Cheerios Nuggets

As simple as they are, these Cheerios nuggets are downright addicting. I could not stop ‘sampling’ them as I packaged them up as a gift for our neighbors. I admit that a good number of them didn’t quite find their way into the bag. Nicely sweet, definitely crunchy, and slightly salty thanks to roasted peanuts, these make for a great treat for a crowd.
Cheerios Nuggets

I may change up the recipe for Cheerios nuggets just a tad next time. I really liked the contrast of the salty peanuts against the sweetness of the cereal and the caramel sauce. Perhaps I’ll add more nuts next time, and mix it up a bit. Perhaps some roasted pecans, even almonds, would be nice too.

Also try my pizza pretzel nuggets.

Cheerios Nuggets

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling time 40 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 cups Cheerios cereal
  • 2 cups salted roasted peanuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250 F.
  • Grease two 9x13 pans.
  • Also grease a large heat-proof bowl. Add the Cheerios and peanuts to the bowl and mix.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat add the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt. Stir constantly until the mixture begins to bubble around the edges, and then cook another 2 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the baking soda. The mixture will turn blonde in color and will be light and fluffy. Use a spatula to combine and coat the cereal mixture.
  • Divide the mixture between the two pans and spread out evenly.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool 15 minutes.
  • Break the cereal into bite-sized pieces and let cool completely, another 30 minutes.
  • Serve.

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