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Peanut Clusters Recipe: Very Easy to Make Treat or Dessert
(Makes 100+ peanut clusters)
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The dark days are upon us. Since I stopped using coupons and shopping frequently, our snack/dessert stash has suffered greatly. I can already see the signs in all of my family members: the sadness, the accusing stares, the desperation.
Okay, maybe all that is more than a tad dramatic ha ha, but I do know that they are dying to ask me “When are we starting to stockpile snacks again?” They won’t ask. But they are wondering.
Truth is, that isn’t happening any time soon. I am far too busy nowadays and to be honest, it is sort of peaceful and liberating to not go to the stores unless I absolutely have to. Which I avoid like the plague. Grocery shopping has never been exciting for me. Maybe that is the main reason I took to couponing with a vengeance: it made grocery shopping more fun and challenging.
Anyway, I have been covering the basic need that is dessert by baking cookies. This recipe is the best! Try it (you can thank me later- OK, maybe you can thank Kim of The Baking ChocolaTess later). This last week though, I felt like making something different.
I was a bit tired of cookies. And we ran out of chocolate ice cream.
Then it dawned on me. I could totally make peanut clusters! My awesome Mother in Law gave me this recipe years ago and it rocks! I am not sure where she got it from. I believe a friend of hers gave it to her and she shared with me. And now I am going to share with you.
This is very simple and, considering the amount of peanut clusters that result from the recipe, it’s not ridiculously expensive. Fair warning: although the recipe says it makes around 100, truth is, I cut the recipe in half this time and still made 88 of them!
Translation: If you make the recipe as is, you’ll have peanut clusters crawling out of your ears.
While I get most of my ingredients from my local grocery stores, I have included some links for those who, like me, love shopping online, or for those with limited shopping options.
3 lbs of dry roasted peanuts (I buy mine in bulk but if that’s not an option, you may use any brand, like these.
3 lbs of Chocolate flavored almond bark
(1) 12 oz bag of Semi-sweet chocolate chips
(1) 4oz bar of Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate
- You’ll need a Crockpot for this recipe. I have this one and love it!
- You will also need wax paper. I completely forgot to get it when I went shopping and ended up using parchment paper, which also works.
-Put all the ingredients in the Crockpot, in the order listed.
-Cover. No peeking!
-Cook on low heat for 3 hours.
-After 3 hours, turn off the heat.
-Let it cool for 20 minutes.
-Stir all ingredients together, until well mixed.
-Drop by the teaspoon on wax or parchment paper.
As stated above, this recipe makes a ton of peanut clusters. If you think that you couldn’t reasonably eat that many before they go bad (and they last quite a bit, if stored properly), then cut it in half as well. Or maybe to 1/4. It’s up to you.
If you do decide to follow the recipe to a T, then split them into freezer bags and freeze for later consumption. Because there are five of us chocolate lovers here, we have never had to do that; however, I know that’s what my Mother in Law does all the time 😉
Hope you guys like it! Let me know if you make it and how it goes for you in the comments.