A Fall Charcuterie Board of sweets, nuts and cheese to satisfy anyone’s sweet and savory palate.
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The Fall season is here and it’s time to gather around something great! It’s been a year of transition and it’s time to gather with good company and indulge in great food. One of the easiest and quickest ways to bring something to the table is to create a charcuterie board. No baking and no special skills required. Just grab some of your favorite snacks and let your imagination run wild.
For this Fall-inspired charcuterie board, I used a few flavors you’d find during this season. To name a few, there are caramel apples, butterscotch popcorn, ginger snaps, and two recipes of my own. Thanks to Karo® Syrup, I was able to create a spiced pecan brittle and cranberry almond cookie clusters.
For many years, I’ve relied heavily on Karo® Syrup to create a number of pies, nut brittles, and a glaze as seen in these pecan sticky buns. It’s a versatile ingredient that can be used in many other treats such as marshmallows, fudges and caramels. To add to the list, I’ve created cookies as seen in the center of the charcuterie board (the spiced pecan brittle is standing upright in the glass cup).
I’ve made a variety of cookie clusters, swapping out dried fruit for fresh fruit, from one tree nut to the other. It’s my go-to when I need to serve something sweet in a pinch or make ahead as a grab-and-go snack. What better way to present something homemade on your charcuterie board that can be made in under 30 minutes? Between its “glue-like” ability that holds everything together and its balanced sweetness allowing the true flavor of other ingredients to shine through, that’s what I love about Karo® Syrup.
This year when gathering around friends and family, instead of presenting one dessert, let’s change it up. A charcuterie board with a variety of treats, can satisfy a crowd. From sharp hard cheeses to a soft buttery version, a variety of crackers, nuts, dried & fresh fruits, chocolates, and spreads, you’re bound to satisfy everyone.
To know each person can grab a bite of their choosing and enjoy it, is one of the best feelings a host can have. A charcuterie board can easily accomplish this every time and for so many occasions. The remaining months of the year is a time for gathering. This year, whether it’s for a birthday, a graduation, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just because, celebrate with a flavorful charcuterie board!
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- 2 1/4 cups (95 grams) granola cereal or cereal flakes
- 1/3 cup (40 grams) dried cranberry
- 1/3 cup (35 grams) sliced almonds
- 6 tablespoons (84 grams) packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons (32 grams) creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup (85 grams) Karo® Syrup
- 1 teaspoon (5 grams) pure vanilla extract
- Line a large baking sheet with wax paper; set aside. In a large bowl, mix cereal, cranberries and almonds; set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over medium to high heat, stir brown sugar, peanut butter and Karo® Syrup. Continuously stir the mixture until it comes to a boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
- Pour the mixture over the cereal and gently mix. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl so all of the cereal mixture becomes evenly coated. Once thoroughly mixed, avoid touching the cereal until warm to the touch. It will be very HOT. Note: It’s easier to create and mold the cookie clusters if the cereal mixture is warm. It may take between 5 to 7 minutes to cool; use your best judgement and keep a close eye on the time.
- Once the cereal mixture becomes cool enough to touch, scoop about 2 tablespoonfuls and place onto the lined baking sheet. Lightly press the sides together to create a mound. Allow cookie clusters to cool completely before removing from the wax paper; about 10 minutes. ENJOY!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: cookie clusters, no bake cookies, cranberry almond