It is the Holiday Gifting season! Yep we are already knee deep in the season of showing people we care. Truthfully, I find it sad that we need a season as a reason to show those we love that we care about them. Plus, from recent personal experience you never know how much time you have with any certain person, so let them know you care at every chance you get.
Anyway, these little treats right here are a great way to show people you care. It says ‘I took the time to make something homemade for you because you matter to me. Anyone can go to the store and buy anything. But I took the time to make you something special’ … wow that is a lot for a treat to say (hmm, maybe I am losing my mind a little).
These treats are easy, and the recipe can easily be doubled to make extra. Actually, I used to make it in larger batches … but that just meant there was more for me to eat while I was testing the different recipes, so I cut it down. Plus, even in this halved amount it still makes plenty. You can make different batched at different times so that your loved ones are all getting them at the same time, you know spread the love!
SO here is the best part, other than giving it a stir every 30 minutes or so, you just put all the ingredients into the crockpot pot on low and let it do its thing. Yep crockpot cooks, you stir every once in a while, then you scoop onto parchment paper and let cool. Now these can be stored in an airtight container for a month or so … but I have never had them last that long.
If you want to change it up a little you could add 1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes to the whole batch, but my family prefers it without the coconut.
Slow Cooker Peanut Cluster
16 oz Dry Roasted Peanuts with Sea Salt
12 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
10 oz Peanut Butter Chips
16 oz White Almond Bark
Pour all of the ingredients into the crockpot and cook for 1 ½ hours on low. Stir every 30 minutes. If everything is not melted in that time cook for another 30 minutes.
Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop mounds onto parchment paper. Allow to sit on the counter at room temperature until completely set (2-3 hours).
The clusters can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.