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Chocolate Peanut Clusters

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If you are a chocolate and nut lover like me, you will love these chocolate peanut clusters!

I love chocolate so much, I even have a whole category entitled All Things Chocolate here on my blog. And what goes great with chocolate? Peanuts of course! It is so fun making these chocolate peanut clusters. They are very versatile. If you don’t like peanuts, use almonds, walnuts, cashews, or pecans!

Use your favorite chocolate with these, milk chocolate chips, semi-sweet, dark, candy melts, chocolate wafers, etc. And they are so incredibly easy to make, start to finish they are ready in under 30 minutes. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Chocolate chips and peanuts in glass bowls on top of a wooden table.

In order to make these chocolate peanut clusters you really only need two ingredients:

  • Chocolate – You can use chocolate chips, chocolate bars, candy melts, candy coating, chocolate wafers, etc.
  • Peanuts – Of course you can swap out the peanuts with almonds, cashews, pecans, or walnuts. Or if you like you can use a combination of nuts and chocolate. I use the dry roasted lightly salted peanuts. The Spanish peanuts work really well too.
Six chocolate peanut clusters on a white plate.

Tools

  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Spoon
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  • Piping bag or a plastic bag, if you want to drizzle on white chocolate
  • Optional – Muffin pan with paper cups

Step 2: How to make chocolate peanut clusters

Glass bowl of melted chocolate next to a glass bowl of peanuts.

Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. Use the high setting for 30 seconds, then stir the chocolate with a spoon. Then 30 more seconds, and then stir, 20 seconds, and stir, until all melted.

Or if you like, you can use the double boiler method instead. Take a pot and place it on the stovetop burner. Add about an inch deep of water to the pot and set the heat to medium.

Place a metal bowl on top of the pot and add the chocolate to the bowl. As the steam rises from the water it will gently warm the bowl and melt the chocolate.

You can use all of one kind of chocolate or mix and match. For example, I like to use milk chocolate chips and some dark chocolate chips. Candy melts are great for making different colors like you could do green and red ones for Christmas. So many options!

Glass bowl of melted chocolate covered peanuts.

Add the peanuts to the bowl of melted chocolate and stir until well coated. Don’t like peanuts? Use pecans, walnuts, or cashews! Or maybe you want to use a combination of nuts.

Step 3: Finish the chocolate peanut clusters

Sheet pan line with parchment paper with chocolate peanut clusters on it.

Take a spoonful of the chocolate and peanuts and drop it onto a sheet pan or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Or if you like use a silicone baking mat. You should be able to get about 12 of them depending on the size you make them.

TIP: Another option would be to use a muffin pan with paper cups. This is great if you want to give them as gifts.

Place the pan in the fridge and allow the chocolate to set.

NOTE:ย If you don’t temper the chocolate, these will get soft at room temperature unless your home is really cold. But you can just store them in the fridge. If you want to be able to leave them out at room temperature most of the day, then I recommend tempering the chocolate or use candy melts/wafers instead, which don’t need to be tempered.

Hand holding a chocolate peanut cluster with a bite out of it.

Once they come out of the fridge, you can drizzle the tops with melted white chocolate or white candy melts if you like. Just put the melted chocolate in a piping bag or a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off. Enjoy!

How long do chocolate peanut clusters last?

If you temper the chocolate or use candy melts and store them in an airtight container they will last a few weeks at room temperature. If not, store them in the fridge for a few weeks. You can also freeze them for a few months. Lay them flat in a freezer bag, then after a few hours, you can move the bag so it is upright.

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Here are some other chocolate-related treats you may like:

Pretzel Reindeer

Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse Chocolate cups

Oreo Turkeys

Easy Chocolate Granola Bars

Easy Chocolate Souffle

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Chocolate Peanut Clusters

I love chocolate and peanuts so these super easy chocolate peanut clusters really hit the spot. Start to finish, they are done in less than 30 minutes! These are perfect for the holidays or any time of the year.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Chilling Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Candy, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, Holidays, no bake, sweet, treats
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 127kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Microwave safe bowl
  • spoon
  • sheet pan
  • Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  • Piping bag or a plastic bag, if you want to drizzle on white chocolate
  • Optional – Muffin pan with paper cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chocolate chocolate chips, chocolate bars, candy melts, candy coating, etc. (170g) the amount doesn’t have to be exact
  • 3/4 cup of peanuts or cashews, almonds, pecans, or walnuts (190g) the amount doesn’t have to be exact

Instructions

  • Melt the chocolate either in the microwave or use the double-boiler method. If using the microwave, use bursts of 30 seconds on high, then stir the chocolate, then repeat, until nice and melted.
  • Add the peanuts or other choice of nuts to the melted chocolate and mix until well combined and coated.
  • Line a cookie sheet or sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Drop spoonfuls of chocolate-covered peanuts on to it.
    You should be able to get around 12 of them. If you like sprinkle smaller crushed up nuts on top.
  • Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes, until set. Then drizzle white chocolate on top. The drizzle is optional. Easy as that. Enjoy!

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How to Make Chocolate Peanut Clusters | Easy Peanut Clusters Recipe

Notes

TIP: Another option would be to use a muffin pan with paper cups. This is great if you want to give them as gifts.
NOTE:ย If you don’t temper the chocolate, these will get soft at room temperature unless your home is cooler. But you can just store them in the fridge. If you want to be able to leave them out at room temperature most of the day, then I recommend tempering the chocolate or use candy melts/wafers instead, which don’t need to be tempered.
List of nutritional facts for chocolate peanut clusters

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Wow, this is easy! And delicious! Decorated with red & green candy melts for Christmas. But I could easily make these for Valentine’s and Easter, too! Wonderful!!

  2. 5 stars
    Good thing I have everything on hand to make these! Love chocolate & peanuts together!

  3. 5 stars
    I can’t sit and eat peanuts, but when you pour chocolate over them, I can eat them all! We love these!

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