Caramel-peanut nests with a candy egg (1980)

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Caramel peanut nests dessert recipe

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These adorable little candy “nests” are created to hold one perfect little “egg” — also known as a peanut m&m. They would make an adorable addition to an Easter basket!

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 with Cheerios vintage recipe

Caramel-peanut nests recipe

from Cheeriodle Cookbook for Kids

Utensils you will need

Cookie sheet
Waxed paper
Large saucepan
Measuring spoons
Wooden spoon
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

Caramel peanut nests with Cheerios vintage recipe


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

Caramel-peanut nests recipe card

Caramel-peanut nests with a candy egg

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