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The Best Peanut Clusters are a fast, easy classic Holiday Treat! The combination of semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate and peanut butter makes these Peanut Clusters the Best Ever!

chocolate peanut clusters

Chocolate Peanut Clusters – Classic Holiday Treat!

I have had my fair share of peanut clusters over the years. If we are being honest though, who hasn’t? These little guys are seriously the most classic of the Holiday Treat Classics!

I have always loved all of the treat gifting that goes on around Christmas and New Years. I loved both the giving and the receiving. I am a sugar lover at heart and would always pounce on those treat plates growing up!

My eyes were always looking for two things, Fudge and Peanut Clusters. Obviously I love my chocolate. ? The salty and sweet of the peanut clusters are just absolutely magical though, don’t ya think?

Peanut Clusters with chocolate

Let’s not forget about the fudge, though. Fudge continues to be a favorite of mine to this day. In fact, I may have gone a little fudge crazy a few weeks ago and created all sorts of delicious fudge flavors. Cookie Dough Fudge and Sugar Cookie Fudge. #AllTheHeartEyes Pssst. Brownie Batter Fudge is next on my list.

Making this Recipe for Peanut Clusters in the Instant Pot or Microwave

chocolate peanut clusters

If you’ve been around these parts at all lately, you’ll know that I am obsessed with my Instant Pot. There are just so many reasons I love it!! Add Peanut Clusters to the list!

Peanut Clusters are really easy to make in the Instant Pot using my Chocolate Melting Hack! Essentially, you’ll use your Instant Pot and a glass bowl to create a double boiler!  I use this all the time!

Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in the microwave, The chocolate doesn’t turn out as smooth that way, though.

Peanut Cluster Ingredients

  • 1 12oz bag white chocolate chips (I use Guittard)
  • 1 12oz bag extra semisweet chocolate chips (I use Guittard)
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp shortening
  • 4 cups lightly salted peanuts

What chocolate should I use for my Peanut Clusters?

I’ve done the testing for you, I have the perfect combination!!

Extra Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, White Chocolate Chips and a tid bit of peanut butter.

semi sweet chocolate, white chocolate and peanut butter for the peanut clusters

I really like these Extra Semisweet Chocolate Chips by Guittard. They are 55% Cacao. If you can’t find these in your local grocery store, either a regular semisweet or a dark chocolate chip will work fine.

You’ll need the whole bag of both semisweet and white chocolate chips. Add 1/4 cup of peanut butter and 3 tbsp of shortening to the mix as well. The shortening helps the chocolate set up.

What kind of peanuts should I use in my Peanut Clusters?

I use lightly salted peanuts. I like the saltiness of the peanuts but if you use extremely salted peanuts it will cause the chocolate to do funny things. It won’t stick to the peanuts as well.

You could also use unsalted if you prefer.

semisweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter and shortening for the peanut clusters

How to make Chocolate Peanut Clusters

  1. Either melt that in the microwave or place in the bowl on top of your Instant Pot.
  2. If choosing the microwave method: Microwaving for 30 second intervals, stirring in between each one until smooth.
  3. For the Instant Pot, place the chocolate chips, peanut butter and shortening into the bowl on top of the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot should have water in the liner and it should be set on sauté HIGH.
  4. Stir occasionally until the chocolate is smooth.
  5. Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, add in 4 cups of peanuts.
  6. Stir to coat the peanuts generously in the chocolate.
  7. Scoop the chocolate covered peanuts out and place on parchment paper. I like to use my cookie scoop to evenly portion out the peanut clusters.
  8. Let the peanut clusters dry completely before removing from the parchment paper. You can even toss them in the fridge to speed up the process, I generally do that. ?
  9. Store either in the fridge or at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
chocolate for the peanut clusters before melting.
melted chocolate in the Instant Pot for the peanut clusters
peanuts added to melted chocolate for the peanut clusters
peanut clusters being scooped out.
peanut clusters


Storing this recipe for Peanut Clusters

Storing peanut clusters is really an easy thing to do. You’ll just want to make sure they set up completely prior to storing them. Store the peanut clusters in an air tight container or zip top bag.

Peanut Clusters FAQs

How long will peanut Clusters last?

They will keep fresh at room temperature for about 5 days. You can freeze them for up to 3 months, though!

Do you have to refrigerate peanut clusters?

No, they don’t have to be stored in the fridge but that will extend their shelf life.

How long do peanut clusters take to set?

This greatly depends on how hot your house is- the colder temperature in your house the faster they will set up. You can toss them in the fridge or freezer to help them set quickly, though.

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Chocolate Peanut Clusters

The Best Peanut Clusters are a fast, easy classic Holiday Treat! The combination of semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate and peanut butter makes these Peanut Clusters the Best Ever! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 12 oz (300g) bag white chocolate chips, I use Guittard
  • 1 12 oz (300g) bag extra semisweet chocolate chips, I use Guittard
  • 1/4 cup (61g) creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp shortening
  • 4 cups (500g) lightly salted peanuts


  • Instant Pot Method: Pour 2 cups of water into the liner of the Instant Pot. Set the Instant Pot to saute HIGH. Place a large glass bowl on top of the Instant Pot to create a double boiler.
  • Add both types of chocolate, the peanut butter and shortening to the bowl.
  • Stir occasionally until melted. SKIP TO STEP 5.
  • Microwave Method:
    Microwave both types of chocolate, peanut butter and shortening until smooth. Do this by microwaving for 30 second intervals at 50% power, stirring in-between until almost smooth. Stir the remaining chocolate chips until smooth.
  • Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, stir the peanuts into the chocolate making sure to coat all peanuts evenly.
  • Using a spoon or cookie scoop, portion the chocolate peanuts out into small clusters. Place the peanut clusters onto parchment paper to set.
  • Allow the peanut clusters to set completely before trying to remove. You can pop them in the fridge to speed up this process.
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  1. 5 stars
    Did not use as much oil. Also added sea salt to top of cluster. Will definitely make these again.

  2. 5 stars
    I have made these 2 times and now get requests to bring them to gatherings.
    They are delicious!

  3. You can leave it out- you’ll want to store the peanut clusters in the fridge though because they won’t set up as firm.