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.

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.

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”25 min” cook_time=”” serves=”6″ details=”” ]

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  • 1 tube (7 ounces) almond paste
  • 4 ounces sliced almonds

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[ingredients-right]

  • 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

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[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”25 minutes, plus standing”]
[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]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. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]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. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Use another toothpick to spread the chocolate to completely cover, if necessary. Place bottom side down on waxed paper; let stand until firm. [/step-item]

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest