Cranberry-Cashew Clusters


These nutty no-bake treats are filled with all the spiced flavors of the holidays and drizzled with melted chocolate.

Cranberry-Cashew Clusters
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
25 mins
Microwave Time:
1 mins
Stand Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
56 mins
20 clusters


  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal

  • 1 cup lightly salted cashews, coarsely chopped

  • ½ cup dried cranberries, chopped

  • 10 ounce vanilla-flavor candy coating, chopped

  • Dash freshly grated nutmeg or ground nutmeg

  • Dash ground cinnamon

  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate pieces

  • 1 teaspoon shortening

  • Finely chopped cashews


  1. Line a large baking sheet with foil; set aside. Place puffed rice cereal in a resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Using a rolling pin, roll over bag to crush cereal lightly. In a large bowl combine crushed cereal, the 1 cup cashews, and the cranberries; set aside.

  2. In a medium microwave-safe bowl microwave candy coating, nutmeg, and cinnamon, uncovered, on 100 percent power for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until candy coating melts, stirring every 30 seconds. Pour melted candy coating mixture over cereal mixture; stir until thoroughly combined.

  3. Quickly drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Let clusters stand about 30 minutes or until firm. In a small saucepan heat chocolate pieces and shortening over low heat until melted and smooth. Drizzle clusters with melted chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with additional finely chopped cashews.

To Store:

Layer clusters between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


Freshly grated nutmeg tastes so much better than purchased ground nutmeg. Find whole nutmeg seeds in the spice aisles of supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

150 Calories
9g Fat
16g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 150
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 2g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 61mg 1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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