These chocolate peanut butter clusters are easy, delectable, and absolutely a party or holiday favorite! With a perfect crunch in every bite, make sure to make this in batch for family and friends to share!
Every time I think of chocolate peanut butter clusters, I think of the old-fashion candy shops with the sweet smell of sugar that makes your mouth water.
What makes these peanut chocolate clusters a breeze is that there is no baking or even expensive ingredients you need to buy for this no-bake dessert.
It’s simply a combination of 3-ingredients that are everyone’s childhood favorite, perfect for sharing around the table.
This post will go over everything you need to know to create these chocolate peanut butter clusters.
Recipe difficulty: Kid level beginner (Like seriously my easiest recipe to date)
These no bake peanut butter clusters are beyond simple to make with only 3 ingredients and one bowl! I remember making this recipe as a kid as a holiday favorite!
Sam’s Pro Tips for these Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters
What Type of Chocolate to Use?
- Use good-quality chocolate: For chocolate nut clusters like this recipe, I like to make sure I get good-quality, reliable chocolate that will give me minimal trouble (preferably chocolate that is on sale). I discuss this topic a little more in my 10-Minute Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe That is Insanely Easy, but I swear by using chocolate chunks compared to chocolate melting wafers. Chocolate chunks are usually cheaper, you don’t need to work as fast, and are more common to have on hand. For this recipe, you can use milk, dark, or semi-sweet! While chocolate melting wafers may hold up better in room temperature, using chocolate chunks can work just as well if storing in the refrigerator.
Melting the Chocolate
- Melting the chocolate over simmering water: The easiest way to melt your chocolate for these chocolate clusters recipe, is to melt the chocolate in a glass or heat resistant bowl over simmering water. The reason for this is that the peanut butter needs to also easily melt in the chocolate mixture. So, by melting the chocolate over a pot of simmering water, you reduce the risk of the chocolate burning or turning gritty and will melt evenly. Simply stir the mixture every couple minutes, and you will get a beautiful chocolate coating for the clusters.
- What to do if I don’t have the equipment to melt my chocolate over simmering water? So, this is not the recommended approach, but I know I have done this as a kid when baking supplies were limited. In a medium saucepan, melt your chocolate over low heat stirring in 15 second intervals. This is where using good quality chocolate will help! Once the chocolate is melted, mix the peanut butter in with the chocolate over low heat. With this method, make sure you watch the chocolate mixture carefully as it’s very easy to burn and to melt unevenly.
Picture Perfect Clusters
- Use a cookie scoop for beautiful, thick clusters! To get a nice rounded, mound that is picture perfect, use a 2-inch cookie scoop. The one I used holds about 2.5-3 tablespoons. This is the perfect tool I use if I’m serving this at a party or plan to give away these clusters as a gift. If you don’t have this size cookie scoop, using a large spoon can work as well. For the large spoon, try to get an even mixture when placing on the wax paper and shape the clusters to a rounded shape.
Key Ingredients – Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters
Below are some key ingredients for this recipe:
- Semi-sweet chocolate chunks or melting chocolate wafers: You can use either in this recipe, but I use the chocolate chunks since it’s more affordable. Remember how I was saying to use a good quality chocolate for melting? We love the Trader Joe’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks, which is perfect for melting.
- Creamy peanut butter: For these chocolate peanut butter clusters, the creamy peanut butter will melt with the chocolate. Get ready for an ooey, gooey chocolate coating. Ok so here’s the warning! Since the peanut butter melts with the chocolate, it needs to harden in the refrigerator. When serving, I like to pull directly from the refrigerator. The clusters will be ok still if room temperature, but optimal temperature for serving is from the refrigerator.
- Corn flakes: I used the Kellogg’s corn flakes for that crunch! These corn flakes will be evenly coated in the chocolate and is what gives these clusters it’s shape! Super affordable and economical!
More Variations to this Recipe
There are a few ways you can variate these chocolate peanut butter clusters. Here’s how:
- Add marshmallows or nuts: If you want to make this more of a rocky road cluster, you can add marshmallows or chopped almonds. Take the chocolate cluster mixture off the heat and toss it in. Mix well until its fully coated. For the measurements I provided, you may need to reduce the corn flakes so that you have enough chocolate coating for the clusters.
- What can I pair with this dish? This is like the ultimate party or holiday dessert! For that sweet tooth craving, enjoy these clusters with our Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe or Gingersnap Cookies! Each is perfect to give as a gift or to share with family. Here’s a tip, make sure to line that cookie or candy tin with wax paper for a nice finish. Also, be mindful if there is peppermint in the chocolate, try to keep this separate from the other sweets as that mint flavor can impact the taste of the other sweets.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How to store these chocolate peanut butter clusters?
Keep these chocolate peanut butter clusters in a slightly cool environment. Optimally, this can be kept in the refrigerator.
What are the ingredients of chocolate peanut butter clusters?
Semi-sweet chocolate, creamy peanut butter, and corn flakes are the ingredients needed.
How to get the chocolate peanut butter clusters in a rounded shape?
When putting the clusters on the wax paper to harden, use a 2-inch cookie scoop to get a nice, rounded shape for the cluster. This also helps make sure each cluster is even.