No-Bake White Chocolate-Cranberry Cereal Clusters

White Chocolate-Cranberry Cereal Clusters | eMeals

No-bake cookies…What’s not to love? Because let’s be honest, when you have a cookie craving, who wants to wait for the oven to preheat?

These no-bake “cookies” clusters resulted from one such instance. One afternoon while sitting at our desks editing recipes, we were stuck by a serious NEED for a cookie—NOW! We wandered into the eMeals test kitchen, flung open the pantry, and found some key ingredients: white chocolate chips, dried cranberries, cereal, almonds and marshmallows. Five ingredients and 15 minutes later, and we had “cookies.” That’s right—no oven, no mixer, no softening the butter.

White Chocolate-Cranberry Cereal Clusters | eMeals

If you need a last-minute recipe for a holiday party or are looking for an easy, packable dessert treat for your child’s lunchbox, try these no-bake cookie clusters. Use the measurements as a base, and experiment with different flavor combinations. We loved the white chocolate-and-cranberry combo for Christmastime, but dark chocolate with dried cherries or milk chocolate with peanuts would be equally easy and delicious.

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No-Bake White Chocolate-Cranberry Clusters
 
Serves: 40
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • 3 cups cinnamon or plain rice cereal squares
  • ¾ cup mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 (11- or 12-oz) pkg white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Toast almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat until browned, if desired.
  2. Combine cereal, marshmallows, cranberries and almonds in a bowl.
  3. Microwave white chocolate chips in a glass bowl on HIGH 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth.
  4. Pour white chocolate over cereal mixture, tossing to coat.
  5. Quickly drop mixture by heaping tablespoonful onto wax paper; let harden.

 Related Recipes: No-Bake Peanut Butter Corn Flake Cookies and No-Bake Double Chocolate-Peppermint Bark

For more quick and easy dessert recipes, check out the eMeals Dessert Plan.

-Text by Jessica Cox

 

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