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Chocolate Almond Pinecones

Rated as 4.88 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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25 m servings
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.


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I thought these were pretty neat looking. I would make them with the intent, though, to decorate a cake, cheesecake, or yule log. They take a little time to make and almond paste in a can is a l...

If you love the taste of almonds, these will blow you away! I love them. We dust ours with a little powdered sugar for a "snow covered" look.

This was tasty! I also tried it using a peanut-butter-ball recipe for the center and liked it even better! They are very impressive.

These are so cute! I loved the idea. I had never worked with almond paste, I was pleasantly surprised with the taste and how easy it was to work with. Putting the almonds in the paste is a bi...

Takes a little while, but worth it, they look so cute for decorations. Will make again.

These were incredibly fun to make. Yes, it was tedious sticking the almond slivers into the almond paste, but it was a relaxing and creative way to spend an hour. I made three. Next time, I will...

This is a brilliant idea that hangs on the competency of the maker. In my hands it was terrible, but I shan't penalize the recipe for shortcomings.