Peanut Clusters are one of the easiest Christmas candies to make and enjoy yourself or gift to friends, family and neighbors. This Peanut Cluster recipe is simple and sweet, using only 3 ingredients. If you love all things sweet and salty, you will love Chocolate Peanut Clusters!
Earlier this week I found myself out of town once again, and I had forgotten that Adalyn had an early release day. In the midst of a whirlwind of fun meetings, I did share with my sister what time the bus would be dropping her off. The bus driver went above and beyond to find out and get in touch with her with a time.
It’s those little things that make life so much easier and I wanted to let him know how much we appreciate him. So I whipped up a few easy Chocolate Peanut Clusters. I know I’m not reinventing the wheel here, but you know my saying, sometimes simple is simply the best!
Sometimes simple is simply the best.
These lightly salted Peanut Clusters require just 3 ingredients – milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, almond bark, or melting chocolate (your preference), salted peanuts and optional salt or sprinkles! If you want, you can even mix in a few peanut butter chips for a twist.
This Peanut Cluster Recipe takes 5 minutes to make and only few minutes to set before their ready to box or bag and gift!
It’s no wonder why this easy recipe has become a Pinterest sensation!
What You’ll Need to Make Peanut Clusters
- Chocolate – Chips or wafers, your choice.
- Peanuts – I love using dry roasted peanuts, but you can use any of your favorites.
- Sea Salt – Thick flaeks of sea salt not only add a lot of flavor, but beautiful texture as well. Just set a grinder to the largest setting.
- Add sprinkles for a little color and extra crunch
- Substitute half of the chocolate for peanut butter chips
- Use an array of your favorite nuts
- Reader suggestion: “Super easy fan favorite. I also did these with Reeses chips.”
How to Make Peanut Clusters
It’s such an easy recipe!
- Melt chocolate (again, chocolate chips, almond bark or chocolate melting wafers all work well) in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals. As the chocolate melts, reduce to 15 second intervals until it’s completely melted. If you prefer, you can use a double broiler or slow cooker but to keep this quick and easy, I microwave.
- Stir in peanuts.
- Drop onto parchment paper, wax paper or parchment lined baking sheets. Any will do!
- Top with sea salt – or sprinkles.
- Bring to room temperature to set.
It’s one of my favorite giftable Christmas candies. I hope to master mom’s peanut brittle and grandma’s divinity this year, but these foolproof chocolate peanut clusters will always be a staple.
Notes and Tips
This is so quick and easy you certainly don’t need to, but you can make it in a slow cooker / crock pot!
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It’s these simple things that remind us of how chocolate should taste, the crunch of the nut and the sharp of the salt. Too many ingredients and we get lost in the flavor.
To see how easy this Chocolate Peanut Clusters Recipe is, watch the video in the post.
More Must Have Christmas Candy Recipes
Peanut Clusters are one of the easiest Christmas candies to make and enjoy yourself or gift to friends, family and neighbors. This Peanut Clusters recipe is simple and sweet, using only 3 ingredients. If you love sweet and salty, you will love these Chocolate Peanut Clusters!
- 2 c chocolate chips
- 1 c peanuts
- 1 tsp sea salt
Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, reducing as chocolate melts to 15 second intervals. Stir until melted and smooth.
- Stir in peanuts.
- Using a teaspoon, drop onto parchment paper.
Immediately top with fresh cracks of sea salt or sprinkles and allow to set.
This is so quick and easy you don't need to, but you can make this a crock pot candy!
You can give them a little color and added crunch by adding sprinkles.
You can also substitute half of the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips. The options are endless!
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Originally posted November 2015, updated December 2018