Nuts & Bolts

As promised, here’s my Nana’s nuts & bolts recipe. My mom modified it (she cut the butter and oil in HALF), but it’s not exactly “low cal”. However, I firmly believe that holiday treats don’t count, especially if you eat them in the company of family and/or friends. I’ve included some “helpful” pictures – if you look closely, you can see my Jolly Jumping baby in the first one.



  • 1 box each Cheerios, Shreddies and Crispix (also called Crispix Krispies now)
  • 1 package each pretzels, peanuts and chow mein noodles
  • Seasoning salt
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup oil (canola, sunflower, whatever)


1. Heat oven to 300 degrees.

2. Mix all dry ingredients in a large roasting pan. <--- I use 2 large disposable pans for this, to allow extra room for stirring later. If you over-crowd the pan, you can't mix it and it doesn't turn out as well. I put 1/2 of each box/package in each and mix them separately.


3. Heat butter and add the oil, then pour over the pan(s).

4. Sprinkle with seasoning salt. <-- don't be stingy on the salt!


5. Bake in the over for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Sprinkle with more salt when mixing. <-- if I'm using 2 pans, I'll alternate them in the oven, so I'll be stirring one while the other is baking. It takes a little more time but my over has never been big enough to fit both pans at once.

6. Let stand until dry. Enjoy!

This is a super easy, very yummy recipe, but make sure to make it the night BEFORE you want to enjoy it. It’s much better if it sits for a while! Store in an airtight container and it’s good for…well, it never lasts that long in my family, but it’s good for a while. Makes a great little present in a cute container too.

I also made these beauties today, which are spectacular.


Don’t be intimidated by the recipe, it sounds complicated but they’re very quick to make, just be sure to factor in the chilling time. I made the dough last night and then baked them off today.

I hope you enjoy these! Let me know if you are interested in any of the other cookies that I’ve made, I love to share a good recipe.

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  1. Getting in the Christmas spirit | Not Just Baby Brain
    November 26, 2010 at 2:02 PM (7 years ago)

    […] of more goodies to bake this weekend (check back next week for some of my favourite recipes), my nuts & bolts have been made and are mostly gone already, and I’m hoping to get my Christmas tree up on […]


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