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Better than best chocolate clusters

My most favorite Christmas song is “We need a little Christmas.”  But right now, I need a little more time. I’m sure you can relate! But I still say a gift from the hand is a gift from the heart. And I’m sharing one of my all-time favorites today.

Better than best chocolate apricot almond clusters

All I can say is this is contributed  by “a friend”. Oh my gosh, after I tasted these, I just had to go home and make them. Here’s my adaptation:

20 oz. pkg. dark chocolate chips – I used Nestle’s

8-9 ozs. dried cranberries or cherries – I used Michigan cherries and cut them up a bit

8 ozs. slivered almonds, toasted

8 dried apricots, diced or snipped with scissor

Coarse sea salt to sprinkle – just a teeny bit

Roast almonds in 350 degree oven just until fragrant and golden, stirring a couple times for a total of 10-15 minutes. Be careful as they can burn easily.

Melt chocolate in a nonstick pan over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in everything but salt. Scoop out on sprayed cookie sheets or waxed or parchment paper. Sprinkle lightly with salt and refrigerate until hard. I store mine in the frig between pieces of parchment. Makes 40 or so pieces

Better than best chocolate almond clusters w/dried fruit

Better than best chocolate almond clusters w/dried fruit

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2 comments

  1. Betze Brown

    Good morning, Rita. A friend made these, we loved them, she sent the recipe. I should have know it was from you! The following was a BLUE DIAMOND recipe that I tweaked.
    Hugs,
    Betze Brown

    Almond Granola Bars

    1 6-oz can Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds
    ½ cup honey
    1-¼ cup Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oatmeal
    ½ cup Rice Krispies
    ¼ cup toasted sesame seeds
    6-oz pkg Mariani dried cherries
    ¼ cup Nestle semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

    1. Line a 6 x 11” pan with parchment paper.
    2. Microwave honey for 1 minute.
    3. Add remaining ingredients to warm honey.
    4. Pour & press (with waxed paper) evenly into prepared pan.
    5. Refrigerate 2 hours.
    6. Cut into pieces and serve.
    7. Cover with waxed paper and keep refrigerate.

    1. Rita Heikenfeld

      Hi, Betze,
      It is a good one – glad you liked them. I’ll be sharing your granola recipe,too. It looks so good.
      Blessings,
      Rita

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