how-to-make-microwave-caramel-cashew-clustersThese cashew clusters are so easy to make in the microwave and you can make them anytime you want something sweet and salty.  This recipe only makes a few but you can double or triple the recipe and make as many as you like.  They keep well in a cool place or you can keep them refrigerated.  I have not tried freezing them but I see no reason why you couldn’t.  They make a great gift for any occasion.

1/2 to 1 cup cashews

About 25 Kraft caramels

1 cup chocolate chips

1 tablespoon shortening, (optional)


Remove paper from caramels and melt in a microwave safe bowl for about 40 seconds or until smooth.  Microwaves vary so it may take less or more time. Just keep a watch that they don’t burn.  Add cashews to melted caramel and stir.  Drop by spoonfuls onto foil or parchment paper on a baking sheet.  Put in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.  Melt the chocolate chips along with the shortening about 2 minutes in the microwave until smooth.  Drop clusters into melted chocolate with a spoon one at a time. Make sure each cluster is covered with chocolate and put back on baking sheet.  Refrigerate for about 30 minutes until chocolate hardens.  Makes 8 to 10 depending on how big you make yours.  Enjoy!

Note:  The shortening makes the chocolate easier to work with and gives you a smoother finish on the candy.







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