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Chocolate Almond Pinecones Recipe

Chocolate Almond Pinecones Recipe

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 YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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