Friday, November 25, 2011

Chocolate Almond Cherry Clusters

I have made these little nuggets a million times.  I originally used the recipe from Ellie Krieger's book So Easy, but modified it a bit to make it my own.  These are a hit with every single person I've ever made them for... even my father-in-law-the-ultimate-picky-eater.  I set these out on Thanksgiving Day and they didn't last long.  You will LOVE them.  Enjoy!

Dried Cherries, Chocolate, and Almonds make this the perfect treat

2c semisweet or dark chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli 60% cocoa)
2c dried cherries
1c raw almonds
fine sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Spread your nuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until toasted and fragrant.  Let cool (alternatively buy dry roasted unsalted almonds).
2. In a large microwavable bowl, pour in chocolate chips.  Cook for 1 minute at a time, stirring between each minute until chocolate is melted and smooth.  Let cool slightly.
3. Stir in almonds and dried cherries.
4. On a parchment lined baking sheet, drop rounded chocolate almond cherry clusters in mounds.  Sprinkle the tops with a pinch of sea salt.  Place in the fridge for about 20 minutes, or until hard and set.  Then serve and store at room temp.

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