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I found a great idea for a dessert garnish for the fall/winter season. It’s called “Chocolate Almond Pinecones” and I found it in a publication that used to be put out by Entertaining at Home, “Taste of Home Entertaining: Practical Ideas for Hosting Memorable Parties,” published in 2005. What I like about this garnish besides the fact it is impressive looking is that it tastes great. The recipe mentions that it can be reused on a variety of desserts. Not in my house. It didn’t survive the evening. Once I got a picture of it, it was consumed! So here’s how to make these delicious and attractive garnishes, with acknowledgment to the publication.

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Ingredients

1 tube (7 ounces) almond paste

4 ounces sliced almonds

1 ¼ cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 tablespoon shortening

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Procedure:

1. Shape the almond paste into 6 cone shapes.

2. Insert pointed ends of almonds into the paste to resemble a pine cone.

3. Insert a toothpick into the bottom of the pine cone so that you can elevate the pine cone without touching it.

4. After melting the chocolate chips and the shortening in the microwave, spoon the melted chocolate over the almond paste and the inserted sliced almonds.

5. Allow the chocolate to harden.

I chose to make the “pine cone” look more like a Christmas tree by shaking sprinkles over the chocolate while it was still soft.

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