Christmas Baking: Fruit & Nut Clusters

Christmas Baking: Fruit & Nut Clusters

by Amy on December 23, 2010

in In the Kitchen

Is it any surprise that the first Christmas we have a toddler in the house, two out of three of my Christmas baking recipes are actually no-bake recipes?

The next recipe I decided to make for this Christmas is a variation on my mom’s peanut raisin clusters. When I asked her for the recipe, I was ready to write down a lot of ingredients. Instead, what she revealed is just how easy this recipe is to remember, let alone to make. As she put it, the ratio of ingredients is, “a cup a cup a cup a cup.” That’s the kind of kitchen math I can do!

Peanut Raisin Clusters


  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup unsalted, shelled peanuts
  • 1 cup raisins


In a microwaveable bowl, measure out chocolate and butterscotch chips. Every microwave varies, but in my microwave, these melt at about a minute and a half. Stir when melted to combine.

Add peanuts and raisins. Stir to evenly coat.

Spoon in little blobs onto a cookie sheet or oven liner. Refrigerate or pop into the freezer to set, and then to store.

Peanut Cranberry Clusters

My variation on this recipe was to substitute one cup of dried cranberries for the raisins.

I bet there are all kinds of variations you could make out of this recipe. I’d like to try it with chopped hazelnuts sometime.