Friday, December 14, 2012

Caramel Cashew Clusters

This Christmas candy looks very time intensive, but it isn't. What it is, is delicious. The caramel hardens  and makes this so chewy and the cashew add the perfect amount of sweetness. The chocolate that is drizzled over it gives it the perfect look and not too mention, when does chocolate not make something better? If you are making these, go ahead and make a double batch. They are too good not to!
Source: My Baking Addiction

30 individually-wrapped Caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons of Heavy Cream
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cup of Cashews, halves and pieces, salted
1/2 cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips + teaspoons of vegetable shortening, or some semi-sweet baking bark

First, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Next, place a medium saucepan over medium heat and melt the caramels and cream together. Stir constantly until the caramels are fully melted. Remove from heat and set aside.

Now, using a rubber spatula, fold in the cashews and vanilla.

Next, using a tablespoon measuring spoon or cookie scoop, measure out a tablespoon of the mixture and place on parchment paper. Place 2 inches apart.

Now, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chips and shortening or just the bark in 30 second intervals until melted. Drizzle the chocolate over the clusters.

Store these in the refrigerator on parchment paper, bring to room temperature about 30 minutes before serving.


Happy Cooking,
The Barbee Housewife

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