Homemade Goo Goo Clusters

by Jennifer on November 7, 2013

in Candy, Halloween Desserts

Homemade Goo Goo Clusters by notyourmommascookie.com

Sometimes, I’m a big, ‘ol dope.

Or a not-so-great planner.

I had wanted to post these delicious little morsels BEFORE Halloween, hence the spooky pictures.

But, Halloween is over – the Christmas merchandise has already taken over the stores, and now these pictures look kinda silly.

My bad.

Let’s ignore the spiders, shall we? Let’s focus on these little bites of heaven!

Homemade Goo Goo Clusters by notyourmommascookie.com

I had never heard of a Goo Goo Cluster until I traveled to Nashville for work. I wasn’t enamored with the traditional Goo Goo Clusters, but the peanut butter ones? AMAZEBALLS. The only place that I’ve seen them outside of Tennessee is Cracker Barrel (random, I know), but they are usually packaged in a big box and you have to buy a whole bunch. Which, with my feeble willpower, is no bueno.

So, I made some instead! Now, these don’t taste exactly like the original…they are more a cross between a Goo Goo Cluster and a Reese’s cup…but I’m certainly not complaining!

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Homemade Goo Goo Clusters
  • ⅓ cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ⅔ to 1 cup roasted peanuts, lightly salted
  • 11.5 ounce bag of milk chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  1. Put the first 4 ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Put mixture into the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.
  2. Remove peanut butter mixture from fridge. Form into patties (about the size of half dollars). Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press several peanuts into each patty.
  3. Melt together chocolate and vegetable shortening. Using two forks, dip each patty into the chocolate to coat. Place on baking sheet for chocolate to harden.



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1 Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour November 7, 2013 at 9:31 am

I have never heard of goo goo clusters before, but what is not to like? Love your homemade version!


2 Kayle (The Cooking Actress) November 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

lol it happens! Spiders or no, these look AMAZINGly delicious. I love any choc/pb combo!!


3 Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 11:17 am

Me too! :)


4 Beth @ Hungry Happenings November 7, 2013 at 11:50 am

I grew up in Ohio and ate GooGoo Clusters a lot as a kid. I’ve not ever tried the peanut butter ones, but I’m sure they are great. What’s not to love? Your homemade version looks great too.


5 Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 11:17 am

Thanks, Beth!


6 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl November 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm

It’s ok, the yumminess makes up for the spiders! My problem is that I won’t stop eating these clusters!


7 Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 11:17 am

Totally my problem too! ;)


8 The Bearfoot Baker November 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I kinda like the spiders! I think they are cute but not as cute as your goo goo clusters. You have my complete attention!! ;)


9 Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 11:16 am

Haha – thanks, Lisa!


10 Mike @ Semi Sweet November 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I never heard of goo goo clusters before, but you had me when you mentioned Reese’s peanut butter cups. :) I hope you had a fun Halloween and are resting up for the arrival of your kiddo!


11 Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 11:16 am

Thanks, Mike! :)


12 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts November 7, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I had never had Goo Goo Clusters before I went to Food Blog Forum and they were in our swag bag, and I won a $100 gift certificate for their store. My family was the same way about the original, but love the PB ones!


13 Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 11:15 am

PB are the best!


14 Mimi @ Culinary Couture November 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I want to try these just based on their name! :P


15 Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

Thanks, Mimi!


16 Sara November 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm

They look great! Just stick a picture of Jack Skellington in there and it can be for The Nightmare Before Christmas! It’s perfect to bridge the gap between Halloween and Christmas. (Also one of my favorite movies. Ever.) :)


17 Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

Haha – totally true!


18 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings November 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Yum! These look amazing! How’s baby watch going :)


19 Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

Just posted an update on the baby front! :)


20 susie November 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm

This is so ironic. I have a friend who eats the real thing all the time….and I told her I googled recipes, and there are so many different versions out there. So per her request we are having a Goo Goo taste day….I will add your recipe to the list to try! Yours sound really good, many have caramel or condensed milk (which makes my teeth ache!) Hope your feeling well…..


21 Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

Awesome! Hope you like them, Susie!


22 The Partiologist November 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

I love that I can make goo goo clusters at home – and I don’t even mind seeing a few spiders just to get that recipe!


23 Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 11:10 am
24 Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes November 8, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Never heard of these before but glad I’ve been introduced!! :) Happy weekend!


25 Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

Thanks, Ashley!


26 Yvonne @ bitter baker November 8, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I neeed these in my life! now!


27 Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

Thanks, Yvonne! :)


28 Reeni November 9, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I didn’t even know peanut butter Goo Goos existed! I would surely love them! I’m so glad I can recreate them – these rock!


29 Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

Thanks, Reeni!


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