I have another simple chocolate recipe for you today – Peanut Cluster Candies. This is a delicious chocolate candy that you can mix up in a matter of minutes and freeze for future use. These are a nice treat to keep on hand for surprise company. It’s one treat that I make every Christmas.
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With peanuts as the base, I do consider this more a candy than a cookie. It has a nice crunch to it, which makes it a good chocolate sweet for those who don’t particularly care for cookies.
This is also a good recipe for children or those who don’t consider themselves cooks. It’s easy for anyone to make. I love to make these peanut clusters and serve them alongside our famous homemade buckeyes.
If you feel like getting creative with this recipe, there are countless ways to do so!
You can make this recipe with just chocolate and peanut butter chips, although the butterscotch really do add a great twist.
You can add in marshmallows or dried cranberries. I’ve done this combo and it’s quite good. You can add some cashews or other nuts. Maybe some orange zest if you are feeling adventurous? I’d love to hear what you try because the sky is the limit with these simple peanut cluster candies!
Of course, the recipe is wonderful just as it is, or I wouldn’t share it with you, now, would I? 🙂
12 ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 ounce package of butterscotch chips
10 ounce package of peanut butter chips
1 large jar of peanuts (20 to 22 ounces)
Melt the three bags of chips in a double boiler or in the microwave. Stir regularly.
Add the jar of peanuts. Stir until the peanuts are completely mixed into the chocolate.
Drop by spoonful onto a wax lined cookie tray. Refrigerate the clusters until solid or flash freeze for 5 minutes. Remove from the tray and put them in containers separated by waxed paper.
Store in the refrigerator or freezer.