Our cute marzipan pinecone treats are a sweet homemade present and perfect for a festive party or buffet. Marzipan, cocoa, and spices make for an easy-to-do yet flavour-packed holiday nibble, while almond slices and a generous coat of cocoa create a pinecone like look. You can download free printable baskets to package and gift this confection at the end of the recipe.
Marzipan pinecone treats make for easy no bake Holiday dessert! Watch the video tutorial below to see how to make them!
More from the Winter in the Woods Collection
Check out the links below for more fun and creative Holiday recipes, crafts and printables.
- Learn all about the Winter in the Woods collection
- Red & Gold Paper Flowers
- Honey Almond Cupcakes & Edible Pinecones
- Holiday Cookie Collaboration
- Printable Christmas Gift Tags
- 10 Cookie Packaging Ideas
- 3 Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipes
- Printable Christmas Wall Art
- Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies
- 3 Christmas Pinecone Wreath Ideas
- Woods in Winter – Printable Poem
- Relaxing Bath Oil for Winter
- DIY Paper Pinecone Ornaments
Marzipan Pinecone Treats
You can also flavour the marzipan with 1 tbsp orange liquor or rum.
Prep Time: 10 min for measuring & mixing the ingredients, 15 min to add the sliced almonds
Yields: 10 pine cone treats
For the pine cone treats
- 400 g marzipan, cut into small cubes
- 20 g (1/4 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground clove
- cocoa powder for dusting
- sliced almonds
- printable mini baskets (download below)
1) Make the marzipan mixture
Add the marzipan, cocoa powder, ground cinnamon, and clove into a mixing bowl and combine with a fork or your hands.
2) Form the pine cones
Roll the marzipan into a ball, and then flatten into a disk. Cut the marzipan disk into ten equally-sized wedges. Roll each wedge into a ball between the palm of your hands and then roll one end of the ball into a cone- or egg-like shape.
Tip: Sprinkle the work surface, knife and yours with icing (confectioners’’/powdered) sugar to avoid the marzipan sticking.
3) Add the sliced almonds
Lay the marzipan pine cones on the side. Starting at the tip of the cone going to the bottom, carefully insert sliced almonds into the marzipan. Work in rows and let each row overlap the previous one.
4) Dust with cocoa
Once you have covered the entire cone with almond slices, dust the pine cones with cocoa and shake of the excess.
Materials: almonds, cocoa, marzipan
Storage and shelf life
You can store the marzipan pine cone treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
Craft the printable baskets
Print the gift baskets on DIN A4 or US letter size cardstock or photo paper and cut out along the grey lines. Working with a bone folder and ruler, crease along the grey lines and fold the sides inwards. Put glue on all the flaps that say “Glue”. You can either use double-sided tape, a strong glue stick, or superglue. To assemble the basket, adhere the short side parts to the long side parts. Line with a napkin or grease-proof paper. Now your gift basket is ready to be filled with marzipan pinecone treats!
Tip: We also printed the decorative pattern on the back of the printables so the baskets look pretty on the inside, too.
Free Printable Gift Basket
Click on the button to download your free printable gift baskets so you can gift give the marzipan pinecone treats in style!
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