Classic 'Back-To-Basic' Nuts and Bolts

"Gramma's recipe is basic, simple and very easy to whip up. She'd have a large fresh bag of her nuts and bolts for every family member at Christmas. Be sure to use real butter! This recipe is easily doubled, tripled, etc. It's hard to determine the requisite serving size, but the ingredient amounts will give you a good idea. It makes a good sized batch."
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  • 12 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Dry Ingredients

  • 3 cups Cheerios toasted oat cereal, plain
  • 3 cups shreddies cereal, plain
  • 3 cups pretzel sticks
  • 2 cups peanuts (I prefer the ones with red skins)


  • Preheat oven to 250 F, and have 2 oven tray/cookie sheets handy. If your cookie sheets are old and tired, you can line them with parchment paper if you wish.
  • Put the dry ingredients into a large vessel. A roasting pan works nicely for size. You're only mixing in, not using the roasting pan for baking.
  • Mix the melted butter, garlic salt, celery salt and Worcestershire.
  • Pour the butter mixture over the dry ingredients. Be sure to mix everything very well - I get in there with my nice, clean hands and toss together thoroughly. At this point you won't see a lot of visible butter sauce coating the dry mix, but the butter mixture will be plentiful and will nicely spread around once baking in the oven.
  • Spread the sauce covered nuts and bolts in a single layer on oven trays or cookie sheets and bake for 30 minutes at 250 F while stirring and mixing frequently during baking time. I stir, turn and mix about every 10 minutes during the 30 minute baking time. The dry ingredients will be nicely toasted at the end of baking.
  • Remove from the oven, cool and store in airtight containers or Ziploc bags.
  • These nuts and bolts are easily frozen if you'd like to make them in advance. Some of my family like to eat them right out of the freezer.

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