3 Delicious Easy DIY Hostess Gifts

 Peanut Brittle – Peanut Clusters – Homemade Toffee

 Microwave Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle

Microwaveable Peanut Brittle


  • 1 Cup of shelled peanuts
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Karo’s Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 tbs. of Butter
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda


  1. Place the first four ingredients in a 2 quart microwavable container.  Stir together.
  2. Place in a microwave for 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in the Butter and Vanilla.
  4. Microwave for an additional 2 minutes.  You are looking for a nice, medium light golden brown.
  5. Microwave times will vary.  Mixture will turn from done to burnt within seconds.

Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters

Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters

As you all know, I love my slow cooker.  I especially love it when the recipe makes me look like the most amazing cook around.  It is recipes like this one that remind me of that great Rice Krispies commercial where the mom comes out of the kitchen with a plate of treats but she looks like she has slaved all day in the kitchen.

Make sure you read all the way through the recipe before turning the slow cooker on.


  • 1-Baker’s Sweet German Chocolate Bar
  • 1-12 oz package of Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1- 24 oz Dark Chocolate
  • 1-24 oz White Chocolate Morsels
  • 1-16 oz Dry Roasted Unsalted Peanuts
  • 1-16 oz Dry Roasted Salted Peanuts


  1. Layer in slower cooker in the order they appear in the ingredients list.
  2. Turn slow cooker on low.
  3. Check the crock pot to make sure cluster mixture is melting and not burning after 90 minutes and every 20 minutes after that.
  4. Once melted, stir thoroughly with a large sturdy spoon.
  5. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Drop bite sized spoonfuls onto the parchment paper.
  7. Let cool.
  8. The recipe yields about 120 clusters so have a plan for getting them out of the house or you are going to see yourself signing up for Weight Watchers before the new year.
  9. I love surprising the teachers at school with a sweet treat but know that they receive a ton during the holidays, so I tend to deliver my sweets at other times during the year.

Homemade Toffee Recipe:

Homemade Toffee in an airtight container


Ingredients List for Homemade Toffee:

  • 1 cup of raw almonds
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of chocolate morsels
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped


Preheat oven to 350.
Toasted Almonds
Place almonds on a single layer of a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Toast for approximately 8 minutes.
Melting butter for toffee
In a saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, vanilla extract and heat over medium heat. Continually whisk vigorously for around 10 minutes or until it turns an almond color.  I quit before the miracle, still yummy but should have been cooked longer.
 Toffee mixture over toasted almonds
Spread the caramelized mixture evenly over the toasted almonds.  Do this quickly and thin it out to your desired thickness before it cools.
 Hot toffee
Make sure the chocolate morsels are ready to be poured over the hot toffee mixture.
 Melted Chocolate
Sprinkle the chocolate morsels evenly on top and allow a few minutes to melt.  I was too slow so I needed to place the pan in the warm oven in order to get the chocolate morsels to melt.
 Pecans on melted chocolate
Sprinkle the chopped pecans on top of the melted morsels.  Chill in the refrigerator for two hours.
 Toffee chunks
Break into bite sized pieces.
 Toffee in an airtight container
Store in an airtight container and lock up in a safe and throw away the key.  A few extra calories around the holidays might be ok, but not my desired look in my swim suit at the lake.
While delicious to enjoy anytime, this homemade toffee makes a great new mom or hostess gift.


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