Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Snowy Chocolate Pinecones Recipe

By Sandra Denneler 
Made 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.

And 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

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


Step 1

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

Step 2

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

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.

Step 4

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

Step 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.

Step 6

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

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