Chocolate Nut Cranberry Clusters

Joanne Bellezza-Loughlin

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@Joannebl

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.


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Prep:

5 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Method:

Microwave

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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.

Ingredients

8 oz
good quality dark chocolate chips (although i've used nestles semi sweet chocolate chips and they are still very good)
1 c
coursley chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds (make sure the pieces are not too small)
1/2 c
dried cranberries (craisins) or you can use raisins

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Line a small baking sheet with waxed paper.
2
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.
3
Add the nuts and dried cranberries to the melted chocolate and mix well.
4
Drop tablespoon fulls of the chocolate mixture onto the waxed paper covered cookie sheet.
5
Place in frig for at least 15 minutes. Enjoy.
6
I like to store mine in the freezer.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #holiday, #bake sale