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Peanut Butter Pinecones Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling YIELD:26 servings

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

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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, 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 98 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.