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Chocolate Peanut Clusters

I love peanut clusters, but the problem is they are addicting. When we used to visit my mother-in-law in Virginia she lived about 20 minutes from the Virginia Peanut Company store. We would always make a trip there and I would get the largest tin of chocolate covered peanuts. I would have to ration them because I could easily be naughty and eat the whole tin at once.

They are really easy to make and only take about 10 minutes to make, but make sure you figure in the takes to let them set (at least 30 minutes).

This particular recipe has a twist on it in that there is peanut butter added to chocolate, giving them a little more peanut flavor.

red bag with dark chocolate chips and melted chocolate, and chocolate-covered strawberriesYou can change this recipe up too. You can use milk chocolate  or white chocolate instead of dark chocolate. You can skip the peanut butter, just add 3 extra tablespoons of chocolate. And you can skip the sea salt or candy sprinkles on top and leave them plan. Have fun with them.

I like to use these Ghirardelli Chocolate Melting Wafers for my chocolate. I also use this chocolate to make chocolate covered strawberries.

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Prep Time: 38 Minutes
Cook Time: 2 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes
Servings: about 22 clusters

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups roasted peanuts
  • 1 1/3 cups dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers)
  • 2 Tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • Sea salt or candy sprinkles (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper.

  2. In a large bowl add peanuts. In a medium microwave-safe bowl add chocolate and peanut butter. Microwave until they are just melted, stirring after 30 seconds at first, then every 15 seconds until smooth. Pour melted chocolate mixture over nuts in bowl and stir until all the nuts are coated well. Spoon onto parchment paper. Sprinkle with sea salt or candy sprinkles if desired, or just leave plain. Set aside until chocolate has set, at least 30 minutes. Store in a covered container, they do not need to be refrigerated. They won't last long!

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