Craving something other than chocolate chip cookies? Then try out tasty holiday Cranberry Vanilla Cereal Drops that contain a wonderful flavor of marshmallowy macadamia nuts. Your Cranberry Vanilla Cereal Drops are sure to be a crowd pleaser.
You will want to begin by preparing two large cookie sheets with either non-stick foil or parchment baking paper. Set these two sheets aside for now. Next, in a large microwave safe mixing bowl, stir the 3 cups of cranberry vanilla crunch cereal, 1/2 cup or dried cranberries, 1 & 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows, and 1 & 1/2 cups of toasted macadamia nuts. Set this mixture to the side for now as well.
In a medium sized saucepan, heat the 1 & 1/4 pounds of chopped up vanilla flavored candy coating on low. It is best to stir the melting candy coating constantly until it has reached a smooth texture. Once the desired consistency has been reached, it will be time to pour the melted candy coating over the cereal mixture that you have placed to the side. Combine the mixture gently to thoroughly coat the cereal. Quickly, before the candy coating has time to harden, you will need to drop rounded teaspoons of the completed cookie batter onto the pre-prepared cookie sheets. Let the cookies harden for about one hour to completely set before serving. This recipe will yield sixty Cranberry Vanilla Cereal Drops.
If the mixture hardens in the bowl before you are able to drop each individual cookie - just microwave the entire batter on high for around thirty seconds to re soften.
Store any uneaten cookies in layers of waxed paper within an airtight container at room temperature for three days maximum or frozen for up to three months.