Slow Cooker Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters

Crock-Pot Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters - SO easy and addictive! | browneyedbaker.com

Are you ready for Christmas baking? December is absolutely my favorite time of the year, and I love nothing more than baking Christmas cookies and goodies.Β It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the classics and a few other new finds sprinkled in for good measure. While I love eating nut clusters, I had never actually made them myself; once I saw this insanely easy slow cooker recipe, it was only a matter of time!

My aunt shared this recipe on her Facebook page and I immediately saved the link. Two types of peanuts, two types of chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, AND you can make it in a slow cooker? I was immediately sold, and I think you will be, too.

Crock-Pot Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters - SO easy and addictive! | browneyedbaker.com

It took me literally five minutes to make this. Everything gets dumped into the slow cooker, cover, turn on low, and let it go for 2 hours. At that point, it’s likely that everything will be melted (mine was), but if you need more time, an additional 30 minutes should be all you need. I experimented with scooping the nut clusters out in a variety of ways – with a large spoon, with a medium cookie scoop, and then I just poured the mixture into a parchment-lined pan and broke it into pieces. My verdict? I liked the clusters scooped with a cookie scoop the best – they were the most uniform and by far the most pleasing to the eye, which is important when it comes to Christmas cookie trays, right?! πŸ™‚

While I am immensely partial to peanuts, you could absolutely make this with any type of nut you like, or a combination of them. My father-in-law even suggested skipping the nuts and using coconut for coconut clusters. There are tons of possibilities, and these little clusters would make fantastic holiday gifts – just place in a clear cellophane bag and tie with a pretty ribbon!

Crock-Pot Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters - SO easy and addictive! | browneyedbaker.com

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Slow Cooker Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters

Yield: A LOT!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

The absolute easiest candy recipe ever; peanut and chocolate lovers will devour this!

Ingredients:

16 ounces unsalted peanuts (or dry roasted peanuts)
16 ounces salted cocktail peanuts
1 (12-ounce bag) semisweet chocolate chips
1 (12-ounce bag) milk chocolate chips
2 (10-ounce bags) peanut butter chips
2 (16-ounce packages) white almond bark or vanilla candy melts

Directions:

1. Layer all of the ingredients in order in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.

2. Remove the lid and stir to combine. If not all of the chocolate is melted, cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes on low.

3. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, scoop mounds of the clusters onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Allow to sit at room temperature until completely set, 1 to 2 hours. The clusters can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. They also freeze very well!

(Recipe from Just a Pinch)

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64 Responses to “Slow Cooker Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters”

  1. Marla on December 2, 2014 at 12:32 am

    These look amazing. I’m going to make them this weekend. I was reading some older posts and it looked like you have a peanut/peanut butter allergy? Can that be true? Tragic!!!

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    • Michelle on December 2nd, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Hi Marla, I did actually develop a peanut allergy in my mid-20’s, abstained from it for nearly 5 years and had allergy shots, and it miraculously went away! My allergist said that adults can develop food allergies later in life, and you can also grow out of them. Thank goodness!

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  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on December 2, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Peanuts covered in chocolate are definitely my kind of snack! i love this!

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  3. Mir on December 2, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Wow, yet another use for a slow cookier! Who woulda thunk? I wonder if honey roasted peanuts would work in this? I love the recipe!

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    • Michelle on December 2nd, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Honey roasted peanuts sound AWESOME!

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    • Lora Gery on November 19th, 2015 at 3:37 am

      I used honey roasted peanuts and they burnt – had to trash it.

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  4. Tori@Gringalicious.com on December 2, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Yum Yum Yum! These must go on my holiday treat list!

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  5. Delicateflowah on December 2, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Simply perfect candy for my lazy ways. I might switch out one of the peanut butter chip bags with a butterscotch then my son will definitely eat them (less for me is a good thing). Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Janet on December 2, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Hi!

    This seems easy and delicious!
    Have you noticed and problems of condensation from the crockpot lid getting into the chocolate? If so, did it make the chocolate seize?

    Thanks!

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    • Michelle on December 2nd, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Janet, I didn’t notice any issues. Some of the chocolate around the edges seized, I think just from the heat, but as soon as I stirred, it melted right in.

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  7. Sally on December 2, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Those look like a great Christmas gift. I’d like to try the recipe with almonds minus the peanut butter chips. Sounds tasty.

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  8. Amy on December 2, 2014 at 8:36 am

    OH SNAP! I am the slow cooker queen at my house and I cannot WAIT to make these little babies! πŸ™‚

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  9. Jennifer on December 2, 2014 at 8:45 am

    HA! I love that you put A LOT for how many it makes!! :0)

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  10. Sara on December 2, 2014 at 9:22 am

    These look awesome and I bet my husband will LOVE them! What kind of almond bark do you use? Would nestles white chocolate chips work for this? My tight budget only allows walmart shopping and I wasn’t happy with the almond bark I found there. Thanks for your recipes I almost always save them!

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    • Mel on December 2nd, 2014 at 10:16 am

      If you have aldi I would look there for the bark, very reasonable.

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    • Michelle on December 2nd, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Hi Sara, I used CandiQuik, which I bought at my regular supermarket.

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    • carla on December 24th, 2014 at 6:09 am

      I use Nestle white chocolate chips for this.

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  11. Michelle on December 2, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Oh MY! This is just too simple! I have to make these now. Going to the store this weekend! I love Christmas.

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  12. Linda on December 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Love peanuts and this recipe does not make as many as the ones I have read before. Sounds so good.

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  13. Skye on December 2, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Lovely!

    I would use a crockpot liner when making these. I hate cleaning up chocolate in any
    kind of pan!

    For Christmas, I love making clusters of white chocolate with dried cranberries and macadamias or almonds or cashews. So pretty!

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    • Kathie on December 9th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      If you wipe it out with a paper towel while still warm, the crock pot is easy to clean with just a little soaking in warm soapy water.

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    • Melanie Creekmore on December 17th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Do you mke the white clusters in the crock pot as well?

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  14. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy on December 2, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    So simple and delicious! Can’t wait to try these in my slow cooker πŸ™‚

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  15. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance on December 2, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    It is so dangerous how easy these are to make because you can literally make them any time you want without the hassle! YUM!

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  16. Kristen Ann on December 2, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Wow! This recipe is awesome and I love that it can be done in a slow cooker. I cannot wait to make it. I also love the idea that it can be made in various combinations. Endless possibilities.

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  17. Rosene S. on December 2, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    This sounds awesome

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  18. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts on December 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    these look fantastic! and they’re made in a slow cooker – I’m intrigued!

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  19. Elisabeth on December 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I wonder . . . do you know if you can temper chocolate in the crock pot?

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    • Michelle on December 6th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Hi Elisabeth, I’ve never tried it!

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  20. Karen on December 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I love the idea of this – will definitely have to to try it! I love making treats around the holidays and this will be perfect…not to mention EASY.

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  21. MaDonna on December 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I made these last year and they were absolutely delicious! I have friends that love dark chocolate. Could I substitute the milk chocolate for dark and leave the peanut butter chips out?

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    • Michelle on December 6th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Yes, absolutely, just make sure you keep the amount of chips the same.

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  22. Lauen on December 3, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I actually had found this recipe on a different site (didn’t present as nice as yours!) and had made these. Did you have any issues with your peanuts burning? I did it exactly as the recipe said, which is how your recipe is as well, and after 2 hours a lot of the peanuts were burnt! Thanks!

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    • Michelle on December 6th, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Hi Lauen, Oh no! None of my peanuts burnt at all. Perhaps your crock pot is running a little hot?

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  23. Amanda on December 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I love these! We make them every year and call it “crockpot candy”. One of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth.

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  24. Jen on December 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I was short about 10 oz of chips but the recipe still worked, and my batch made 12 dozen. Next time I’m going to add dried cranberries and coconut. They look fantastic and I can’t wait to give them away as gifts! I have never made a recipe from your site that I didn’t like. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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  25. Linda on December 8, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Would cooking time need to decrease if recipe was cut in half? Thanks for the yummy recipe!

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    • Michelle on December 14th, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Linda, Yes, definitely cut down on the cooking time if you cut the recipe in half.

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    • Paula on December 21st, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      My friend cut the recipe in half and cooked it in half the time as well. It was grand! πŸ™‚

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  26. Molly on December 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I made these yesterday. The chocolate seized and I added a little shortening as I stirred. They loosened nicely and made wonderful little candies. Do you think they seized because I cooked too long or too hot. Also what do you recommend for seized chocolate?
    Thanks for a great recipe. This is a keeper.

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    • Michelle on December 14th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Hi Molly, Yes, the chocolate definitely could have seized due to temperature. I try to gently melt into already-melted chocolate again, which it sounds like you did with success.

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  27. Kelli on December 8, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Hi, my batch burned a little which is likely a reflection of my crappy crock pot πŸ™‚ But, I am wondering, could I just made this in a double boiler on the stove? It would seem to be that it would cook pretty quickly and result in the same candies?

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    • Michelle on December 14th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Kelli, Yes, you could do this in a double boiler.

      Reply

  28. maria on December 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Instead of peanut butter chips, would peanut butter work??

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    • Michelle on December 14th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Maria, I’m not sure, I haven’t tried that. If you do, let me know how it turns out!

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  29. Gail Ratchel on December 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I used 2 jars of dry roasted peanuts & some of my peanuts burned. I didn’t cook them any longer than the recipe called for & the chocolate was melted.

    Reply

  30. Ann on December 20, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I made this tonight and will have to say I am super disappointed, to say the least. I had to throw the entire batch out. Not a cheap night. Will not re moment this to anyone. I am a seasoned cook/baker.

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    • Kari on December 22nd, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Really? What happened? I’m about to make this and spent enough on ingredients that I don’t want to risk wasting. See,s like a very straightforward and basic recipe, melting chocolates and mixing in nuts…I need to know in what way it can go so wrong so I don’t do it! Only thing I can think is burning, but that’s easy to avoid by watching and stirring, and as a seasoned cook, you’d know that so it must be something else. Do share!

      Reply

  31. Natalie Sansom on December 23, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Can you add coconut? When in the process would you add/change?
    Sounds yummy and want to try.

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    • Michelle on December 24th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Hi Natalie, Sure! I would add it on top of the peanuts or just mix in at the end.

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  32. Debbie on June 4, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    My chocolate didn’t get hard! Any suggestions?

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    • Michelle on June 5th, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Hi Debbie, Did you scoop it out and let it sit? If it’s still not firming up, I would try popping it in the refrigerator, it just might be too warm in your kitchen.

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  33. Kristine on July 13, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    These candies are fantastic! I made them this past Christmas and they were a huge hit. My husband says they taste like peanut butter cups. I ended up making two batches and I had no issues whatsoever.

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  34. The Hungry Mum on September 12, 2015 at 8:30 am

    ohmyYUM! Anything peanuty gets my vote, and double points for adding choc.

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  35. Mara on October 27, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    I have made these and they are the BEST! So easy – I now want to try with caramel – has anyone attempted this? If so, did you you use caramel sauce or candy? Thanks!

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  36. Arlene on December 17, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Well have to make a comment , It turned out very good, I ended up with 110 pieces, I used a 1 1/4″ cookie scoop,and I used the little candy papers. I was worried that it was not going to set up but it is very nice. I have used another recipe, and it had some 60% Cacao bittersweet chips and I might like to take and replace one of the bags of peanut butter chips for a bag of the bittersweet. and my other recipe called for 3 packages of white baking chips so guess that would work too. that was used instead of the almond bark. Anyway it is very good and will make it again makes a huge batch for gift giving.

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  37. Carla on December 23, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I would like to try adding toasted pecans and toffee bits. Has anyone ever tried it this way? Should to toffee bits be added after all the chocolate has melted? Any thoughts or advice?

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    • Michelle on December 23rd, 2015 at 10:50 pm

      Hi Carla, Sounds awesome! I would save the toffee bits for the end, as you suggested.

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  38. Bearsmaggie on February 5, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Could you change out the peanut butter chips for more chocolate chips, add peanut butter chips to the still warm scoops on parchment paper? Just stick 4-6 chips to the top of scoops. Sort of like Reeser’s Peanut butter cups. πŸ™‚

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    • Michelle on February 5th, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Oooh yes, I don’t see why not! Sounds great! πŸ™‚

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  39. LC on August 27, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I used step by step directions and it seized up please help! What happened

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    • Michelle on August 28th, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Oh no! I’m wondering if your slow cooker got too hot? It’s the only thing I could think of!

      Reply

  40. shelly Attul on September 20, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    i am dying to try this for holidays BUTTTT, can i add other things like raisins, pretzels, mini mash mellows…?

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    • Michelle on September 20th, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Hi Shelly, Yes, you could definitely use other add-ins!

      Reply

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