ACTIVE: 25 minutes TOTAL: 55 minutes
TO MAKE AHEAD: Layer clusters between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container; cover
and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Need a quick and festive treat? These no-bake puffed rice, salted cashew and dried cranberry clusters come together in under an hour.
1 cup puffed rice cereal
1 cup lightly salted cashews, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
10 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating, chopped
Dash ground nutmeg
Dash ground cinnamon
1 ounce semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
Finely chopped cashews
1. Line a large baking sheet with foil; set aside. Place cereal in a sealable plastic bag; seal
bag. Using a rolling pin, roll over bag to crush cereal lightly. In a large bowl, combine
crushed cereal, 1 cup cashews and cranberries; set aside.
2. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave candy coating, nutmeg and cinnamon,
uncovered, on High until candy coating melts, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.
Pour the melted candy coating mixture over the cereal mixture; stir until thoroughly
3. Quickly drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Let clusters
stand until firm, about 30 minutes. In a small saucepan, heat chocolate chips and
shortening over low heat until melted and smooth. Drizzle the clusters with the melted
chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with finely chopped cashews.
Calories 150, Cholesterol 0mg, Carbs 16g, Total sugars 12g, Protein 2g, Fiber 1g,
Sodium 17mg, Potassium 61mg.