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Chocolate Almond Pinecones

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
  • Makes
    6 pinecones

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 447 calories, 31g fat (8g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 6g fiber), 8g protein.

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