Monday, May 28, 2012

Crunchy Vanilla Clusters

What a great recipe!  You will just love these white chocolate crunchy clusters.  They are easy and so yummy.  We served these at Annie's party - courtesy of my sweet friend, Donna.  I have made these before during the holidays, and we just loved them.  Annie is a huge fan of white chocolate, so I knew these would be a nice addition to our dessert open house.  I highly recommend doubling this recipe as it only makes 3 dozen clusters and these will disappear quickly.  The recipe says to store them at room temperature - we like them at room temperature but we also like them stored in the refrigerator!

Crunchy Vanilla Clusters (adapted from Southern Living)

1 ( 3 ounce) pkg ramen noodles
3/4 cup pecan pieces
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 ( 12 ounce) pkg white chocolate chips

Gently crush ramen noodles before open package.  Open package and discard flavoring packet.  Saute crushed noodles, pecans and almonds in butter in a large skillet over medium heat until toasted - avoid crushing noodles too find while sauteing.  Pour noodle mixture into a large bowl to cool.  Melt white chocolate according to package directions.  ( I used the microwave)  Pour melted chocolate over cooled noodle mixture, tossing gently to coat.  Drop candy mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls onto wax paper;  let stand until firm - about 45 minutes.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature.  Makes about 3 dozen  (we also like ours cold - stored in fridge )

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