Caramel Cashew Clusters Recipe
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Caramel Cashew Clusters Recipe

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Several years ago, a co-worker came across candies like these in a store and asked if I could make them. After some trial and error, I came up with a winning recipe. —Karen Daniels, Jefferson City, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing
MAKES:24-30 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing
MAKES: 24-30 servings


  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 pounds milk chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped, divided
  • 1 cup salted cashew halves
  • 28 caramels
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Nutritional Facts

1 candy equals 228 calories, 13 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 57 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Line baking sheets with waxed paper and grease paper with butter; set aside.
  2. In a microwave, melt 1 pound of candy coating; stir until smooth. Drop by scant tablespoonfuls onto prepared pans. Let stand until partially set, about 3 minutes. Top each with six or seven cashews. Let stand until completely set.
  3. In a small heavy saucepan, combine caramels and cream. Cook and stir over low heat until melted; stir until smooth. Spoon over cashews. Reheat caramel over low heat if it thickens. Melt remaining candy coating; spoon over caramel. Let stand until set. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Caramel Cashew Clusters in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2005, p170

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Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013

"quick and easy to make. and veryyyyy tasty........"

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"Made these several times. Tried other nuts pecans, walnuts, peanuts all where very good"

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"Very tasty."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012

"These are so easy and so delicious! I used my own homemade caramel instead of buying caramel, and they turned out wonderful!"

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"Am wondering if you could you various chocolate (milk, semi-sweet, dark) in place of the milk chocolate candy coating. These sound great and not too difficult!"

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