I saw this recipe for "Quick and Easy Snowy Chocolate Pinecones" and thought "Those look so lifelike...but you're saying I can eat them?....I must make them at once!"
Of course I decided that this simple enough recipe wasn't simple enough, and wanted to create my own twist on it, so instead of using chocolate Chex cereal, I used cinnamon toast crunch, and I decided I also didn't want to use butter...because it seemed pointless at the time.
This is why people actually follow recipes when making something for the first time, and try something new after successfully making said creation. Good thing I bought extra supplies- because not only did I not follow and measurement guide, but by not putting any butter in, everything started sliding apart before I was even halfway through.
I tried again, this time adding butter in, and while I didn't follow the exact measurement system, I did add in ratio to the other ingredients being used, resulting in a much for firm and sturdy mixture to work with.
Once you have your mixture of peanut butter, Nutella, powdered sugar, and butter, you use a Nutella stick (or if following the original recipe, a pretzel rod) as the center and create a cone shape of chocolatey mixture around it.
Proceed to layer cereal in, getting narrower as you go up, and eventually breaking pieces in half for the very top portion.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar for a snowy effect and voila! A tasty, sweet snack!
So even though my first go was a Pinterest fail, my second didn't turn out too badly at all. I made mine narrow a little too suddenly, so it's not as "pine cone" perfect as it could have been...but in the end, it all tastes the same anyways.
The only downside to making this? Now it (and all the ingredients) exists in my kitchen, and I'll have to try not to eat it all in one sitting...I'm my own worst enemy!
Do you have a favorite winter treat?