Caramel Peanut Clusters

I stood staring into my pantry late last night, trying to figure out what I was craving. I nearly gave up finding a snack and thought I’d resign myself to going to bed instead. I went back to my room and plopped down onto the edge of the bed to only find that the hubs had decided he also wanted a snack.

He brought back a jar of peanuts and a bag of chocolate chips.

It was then that the thought hit me!

Peanut Clusters!!!

Irresistible Caramel Peanut Clusters. Quick and easy to make in less than 20 minutes!
Irresistible Caramel Peanut Clusters

If only I’d had some caramel, too!

And if only it weren’t midnight, I’d whip up some caramel peanut clusters in no time!

But it was midnight. 🙁

So instead the hubs and I decided to lay in our comfy bed and eat handfuls of chocolate chips and peanuts together!

Now, today.

Today is another story.

Today I decided to try my hand at homemade caramel and then pair it with peanuts and chocolate to come up with some caramel peanut clusters.

I scoured Pinterest for a yummy caramel recipe and came across one. I threw together the caramel, which took a total of about 6 minutes. Once it was finished I poured it into a glass jar and kept about 3/4 cups out to make these clusters.

After our little late night snack we only had about a cup of peanuts and half a bag of chocolate chips left so I wouldn’t need much caramel for these clusters.

These caramel peanut clusters take less than 20 minutes to put together including cooling time. Use the freezer like I did, or even the refrigerator if you’d rather, to speed up the cooling time.

Here’s how I made these amazingly easy caramel peanut clusters!

Caramel Peanut Clusters

Step 1

Make your caramel or use store bought and place it into a bowl or leave it in the saucepan you used to prepare the caramel.

Salted Caramel Sauce for Caramel Peanut Clusters
Caramel Sauce

Step 2

Pour around 3/4 cups peanuts into your caramel.

Easy Salted Caramel Peanut Clusters
Mix the peanuts into the caramel.

Step 3

Stir to combine.

Easy Salted Caramel Peanut Clusters. Make these easy clusters in less than 20 minutes! cautiouslyoptimistickitchen.com
Thoroughly mix peanuts with caramel.

Step 4

Use an ice cream scoop, small measuring cup, or spoon to portion out the caramel peanut clusters onto a baking sheet covered in parchment or wax paper. Then place into the freezer or fridge for 5-15 mins to firm up enough to dip into chocolate.

Easy Salted Caramel Peanut Clusters. Make these easy clusters in less than 20 minutes! cautiouslyoptimistickitchen.com
Scoop clusters onto baking sheet.

Step 4

Meanwhile, melt your chocolate in the microwave or on the stovetop. Once melted, remove the caramel peanut clusters from the freezer.

Easy Salted Caramel Peanut Clusters. Make these easy clusters in less than 20 minutes! cautiouslyoptimistickitchen.com
Melted chocolate and chilled caramel peanut clusters.

Step 5

Drop the clusters into the bowl of chocolate and turn to coat. Remove the clusters back to the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Easy Salted Caramel Peanut Clusters. Make these easy clusters in less than 20 minutes! cautiouslyoptimistickitchen.com
Dip caramel peanut clusters into the melted chocolate.

Step 6

Once all the clusters are coated place the pan back into the freezer and let them set.

Easy Salted Caramel Peanut Clusters. Make these easy clusters in less than 20 minutes! cautiouslyoptimistickitchen.com
Caramel Peanut Clusters

Step 7

After they have set place them into a container and store them in the fridge or eat them right away!

Quick and easy caramel peanut clusters in less than 20 minutes! cautiouslyoptimistickitchen.com
Caramel Peanut Clusters!

That’s it! So easy and so quick!  Give these a try and let me know how yours turnout!

Be sure to Pin this recipe for later so you can throw these together next time you are craving something sweet and salty!

Caramel Peanut Clusters

20 minutes

Yield: 7 large

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup peanuts
  • 3/4 cup caramel sauce
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil or shortening

Instructions

  • Make caramel sauce or pour prepared sauce into a bowl
  • Mix peanuts and caramel together until thoroughly combined.
  • Dip out caramel peanut clusters onto a baking sheet prepared with parchment paper.
  • Move to the freezer to chill.
  • While the clusters chill, melt chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl in the microwave or on the stovetop.
  • Remove clusters from the freezer and dip into chocolate.
  • Place clusters back onto parchment paper.
  • Dip all clusters and then place pan back into the freezer to set the chocolate.
  • Store clusters in a container in the refrigerator or eat immediately!

Notes

Use any type of chocolate you prefer; milk, dark, or even white!

These would be just as good without the chocolate coating!

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Quick and easy caramel peanut clusters in less than 20 minutes!
Caramel Peanut Clusters!

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