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Nutty Caramel Clusters Recipe

Nutty Caramel Clusters Recipe

Don't be fooled by the impressive presentation of these sweet candies. They're so easy to make, even our two young sons can help. —Charlyn Koistinen, Hayti, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:18 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 161 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 74 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.