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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 on a white plate, some plain and some drizzled with white chocolate

Need another 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!

They are a Christmas staple along with some of our other favorite like Ritz Cracker Cookies, Christmas Crack, Puppy Chow, Avalanche Cookies, and No Bake Peanut Butter Bars.

Peanut Clusters Ingredients

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

melted peanut cluster on parchment paper

Can I freeze chocolate covered peanuts?

Yes! These are delicious straight from the freezer too. 

Just allow to set, then place peanut clusters in an airtight freezer ziploc bag. 

salted peanut clusters stacked with a bite taken out

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3 peanut clusters on a white plate with sea salt

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Yield: 12

Peanut Clusters Recipe

peanut clusters on a white plate

These easy peanut clusters are a delicious holiday treat!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups roasted salted peanuts
  • 10 oz semi sweet chocolate chips

For Topping (optional)

  • flaked sea salt
  • melted white chocolate


  1. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, until smooth
  2. Add the peanuts and stir to combine
  3. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and drop spoonfuls of the chocolate peanuts down
  4. Sprinkle with optional sea salt
  5. Place in the fridge or freezer until chocolate sets
  6. 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

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 5g

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