I received this recipe from my mother and she called them 'gofer balls'. You can eat just one. I added the sliced almonds to make them look like pinecones. They are wonderful by themselves or as a garnish for a cake or pie.—Betty C MacArthur, Portland, Oregon
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup ground almonds
- 1-3/4 cups sliced almonds, toasted
- 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- In a small bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in cracker crumbs and ground almonds. Shape rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into a cone shape; chill until easy to handle.
- Insert pointed end of sliced almonds into dough to resemble a pinecone; place on waxed paper-lined pans. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth.
- Insert a toothpick into the bottom of each pinecone. Holding over a bowl, spoon melted chocolate over almonds (if needed, use another toothpick to spread the chocolate to completely cover almonds). Return to waxed paper-lined pan; chill until firm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Pinecones in Taste of Home
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