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Easy Pistachio Clusters

Want an impressive, but easy to make, treat idea?  These Pistachio Clusters just take a moment to put together, but look and taste amazing!  Pack them up in a pretty gift box and you’re set!

This Pistachio Cluster recipe takes just a moment to put together, plus they look and taste amazing! Pack them up in a pretty box and they make a perfect holiday treat or gift.

The holiday season is my favorite time of the year.  

Here in Texas, the weather can be crazy in December.  Warm and in the 70’s and 80’s one day and then drop down to the 40’s the next day.  I like to think of that as a good thing.

It always feels like a blessing to have the chance to work in a few final warm weather meals, outfits and outdoor activities before winter really sets in.

Like clockwork though, every year on the weekend we plan to hang the outdoor Holiday lights, the weather always turns out to be the coldest, windiest day in December.  

This year was certainly no exception… Sorry Hubby (but those lights look great!)

pistachio clusters

While my Hubby was working on our outdoor Holiday lights, I was in the kitchen working on a treats for a get together I have coming up in a few days.  We are all bringing a little something to share for a snack.  

I’ve been so busy, I did not want to spend hours in the kitchen making treats.  (I just want it to look like I did, ha ha.)  I decided these super easy, Chocolate Pistachio Clusters, served in mini cupcake liners would be perfect!

Something about these pistachio clusters are just so yummy.  I think it is the combination of the chocolate and sea salt that does it for me.  (And of course, I love pistachios too!)

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Ingredients Needed to Make the Nut Clusters:

(ingredients at a glance – print out the full recipe and amounts in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

  • Semi sweet chocolate morsels | Just for fun, I will sometimes replace 1/4 cup of the semi sweet morsels with milk chocolate- makes them even sweeter!
  • Shortening
  • Shelled Pistachios 
  • Coarsely ground sea salt

How to Make Pistachio Clusters

  1. In a microwave safe container, melt the chocolate in 15 second intervals, stirring in between the intervals until the chocolate is smooth.  Be very careful not to overcook the chocolate. (It can happen in an instant!)
  2. Once the chocolate has melted, add in the nuts and combine thoroughly.
  3. Drop the chocolate nut mixture by the teaspoonful onto a sheet of waxed paper.  Keep in mind if you want to put these candies into mini cupcake liners, you need to keep the spoonfuls small.
  4. Immediately sprinkle the candies with a sea salt. Candies should fully harden in about an hour.

Voilà! the most amazing sweet, yet salty chocolate pistachio treat!

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Easy Pistachio Clusters

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minute + time to chill
  • Category: desserts
  • Method: stovetop

Ingredients

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  • 3/4 cup of semi sweet chocolate morsels (Just for fun, I usually replace 1/4 cup of the semi sweet morsels with milk chocolate.)
  • tsp of shortening
  • 1/2 cup of shelled Pistachios (Start with 1/2 cup, you can add more 1 tsp at a time if you want more nuts and less chocolate.)
  • coarsely ground sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a microwave safe container, melt the chocolate in 15 second intervals, stirring in between the intervals until the chocolate is smooth.  Be very careful not to overcook the chocolate. (It can happen in an instant!)
  2. Once the chocolate has melted, add in the nuts and combine thoroughly.
  3. Drop the chocolate nut mixture by the teaspoonful onto a sheet of waxed paper.  Keep in mind if you want to put these candies into mini cupcake liners, you need to keep the spoonfuls small.
  4. Immediately sprinkle the candies with a sea salt.
  5. Candies should fully harden in about an hour.

Keywords: nut clusters, christmas candy, chocolate, pistachios

Pistachio Clusters originally posted 12/15

 

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