There can be no doubt that I love a good cookie by now! But the holiday season just wouldn’t be right without a few other goodies thrown in as well. Erin from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts has stopped by with a little sweet and salty treat that’s simple and delicious.
And I think by now, we could all use a little simple in our lives…
Hi, I am Erin, the host of Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts. I was very excited when Jen approached me about doing a virtual cookie exchange. What a great idea! I love cookie exchanges in real life, and am more than bummed I don’t get to do one this year. We just moved to Colorado, and I don’t really know anyone yet. Hopefully next year!
Each year while I was growing up, we would go to The Wisconsin Cheeseman. They opened their doors to the public for about 3 weeks during December. They had lots of different cheese, candies, wrapping paper and other fun things for Christmas. The place was a madhouse, but it was worth it! This year when Oh! Nuts volunteered to send me nuts for my Christmas baking, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. I wanted Cashews to make a homemade version of the Cashew Clusters I remember from childhood.
I did run into some problems while making the caramels for this. I tried a microwave recipe, which I am sure is a great recipe; I just need to give it another shot. The first time I microwaved it for too long, the next time too short. I finally resorted to using store bought caramels. Either way, they are delicious!
Caramel Cashew Clusters
1 cup Cashews
1 14 oz bag Caramels, unwrapped
1/3 cup Evaporated Milk
Chocolate (Chocolate Almond Bark, Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Melts)
Melt together the caramels and milk. Microwave for 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds until smooth. Allow to cool slightly.
Lay out clusters of 3-4 cashews, about 2 inches apart, on a lined baking tray. Once the caramel is slightly cooled, spoon it over the cashews. Set them in the fridge and allow them to harden.
Melt chocolate. Once Cashew Clusters are hard, dip them in chocolate. Place back on a lined tray to harden. Store in an airtight container.
See? I told you, easy peasy lemon squeezy! I hope you’ll please take a moment to stop by Erin’s blog, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts and spread a little holiday cheer.
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