Chocolate Peanut Clusters

 

close up shot of Chocolate Peanut Clusters stacked on top of each other
Chocolate Peanut Clusters are the perfect sweet and salty combination with crunchy peanuts and rich chocolate. These yummy candy clusters are simple to make and eat.
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Table of Contents
  1. Chocolate Peanut Clusters Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This Chocolate Peanut Clusters Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
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Chocolate Peanut Clusters are one of the most delicious sweet and salty treats you can make. Everyone knows chocolate and peanuts make a tasty flavor combination, and with only five ingredients, these candy clusters are super simple and fun to make. 

If you’re a fan of easy no-bake cookies, you’ll also want to try these No-Bake Monster Cookies, No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars, or No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

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Chocolate Peanut Clusters Ingredients

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You will need:

  • 10 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate melting wafers
  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 16 ounces dry roasted peanuts

Substitutions and Additions

CHOCOLATE: Use any type of chocolate or any combination. Dark chocolate chips or butterscotch chips would also be yummy in this peanut cluster recipe. You can even use peanut butter chips for more peanut butter deliciousness. 

NUTS: This simple recipe would be great with other types of nuts as well – almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts – use a lightly salted variety for that contrast between the sweet and salty. 

SPRINKLES: Add colorful sprinkles in holiday colors as a great way to make these extra festive.

CANDIES: Top with M&M candies in festive colors before you put the clusters in the fridge to set.

How to Make This Chocolate Peanut Clusters Recipe

PRO TIP: The oil in the peanut butter is important to help smooth and bond the chocolate mixture. So make sure that you don’t leave it out.

STEP ONE: Place all of the ingredients into a crockpot (you can use a crockpot liner if desired for easy cleanup).

ingredients placed in a crock pot

STEP TWO: Turn the crockpot on to the low setting for 1 hour.

STEP THREE: After about 30 minutes, check on the ingredients – if they are looking glossy and beginning to melt, give everything a good stir.

PRO TIP: Watch the ingredients in the crockpot and keep the setting on low so that the melted chocolate doesn’t scorch.

ingredients cooked in a crock pot

STEP FOUR: Continue heating until the mixture is completely smooth (except for the peanuts), stirring occasionally.

STEP FIVE: When all ingredients are thoroughly combined, line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Use a cookie scoop to make even scoops of the peanut mixture and place each scoop onto the parchment paper. Leave just enough room between each cluster so that they don’t run into each other.

mixture scooped onto a lined cookie sheet

STEP SIX: Place the full cookie sheet into the freezer for 5 minutes to chill and allow the peanut clusters to harden.

STEP SEVEN: Lift chilled peanut clusters from the cookie sheets onto a serving tray.

PRO TIP: If giving for a holiday gift, you could also place each cluster into a cupcake paper once they are set.

How to Serve

Always popular for the holidays, Chocolate Peanut Clusters are a perfect treat any time of year. Make them as a special treat for birthdays, or as a gift for a small way to say thank you. Wrap them up in a food-safe cellophane bag or fill a cookie tin and then tie them up with a pretty ribbon. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: These delicious chocolate peanut clusters will stay good for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.  

IN THE FREEZER: These homemade candies will last for up to 3 months in the freezer.

close up shot of Chocolate Peanut Clusters stacked on top of each other

Chocolate Peanut Clusters never disappoint. Friends and family adore the sweet and salty combination. The crunchy peanuts with the delectable chocolate fills the craving of any sweet tooth. Want to add a little zing at the end? Try sprinkling a little sea salt on top for a nice twist. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I use dark chocolate or milk chocolate for these chocolates? 

The choice of chocolate is completely up to you. Both dark or milk chocolate would taste delicious in this sweet treat.

Can you freeze the chocolate peanut clusters? 

These little clusters freeze well. Store them in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Do I have to make these in the crockpot? 

You can also make this easy recipe on the stovetop. Make sure to use a heavy-bottomed pot on low and stir frequently.

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close up shot of Chocolate Peanut Clusters stacked on top of each other

Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Chocolate Peanut Clusters are the perfect sweet and salty combination with crunchy peanuts and rich chocolate. These yummy candy clusters are simple to make and eat.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Freeze Time 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 40

Ingredients
  

  • 10 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate melting wafers
  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 16 ounces dry roasted peanuts

Instructions
 

  • Place all of the ingredients into a crockpot (you can use a crockpot liner if desired for easy cleanup).
  • Turn the crockpot on to the low setting for 1 hour.
  • After about 30 minutes, check on the ingredients – if they are looking glossy and beginning to melt, give everything a good stir.
  • Continue heating until the mixture is completely smooth (except for the peanuts), stirring occasionally.
  • When all ingredients are thoroughly combined, line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Use a cookie scoop to make even scoops of the peanut mixture and place each scoop onto the parchment paper. Leave just enough room between each cluster so that they don’t run into each other.
  • Place the full cookie sheet into the freezer for 5 minutes to chill and allow the peanut clusters to harden.
  • Lift chilled peanut clusters from the cookie sheets onto a serving tray.

Notes

  • The oil in the peanut butter is important to help smooth and bond the chocolate mixture. So make sure that you don’t leave it out.
  • Watch the ingredients in the crockpot and keep the setting on low so that the melted chocolate doesn’t scorch.
  • If giving for a holiday gift, you could also place each cluster into a cupcake paper once they are set.

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