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

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!

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(Recipe from Just a Pinch)

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