- 25 caramels
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup salted dry roasted peanuts
- 1/2 cup pecan halves
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons shortening
- In a 1-qt. microwave-safe dish, combine the caramels, butter and milk. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until caramels are melted, stirring once. Stir in the almonds, peanuts and pecans. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until blended. Spoon over clusters. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Nutty Caramel Clusters in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p93
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