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
- Break up the white chocolate into small pieces, put in a microwaveable bowl, and heat until thoroughly melted.
- Stir in the peanut butter until the mixture is smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients, stirring until completely coated.
- On waxed paper, drop mixture by heaping spoonfuls. Add sprinkles if you want.
- 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.
To give to our neighbors, I tossed a few of these bad boys into these containers from Michael’s.
And there ya go – easy and delish.