This just might be the easiest treat you'll make this holiday season! Bringing you these Chocolate Peanut Clusters for the ninth day of the Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies. They didn't last long at our place!
So after sharing Apple Crumble Pie Bars yesterday, I thought we needed something really easy today. And nothing can be easier than these Two Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Clusters. I have to go so far as to say, they were the easiest treat I've ever made. Ever!
Initially when I set out to make these, I wanted to make Turtles. If you don't know what Turtles are, you're missing out. They were a Christmas staple in our house growing up and it wasn't Christmas if there wasn't a box of Turtles on the coffee table. And I'm talking the branded Turtles ones not the home made kind. When you caught a glimpse of that black and orange striped box, you knew it was Christmas. But you guessed it, we can't buy Turtles here. So I thought making them would be a great idea.
Anyway, I'd never made them and thought the kids would love them. Well, I couldn't find soft caramel candy anywhere. Surprise, something else I can't get my hands on. Not to mention I hadn't found the pecans yet either. But about a week after I made these, I found big bags of soft caramels at the new Lidl that opened up near us. Along with the pecans that I was talking about in a post the other day.
So, it looks like I'm going to have to get back to Lidl and make those Turtles happen.
So, failing to get the ingredients I wanted to make my beloved Turtles, I made these Chocolate Peanut Clusters instead. Don't get me wrong, these are pretty darn great. They are not trying to be Turtles, they are just trying to be what they are....hahaha!
And what they are is pretty tasty and easy. You can't go wrong with two ingredients and zero baking. So let's take a look at what we do to put his super easy treat together.
Well, you start off with your two basic ingredients. I used semi sweet dark chocolate and salted peanuts. You could use chocolate chips just as easily.
There's not a whole lot involved in making these, but I'll go through it just in case.
So, place the chocolate chips in a double boiler. If you don't have a double boiler, put the chopped chocolate in a saucepan placed over another saucepan of simmering water. Place it over a low heat on the stove top and stir until it's melted. This will take about 3 minutes, give or take.
Remove the chocolate from the heat.
Have ready your baking tray lined with parchment paper, the chocolate and the peanuts. You can roughly chop the peanuts if you prefer, but I kept them whole.
Add the salted peanuts to the melted chocolate and give a good stir until all the peanuts are coated in chocolate. This really is the easiest thing in the world.
Then you just literally mound them onto the baking tray. I used two tablespoons. One to scoop up the mixture and another one to push it off onto the parchment paper. You could easily just use your finger.
Now they are ready to place in the fridge. I just refrigerated them uncovered for about and hour and they were completely set.
Remove them from the fridge when set and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
This is literally a home made treat you can make in no time at all..
I know you can buy all the Christmas treats you need, but sometimes it's nice to indulge in making things yourself. Even if you don't normally bake, this is the season to bust out a treat or two.
And if you're into cookie gift giving or cookie exchanges, these make a great addition. You're probably wondering if they will melt after setting in the fridge. The answer is no, unless they are in unusually hot temperatures. Once set in the fridge, they can be kept at room temperature. Just keep in mind they will be softer than in the fridge.
Just last night I was looking through the blog and realized I don't have many no baked treats. Like almost none. I counted four in total! I don't even know how that's possible as there are so many no bake treats that I really love. I guess I just never got around to making them myself. But what I did find when searching the archives were these No Bake Peanut Chocolate Squares. I think I've only made them a few times and forgot all about them And as Reece's Peanut Butter Cups is another thing you can't buy here, I might have to make them again. And soon.
In addition to those, I came across the following no bake treats:
Winter White Chocolate Truffles. Those were fantastic and are elegant for an after dinner treat for a dinner party.
Newfoundland Snowballs. A staple at Christmas growing up and I still make them every year. If your a coconut lover, make them.
Dark Chocolate Brandy Truffles. These were recently posted and I still have some in the freezer. Admittedly, I've been having one a day since making them weeks ago! But they are another grown up treat that makes a great after dinner sweet or alongside a winter cocktail.
Speaking of treats, I had better get going soon because I have to make a birthday cake for this afternoon. I'm a bit behind as it's been a bit hectic around here these past few days. I usually do my Blog writing in the wee hours of the morning. As there's never much time outside that window for this little venture of mine. But I slept in past 6:00 am the past few days. That almost never happens, as I'm usually wide awake hours before sunrise. I'm not complaining about the extra pillow time, but trying to fit it all in!
And with Christmas just under two weeks away, I'm finding myself more behind this year than I've ever been. Would be it shocking to say that I've only bought one Christmas present yet? Fact. And that was on line. Remember how I hate shopping. Well, I seem to be having a growing dislike for it with each passing day. But don't worry, I'll be whipping Santa into gear real soon. Nothing like working under pressure.
So, now I'm off to attempt the requested "moist", Chocolate Pecan Cake. Wish me luck.
And with that, I signing off with Blue Christmas by Elvis because it reminds me so much of Christmas under pressure.
Don't forget, tomorrow I've be back with another sweet treat to share and a bit of Christmas cheer. I'll let you know if I get cake success.
Enjoy the holiday rush!
Two Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Clusters
Makes 24 (approximately) / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cool time: 1 hour
12 oz/300 grams semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 Cups/200 grams salted peanuts
Line two large baking trays with parchment paper.
Place the chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water. Stir until melted, about 3 - 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add chopped peanuts to the chocolate and stir well.
Mound spoonfuls onto a baking tray. I used a tablespoon. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
Remove from fridge and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Click the downloadable link below to print recipe!
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