This Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Peanut Clusters recipe has only 4 ingredients! They're easy to make but taste amazing! A perfect treat to make as a gift for friends and neighbors! #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #peanutbutter #christmas #candy

 I’m going to jump right in today because this recipe doesn’t need a fancy introduction. These Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Peanut Clusters are the best candy recipe ever. This super easy, crazy delicious treat is made with only 4 {yes FOUR} ingredients and is gluten-free, dairy-free & vegan!

These beauties were inspired by my all-time favorite store-bought candy. You know those old timey candy stores? Well there is one in my hometown in Illinois! We’d go there all the time just so I could buy these peanuts that were dipped in peanut butter and double-dipped in chocolate. Holy moly were they good. However, they were over $21 a pound {ouch}, and we moved away from said hometown over 4 years ago. Which meant that I had to make my own, homemade version of this amazing treat!

However, have you ever tried dipping individual peanuts in peanut butter and then in chocolate? I have, and let me tell you it is not easy or fun. I quickly understood why those special little candies were so expensive! 😉 So I took the idea and rolled with it and these Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Peanut Clusters were born!

And they’re arguably better than the originals because there is a higher peanut butter to chocolate ratio in every bite. And you all know I am a firm believe that more peanut butter is always a good choice.

This Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Peanut Clusters recipe has only 4 ingredients! They're easy to make but taste amazing! A perfect treat to make as a gift for friends and neighbors! #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #peanutbutter #christmas #candy

 Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Peanut Clusters: Method

Like I said before, this candy recipe is super easy! But I am going to share a few tips to help make it even easier!

Stir-able peanut butter. I used a variety of natural peanut butter that is very liquidy and easy to stir. This made stirring in the powdered sugar and peanuts very easy. If you only keep firmer peanut butter on hand, you will need to warm it slightly to make it stir-able! Please do not overheat the peanut butter. You want it just barely warm enough to be able to mix the other ingredients in.

Freeze. The clusters need to be frozen before dipping them in chocolate. This ensures they hold together!

Temper the chocolate. I included a super easy way to temper the chocolate coating using the microwave. If you don’t care if your chocolate is shiny then you can simply melt the chocolate and cover your clusters with it. I, however, just discovered this technique and it has changed my candy-making life. I use a Thermapen from Thermoworks {if you don’t have you you need to get one stat. I couldn’t live without mine} to read the temperature of the chocolate, making sure it stays at around 90 degrees F. The chocolate comes out glossy, shiny and pretty and stays that way! So worth it in my opinion!

Serve at room temperature. I think these Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Peanut Clusters taste best at room temperature!

This Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Peanut Clusters recipe has only 4 ingredients! They're easy to make but taste amazing! A perfect treat to make as a gift for friends and neighbors! #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #peanutbutter #christmas #candy

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Peanut Clusters: Substitutions

There are only four ingredients in this recipe, so I don’t recommend changing things up too much! But here are a few ideas!

Powdered sugar. If you’d like to keep the filling refined sugar free, use this recipe to make your own powered sugar!

Peanut butter/peanuts. guess you any nut butter/nut combination could be used if you have a peanut allergy! Obviously my heart belongs to peanut butter! 😉

Salt. I added salt to the recipe list in case you choose to use a peanut butter variety that is unsalted (like the one I chose). I recommend adding a pinch {like an eighth of a tsp} and tasting/adjusting until you get it to your liking!

Semi-sweet chocolate. When it comes to chocolate, my philosophy is the darker the better. Any kind of chocolate can be used in this recipe, just be sure to choose one that complies with your dietary needs!

This Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Peanut Clusters recipe has only 4 ingredients! They're easy to make but taste amazing! A perfect treat to make as a gift for friends and neighbors! #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #peanutbutter #christmas #candy

 

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Dipped Peanuts

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together peanut butter and powdered sugar. If necessary, warm peanut butter to stirring consistency in the microwave or on the stove over low heat, being careful to keep it as cool as possible.
  3. Add peanuts and stir until combined.
  4. Scoop ½ TBS portions of the peanut mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, forming them into the desired shape.
  5. Once all of the mixture has been used, place baking sheet in the freezer until hardened (about 1-2 hours).
  6. Once peanut/peanut butter clusters are hardened, prepare chocolate.
  7. Microwave chocolate for 1 minute in a microwave safe container.
  8. Stir and microwave for 60 more seconds until most of the chocolate is melted (but not all of it).
  9. Stir until all the chocolate is melted.
  10. Let the melted chocolate cool to 90 degrees f, stirring occasionally to speed up the process.
  11. Once the chocolate reaches 90 degrees F, begin dipping peanut clusters into the chocolate, using a fork to shake off excess chocolate. If the chocolate becomes too thick, gently warm it again until it is easy to dip the chocolate in (try not to go over 90 degrees F).
  12. Place dipped peanut clusters on baking sheet to harden at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
  13. Enjoy!

This Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Peanut Clusters recipe has only 4 ingredients! They're easy to make but taste amazing! A perfect treat to make as a gift for friends and neighbors! #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #peanutbutter #christmas #candy

These Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Peanut Clusters make the perfect gift to give to friends and neighbors this Christmas season. That is, if you can keep them around long enough to share! 😉

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This Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Peanut Clusters recipe has only 4 ingredients! They're easy to make but taste amazing! A perfect treat to make as a gift for friends and neighbors!   #vegan #glutenfree #dairyfree #peanutbutter #christmas #candy