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Coconut Yule Trees

 Coconut Yule Trees
People love these trees at Christmastime because they're so festive-looking and more fun than the standard holiday candy. If you like coconut, you'll love this recipe, too. I freeze the undecorated "trees" in an airtight container for up to a month. -Michelle Retterer, Marysville, Ohio
24 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flaked coconut
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 to 4 ounces dark chocolate candy coating
  • Vanilla frosting, green sugar and assorted sprinkles

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Drop by
  • tablespoonfuls onto a waxed-paper lined baking sheet; refrigerate,
  • covered, 1 hour. Shape into trees; return to baking sheet.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate coating; stir until smooth. Spoon over
  • or dip trunks of trees; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed
  • paper; let stand until set. Decorate trees as desired with frosting,
  • green sugar and sprinkles. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Dark, white or milk chocolate confectionery coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometimes labeled "almond bark" or "candy coating" and is often sold in bulk packages (1 to 1-1/2 pounds). It is the product used for dipping chocolate. A substitute for 6 ounces chocolate coating would be 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet, dark or white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening melted together.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 130 calories, 7 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 51 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.