Saturday, November 24, 2012

Terribly delicious recipe of the day: PEANUT CLUSTERS

Peanuts and chocolate are pretty much the ideal combination. Salty and sweet and chocolaty and tooth-rottingly good.

If you're nodding emphatically with the above two sentences, you'll think you've died and gone to heaven when I introduce you to a Clower family holiday favorite: peanut clusters. 

"But wait!" I can hear some of you exclaiming. "I see peanuts and I see chocolate chips, but what are the other brown things there?" (Or maybe you're not exclaiming that at all. Maybe you just thought they were some more peanuts. In that case, you should kindly bugger off, because that is NOT the proper ratio of chocolate chips to peanuts, and we don't want your kind 'round these parts. For those of you who WERE wondering, please continue reading. You're in for a treat.) Well, my friend, those are what make our peanut clusters so incredibly addictive: the secret ingredient, butterscotch chips.

4 cups chocolate chips (2 11-oz bags)
1 cup butterscotch chips (1/2 11-oz bag)
24 oz dry-roasted peanuts
cocaine (okay, okay, just kidding.)

Nuke, stir, clump, eat.

Fiiiine, more detailed directions
Cue the mouth-watering.
Simply combine 4 cups of chocolate chips and 1 cup of butterscotch chips  in a microwave-safe bowl. Nuke them for one minute and stir, then nuke and stir at increments of 30 seconds until all the lumps stir out.

(If you've never melted chocolate chips before, this is an important step. Chips don't want to give up their shape on their own. You can nuke them for five minutes and they'll still look like chips if you don't stir them, but that'll scorch them to heck and you don't want that. Make sure you stir!) 

Once you have your smooth delicious bowl of melted chocolate and butterscotch, taste-test it. Perhaps with a soup-spoon. Then stir in 24 ounces of dry-roasted peanuts and glump your clusters by rounded spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Feel free to make them as large or as small as you like: my mom and I prefer smaller clusters, so that we can eat more clusters without feeling AS guilty. Freeze, refrigerate, or otherwise let harden, then snarf as if your life depends on it. Serves approximately fifteen (15) people, or one (1) girl on her period. (True story.)

And don't you dare ask me what the PointsPlus value is for these suckers. You, my friend, are a terrible person.

The Clowers prepping for Thanksgiving. I think Dad might have
been admonishing me for licking out the bowl. What was I
supposed to do, leave the leftover chocolate  to mourn the loss
of its departed brethren? I am not that kind of monster.

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