Peanut Clusters

Peanut Clusters an easy recipe for no bake Christmas treats made with only 3 ingredients! Easiest chocolate peanut clusters with a sprinkle of sea salt.

We love to make easy no bake treats like Mixed Nut Clusters and Chocolate Covered Almonds for easy Christmas treats. Check out our Candy Recipe catalog for more easy recipes you can make for any occasion, or no occasion at all!

Chocolate Peanut Clusters in decorative box


Can you think of an easier candy recipe than mixing melted chocolate chips and your favorite salty snack? From nuts to Potato Chips, we love pairing sweet milk chocolate with savory, crunchy ingredients and adding a dash of salt to hit every taste bud.

These Peanut Clusters are so easy to make, you can put your youngest kitchen helpers on candy duty. I like to help by monitoring the microwave cook time needed to melt chocolate. To keep little hands safe, I wrap a microwave safe bowl in a thick kitchen towel.

These candies make great Christmas gifts, but they also make great treats to keep in the refrigerator for whenever you get a chocolate bar craving. You can also use them as a sundae topping! Chop up Chocolate Peanut Clusters and sprinkle on Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Whipped Cream and Hot Fudge.


This is one of the simplest, back to the basics candy recipes ever. Three ingredients you could even grab at most gas stations if needed. Peanuts, chocolate chips, and a sprinkle of salt and you don’t even have to get fancy with sea salt. Just use salted peanuts instead. You can also use other salts like Pink Himalayan or smoked salt. I don’t recommend using table salt though, it’s too fine and won’t stand out.

Can you make Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters?

To make Crockpot Peanut Clusters, you’ll want to replace half of your chocolate chips with almond bark. I recommend vanilla almond bark. Melt chocolate by cooking on low setting, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 hours. Fully mix in peanuts and scoop onto parchment lined baking sheet. Cool for at least 30 minutes.

Chocolate Peanut Clusters peanuts in melted chocolate


  • Chocolate: Mix up the chocolate that you are using by substituting white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or milk chocolate chips. You can also use melting chocolate wafers or candy bars with a chocolate content.
  • Mix Ins: Just like cookies, you can mix in so many baking ingredients in to Peanut Clusters like butterscotch chips, roughly chopped pretzels, M&Ms, or chopped Marshmallows.
  • Peanut Butter: Make these even more peanut buttery by adding ½ cup cream peanut butter to your melted chocolate. Then stir in Peanut butter chips or chopped peanut butter cups with the peanuts.
  • Fruit: Go for an easy, trail mix inspired treat by mixing in dried cranberries and granola bites. Use hard granola so it doesn’t get soggy.
  • Caramel: Stir in finely diced bits of Salted Caramels in with the peanuts, then drizzle melted Caramels over the Peanut Clusters after they have hardened.
  • Nuts: Substitute half of the peanuts with other favorites like walnuts, almonds, or cashews. Try smoked peanuts or spicy peanuts for a different kind flavor.

Chocolate Peanut Clusters on baking sheet

FAQs About Chocolate Peanut Clusters

    • Why does my chocolate turn white? Chocolate will turn white due fat bloom, or the cocoa butter (or other liquid fat) making its way to the surface of the chocolate and crystalizing over time.
    • Can you freeze Chocolate Covered Peanuts? You can definitely freeze Peanut Clusters, but keep in mind that condensation will collect and they won’t be as pretty when thawed. For gifts, I always making them fresh.
    • What is almond bark? Almond bark is very different than using chocolate chips. It is made of oils, sugars, and flavorings but no cocoa butter or chocolate liquors so it is not chocolate. I usually don’t use it unless I’m mixing it equally with chocolate.



  • Serve: Cool for at least 30 minutes to fully set. Store these snacks in a cool, dry place in an airtight container.
  • Store: Keep your Peanut Clusters in the refrigerator or at room temperature for up to 2-3 weeks.
  • Freeze: Chocolate Peanut Clusters will freeze well for up to 4 months in an airtight freezer bag.

Chocolate Peanut Clusters in decorative box

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Peanut Clusters

Peanut Clusters an easy recipe for no bake Christmas treats made with only 3 ingredients! Easiest chocolate peanut clusters with a sprinkle of sea salt.
Yield 24
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts , shelled
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  • Add the chocolate chips to a large glass bowl and microwave in 30 second increments until smooth, stirring in between each 30 seconds.
  • Add in the peanuts and stir to coat.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then add small spoonfuls to the baking sheet in mounds.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt while chocolate is still wet.
  • Refrigerate until firm.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Peanute Clusters

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Wow, these clusters look so good! I had no idea what almond bark was — thanks for enlightening! Can’t wait to try out the recipe!

  2. You had me at no-bake, but really ALL the ingredients in these pecan clusters sound amazing. I think they’d make a great cookie all year long.

  3. This truly is a super easy recipe. I love peanut chocolate clusters. I am definitely making these at home.