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Almond clusters are the perfect last minute treat to make this week! 3 ingredients and 10 minutes of time is all you need to make this easy candy recipe for the holidays! It’s a great food gift idea.
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Easy Almond Clusters
Do you give homemade treats for Christmas? Every year, I make tons of goodies for teachers and school staff, for neighbors and friends. I dream up new recipes for each of the grandparents and wrap up tins of cookies and candy and fudge, just for them.
This year, I am going to spend Christmas week baking what I want to make. Snowballs and blossom cookies, sugar cookies and toffee…and almond clusters!
Why you’ll love this recipe
These EASY Almond Clusters have only 3 ingredients. Sure, the sprinkles make it 4 ingredients, but they’re optional. Either way, did I mention they’re easy? The take less than 10 minutes of prep time and they taste way better than anything you’d get in the candy aisle.
Ingredients in Chocolate Almond Clusters
3 ingredients are all you need to make homemade Christmas candy. I’m not joking about how easy these are, I even made a video to prove it (see below).
- Chocolate chips – Use your favorite brand, or use baking chocolate or melting chocolate (like almond bark). Milk chocolate works, and so does semi-sweet chocolate.
- Vegetable oil – I often have trouble with melting chocolate chips, especially in winter. They get too hot or they’re old and they seize while baking. I always add a little oil or shortening to them before heating, and it helps the chocolate melt smoothly.
- Almonds – You can use raw almonds, roasted almonds, or salted, anything you like.
How to make Chocolate Covered Almond Clusters
- Melt chocolate in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring between each.
- Once it’s melted, just stir in the almonds.
- Place the candy in mini muffin pans. I use cupcake liners for easy removal. You can even gift them in the liners if you want. You can even place the muffin liners on a baking sheet instead of doing this in a muffin pan.
Literally 10 minutes between you and homemade almond clusters for the holidays. What are you waiting for??
I love using chocolate chips but you can also use candiquik or almond bark or melting chocolate. Or baking chocolate too.
Store these in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. I don’t recommend freezing them.
You can also use a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and just use two spoons to scoop them onto the sheet. Or line the cookie sheet with muffin liners.
Easy 3 Ingredient Almond Clusters Recipe
- 1 cup chocolate chips milk, dark, semi-sweet, or a combination
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 cup Blue Diamond Almonds
- Sprinkles optional
- Line a mini muffin pan with mini muffin liners.
- Place chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a medium microwave safe bowl. Heat on high power in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until the chocolate is melted and smooth (about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes). Stir in almonds.
- Scoop clusters of almonds into each mini muffin liner. Sprinkle with sprinkles, if desired. Chill until set.
- Serve or package with or without the muffin liner! Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week (longer if you chill them).
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Last Updated on November 29, 2022
I hate wrapping too, mostly because I’m awful at making a pretty package! I don’t know if my mom likes doing it, but at least hers are gorgeous! Other gorgeous things – these clusters! What a great treat 🙂
Dorothy – These look awesome. I’m always looking for dessert recipes that are gluten-free because some of my family and friends have Celiac. This is a perfect option. 🙂
Yes! I never thought about it being GF, but they totally are!
Hey, since there are nuts in these, does that mean that they can be consumed guilt-free?!
Yes, totally a protein snack! 🙂
My only problem with making these would be not having enough almonds. My Hubby eats them too fast! We just love nuts! These clusters are a perfect gift for the holidays!
These looks scrumptiously addictive no matter how quick they are! Great idea for last minute wonderfulness. 🙂
Yum! These look so good and easy – a quick snack!
These clusters are so easy, yet totally delicious 🙂
Don’t worry, Dorothy. All my HS girls love Gilmore Girls, so I think it’s just going to take a few more years. She’ll get there! We all feel the love eventually. Even though if you watch that show closely, you’ll notice that neither actress ever actually eats any of the masses of food they’re pretending to.
These wouldn’t make it to my kids’ teachers! I’d eat them all first. Nothing is more addictive than chocolate and almonds!
Love how easy these are and love those little sprinkles!! Makes me want to gobble up way too many seeing those 🙂
Only 3 ingredients? Awesome! I love that you added sprinkles too, because they make everything better. 🙂