No-Bake Chocolate Clusters Recipe – NYT Cooking – The New York Times

  • Yield 40 cookies
  • Time 20 minutes, plus chilling

Ingredients

  • 6 or 8 tablespoons/85 or 113 grams unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 12 ounces/340 grams white chocolate bars, chopped, or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 cups/113 grams cornflakes
  • 1 cup/120 grams moist, plump dried cranberries (see Tip)
  • cup/25 grams unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
  • Fleur de sel or fine sea salt, for finishing
  • Sprinkles, for finishing (optional)

Preparation

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat or with 40 mini-muffin liners.
  2. If you’re using white chocolate, use 6 tablespoons/85 grams butter. For semisweet chocolate, use 8 tablespoons/113 grams butter. Put the butter in a small saucepan, top with the chocolate and cook over very low heat, stirring almost constantly, until smooth. (Alternatively, you can stir in a heatproof bowl set over simmering water or in a microwave-safe bowl in a microwave, stirring in 20-second increments.)
  3. Meanwhile, toss the cornflakes, cranberries and coconut, if using, in a large bowl. Pour over the melted chocolate and gently stir in with a flexible spatula. Some of the cereal will break — it’s inevitable — but keep working until you’ve coated all of the flakes.
  4. Use a medium cookie scoop or two spoons to shape sweets either on the lined baking sheet or in the paper liners. Gently press the mixture into the scoop or a spoon, binding the elements, before releasing the scoop or scraping the mixture off the spoon with another spoon onto the sheet or into the liners. Finish with salt and sprinkles, if using.
  5. Refrigerate or freeze (my preference) for about 30 minutes, or until set, before serving. To keep, cover and refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for up to a month. These are good straight from the fridge or just a few minutes out of the freezer.

Tip

  • If you have only dry, sad cranberries, plump them: Cover them with hot water in a bowl, leave for a minute or two, then drain and pat dry. I make these with just cranberries, but you could mix up the add-ins and include unsweetened coconut, snipped dried apricots or cherries, toasted pecans, walnuts or slivered almonds. All together, whatever you add to the cornflakes should be roughly 1 cup/120 grams total.

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