Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters

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Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters – these easy crock pot chocolate covered peanuts are the perfect holiday treat.  So easy to make and always delicious. 

I love baking the entire month of December.  It can be Gingerbread Men cookies that are a must every year or it can be something super simple like Reese’s Fudge that doesn’t actually involve the oven.  I just want all the treats for the holidays!  But sometimes you want something easy, right?  These peanut clusters could not be simpler to make.  

Easy Chocolate Covered Peanuts made in the crock pot!

 

The key to making this peanut cluster recipe so easy is the crock pot.  You really just dump all of the ingredients in and the crock pot does its thing.  You do have to stir it once or twice to make sure it gets evenly melted and mixed together, but that is it.  You can be decorating the tree, wrapping presents, or doing one of the other million things on your to do list while these come together. 

What is a Peanut Cluster

It is basically chocolate covered peanuts that are in a little cluster.  You can use a variety of your favorite chocolate, peanut butter and peanuts.  They all get melted together and then you scoop onto a baking tray or even into mini muffin cups for the chocolate to set up.  So get you little clusters of chocolate and peanuts all mixed together.  

Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters are super easy to make and always disappear

Can You Freeze Chocolate Covered Peanuts

Yes, you definitely can.  Once the chocolate is completely set you can place in an air tight container and put in the freezer for up to 4 months.  I like to store peanut clusters in the fridge and then just get them out a few minutes before serving.  That way they don’t melt at all and last longer.  

What Kind of Peanuts Do You Use for Peanut Clusters

I like to use dry roasted peanuts or even cocktail peanuts. You can use a mixture or just one type when you make them. Just stay away from the honey roasted, because you already have sweetness from the chocolate you are coating them in. 

Crock-Pot Peanut Clusters are a must for the holidays

How to Make Peanut Clusters

  1. Add your chocolate to the crock pot.  I am using a bag of semi-sweet chocolate and a bag of dark chocolate.  You can mix it up by using some milk or white chocolate in here.  It really is up to you!  
  2. Add your peanuts and peanut butter to the pot.
  3. You do not need to mix anything!  Just put the lid on and set it on low for 60 minutes.  After 60 minutes stir to combine everything.  It will be mostly melted at this time.  Place the lid back on and stir every 15 minutes until everything is completely melted.  
  4. I find using a cookie scoop to be the easiest way to scoop out the peanut mixture.  Place on a lined baking sheet or into a lined mini muffin pan.  Then you just let it set up until the chocolate is harden.  If you want to decorate you can use festive sprinkles while the chocolate is still melted.  
  5. Store you peanut clusters in a cool place so they keep their shape and do not melt again. 

These are such an easy and festive holiday treat.  They would be great for a cookie exchange or just to have out on your holiday baking try.  You could also give them to teachers, or friends and neighbors as gifts!  Either way, you are going to want to make sure to have chocolate and peanuts on hand on season long so you can make these any time.  

Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters - these easy crock pot chocolate covered peanuts are the perfect holiday treat.  So easy to make and always delicious. 

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4.59 from 43 votes

Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters

By Erin
Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters – these easy crock pot chocolate covered peanuts are the perfect holiday treat.  So easy to make and always delicious. 
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 36

Ingredients 

  • 1 12oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 12oz bag dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 16oz container dry roasted peanuts

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker, set on low and cook for 1 hour.  Using a spatula, stir to combine all of the ingredients.  Cover and continue to cook, stirring every 15 minutes until chocolate is completely melted. 
  • Drop tablespoon sized dollops of the candy onto a lined baking sheet.  
  • Let the candy firm up before serving.  
  • Store in an air tight container in the fridge for best results. 

Video

Notes

Use whatever chocolate you like. If you like it sweet use milk chocolate, if you like dark chocolate, use dark chocolate chips

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36
Calories: 73
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12 Comments

  1. These have always been a holiday favorite. I can’t believe I didn’t know how easy these were to make. Making them today!

  2. Hi there love the recipe for the peanut clusters. I am curious how long does it normally take to have the chocolate to set? This is an amazing idea to do for next year. Happy holidays to you and your family!

    1. If you put it in the fridge about an hour. If you leave it at room temp probably closer to 3-4 depending on the temperature of your house.

  3. I see your video shows you use Hershey milk chocolate and Nestle semi sweet chips. But the recipe calls for dark chocolate. Is one better then the other? I’m anxious to try these. Thank you!

    1. It really is just the combination of chocolate that you like. If you like it sweeter, I would use semi-sweet and milk. If you like your chocolate a little darker than I would use the dark chocolate. I like my desserts sweet, so I use milk. But the dark chocolate gives it a richer taste that a lot of people like.

  4. Can I use cashews, and what can I use instead of peanut butter. I love peanut butter and chocolate, but hubby doesn’t.

    1. Yes, you can use any nut you like. You can use any other type of nut butter as well. You can also leave it out or try melting caramel with the chocolate for something different.