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Peanut Clusters Recipe: Very Easy to Make Treat or Dessert
(Makes 100+ peanut clusters)
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If your family is like mine, they are used to dessert every night. Every. Single. Night.
Growing up, we usually had cookies, or ice cream, or my mom made her awesome cheesecake, which seemed to reach all the corners of our town, and guaranteed a hoard of my friends showing up for some.
But my husband, kids, and even myself are something else. We consider dessert a given, part of our dinner routine. It’s never a matter of “is there anything for dessert?”. It’s a matter of “what are our dessert options today?”
Yep, they are spoiled. OK, WE are spoiled.
When I was a full time couponer, I constantly found deals for sweets, and of course I stocked up on those whenever I could. Now that I have stopped, or slowed down considerably, I confess I sometimes struggle with this. And while I know dessert is not a must have, it is nice to have a sweet little something right after dinner.
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 it 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.
Peanut Clusters Recipe
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.
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.