With only 4 ingredients, you can create these Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Clusters! This popular Christmas treat is made with semi-sweet chocolate, white almond bark, peanut butter chips and salted peanuts. They are melted to perfection in your slow cooker and formed into bite sized treats that you won’t be able to stop eating! Sweet, salty and full of holiday cheer!
We are always on the lookout for fun new recipes to enjoy during Christmas. Today, we have one of the most popular Christmas Treat Desserts out there, Christmas Peanut Clusters. These Crockpot Peanut Clusters are super easy to make in your slow cooker and only have 4 ingredients!
As the Holiday Season comes into full, wintery bloom, I set my gaze on all the wonderful treats, desserts and snacks that I love to eat this time of year. From Puppy Chow to Sugar Cookies to Chocolate and Peppermint Cookies, there are just so many delicious things to eat this time of year!
Crockpot Peanut Clusters
What are Peanut Clusters? They are a combination of two of my favorite things, peanuts and chocolate. The sweet and savory flavor combo is enhanced by the combinations of texture too! The creamy, melted chocolate and the crunchy, salty peanuts are what make this Christmas Dessert addicting!
I can’t say enough how easy this recipe is. And it makes a lot of clusters, so they are also great to give aways as holiday gifts to friends, family and neighbors!
How To Make Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters
This is one of those recipes that have lots of different ways to make it. If you look around online, you’ll see tons of different versions. Some have white almond bark, white chocolate, unsalted peanuts and lots off different kinds of chocolate chips. Here at Bubba Pie, we like to keep things as simple and easy as possible. We only use 4 easy ingredients in our Peanut Clusters Recipe!
Here all you’ll need:
- PEANUTS – We use a 16 oz jar of salted peanuts for this recipe. Not a fan of peanuts? Try another nut like almonds or chopped walnuts or pecans or cashews. If you can’t have nuts at all, sub them out for broken pretzel pieces. Break them up into the size a peanut would be. You’ll still get that sweet and salty combo and the crunch of the pretzel is very satisfying!
- SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE – We just used plain semi sweet chocolate chips and they worked great! Of course, you can sub for another other chocolate you may like, like milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate.
- PEANUT BUTTER CHIPS – The motif is chocolate and peanut butter, right! These taste so delicious with the chocolate chips!
- VANILLA CANDY COATING CHIPS – It comes in chips, bars or blocks. We used the chips. If you use a larger chuck, you’ll need to make sure you break it up so it melts easily and quickly.
Storage and Freezing
You CAN keep these chocolate clusters in an airtight container at room temperature. But, the chocolate is VERY soft and easily melts. I like to keep them in the fridge. I actually like them a little cold. They should keep for about a week.
You can freeze chocolate peanut clusters. Allow to fully cool and harden and stack them in a ziplock baggie, separated by parchment paper. Allow to thaw at room temperature.
Notes, Tips and Variations
- SCOOPING ONTO YOUR PAN- There are several ways to get the melted chocolate mixture out of the slow cooker and onto you parchment lined baking sheet to set. Some use a wooden spoon, some use a cookie scoop. Some people even just pour everything out onto the pan, let it set and then break it all up into pieces. Experiment with what works best for you. Just don’t forget to use, parchment paper, wax paper or aluminum foil!
- STIR, STIR AND STIR!- In the instructions, I mention that you should stir at least every 20 minutes. I’m serious about this. If you don’t the chocolate could burn and stick to your Crock Pot. And, I mention this in the recipe card but it bears repeating, keep your slow cooker on LOW.
- NUTS!- We used plain old salted peanuts for this recipe. And they work great. Also, we have a son with an allergy to tree nuts, so we always stay pretty conservative. But you really could use just about any nut (or combination of nuts) you’d want to in this recipe.
- CHOCOLATE- This should go without saying, but feel free to experiment with the chocolate as well. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate… anything could work! We’ve also heard of people adding some caramel to this recipe as well!
- USE CROCKPOT LINERS – This recipe can be a little messy to clean up. If you want to make cleaning super simple and easy, you Slow Cooker Liners!
I hope you enjoy this super simple and easy recipe for Crockpot Peanut Clusters. Have a great Holiday season and let me know how they turned out for you in the comments section!
Crockpot Peanut Clusters
- 1 16 ounce jar of salted peanuts
- 1 12 ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate
- 1 10 ounce bag of peanut butter chips
- 1 1 lb bag of vanilla candy coating
- Layer all ingredients in a Crockpot with the peanuts on the bottom layer.
- Turn the slow cooker to low, cover with a paper towel and then the lid. Cook for 30 minutes on low.
- Remove lid, change setting to "keep warm" and cook for another 2 hours. Be sure to stir every 30 minutes during this time.
- Spoon onto wax paper, or aluminum foil and allow to set for at least one hour.
- Slow Cooker