Cranberry-Vanilla Cereal Drops


Melted white candy coating holds puffy marshmallows, crunchy cereal, rich macadamia nuts and dried cranberries together in this quick and easy no-bake drop cookie. Store leftover macadamia nuts in the refrigerator; the rich nuts become rancid quickly when stored at room temperature.

vanilla-cranberry cereal drops on tray
Photo: Peter Krumhardt
Prep Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
60 drops


  • 3 cup cranberry-vanilla crunch cereal

  • 1 ½ cup tiny marshmallows

  • 1 ½ cup macadamia nuts (toasted, if desired) or mixed nuts, chopped

  • ½ cup dried cranberries

  • 1 ¼ pound vanilla-flavor candy coating, cut up


  1. Line two cookie sheets with waxed paper; set aside. In a microwave-safe large bowl, stir together cereal, marshmallows, nuts, and cranberries; set aside.

  2. In a heavy medium saucepan, melt candy coating over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Pour melted candy coating over cereal mixture; stir gently to coat. Quickly drop by rounded teaspoons onto prepared cookie sheets. (If mixture sets up in the bowl, microwave on 100 percent power [high] about 30 seconds or just until mixture is soft enough to drop by rounded teaspoons. Stir.) Let cookies stand about 1 hour or until set. Makes 60 drops.


Layer drops between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Party Mix Drops:

Prepare as directed, except substitute one 8-ounce package Turtle or Peanut Butter party mix, such as Chex Mix® brand,for the cereal, marshmallows, nuts, and cranberries, and substitute 10 ounces chocolate-flavored candy coating for the vanilla-flavored candy coating. Makes 36 drops.

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