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Recipe: Festive Peanut Clusters

I’ve been saying forever that I want to start a blog one day, when I have the time. With an infant, I feel like my life kind of revolves around changing diapers and doing laundry, and at the end of the day I usually just want to fall into bed instead of starting up a new hobby like blogging. But I finally realized I need to just make time for it if it’s something I want to do. You have time for what you make time for, right?

I thought I’d start by sharing an easy recipe that’s great to make for holiday treat bags, neighbor gifts, a Christmas party, or just to have around the house to eat until you make yourself sick. Which I almost did because these things are that good.

I was looking for something to make to give our neighbors, and I found this recipe that has both a very short ingredients list and a very short instructions list (my two requirements for recipes). I found it in a Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook that I snagged earlier this year at Books-a-Million for 7 bucks.

Here it is:

Ingredients: 24 oz white baking chocolate, 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter*, 4 cups Cheerios, 2 cups mini marshmallows, 2 cups dry-roasted peanuts

Instructions:

  1. Break up the white chocolate into small pieces, put in a microwaveable bowl, and heat until thoroughly melted.
  2. Stir in the peanut butter until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, stirring until completely coated.
  4. On waxed paper, drop mixture by heaping spoonfuls. Add sprinkles if you want.
  5. Let stand for about an hour or put in the fridge until firm. (I think they taste better when they’ve been in the fridge).

*I reduced the amount of peanut butter to 1/3 cup, because as seen in the below photo, the clusters came out looking more brown than white. I figured that reducing the peanut butter would help them look more white/Christmasy next time.

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To give to our neighbors, I tossed a few of these bad boys into these containers from Michael’s.

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And there ya go – easy and delish.