I have a sweet treat and quick and easy food gift to make for the holidays, Spicy Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters!
These clusters are adapted from the recipe for Spicy Chocolate Almonds in The Forest Feast Gatherings. The addition of the cayenne pepper lightly sprinkled on top to just a hint of heat and pair with the chocolate makes these clusters! I used dark chocolate chips for this recipe but feel free to use milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips. Substitute gold, silver or colored sanding sugar for the raw sugar sprinkled on top for a little holiday sparkle if you prefer.
The reverse side of my owl cake pedestal, used for Owl-oween, has a faux bois design, ideal for a forest feast!
Whooooo doesn’t like a double-sided cake plate or easy food gift?
Spicy Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters
12 oz. dark chocolate chips (I used Tollhouse Dark Chocolate Morsels)
3 cups roasted lightly salted mixed nuts (cashews, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, peanuts or nuts of choice)
Raw sugar (Turbinado Sugar)
Coarse or Flaky Sea Salt
Melt chocolate chips according to package directions or using preferred method. (I used the microwave being careful not to scorch.) Stir nuts into melted chocolate until well coated. Using a spoon, make small mounds of chocolate-coated nuts onto parchment or waxed paper.
Working quickly while chocolate is still warm, lightly sprinkle clusters with raw sugar, coarse or flaky sea salt and cayenne pepper. Allow to harden at room temperature or place in refrigerate until firm. Store in a cool airtight place. May be made several days in advance.
Makes about 2 dozen clusters.
You can find a printable recipe, here.
The winner and copy of The Forest Feast Gatherings cookbook giveaway is
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