June 7, 2023Review Recipe
Chocolate Peanut Clusters Recipe (Crock Pot Candy)
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Chocolate and peanuts are a delicious flavor combination of sweet and salty, and these chocolate peanut clusters are no exception. With only five simple ingredients, these candies are incredibly easy to make and wonderfully festive and decadent.
While you are at it, make a batch of our chocolate peanut toffee too. If you are looking for other recipes to make for gifts, check out our Christmas pretzel hugs.
Chocolate Peanut Clusters Recipe Ingredients
You will need:
- 10-ounce bag of semisweet or dark chocolate melting wafers
- 12-ounce bag of white chocolate chips
- 12-ounce bag of milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 16-ounce jar of dry roasted peanuts
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.
Peanut Clusters 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 Peanut Clusters
STEP ONE: Place all of the ingredients into a crockpot (you can use a crockpot liner if desired for easy cleanup).
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.
Watch the ingredients in the crockpot and keep the setting on low so that the melted chocolate doesn’t scorch.
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 large baking sheets with a piece of parchment paper. Use a cookie scoop to make even scoops of the peanut mixture and place each scoop onto the lined baking sheet. Leave just enough room between each cluster that they don’t run into each other.
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.
If giving for a holiday gift, you could also place each cluster into a cupcake paper once they are set.
How to serve Chocolate Peanut Clusters
Wrap these perfect chocolate peanut clusters up in a food-safe cellophane bag or box with a pretty ribbon or fill a cookie tin with yummy goodies and hand them out as gifts this holiday season. Homemade gifts are always a hit, and these would fit the bill perfectly.
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Crock Pot Candy Peanut Clusters 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.
You need to try this Crockpot Candy Recipe
The perfect edible gift or snack, these yummy and foolproof chocolate peanut clusters are incredibly easy to make in the crockpot. Delectable and crunchy, these bite-sized treats won’t last long! They are perfect for Christmas gifting or a cookie exchange but don’t limit these treats to the holidays. Whip up a batch anytime you have a craving!
Peanut Clusters Recipe FAQs
The choice of chocolate is completely up to you. Both dark or milk chocolate would taste delicious in this sweet treat.
These little clusters freeze well. Store them in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
You can also make this easy recipe on the stove top. Make sure to use a heavy-bottomed pot on low and stir frequently.
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Crockpot Candy (Chocolate Peanut Clusters)
- 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
- 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 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.
These are a holiday classic.
Wendy Schultz says
Can I use semi sweet choc chips instead of melting wafers?
Layne Kangas says
Hi, Wendy – the consistency will be different if you don’t use the melting wafers, so we would recommend them.
How about adding caramel or marshmallow?
Layne Kangas says