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Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Chocolate Peanut Clusters Recipe

Chocolate peanut clusters make a perfect homemade holiday dessert or snack, so yummy, crunchy, and easy to make with a few ingredients. This gonna be your favorite chocolate cluster recipe.

If You Prefer Roasted Peanuts:

As written, this recipe is prepared with raw, unsalted peanuts. This option is generally more economical, and it allows more control over the amount of salt used. However, if using raw peanuts, you’ll want to make sure they are blanched, so the red papery outer skin is already removed. If preferred, you can save time and skip the first couple of steps by starting with shelled, roasted peanuts that have already been salted.

Tips to Perfecting this Recipe:

  • For this easy chocolate clusters recipe, a layer of melted milk chocolate provides a nice contrast to the underlying darker bittersweet chocolate underneath. However, you can use any type of melted chocolate you prefer.
  • Make sure the bowl used to melt the chocolate chips is completely dry prior to adding the chips. Otherwise, the chocolate may “seize” and turn into a clumpy unusable mass if it comes in contact with even a small amount of water once heated. Milk chocolate, in particular, is prone to this issue.
  • Adding a little fat, such as melted coconut oil or butter, to the melted chocolate will help prevent it from “splintering” and falling apart when you bite into the clusters after the chocolate hardens. Here, this is done with the base layer of dark chocolate, but not the decorative drizzle added later.

Ingredients for this Recipe:

  • 3 cups raw, blanched peanuts, unsalted
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or melted butter
  • Fine sea salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

How to Make Chocolate Peanut Clusters:

Step 1:

Place the top oven rack in the center position. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat™ baking mat.

Step 2:

Pour peanuts onto the prepared baking sheet and spread them into a single layer without overcrowding. Season generously with salt and stir to combine.

Step 3:

Place baking sheet in preheated oven for 10 minutes, then carefully shake the baking sheet to make sure the peanuts are evenly toasted. Return to oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Do not overcook. Remove from oven and set aside.

Toast the peanuts

Step 4:

Pour semi-sweet chocolate chips into a dry, microwave-safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds on “high.” Stir and return to the microwave for another 20 seconds before stirring again. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Stir in a teaspoon of coconut oil or melted butter and set aside.

Microwave the chocolate chips

Step 5:

Add the roasted peanuts one scoop at a time to the melted chocolate and stir to combine. Repeat until all peanuts are coated in the chocolate. Spoon the chocolate-coated peanuts onto the baking sheet, leaving a little room between each cluster. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to firm up.

Combine the roasted peanuts with the melted chocolate

Step 6:

Pour the milk chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds on “high.” Stir briefly and return to the microwave for another 20 seconds before stirring again. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

Microwave the milk chocolate chips

Step 7:

Drizzle the melted milk chocolate over the peanut clusters and return to the refrigerator for another 20 minutes.

Drizzle some of melted milk chocolate over the peanut clusters

Step 8:

Remove from refrigerator and serve immediately or store in an airtight container until ready to serve. Enjoy these chocolate nut clusters!

Peanut clusters with chocolate chips

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Chocolate cookies recipe – Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Chocolate Peanut Clusters

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Desserts American
Serves: 20
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 35 min. + 40 min. chill time

Homemade chocolate peanut clusters, few ingredients required, beautiful and so delicious, perfect snack for holidays. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups raw, blanched peanuts, unsalted
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or melted butter
  • Fine sea salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Instructions

1

Place the top oven rack in the center position. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat™ baking mat.

2

Pour peanuts onto the prepared baking sheet and spread them into a single layer without overcrowding. Season generously with salt and stir to combine.

3

Place baking sheet in preheated oven for 10 minutes, then carefully shake the baking sheet to make sure the peanuts are evenly toasted. Return to oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Do not overcook. Remove from oven and set aside.

4

Pour semi-sweet chocolate chips into a dry, microwave-safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds on “high.” Stir and return to the microwave for another 20 seconds before stirring again. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Stir in a teaspoon of coconut oil or melted butter and set aside.

5

Add the roasted peanuts one scoop at a time to the melted chocolate and stir to combine. Repeat until all peanuts are coated in the chocolate. Spoon the chocolate-coated peanuts onto the baking sheet, leaving a little room between each cluster. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to firm up.

6

Pour the milk chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds on “high.” Stir briefly and return to the microwave for another 20 seconds before stirring again. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

7

Drizzle the melted milk chocolate over the peanut clusters and return to the refrigerator for another 20 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and serve immediately or store in an airtight container until ready to serve. Enjoy!

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