Peanut Clusters, butter with a side of bread

I love baking during the holiday season and have although I usually try a few new recipes each year, there are a few stand-by treats that I just have to make.  These Peanut Clusters are at the top of my list every single year and I usually end up making at least 2-3 batches of them….for several reasons.  The first is that I really like to eat them- as simple as they are, they are one of my favorites!  Another reason is that they are sooooo easy – only 4 ingredients, no actual baking is involved, and the whole process only takes about 5 minutes total for an entire batch!  Lastly, I have made these so many times for so many people that I now get requests for them!  I have tasted many similar treats that look the same, but they never quite taste just like this recipe, so make sure you give it a try!

Peanut Clusters

12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 oz bag butterscotch chips
5 oz can chow mein noodles
16 oz jar salted or lightly salted peanuts

Peanut Clusters, butter with a side of bread

Melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a saucepan over medium heat.  Stir until the chips are completely melted and the mixture is smooth.

Peanut Clusters, butter with a side of bread

Remove from heat and add the chow mein noodles and peanuts.  Stir until the noodles and peanuts are completely coated.  Place wax paper on cookie sheets and then drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto the wax paper.  This process is easiest if you use two spoons – fill one spoon with the mixture and then use the other spoon to scrape it onto the wax paper.

Peanut Clusters, butter with a side of bread

Place the cookie sheets in the fridge until the Peanut Clusters are completely set.  I prefer to eat them cold, but they taste wonderful at room temperature too!

Peanut Clusters, butter with a side of bread

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