Quick + Easy Snowy Chocolate Pinecones Recipe2014-01-12
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Made with dry cereal and a peanut butter mixture, it’s part-healthy, part-sweet, and 100% fun. This would be a great edible craft for kids to make this winter when the snow is flying and cabin fever has set in. No baking required—just mix and assemble.
And while they’re a clever snack for kids, these chocolate pinecones would also look very chic and elegant at a winter wedding reception or snow-themed event. Mother Nature never tasted so sweet.
What You’ll Need
- Chocolate Fiber One cereal
- Pretzel sticks (I used the thicker dipping sticks)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
- 3 tablespoons softened butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Mix together the peanut butter, Nutella, butter, and powdered sugar in a bowl.
Take a pretzel stick and mold some of the peanut butter mixture around it, forming a slight cone shape.
Using the tip of the pretzel for a handle to hold it steady, start inserting pieces of cereal into the peanut butter mixture in a symmetrical pattern around the stick. Add the cereal pieces, staggering them as you move upward until you get near the top.
Cut some of the cereal pieces into triangles and add those at the top (as most pinecone scales get smaller toward the end.)
If your pinecone is getting too tall (mine were), cut off the top of the pretzel and add a dollop of peanut butter mixture to cover it. Insert a few more triangle pieces of cereal into the top of the pinecone.
Dust with powdered sugar for a “snowy” effect.