Friday, December 21, 2012

Sneak-able Christmas Goodie #4: Peanut clusters

Finally, a Christmas goodie that’s not a cookie! Don’t be fooled by how incredibly easy this recipe is. I promise you, these peanut cluster candies are dangerously sneak-able. My aunt made them at Christmas one year, and everyone demanded they become a yearly tradition. Now get ready for the easiest recipe yet.

Wax paper
1 large bag (12-oz) of butterscotch chips
Half a bag (6-oz) of chocolate chips (I like the Ghiradeli milk chocolate chips. It’s a cheap and easy recipe – splurge on the good stuff.)
12-oz of peanuts (no skins) (Salted, lightly salted, unsalted – your choice)

Lay out two long strips of wax paper on the counter.
Stir the butterscotch ships and chocolate chips together in a glass bowl and microwave for 1½ minutes. 
Stir well and put back in the microwave for another 30 to 45 sec. (Times differ due to different microwaves.  The main thing is that all the chips are melted.)
Pour in the peanuts and stir until all peanuts are covered.
Plop small spoonfuls onto  wax paper. It will take them a little while to set.
Recipe yields about 50 peanut cluster candies, but quantity will vary depending on the size of your “plops.”
Once they’re hardened, store in an air-tight container.

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