I love chocolate. But I try to eat it in moderation and I stick to dark chocolate. These clusters are made with dark chocolate, walnuts and craisins...but you can really use any nut and dried fruit combination. I like to think of them as a guilt free sweet.
Notes from the Test Kitchen:
My right-hand gal (and daughter-in-law), Krissi, is the Test Kitchen's leading authority on dark chocolate, and she gives this recipe two enthusiastic thumbs-up! These would be lovely for a bake sale or holiday candy tray.
good quality dark chocolate chips (although i've used nestles semi sweet chocolate chips and they are still very good)
coursley chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds (make sure the pieces are not too small)
dried cranberries (craisins) or you can use raisins
Place chocolate chips in a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup and microwave on 50% power for approx 25 seconds - then stir well. Continue doing this until the chocolate chips are almost completely melted - reducing the time as you go. Be careful to not let the chocolate burn.
Add the nuts and dried cranberries to the melted chocolate and mix well.
Drop tablespoon fulls of the chocolate mixture onto the waxed paper covered cookie sheet.