5 ingredients and one hour is all it takes to make crockpot peanut clusters that are delicious year-round! Decadent milk, dark and white chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips melt with crunchy peanuts for slow cooker candy that the whole family will love.
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Why You Will Love Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters
- You know, they go by many names, like those 4-ingredient crock pot chocolate peanut clusters (okay, mine are extra decadent, they have 5), chocolate peanut clusters candy, or nut clusters – they are same.
- This recipe always gets a lot of love on Pinterest, especially during Christmas!
- Kid-Friendly – Get the kids in the kitchen with this recipe, they can help stir, scoop and well, sprinkle of course!
I absolutely love making nutty cluster candies around the holiday season. They make a great wrapped edible gift! It’s so fun to package these treats in cello bags and tie a little gift tag to give to friends and neighbors.
What sets my crockpot chocolate peanut clusters apart is no white almond bark. Almond bark, also called “candy coating,” has some additives that I’m not a fan of, and this recipe is a great alternative that is just as delicious — if not more!
And if you’re searching for other food gifts for a sweet treat, check out all of my food gift ideas!
Simple Ingredients for the best Crockpot Peanut Clusters
- Dry Roasted Peanuts | Salty, crunchy, and satisfying! You may also use red-skinned peanuts or cocktail peanuts if you’d like.
- Milk Chocolate Chips | Nice and sweet, these chips melt easily and will help balance all of the flavors in this treat.
- Semisweet Chocolate Chips | Balance the bitter and sweet flavors in these crockpot peanut clusters by using either semi-sweet or dark morsels, based on your preferences.
- Peanut Butter Chips | You can easily replace these chips with another flavor of your choosing. See variations for options.
- White Chocolate Chips | These morsels are sweet and rich, adding a delicate vanilla flavor that is perfect for our crockpot peanut clusters!
- Use any combination of chips you choose! Mix and match; just make sure it’s about the same volume!
- Use high-quality chips | Whether it is the peanut butter, milk chocolate or white chocolate, the higher the quality of the chip, the less additives there are. My favorite brands are Ghirardelli and Guittard, but the bottom line, buy the best chocolate you can afford.
- Every crockpot or slow cooker heats differently, be sure to set a timer at least every 15 minutes to stir; once the mixture starts getting dry and thick at the bottom remove the crockpot from heat.
- Place a clean tea towel or paper towel between the lid and the crockpot to absorb any moisture.
- Stir Well | In recipes where you are melting chocolate (like my chocolate ganache), stirring is key to helping things melt! So remove from heat when there are still some whole pieces of chocolate, keep stirring they will disappear.
- Crockpot or Slow Cooker | What’s the difference? Crockpot is a brand name, slow cooker is what the appliance does! You will want at least a 6 quart crockpot for this recipe. I like this that this classic crockpot locks for travel!
- Medium Cookie Scoop or small cookie scoop, if you want to make a whole lot of candy!
- Wooden Spoon & Sturdy Spatula
- Half Sheet Baking pans & Parchment Paper
How to make Peanut Cluster Recipe
Evenly spread the dry roasted peanuts on the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle the semi-sweet chocolate chips over top, followed by your milk chocolate, peanut butter, and finally the white.
Place a tea towel beneath the lid to collect condensation. Cover your slow cooker and cook on low heat for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
When all ingredients are mostly melted, remove the insert. The heat from the crock will continue to melt the mixture as you stir everything until smooth, be sure to give the melted chocolate a good stir.
Now we’re going to make our slow cooker chocolate peanut clusters! Working quickly, use a medium cookie scoop (2 tablespoons) to portion out treats onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or wax paper. Use a small cookie scoop for smaller candies!
Tap the tops of the candies with the back of the scoop or wooden spoon to flatten them. This is a fun step for the kids to help with!
Allow your crockpot peanut clusters to set up on the counter on the baking sheet. You can also refrigerate them for 15-30 minutes to set them fast. This easy recipe makes a lot of candy, about 60 generous pieces. Perfect for holiday gifts, Valentine’s day or anytime a peanut butter chocolate craving hits.
- Try other flavors | I also recommend cinnamon chips, butterscotch, Andes Mints, caramel nibs, or Heath toffee bits for varied and delicious flavors! Just make sure the quantities are the same as written for this crockpot peanut clusters recipe. Roughly, a few ounces here and there won’t impact it.
- Garnishes | While your crockpot chocolate peanut clusters are still gooey and melty, add some sprinkles or (my favorite) flaky sea salt. This is especially delicious if you’re using Heath bits.
- Dark Chocolate Peanut Clusters | Use your favorite dark chocolate to make this easy chocolate peanut candy.
- Use different nuts! Pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias and almonds would all be absolutely delicious here.
Valentine’s Day Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters
I dressed some of mine up by scooping them into silicone heart shaped molds, for a fun and easy Valentine’s day chocolate. Use other silicone shaped molds for various holidays and change your sprinkles to match.
Dairy Free Peanut Clusters
Recipe for Sugar Free Peanut Clusters
Lily’s are also sugar-free, so these are great to make for a low-carb, Keto or sugar-free diet. Use your favorite sugar-free chip combination, I suggest adding 3-4 tablespoons of no-sugar peanut butter instead of peanut butter chips, unless you can find sugar-free!
- Patience!! — keep your crockpot on low! Using the high setting could overheat and burn the mixture.
- Several times when I’ve made this recipe, the chocolate to peanuts ratio was a little off towards the end of scooping. Stir in a ¼ cup of additional peanuts at the end. It helps to stir the mixture occasionally while scooping.
- Every slow cooker heats differently. This recipe takes 45 minutes for me, but I’ve heard others say it can take as long as 1 ½ hours. Stirring frequently will keep your mixture from burning. If it starts to look “dry,” it’s time to remove from the heat or switch to your “warm” setting if more melting is needed. And whatever you do, keep stirring!
Frequently Asked Questions
No, these candies do not need to be kept in the fridge! I recommend storing them right on the counter in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Though you can quickly firm them up in the fridge.
We call that “chocolate bloom.” It’s totally harmless! It messes with the presentation a smidge, but the crockpot peanut clusters will be just as delicious.
Chocolate chips are basically engineered to keep their shape, so some brands have trouble melting. If this happens, add a tiny bit of coconut or vegetable oil and stir. Add small amounts at a time until you get a nice, smooth texture.
Yes! Cut the ingredients in half and watch the time too, I recommend you stir every 10 minutes, until you have melted chocolate and a creamy texture.
Microwave Peanut Clusters Option
If you want to speed up the process further, use the microwave! Just cut the recipe in half using the handy slider button the recipe card below. Or plan on doing this twice for the same amount.
In a large microwave-safe bowl, place the milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips, heat for 30 seconds, stir well and then heat again for another 30 seconds.
Stirring well between additions, add the white chocolate and the peanut butter baking chips, stirring before heating (there are heat pockets when microwaving that will continue to melt the chocolate).
Heat for 30 seconds, stir well, repeat the process in 20-30-second intervals, stirring well between additions until all chocolate is melted. Add the peanuts ,stir to coat, and proceed with the recipe.
Gift Tags for Peanut Clusters in a Crockpot
Print out some of these great food gift tags (free) to give as gifts this holiday season!
Storage Tips for the best Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters
Store your chocolate peanut clusters in an airtight container, in a cool place for 2-3 weeks (yes, weeks!). Or keep in fridge, up to 1 month.
Can I freeze Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters?
If stored for longer, they may be frozen in an airtight container or baggie for up to 3-4 months. To thaw, set in the fridge for a few hours, then bring to room temperature. This will discourage condensation. But it’s kind of hard to hurt these candies, so don’t stress and enjoy your chocolate.
It’s Chocolate Week and this is my last recipe contribution this week! Starbucks White Hot Chocolate and Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream were my other new recipes! Check them out and all of the great recipes from other bloggers below!
More Chocolate Recipes
- Baked Donut Recipe from Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog
- Buttermilk Chocolate Cupcakes from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- Chocolate Ice cream Soda from Art of Natural Living
- Cookie Dough Fudge from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Crockpot Peanut Clusters from The Fresh Cooky
- Gamberi al Cioccolato from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Mole Wings from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Orange Chocolate Cheesecake Pots from Shockingly Delicious
- Slow Cooker Chocolate Cobbler from Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Soft and Chewy Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Blogghetti
- Strawberry Cheesecake Bites from Devour Dinner
- Tar Heel Brownie Pie from Palatable Pastime
- Triple Chocolate M&M Giant Heart Cookie from Magical Ingredients
More Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for breakfast or dinner
- Easy Soft Baked Crockpot Granola
- Crockpot Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
- Best Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole Recipe
- Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice
- Crockpot London Broil
- Crockpot Ranch Chicken
- Olive Garden Crock Pot Chicken
- Easy Crockpot Butter Chicken (or Stovetop)
Easy Crock Pot Clean Up
The crockpot cleans up easily, but if you prefer, use a crockpot liner to make it easier!
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- 2 lbs dry roasted peanuts salted, or use your favorite peanuts
- 11.5 ounce milk chocolate chips
- 11.5 ounce semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
- 10 ounce peanut butter chips 1 package
- 11.5 ounce white chocolate chips
- See notes for other options
IN THE CROCKPOT Layer ingredients in the following order:
- Evenly spread the peanuts on the bottom of the slow cooker, then sprinkle evenly the semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chocolate chips, finishing with the white chocolate chips.
- Place a clean tea towel under the lid to collect any condensation, then place lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for about 1 hour. Stirring every 15 minutes. When the chocolate is MOSTLY melted, remove the insert, the heat from the insert and the melted chocolate will continue melting. Stir until all of the morsels are completely melted and mixed in.
- While the chocolate is melting, line 3 baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper.
- Mine only took 45 minutes, I have heard some people say it takes as long as 1 ½ hours, stirring frequently will melt the chocolate quicker and prevent it from burning.
- Making Peanut Clusters
- Working quickly, use a medium (2 tablespoon) cookie scoop or smaller if desired, scoop the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets, tap the tops of candies with the back of the cookie scoop to flatten slightly. This is a great job to invite kids to help with!
- Add sprinkles if desired (change sprinkles for desired holiday) and/or flaky sea salt, my favorite!
- Allow chocolates to set up on the counter, or if desired, refrigerate for 15-30 minutes before serving.
- Try other flavors | I also recommend cinnamon chips, butterscotch, Andes Mints, caramel nibs, or Heath toffee bits for varied and delicious flavors! Just make sure your quantities are the same as written for this crockpot peanut clusters recipe.
- Use different nuts! Pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias and almonds would all be absolutely delicious here.
- Patience! — keep your crockpot on low! Using the high setting could overheat and burn the mixture, which will completely alter the flavor profile.
- When I made this recipe, the chocolate to peanuts ratio was a little off towards the end of scooping. I stirred in a ¼ cup of additional peanuts at the end.
- Every slow cooker heats differently. This recipe takes 45 minutes for me, but I’ve heard others say it can take as long as 1 ½ hours. Stirring frequently will keep your mixture from burning. If it starts to look “dry,” it’s time to remove from the heat or switch to your “warm” setting if more melting is needed.