The nests are made from Cheerios, covered in caramel and peanut butter — which is a must, as this how-to comes from General Mills’ 1980 booklet, “Cheeriodle Cookbook for Kids.” The recipes inside were all developed in the Betty Crocker Kitchens, then tested at home by kids ages 8 to 12. (See more recipes made with Cheerios here.)
Caramel-peanut nests recipe
from Cheeriodle Cookbook for Kids
Utensils you will need
Set of measuring cups
2 small spoons
Ingredients you will need
1/2 package (14-ounce size) caramels (24 caramels)
2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1-1/2 cups Cheerios cereal
12 peanut chocolate candies
1. Cover cookie sheet with waxed paper Take papers off 24 caramels.
2. Put caramels in large saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons water. Heat over low heat, stirring all the time, until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. Add 1/4 cup peanut butter. Stir until mixture is blended. Remove the pan from heat and turn off burner.
3. Add 1/2 cups cereal. Mix until evenly coated.
4. Drop mixture by rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Press 1 candy into center of each cookie. Let stand until firm, about 1/2 hour.
Makes 12 cookies