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Peanut Butter Pinecones

I received this recipe from my mother, who called them "gofer balls." I added the sliced almonds to make them look like pine cones. They are wonderful by themselves or as a garnish for a cake or pie. —Betty MacArthur, Portland, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + chilling
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1-3/4 cups sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in cracker crumbs and ground almonds. Shape rounded tablespoons of dough into a cone shape; chill until easy to handle.
  • Insert pointed end of sliced almonds into dough to resemble a pine cone; place on waxed paper-lined pans. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth.
  • Insert a toothpick into the bottom of each pine cone. Holding over a bowl, spoon melted chocolate over almonds (if needed, use another toothpick to spread the chocolate to completely cover almonds). Return to waxed paper-lined pan; chill until firm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 221 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 98mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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