Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and bolts are one of my favorite holiday snacks. In a season where sugary treats are fairly ubiquitous (think: fudge, cookies, candy canes) nuts and bolts are a nice savory refuge from the tables full of dainties. Not that I don’t have a case of dainty love to boot, but nuts and bolts are the thing to munch between butter tarts.

I like them so much that every holiday season I wonder why I don’t make nuts and bolts all year, but somehow it does not happen until you start thinking about Christmas trees again. Maybe this can be one of my New Year’s resolutions: make nuts and bolts more often!

Anyway, to make nuts and bolts you need a great big roaster. I borrowed one from Mr’s mum, because none of mine are voluminous enough to hold all of the nuts and bolts. If you don’t have a great big roaster, you could also use multiple smaller roasters, but then you’ll have to do more stirring.

Nuts and Bolts

(recipe a combination from my Mum and Mr’s Mum)

4 Cups Shreddies

4 Cups Cheerios

4 Cups Crispix

3 Cups Pretzels

3 Cups Cheezies, the crunchy kind

2 Cups salted peanuts

2 Cups Cheese Nips

2 Cups Cheese Bits

1 Cup butter

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp celery salt

2 tsp paprika


  • Preheat your oven to 250° F.
  • Add the first 8 ingredients to your large roaster. You want enough room left in the roaster to be able to mix the nuts and bolts.
  • Melt the butter. Mix into it the Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt and paprika. This is your seasoning mix.
  • Drizzle the sauce over top of the dry ingredients, stirring so that an even coating is achieved.
  • Put the roaster into the oven for an hour and fifteen minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Allow to cool, then enjoy!

Normally I would shy away from recipes involving a lot of pre-made, open the box and use it products. But it wouldn’t be Christmas for me without these tasty munchies. Merry Christmas!

Everyone seems to have their favorite part of nuts and bolts; my favorite part is the Shreddies, Mr’s are the Crispix. Neither of us are fans of the pretzels, but we’ve got family who really love them so I couldn’t skip out. Nuts and bolts are kind of like a family in a way; you may all be slightly different, but you come from the same bowl.

When you put your cookies out for Santa, don’t forget a couple of carrots for his reindeer!

This time last year: Lemon Roasted Potatoes

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