A close up of some dried cranberries and cut up squares of dark chocolate. Ingredients for Cranberry and Pecan Crispy Clusters; a holiday recipe. Photo by Svetlana Monyakova via Canva.

Cranberry And Pecan Crispy Clusters

No matter what you celebrate this festive season, these vegetarian no bake chocolate covered clusters are the perfect holiday treat. Packed full of glazed pecans and dried cranberries, they make the ideal sweet snack or homemade gift.

Foreground Text: Cranberry And Pecan Crispy Clusters (a holiday recipe on Transatlantic Notes). Background Image: A photo by Svetlana Monyakova (via Canva) of some dried cranberries and cut up squares of dark chocolate.

Ingredients (makes approx. 22 clusters):

  • 2 cups rice crispy cereal
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 cup glazed maple pecans, chopped (or other coating/flavour of choice)
  • 2 tablespoons dairy or non-dairy butter
  • 6 oz vegan marshmallows (I use Dandies)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 20 oz dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life which are vegan)

You can substitute the pecans, cranberries or dark chocolate for any other nuts, dried fruit or type of chocolate (milk/white) that you prefer. You can also use gelatin-based marshmallows if your clusters don’t need to be vegan/vegetarian.

A photo I took of my Cranberry And Pecan Crispy Clusters; a bakes and treats recipe on Transatlantic Notes.


Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside for later.

Put the rice crispy cereal, cranberries and pecans into a large bowl; stir to evenly combine.

Over a low-medium heat, melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the marshmallows, vanilla extract and water; stir continuously until melted with no lumps.

Add the rice crispy mix to the saucepan of melted marshmallow; stir until everything is evenly coated then turn the heat off.

Use a tablespoon measure to scoop out and drop each cluster onto the parchment-lined baking sheet; repeat until all the mixture is used up. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 second intervals in a microwave set to 60% power. Stir after every 30 seconds; repeat until smooth and glossy. For other chocolate melting methods, click here.

Dip each cluster into the melted chocolate until covered then place back on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Put in the fridge for 20 minutes or as long as the chocolate needs to set. 

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge (for up to 10 days) until ready to eat.

Further Info:

How To Melt Chocolate For Drizzling, Dipping And More – Better Homes & Gardens

The Comprehensive Guide To Vegan Butter – Veg News

10 Vegan Chocolate Chips Brands Perfect For Baking – Veg Out

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49 thoughts on “Cranberry And Pecan Crispy Clusters”

  1. These look so utterly delicious! Chocolate with cranberries, nuts, and marshmallows are matches meant to be and little treats like this make lovely gifts when popped into a pretty tin.
    Thanks for sharing!


  2. I am not a huge fan of chocolate, but i would definitely eat a dozen of these sweet treats. 😋 Love pecan and sweetened Cranberries, so these chocolate covered clusters are a perfect snack.


  3. These look and sound positively delicious! I really want to try making these now! Thanks for sharing your recipe.


  4. When it comes to sweets I normally don’t trust vegetarian sweets to be that tasty but these ones I think fullfil my criteria. I could eat plenty of them without questioning.


  5. What a great recipe! Will have to do some adjustments (cannot eat nuts + vegan marshmallows are also out for me) but happy to read that it is all possible. Definitely saving this one to my bookmarks so I can try it out! Thanks~


  6. I’m so happy I can make these using my gluten free rice pops! I’ve made white chocolate and cranberry ones before but these look absolutely delish! Thank you for the recipe 🙂


  7. I never had crispy clusters now that I think about it and i am sure I am totally missing on it! These look delicious and easy to make, and can never say no to anything with pecans! Thanks for sharing x


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