieces of parchment paper will keep each drop from sticking to the others. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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  • 3 cups cranberry-vanilla crunch cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups tiny marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 cups macadamia nuts (toasted, if desired) or mixed nuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 1/4 pounds vanilla-flavor candy coating, cut up
  • Parchment paper


Step 1

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a microwave-safe large bowl, stir together cereal, marshmallows, nuts, and cranberries; set aside.

Step 2

In a heavy medium saucepan, melt candy coating over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Pour melted candy coating over cereal mixture; stir gently to coat. Quickly drop by rounded teaspoons onto parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. (If mixture sets up in the bowl, microwave on 100 percent power [high] about 30 seconds or just until mixture is soft enough to drop by rounded teaspoons. Stir.) Let cookies stand about 1 hour or until set. Makes 60 drops.

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