Chocolate Almond Pinecones

Dress up any winter dessert with these pinecones. Make them a couple of days ahead and then use and reuse them on a variety of desserts.

Quick look

  • prep 25 min
  • serves 6


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

    How to make it  25 minutes, plus standing

  • 1

    Divide almond paste into six equal portions. Form each into a cone shape, about 1 1/2 inches high and 1 inch wide. Beginning at the base, carefully insert pointed end of almonds into paste to resemble a pinecone.

  • 2

    Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-proof bowl; stir until smooth. Insert a toothpick into bottom of each cone. Holding over bowl, spoon melted chocolate over almonds.

  • 3

    Use another toothpick to spread the chocolate to completely cover, if necessary. Place bottom side down on waxed paper; let stand until firm.

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