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