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Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters

These Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters are made from just 3 easy-to-find ingredients!

chocolate butterscotch peanut clusters stacked on white plate

Sometimes you just need a super easy dessert recipe. This is it! These Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters are made in a jiffy. There is no baking involved at all. It’s a “no bake” dessert recipe. That means that even people who say they can’t bake will be able to make these. No baking is involved at all!

We’re all about making easy dessert recipes here on RecipeBoy. Remember my Frosting Fudge, 3-Ingredient Peach Cobbler and Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars?

bowls of chocolate chips, peanuts and butterscotch chips

Ingredients needed:

  • butterscotch chips
  • milk chocolate chips
  • Spanish peanuts

four photos showing process of making chocolate butterscotch peanut clusters

How to make Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters:

Melt the milk chocolate chips and the butterscotch chips together in a pan. Alternately, you can use the microwave to do this if you heat them in short bursts, stirring in between bursts. Add the peanuts, and stir them in. Scoop or spoon mounds of the melted chocolate/peanut mixture onto a parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet, and let them sit until the chocolate hardens again. Those are the 4 simple steps to make these heavenly Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters.

chocolate butterscotch peanut clusters stacked on white plate

If you want to get fancy like we did here, then melt a few extra butterscotch chips separately and put the melted butterscotch in a little zip baggie. Snip the corner of the baggies and drizzle some melted butterscotch on top of the clusters.

chocolate butterscotch peanut clusters stacked on white plate

I think it looks kind of pretty to add the drizzle on top, and it lets everyone know that it’s not just a regular chocolate cluster. There is butterscotch in there too!

Substitution and add-in suggestions:

  1. Use peanut butter chips instead of butterscotch.
  2. Add 1 1/2 cups of crushed Ruffles potato chips into the mix.
  3. Use dry roasted peanuts instead of Spanish peanuts
  4. Add in some dry chow mein noodles to the mix.

peanut cluster on white plate

This is a very quick and easy recipe to make, and it doesn’t really require any special cooking skills. I suggest you bring it to a potluck, and it’s a good one for the holiday season too. If you are looking for more easy dessert recipes, you might consider making these No Cook S’Mores Parfaits too.

Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters
Such a SIMPLE recipe with only 3 ingredients. And HEY, it's good too!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 clusters (1 per serving)
Calories 161 kcal



  • In a double boiler, melt the butterscotch and milk chocolate chips together. Stir until the mixture is nice and smooth. Add the peanuts and stir.
  • Immediately drop little blobs of the clusters onto a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper- using a spoon or a cookie scooper. Let them sit until the chocolate is set.


  • If you'd like, you can melt some extra butterscotch chips, spoon it into a little zip baggie, snip the corner and drizzle on top of the clusters.


Serving: 1clusterCalories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 108mgPotassium: 115mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 14IUCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword butterscotch, chocolate, clusters, peanut
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RecipeBoy making peanut clusters

This recipe was originally shared in 2011. It was edited to add new photographs and re-published in 2021.

Recipe Rating

Emily F

Thursday 10th of December 2020

I make these but add a heaping scoop of peanut butter— so yummy :)


Monday 23rd of March 2015

I have been making these now for about 25 years but i add crushed Ruffles potato chips into the mixture (about 1 1/2 cups) and use light salted, dry roasted peanuts. Melting the chocolate and butterscotch chips in the microwave makes this much easier to do and you only have the one bowl to wash afterwards Mine are called Peanut-Butterscotch Delilghts and my family (even though my kids are in their late 30s) still demand them every year for Christmas.


Saturday 7th of February 2015

This was just the recipe I was looking for. I thought you were overly florid in your praise for them, but now that I have made them, I agree with you. Yum!


Sunday 22nd of December 2013

Well done Brooks!! Send some our way!! Happy Holidays!!


Wednesday 26th of June 2013

These look great and an easy treat for many occasions! My mom used to make a similar recipe with mini marshmallows added and they were called Nut Goodies. She made them for the holiday seasons, they are always a favorite! Good job with your website!