Amish White Cashew Clusters

cashew clusters in a wooden bowl

Amish White Cashew Clusters are a vintage style nut cluster loaded with crunchy toasted cashews ~ they’re easy to make and even easier to devour!

Amish cashew clusters in a wooden bowl

Amish white cashew clusters are the easiest candy recipe on the site

If there was ever a year that your best buds deserved a gift of homemade candy, this is it. And if you’re looking for a no-muss no-fuss but still special recipe, you’ve found it. It’s a vintage style nut cluster that’s super simple, but extra special because you make them yourself. They can be set out on a fancy plate or packaged up in cellophane bags to give out over the holidays. Tuck them into your Christmas cookie tins, too.

what you’ll need

  • whole raw cashews
  • white confectionary aka white almond bark, or white chocolate
cashews and almond bark to make cashew clusters

how to make nut clusters

  1. Toast your nuts.
  2. Melt your chocolate.
  3. Fold the two together.
  4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a lined baking sheet.
  5. Allow to harden before eating, storing, or gifting!
stirring cashews into melted almond bark

easy chocolate covered candies are an Amish specialty

The Amish have been making candy like this for generations. If you live near any of the Amish settlements in the US, or have visited near one, you’ll probably remember a candy shop or two. Right now I’m living in Wisconsin, which has the 4th largest Amish population, so I see a lot of it for sale. Amish candy is generally quite simple, and so easy to recreate at home. These cashew clusters require only 2 ingredients, but they play off each other beautifully. Cashew crunch, another Amish specialty, is a thin toffee studded with chopped cashews. I think I’ll try that next 🙂

closeup of almond bark with cashews

white cashew clusters tips and faqs

What is white almond bark?

Almond bark is sort of an artificial version of white chocolate. There are no almonds or almond flavoring in almond bark, it gets its name because it was originally developed to coat almonds. It has a vanilla flavor, and is often used as a substitute white chocolate in recipes because white chocolate can be quite difficult to melt. It does not have the wonderful natural flavor of white chocolate, but it has the benefit of melting into a smooth, creamy consistency. Some people actually prefer the flavor of almond bark over real white chocolate.

Where can I find white almond bark?

Look for it in the baking section of your store, it should be with the rest of the baking chocolate. It might come in block form, or in wafers.

Can you use real white chocolate for cashew clusters?

Yes, absolutely. I would recommend chopping it into small pieces first, and melting it very gently in a double boiler. White chocolate is finicky and can seize up when you try to melt it. For a really special treat, try making caramelized chocolate for these clusters.

What other nuts can I use?

Use other nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pecans, even pistachios, but be sure to toast them first for best flavor and crunch. Check out my Spanish Peanut Clusters Recipe.

Can I make cashew clusters in a slow cooker?

Yes, just load everything into the slow cooker and cook on low until the almond bark is melted. Stir to combine. Then scoop out your clusters onto parchment paper as per the recipe. Note: when making nut clusters in a slow cooker you want to avoid any condensation, because water can cause chocolate to seize up. Place a clean absorbent tea towel over the crock pot before adding the lid to collect any moisture.

How long will these cashew clusters last?

You can store them at cool room temperature for a few weeks, or in the refrigerator for a month or more.

Can you freeze nut clusters?

Yes, for sure. Make sure they are completely hardened, then pop them into heavy duty zip lock freezer bags. Push out any extra air before zipping closed.

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Amish Cashew Clusters

Amish White Cashew Clusters are a vintage style nut cluster loaded with crunchy toasted cashews ~ they're easy to make and even easier to devour!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Yield 30 clusters
Calories 165kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces raw whole cashews (about 2 heaping cups)
  • 20 ounces white almond bark (you can also use white chocolate)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Spread the cashews out into a single layer on a baking sheet and toast for 12 minutes, until fragrant. Set them aside to cool.
    toasting cashews
  • If your almond bark is in a single chunk, cut it into pieces and add to a microwave safe bowl. Mine came already partitioned into chunks which was handy.
    cashews and almond bark
  • Microwave for 90 seconds, and stir. Microwave in further 15 second increments, stirring in between, until the bark has melted and become smooth and creamy. Don't over heat it, I like to let it rest in between bursts of microwaving to allow the heat of the bowl to assist in melting. My bark took another 45 seconds, but yours might take more or less time. Note: if using white chocolate you will need to melt it carefully in a double boiler.
    stirring cashews into melted almond bark
  • Stir the cashews into the melted bark.
    making white cashew clusters
  • Drop by rounded tablespoons onto parchment paper. You can adjust the shape of your clusters as you drop them. There's no need to rush, the bark will remain nice and molten for a while.
    cashew clusters on parchment paper
  • Let the bark set up before moving the clusters. You can store them at room temperature, or in the refrigerator.
    cashew clusters in a wooden bowl

Cook’s notes

  • I made my clusters quite large, but you can make yours smaller if you prefer.
  • add a touch of sea salt to the mixture, or on top, if you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Sheryl
    December 9, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Hi. Can you use salted cashews?I love the salty sweet taste.

  • Reply
    Ann McCord
    December 8, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    5 stars
    Quick,easy and delicious! Great CHRISTMAS gift.

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