Chocolate

Chocolate Nut clusters …..

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Today marks day 4th of my 12 days of Christmas treats and bakes ….
I bring to you Delicious, insanely quick & easy {5-minute!} chocolate peanut & almond clusters. These treats are perfect for parties and snacks!

You can use this simple recipe to make a big batch of chocolate candy without a lot of fuss. I’ve sent these clusters to my family & friends number of times…

For these drops or clusters we will be needing …

Ingredients :

2 bags or 20 ounces of chocolate chips ( I used semisweet chips )
1cup of peanuts
1cup of almonds chopped in half
Candies or topping of your choice for sprinkling

Method :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Arrange peanuts and almonds on a baking sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven until fragrant and lightly browned, around 5-7 minutes.

Melt chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching.
Line a baking sheet with wax paper . ( I used mini cupcake paper cups )

Combine roasted peanuts and almonds with melted chocolate
Drop chocolate and nuts mixture by the spoonful onto the prepared baking sheet. Top with your choice of sprinkles.
Let it cool and Enjoy !!!

Creating the double boiler :

Fill a small pot with ¼ water and heat to simmer
Place large bowl on top of pot (creating a double boiler)
Fill bowl with chocolate chips and slowly melt .

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Chocolate covered dates …..

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These chocolate dipped dates make a unique and fancy treat to serve your friends and family during holiday season .

INGREDIENTS

20 toasted almonds
40 pitted dates divided
2 -3 table spoons chopped mixed nuts ( almonds, walnuts or pistachios)
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chopped ( keep a little aside to sprinkle on top )
coconut flakes ( optional )
You will need a fork and parchment paper.

Method :

Cut slit in each date and remove pit .
Take the pitted Dates and carefully stuff them without breaking the fruit apart.
line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. After dipping your dates in chocolate, you will place them on the sheet to set.
Stuff each date with the nut of your choice ( i have stuffed half of them with chopped nuts & the other half with Almonds ).

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Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl for about 1 minute , stirring halfway through cooking time.

Using a fork or a tong , dip each date in chocolate. Allow the excess chocolate to fall off. Place dipped date on parchment and sprinkle with coconut flakes Or copped nuts . Repeat with remaining dates.

Allow dates to set in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes before serving.

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