Quick & Easy Chocolate Pinecones


QUICK + EASY SNOWY CHOCOLATE PINECONES
Many years ago, while taking my niece on a little nature walk, I remember watching as she picked up a pinecone and tried to eat it. I can only imagine how prickly the scales were on her tiny tongue! Here’s an idea for a pinecone snack that’s sure to make curious tastebuds happy.

img_0295Made with dry cereal and a peanut butter mixture, it’s part-healthy, part-sweet, and 100% fun. It’s a great edible craft for the kids to make this winter when the snow arrives and cabin fever sets in. No baking required—just mix and assemble.

img_0296And while they’re a clever snack for kids, these chocolate pinecones also look very chic and elegant at a winter wedding reception or other snow-themed event. Mother Nature never tasted so sweet.

What You Need

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  • 3 cups Chex Chocolate cereal or comparable (I used Chocolate Fiber One cereal)
  • 6 pretzel sticks (I used the thicker dipping sticks)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

How To

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Step 1

Mix the peanut butter, Nutella, butter, and powdered sugar in a bowl.
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Step 2

Take a pretzel stick and mold some of the peanut butter mixture around it, forming a slight cone shape.
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Step 3

Holding it steady by using the tip of the pretzel as a handle, start inserting pieces of cereal into the peanut butter mixture in a symmetrical pattern around the stick. Add more cereal pieces, staggering them as you move upward, until you get near the top.
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Step 4

Cut several cereal pieces into triangles and add those to the top (most pinecone scales get smaller toward the end.)

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img_0303Step 5

If your pinecone is getting too tall (like 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.
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Step 6

For a “snowy” effect, dust the pinecone with powdered sugar.

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So now for the big question…. How do you eat a pinecone? Simple! Pluck it apart, piece-by-delicious-piece.

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