November 8, 2017

Nuts And Bolts Clusters

Recipe: Kristen Eppich

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 1⁄2 hours, including cooling time


  • 1⁄4 cup water
  • 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups nuts and bolts
  • 1 cup pecan halves, toasted


Yield: Makes 6 cups

Make Caramel

  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Pour water into 5-quart pot. Sprinkle sugar over top and let dissolve.
  3. Turn heat to medium and let cook just until syrup turns golden honey color and reads 270°F to 280°F on a candy or digital thermometer, 8 to 10 minutes. Don’t stir during process; instead, swirl pan as needed to prevent mixture from crystalizing.

Coat Nuts And Bolts

  1. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Working quickly, stir in nuts and bolts, and pecans until coated.
  2. Immediately scrape mixture onto prepared pan and spread out with back of wooden spoon. Let cool fully, 1 hour.

Form Clusters

  1. Break into pieces. Store in airtight container up to 4 days.

Stacey Brandford


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