Packed with sultanas, peel and peanuts and topped with a little white chocolate, these fruit and nut clusters are only a little bit naughty and a lot nice. 

We’ve decorated them here with red cherries and crushed green pistachio to add a little Christmas magic.

This Fruit and Nut Clusters recipe is a nice variation on the cluster recipes that use only chocolate. Here, the clusters are held together with a biscuit-y mixture and topped with chocolate.

Nana Ling’s Fruit and Nut Clusters recipe

Keep scrolling for the tested and tweaked version.

Fruit and Nut Clusters

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  • 115 grams butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup SR flour
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa
  • 230 grams unslated shelled peanuts
  • 1 cup sultanas
  • 1/4 cup mixed peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence


  • red glace cherries
  • crushed pistachios
  • 225 grams white chocolate


  • Cream butter and sugar.
  • Add egg and vanilla essence beat together.
  • Add sifted dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Roll heaped tablespoons (or use a cookie scoop to measure out portions) into balls and place on a tray lined with baking paper - leaving room for a little spreading.
  • Bake at 175 degrees celsius (fan-forced) for 12-13 minutes.
  • Allow to cool then top with melted white chocolate, glace cherries and crushed pistachios (or your choice of topping).


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