nuts and bolts

Nuts and Bolts

I make nuts and bolts every year at this time to give out as gifts and to share with family and friends as a snack when they come over to my house during the holiday season. Oh, and I always have enough for my husband and I to wolf them down while watching Christmas movies. This recipe started from my dad who made them annually for us at Christmastime. They are crunchy and salty and quite honestly, I followed the recipe once and then never really followed a recipe again, improvising each year with different ingredients. Today I wrote down what I was doing exactly so I could make a recipe to share with all of you! If you like salty and crunchy snacks, these might be your next addiction! 

Nuts and Bolts

The ingredients for me are different each year. Typically I like to have pretzels, peanuts, a cheesy cracker (like Goldfish) and some cereal, like Shreddies and Cheerios. You can use mixed nuts, assorted sizes of pretzels or different types of cereals. 

nuts and bolts

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

On the stove I put a pound (yes a whole pound! This is not diet food!) of butter into a pot and added Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt, Aleppo chiles (use any kind of chiles), and caesar rimmer (if you don’t have caesar rimmer, just use celery salt). Let the butter melt while all the seasonings mix in. Bring to a boil and then remove from the heat. 

nuts and bolts

Add all of the pretzels, nuts, cheese crackers and cereals to a large roasting pan and mix up well. 

nuts and bolts

Drizzle the butter mixture over the nuts and bolts and give it a good stir. Put the roaster in the oven, uncovered, for 2 hours, taking it out every 20 minutes to mix well. I put the lid on and with pot holders, give it a good shake. 

nuts and bolts

Let the nuts and bolts cool and enjoy! 

nuts and bolts

Nuts and Bolts
Salty and crunchy snacks that are great for gift giving or enjoying on your own!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box Cheerios
  2. 1 box Shreddies
  3. 1 bag pretzels
  4. 1 bag cheese crackers
  5. 2 cups peanuts
  6. 1 lb. butter
  7. 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  8. 2 Tbsp. caesar rimmer (or celery salt)
  9. 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  10. 2 tsp. hot sauce
  11. 2 tsp. onion powder
  12. 2 tsp seasoning salt
  13. 1 tsp chiles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. On the stove I put a pound (yes a whole pound! This is not diet food!) of butter into a pot and added Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt, Aleppo chiles (use any kind of chiles), and caesar rimmer (if you don't have caesar rimmer, just use celery salt). Let the butter melt while all the seasonings mix in. Bring to a boil and then remove from the heat.
  3. Add all of the pretzels, nuts, cheese crackers and cereals to a large roasting pan and mix up well.
  4. Drizzle the butter mixture over the nuts and bolts and give it a good stir. Put the roaster in the oven, uncovered, for 2 hours, taking it out every 20 minutes to mix well. I put the lid on and with pot holders, give it a good shake.
  5. Let the nuts and bolts cool and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Make it your own way by adding mixed nuts, different cereals or anything you like.
  2. Make it more seasoned by adding more of your favourite seasoning - e.g. more garlic or spicier with more hot sauce/hotter chiles
  3. My dad would take the bolts out of the roaster and into a thick paper bag and shake them in there every 20 minutes. It makes them more crunchier and less greasy.
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