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Hazelnut and Cherry Caramel Clusters Recipe


Hazelnut and Cherry Caramel Clusters       
Source: Better Homes and Gardens

4 ounces white chocolate or white chocolate baking squares, chopped
1 tablespoon shortening
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped hazelnuts (filberts) or almonds, toasted
1/3 cup dried tart red cherries or dried cranberries
12 vanilla caramels, unwrapped
2 teaspoons butter

1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Butter the foil; set baking sheet aside.
2. In a small heavy saucepan melt white chocolate and shortening over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in hazelnuts and cherries. Let stand for 10 minutes to allow mixture to set up slightly. Drop by a rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheet.
3. In another small heavy saucepan combine caramels and butter. Cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth (if mixture is too thick to drizzle, stir in 2 teaspoons hot water). Remove from heat; drizzle over the candy clusters. Let stand about 1 hour or until firm. Store tightly covered for up to 3 days. Makes 18 pieces.
To present this gift... Place the clusters in a cellophane-lined box bottom. Cover with the lid. Place the rubber bands around the box, arranging in both directions to make a grid or plaid pattern.

Nutritional Information
Nutritional facts per serving
calories: 146, total fat: 10g, saturated fat: 2g, monounsaturated fat: 5g, polyunsaturated fat: 1g, cholesterol: 4mg, sodium: 27mg, carbohydrate: 11g, total sugar: 4g, fiber: 1g, protein: 2g, vitamin A: 0%, vitamin C: 1%, calcium: 3%, iron: 3%, other carb: 1diabetic exchange, fat: 2diabetic exchange

Makes18 pieces
Start to Finish: 30 minutes

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