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Peanut Caramel Clusters Recipe

These caramel peanut clusters are always a favorite and don’t take long to complete. Make sure to add the ingredients to your shopping list.

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My very favorite is peanuts and chocolate so this is the perfect recipe. If you have kids, you can put them to work on this easy recipe. They are the perfect snack when you need a sweet treat.

The weather is getting warm here in North Carolina and this is a great way to get that chocolate craving satisfied without turning on the oven.

closeup of gooey caramel and chocolate cluster with white tray with more clusters in background

Caramel Peanut Clusters

Don’t these look delicious? This is a great recipe for every month of the year. They are great for the holidays and also a summer afternoon.

I’m allergic to eggs so my desserts and sweets have almost always been homemade and most of my dessert recipes on my website are eggless. Sometimes I’m not in the mood for cake or cookies and these peanut clusters are a great candy to make instead.

Kitchen Tools to make Caramel Clusters

Baking Sheet– I’ve had these baking sheets forever and love that they are bigger. I can usually get 16 cookies on a sheet when I’m baking.

Rubber Scrapper– Whenever I make a recipe with melted chocolate, I always use a rubber scrapper. It keeps the mess and waste down.

Parchment Paper- I love these precut parchment sheets. It save a little time and makes the cleanup up easy.

overhead view of white tray with caramel peanut clusters on white wooden table

Ingredients for Peanut Clusters with Caramel

Chocolate chips– I like to use milk chocolate chips when I bake. That’s just my personal preference and you can use semisweet if that’s what you prefer.

Coconut oil– is important in getting the right consistency when you’re melting the chocolate. Don’t leave it out. It makes the chocolate melt smooth.

Mini Marshmallows– Make sure to use the mini ones!

Cocktail Peanuts– These are the easiest to find and perfect for this recipe. I like to use salted peanuts, but that’s my personal preference.

Individually wrapped caramels– You’ll find these in the candy section of your grocery store. They are easier to find in the fall though. The stores usually put them out front and center during that time.

closeup of gooey caramel and chocolate cluster

How to make Chocolate Caramel Peanut Clusters

Step 1

Grab your caramels and unwrap them. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for just a few minutes until the caramels have softened. Get two of the caramels and mash them together to flatten them and form a circle.

Step 2

Add the chocolate chips, coconut oil and peanuts to a pot set on low. Stir until the chocolate has melted.

Step 3

On a baking sheet with parchment paper, add the caramel circle, marshmallows and a scoop of peanuts and melted chocolate mixture. Repeat until all the ingredients are used up. Place in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets, at least an hour.

Tip #1

I like to keep these stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Take them out about 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat them.

white tray with caramel peanut clusters on white wooden table

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Caramel Peanut Clusters

These gooey caramel peanut clusters are always a favorite and don't take long to complete. Make sure to add the ingredients to your shopping list.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel, chocolate, eggless, peanuts
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 15
Author Holly- Keeping Life Sane


  • 11.5 oz chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 ½ cups cocktail peanuts
  • 11 oz package individually wrapped caramels


  • Preheat oven to 250F.
  • Unwrap the caramels and place on a baking sheet. Cook for 4 minutes. The caramels should soften. Put two caramels together and flatten using your fingers. Repeat until all caramels have been used.
  • Add the chocolate chips, coconut oil, and peanuts to pot on low heat. Stir until chocolate has melted.
  • Top the flattened caramel with 5 mini marshmallows then a spoonful of the chocolate mixture.
  • Place in the refrigerator until the chocolate has cooled and become hard.
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