Nuts & Bolts


Nuts & Bolts photo by Janet Moore

My Mom and aunts used to make these every Christmas when I was a child. It was the only time of year this tasty snack made an appearance in our household. The recipe has been tweaked by my cousins and I over the years so a unique version exists in each home come the holiday season. I like a deep buttery flavour so my Nuts & Bolts are a little richer than most but what the heck… It’s only once a year!


  • 8 C Cheerios
  • 8 C Crispix
  • 1 box Bugles
  • 4 C pretzels (use the mini version)
  • 1 lb peanuts
  • 1/2 lb butter (1 C)
  • 1/2 C peanut butter
  • 1 T Worcester sauce
  • 1T garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp hot smoked chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste!)


Preheat oven to 300 F

  1. In a large roasting pan mix together the Cheerios, Crispix, pretzels, Bugles and peanuts.
  2. Put the rest of the ingredients in a microwavable bowl and microwave on high until the peanut butter and butter have melted. Give it a stir before pouring it over the dry ingredients. Mix until the dry ingredients are evenly coated.
  3. Place the roasting pan on the middle rack of the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 200 F. Bake stirring every 15 minutes or so until the Nuts & Bolts are dried out and toasty. Let cool completely and then store in several airtight containers.

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