Monday, January 4, 2010

Cranberry Clusters

I first saw these in a Christmas magazine years ago and thought they would be fun to try. They're delightfully different, and very easy to make, and it was a no-brainer to add them to our annual Christmas Candy list. Give them a try yourself sometime. (And go here for more pictures and here for a fun story.)

Cranberry Clusters
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/8 cup corn syrup
2 teaspoons water
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional

Melt 1/3 cup chocolate chips with the corn syrup in the microwave. (This takes 30 seconds.) Add the water and other 1/3 cup chocolate and stir until smooth. Stir in the cranberries and nuts. Dollop onto waxed paper. Chill until firm.

Note: I made a version using half semi-sweet and half milk chocolate chips (1/3 cup each), along with 1/3 cup pecans (instead of 1/4 cup) and they turned out well. I just prefer milk chocolate over dark chocolate and this seemed like a nice compromise.

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