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Maple Peanut Mix

 Maple Peanut Mix
Maple syrup and butter combine to coat a combination of nuts, pretzels, dried cranberries and chocolate chips. I like adding some crushed red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.—Sharlene Heatwole, McDowell, Virginia
30 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 6 cups unsalted peanuts
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions

  • Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with foil and grease the
  • foil; set aside. In a large bowl, combine syrup and butter. Stir in
  • peanuts and pepper flakes if desired. Spread mixture into prepared
  • pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until bubbly, stirring
  • occasionally.
  • Transfer to a large bowl; stir in pretzels and cranberries. Spread
  • mixture onto waxed paper; sprinkle with chips. Let stand until dry.
  • Store in an airtight container. Yield: 10 cups.
To Make Ahead: Prepare the mix up to a week in advance.
Nutritional Facts: 1/3 cup equals 259 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 57 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 8 g protein.