One of the best parts of holiday festivities is the food, especially yummy desserts. However, with family and friends forever visiting, it can be a pain to make large batches of complicated recipes. Luckily that age-old time-and-effort-saving device known as a crockpot has stepped out of the savory arena and into the sweet one with this delicious chocolate nut clusters recipe.
First, crank up the heat on the oven and toast your chosen nuts.
To make enough to feed the masses, try 12 ounces of shelled pecans and 12 ounces of shelled walnuts. You can also add 12 ounces of roasted, salted peanuts into the mix once they're out of the oven.
Throw the nuts straight from the oven into the crockpot and add the chocolate.
Use 12 ounces of milk chocolate, 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate and two ounces of bittersweet chocolate.
Put the lid in place and cook on low for an hour, or until the chocolate is nice and melted, making sure not to open the lid. Be careful not to overcook or else the chocolate will burn and stick to the cooker.
After the hour is up, open the lid and stir well. Replace the lid, cook for another two minutes and then stir again.
Now it's time to form the clusters. Drop the mixture by the spoonful onto wax paper to give the treat its relatively round shape.
Let the pieces completely harden before moving them.
When the clusters are done, enjoy!
If you have extras, simply keep them in an airtight container for maximum freshness.