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Snowy Pine Cones

Pull out each goldfish graham and dip it into the soft center to snack on these pine cones. There's nothing more fun or creative on the cookie table this year! —Betty MacArthur, Portland, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    16 pine cone cookies


  • 8 cups Goldfish fudge brownie grahams (about 24 ounces), divided
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 cup Biscoff creamy cookie spread
  • 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 8 pretzel rods, halved


  • Pulse 1 cup grahams in a food processor until fine crumbs form. In a large bowl, beat butter, Nutella, cookie spread and 3 cups confectioners' sugar until smooth; stir in crumbs.
  • Mold 1/4 cup dough around a pretzel rod in a cone shape to within 1 in. of top; place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Starting at the bottom, insert tail ends of Goldfish grahams, flat side up, into dough to resemble a pine cone, trimming tails of fish as needed near the top. Using kitchen scissors, cut off tip of pretzel; place a small amount of dough on top of pretzel. Repeat with remaining dough and pretzels.
  • Dust pine cones with remaining confectioners' sugar. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Test Kitchen tips
  • This dough can be made ahead and refrigerated; just bring to room temp again before shaping into cones.
  • To achieve a perfect dusting of snow, we use a sifter and a light touch.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 524 calories, 26g fat (10g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 332mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.
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    • choc52
      Dec 23, 2020

      lol! This recipe was part of an email of several chocolate cookies. I kept passing it by thinking, "Who is going to eat a pinecone? What's this doing here?" without looking at it. (I thought it was a real pinecone.) Before I deleted the email my curiosity got the best of me and I clicked on it. What an ingenious idea! I'm giving it 5 stars just for that. I don't know if I have the patience or talent to try it but it looks real and like someone else said, it would be great for a buffet table. I didn't even know Goldfish came in chocolate. Thank you for submitting the recipe!

    • PatsCookin
      Nov 29, 2020

      Since the recipe makes 16 pine cones. I'm guessing that the 500 calories would be if you ate one whole pine cone. Most people wouldn't eat that much. If the pine cones are part of a dessert buffet, a person could take a few of the Chocolate Grahams with a bit of the dough and the calorie count would be much less. I've not made this recipe, but I do think it is a very clever idea and would be an interesting addition to a buffet.

    • Auntiepatch
      Dec 17, 2018

      ONE fish cookie is 500 calories?!?!? Is this a typo? It's a really cute idea but..........

    • Bonnie
      Jul 29, 2018

      No comment left

    • sugarcrystal
      Aug 25, 2016

      This is brilliant!