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Peanut Butter Pinecones

 Peanut Butter Pinecones
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
26 ServingsPrep: 1 hour + chilling

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 221 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 98 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.