peanut clusters in a bowl

Chocolate Peanut Clusters

These simple homemade chocolate peanut clusters have just three ingredients and are made in the microwave – the easiest candy you’ll make!

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chocolate peanut clusters on top of waxed paper

Growing up, there were really only two Christmas treats that our family made religiously every year. First off, Spritz Cookies, a recipe passed down from my Grandma that we can never seem to get enough of! Though they’re always made at Christmas-time, any time of year is really fair game!

And the second Christmas staple was Peanut Clusters. With four kids running around the house, I understand why Mom loved how quick and easy these were to throw together! Too bad they disappeared just about as quickly as she could make them! 😉 My oldest brother Pat was typically the one to blame – these are his favorite!

3 ingredient chocolate peanut clusters

Three Ingredient Peanut Clusters

Yes, that’s right. Just three ingredients needed!

  1. Almond Bark. As you can see in the photo above, the almond bark comes in a large brick. I find that it works best to chop it up a bit before microwaving.
  2. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. I like to use semi-sweet, however milk or dark chocolate chips can also be used. Or, try using peanut butter chips if you’d prefer that over chocolate!
  3. Salted Peanuts. Salted is the key word here! The sweet & salty combo is really what makes these so addicting (in my opinion, anyway!). You could also use salted cashews, salted almonds or a combination of the three.

How to Make Peanut Clusters

As I’ve said a few times now, making peanut clusters is truly super easy (almost hard to mess up!). First, you’ll combine the almond bark and chocolate chips. Though you can cook it over a double-boiler, I prefer to use the microwave as it’s quick and easy.

Once the chocolate is melted, you’ll stir in the salted peanuts. Once the peanuts are well-coated in chocolate, you’ll use a cookie scoop to drop them onto waxed paper or parchment-lined baking sheets. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you can certainly just scoop it with a spoon, but they might not look as uniform.

Lastly, you’ll let the cool. Once they’re set, which doesn’t take much time, you can place them in an air-tight container. I like to place waxed paper between the layers so they don’t get stuck together.

a container full of peanut clusters

Can you Freeze Peanut Clusters?

Yes, you sure can!! I recommend freezing them in an airtight container (or a freezer bag) with waxed paper between the layers. They’ll last at least 2-3 months in the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy, simply set them out at room temperature for 30-60 minutes to thaw.

Other Delicious Christmas Candy

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge – This two layer Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge is smooth, creamy, easy to make and totally gorgeous!

Cookie Dough Truffles – Cookie Dough Truffles are chocolate chip cookie dough balls dunked in chocolate, making them the best holiday goodies!

Salted Caramel Brownie Bites – A soft and fudgy brownie surrounds a smooth caramel and is dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt. These salted caramel brownie bites really are the most delicious little morsel!

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peanut clusters on a wooden tray

Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Kelsey
These simple homemade peanut clusters have just three ingredients and are made in the microwave! The easiest candy you'll make!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cool Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 dozen

Ingredients
  

  • One 1 1/2 lb pkg white almond bark coarsely chopped
  • 2 3/4 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Two 12 oz containers salted peanuts (about 4 cups total)

Instructions
 

  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the almond bark and chocolate chips.
  • Microwave on high for 45 seconds; stir.
  • Continue to microwave in 30 second increments until smooth.
  • Once smooth, add the peanuts and stir until they're all coated.
  • Use a cookie scoop to drop the mixture onto waxed paper or parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  • Let cool in the refrigerator until set.
  • Place in an air-tight container.

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