These Chocolate Toffee Cashew Clusters are filled with buttery toffee bits and scrumptious salted cashews all smothered in warm chocolate. It's one of those oh-so-easy sweet treats that makes a tasty addition to your no-bake repertoire. Serve them at the holidays or any day you need a sweet fix in a hurry.
Easy Chocolate Toffee Cashew Clusters Recipe
I can't imagine who wouldn't love the combination of chocolate, toffee and nuts. During the holidays when I make goodies for friends and neighbors, this is one of the candies that I typically include. However, these candies are also fantastic for other special celebration days such as New Years, Valentine's Day, Easter, birthdays or "just because" kinda days. We all have those occasionally, don't we?
How to Make the Best Chocolate Toffee Cashew Clusters Recipe
- Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Chocolate Toffee Cashew Clusters: Semi sweet chocolate chips, salted cashews, vegetable shortening, English toffee bits. (bits-o-brickle)
- Kitchen tools you'll need: A double boiler, measuring cups, rubber spatula, wax paper lined sheet pan and small scoop or tablespoon for dividing the candy mixture.
- For this recipe, I like to use a small amount of vegetable shortening to thin the chocolate just a bit and give the clusters their shine when they dry.
- If you have an aversion to using shortening you could substitute with coconut oil, which will also stay solid at room temperature and can be used in its place in the same amount.
- You could use dark chocolate or milk chocolate baking chips for this recipe in the same amount.
- The toffee bits used in this recipe aren't coated with chocolate. If you're unable to find them you could use the chocolate coated version of Heath bits.
- If you don't have a double boiler, you can create one using a heat safe bowl fitted over a pot of simmering water. It's important not to let the water touch the bottom of the bowl.
- Store these Chocolate Caramel Cashew Clusters at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.
- These cashew clusters would make a thoughtful and yummy homemade gift. You could put them into a cellophane bag and tie it with a pretty ribbon, arrange in a candy tin with a note attached or pop them into the kids Easter baskets. The sky's the limit and you'll be so glad you did.
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Chocolate Toffee Cashew Clusters
- 3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon solid vegetable shortening or coconut oil
- 3 cups salted cashews
- 1 ¼ cup toffee bits divided
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt together the chocolate chips and shortening. Melt on the 50% power setting in 30-45 second increments stopping to stir each cycle. Repeat until completely smooth.
- Use a non-stick spatula to mix in the cashews and 1 cup toffee bits. Mix until all of the nuts are covered.
- Spread wax paper on the kitchen counter or cover 2 standard baking sheets.
- Use a tablespoon to drop clusters onto the wax paper at least 1-inch apart. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining toffee bits while the chocolate is still wet.
- Allow to sit until hardened or refrigerate to set more quickly.
- Store tightly sealed chilled or at room temperature.
- If chilled, bring to room temperature for serving.
I do not know what toffee bits refer to.....what are they? is it something I buy and use as is or so I have to buy something and break it up??
Toffee bits are sold on the baking aisle of most any grocery store with the baking chips, including places like Walmart and Target.
Is Crisco considered solid shortening for this recipe?
Can these be frozen the look yumm
They can be frozen in an airtight container, sure. I would say for up to 2 months but, they never last that long with my family.
They freeze very well. Be sure to separate these delicious treats into layers using wax paper before freezing - they come out much better.
Have you made these using dark chocolate? Do you think a combination of semi- sweet and dark chocolate would work?
You can use dark, semi-sweet or milk chocolate go with your preference.
Can I melt chocolate chips and vegetable oil on the stove top?
Sure, if you prefer.
Can’t wait to try this recipe. Sounds yummy
Thanks so much!
Is it possible to use butter or margarine instead of solid shortening or coconut oil? I don't like either one.
All of these act differently when melted. You can adapt, if you prefer.
I made this for my husband's workplace. It was fast and easy. I had some mini Heath Bars I crushed instead of buying toffee bits. I was surprised by the additional flavor from the crushed candy. I must admit I kept back a couple of pieces for myself to enjoy.
I would like to print out the recipe but can not. Would you please see if it is at your end. I like all the information I have seen so far.
Hi Margaret, I'm sorry you're having issues. I've tested the print function and it seems to be working. Maybe clear the cache on your computer, restart and try again.
I've had that plate for some time, and my guess is Pier One has updated the collection. You might try Replacements Limited and search their lace plates.
One of my very favorite candy recipes. Everybody loves them and asks for more. They are so fast and easy to make. I once made them with macadamias for some very special people and I've made them with pecans several times -- but the ones mad with cashews are the very best.
Hi Nancy, you're so right you can switch out the nuts to whatever you like. i'm so happy you're enjoying these!
I’m happy that you shared this Chocolate Toffee Cashew Clusters recipe with us. It’s really nice. Thanks, Melissa for sharing this wonderful recipe.
It's my pleasure, enjoy these easy little candies.
Looks yummy! With so many sweets around now I try after the holidays! Thanks for the recipe!