I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! I am still in a food coma from the prime rib that my brothers served up. And all of my Christmas cookies and candy is gone except for my peanut clusters! It's not that they aren't good – they are delicious – it's because I didn't get around to making these right away (salted Spanish peanuts are hard to come by). Thus all the trays that I made up did not get peanut clusters. More for me!
Peanuts Clusters with Centers Recipe
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Peanut Cluster Center Ingredients (optional)
If you don't want centers in your peanut clusters, skip this part. When I was young, I hated the cream cheese peanut cluster centers, but now as an adult, I love them!
- 2 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- ~2 cups powdered sugar
Add enough powdered sugar to the cream cheese and vanilla to make the consistency of Play-Dough. Roll into 1/2″ size balls and refrigerate to set.
Peanut Cluster Ingredients
- 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (do not use imitation)
- 10 oz white almond bark (half a brick)
- 10 oz salted Spanish peanuts (make sure they are salted)
Melt chocolate chips and white almond bark together in the microwave. Once melted, stir in peanuts. Using two spoons (and having another person is helpful), add a center to one spoonful of peanut cluster mixture and cover it with another spoonful. Drop on to waxed paper making sure that the chocolate covers the center completely. The peanuts that fall between the clusters are delicious chocolate covered peanuts for the baker to enjoy!