Chocolate Almond Pinecones Recipe
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Chocolate Almond Pinecones Recipe

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Our Test Kitchen suggests this clever way of dressing up any winter dessert. Make these "pinecones" when you have some time, then use—and reuse—them on a variety of desserts...or even on a pretty plate piled with candies.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 tube (7 ounces) almond paste
  • 4 ounces sliced almonds
  • 1-1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 447 calories, 31g fat (8g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 6g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. Divide almond paste into six equal portions. Form each into a cone shape, about 1-1/2 in. tall and 1 in. in diameter. Beginning at the base, insert pointed end of almonds into paste to resemble a pinecone.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Insert a toothpick into bottom of each cone. Holding over bowl, spoon melted chocolate over almonds (if needed, use another toothpick to spread the chocolate to completely cover almonds). Place on a wire rack over waxed paper; let stand until firm. Yield: 6 pinecones.
Originally published as Chocolate Almond Pinecones in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2001, p95

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trish2008 User ID: 3020854 75099
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"These are easy and fun. They don't have to be perfect to look good."

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