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Peanut Clusters Recipe

Homemade chocolate peanut clusters are a simple and yummy holiday dessert made with just 3 ingredients! Add these to your Christmas baking list. 

peanut clusters

Peanut clusters are a holiday favorite!

Need an easy dessert to add to your Christmas baking list? These no bake peanut clusters take less than 10 minutes to make and everyone will love this classic treat!

Peanut clusters are always one of those desserts that I look forward to every Christmas. They are simple to make, but taste delicious!

All you need is just three ingredients, or you can customize them however you please with holiday sprinkles or extra drizzles of chocolate on top.

We love making these and Chocolate Covered Almonds during the holidays.

peanut clusters

Peanut Clusters Ingredients

  • roasted salted peanuts
  • semi sweet chocolate chips
  • optional toppings: flaked sea salt and/or drizzled white chocolate, sprinkles
chocolate chips and peanuts in bowls

how to make peanut clusters

Step 1: Melt a bag of semi sweet chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments until smooth. Be careful to not do longer increments as you do not want the chocolate to burn.

Tip: to make these dairy free peanut clusters, simply grab a bag of dairy free chocolate chips instead!

melted chocolate in a bowl

Step 2: Once the chocolate is melted, stir in the roasted salted peanuts and combine. That is it! Now it’s time to form the peanut clusters.

melted chocolate mixed with peanuts

Step 3: Use a spoon or mini cookie scoop to drop spoonfuls of chocolate covered peanuts onto a lined baking sheet.

Waxed paper or parchment paper will work here. Since you are not cooking with heat, you just need to use a nonstick surface.

If you are topping with flaked sea salt or Christmas sprinkles, do this step now so that it sticks before the chocolate is hardened.

peanut clusters on a parchment paper lined baking sheet

Step 4: Once you have finished assembling the peanut clusters, place them in the fridge to chill until the chocolate is set.

Step 5: This is only necessary if you want to drizzle some with white chocolate. I like doing this with half the batch to add a little variety!

Once the chocolate has hardened, drizzle the tops with melted white chocolate, then place in the fridge again until hardened.

6 salted peanut clusters lined up

These peanut clusters are so simple, but really delicious. Everyone loves a good salty sweet combo and the crunchy peanuts are so satisfying.

christmas chocolate peanut clusters in a white bowl

If you need a last minute holiday dessert, these will not disappoint! I love having a batch of these on hand when my sweet tooth strikes.

Can I freeze chocolate covered peanuts?

Yes! These are delicious straight from the freezer too. You can also let them thaw for several minutes at room temperature to let them soften. Just allow the peanut clusters to set, then place in an airtight freezer ziploc bag. 

chocolate peanut cluster with a bite taken out

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3 peanut clusters on a white plate with sea salt

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Love peanut clusters? Make a big batch with this easy crock pot peanut clusters recipe!

peanut clusters made in the crock pot

Peanut Clusters Recipe

Joy Shull
These easy chocolate peanut clusters are a delicious holiday treat made with just 3 ingredients.
4.44 from 181 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 225 kcal


  • 1 ¼ cups roasted salted peanuts
  • 10 oz semi sweet chocolate chips

For Topping (optional)

  • flaked sea salt
  • melted white chocolate


  • Melt the semi sweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, until smooth
  • Add the peanuts and stir to combine
  • Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and drop spoonfuls of the chocolate peanuts down
  • Sprinkle with optional sea salt
  • Place in the fridge or freezer until chocolate sets
  • If you are doing the white chocolate drizzle, do this step now, then chill again until set. Melt white chocolate until smooth and drizzle over the tops of the hardened peanut clusters


Calories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 6gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 68mgPotassium: 252mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 12IUCalcium: 30mgIron: 2mg
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Sunday 17th of December 2023

My grandma used to make peanut clusters using a combination of Candiquik (chocolate variety) and semi-sweet chocolate chips. She was always careful to use lightly salted peanuts. Since I have no idea what her chocolate mix ratio was, I used this recipe, doubled, using half milk chocolate chips and half semi-sweet chocolate chips. It's pretty close to what I remember, which I am thankful for, because no peanut clusters I have eaten in the 24 years since she passed have measured up. I had no room to put these in the fridge, so I let them harden at room temperature (it was 72 degrees in my kitchen) and they were fully hardened and ready to store after 90 minutes (they might have been okay sooner, but that's when I checked on them). I put them in a freezer bag and then stored them in the freezer, because that's where we kept them when I was growing up. Thanks for the recipe!

Patttie F

Thursday 15th of December 2022

This is a great, simple treat recipe. Nice for gifts. I made them with Milk chocolate chips and another batch with Russell Stover Stevia chips for my diabetic husband. Taste like regular chocolate. Easy recipe for beginners too.