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Sunday, December 2, 2012

12 Days of Christmas {Goodies}: Pine Cones (Egg, Soy, Fish and Wheat-Free)

Welcome to the second day of
The 12 Days of Christmas {Goodies} link-up,
brought to you by Natural and Free and Glued to My Crafts! 

At the end of this post (and every post for the full extent of this link-up) you will get the chance to share your Christmas creations with us (details to follow).  And you'll want to share because we have some amazing giveaways  (among other things) planned! And we all know, there's nothing better than a holiday giveaway! :)

Thank you to all who have linked up so far!  If I haven't stopped by to check out your submission, I'll be there ASAP! :)  I can't wait to see what you've shared!

And now *clears throat and does the whole "me-me-me-me" thing before singing*:

On the second day of  The Christmas {Goodies} link-up, Natural and Free gave to me:

2. Cute and festive Pine Cones!


1. A recipe for Candied Pecans!

Today's recipe is a mildly altered version of one I found in the Treasury of Christmas Cookbook.  It's a buttery cheese spread decorated with almonds and rosemary to look like pine cones.  Adorable and fun...and allergy-friendly!  These delicious works of art are egg, soy (if you use all soy-free ingredients), fish and wheat-free!

Pine Cones
2 Cups (8 oz.) shredded Swiss cheese

1/2 Cup full-fat, salted butter, softened

5 Tablespoons milk

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne or chipotle or ground red pepper flakes)

1 Cup finely chopped blanched almonds

3/4 Cup sliced almonds

3/4 Cup whole almonds

fresh rosemary sprigs

  1. Beat cheese, butter, milk and red pepper in a medium bowl until smooth; stir in chopped almonds.
  2. Divide the mixture into 2 equal portions; shape into tapered ovals to resemble pine cones.
  3. Insert sliced and whole almonds into the cheese mixture to make them look like pine cones. (Note: If you like one look more than another, you can use all whole almonds or all sliced almonds to decorate with.)
  4. Cover pine cones and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or until firm.
  5. Arrange pine cones on a serving tray, plate or wooden board and garnish the tops with rosemary.
Serve with assorted crackers, pretzels, etc.  Just remember to keep your or your loved one's allergen needs in mind when picking out the crackers, pretzels, etc.

Makes 12 to 16 appetizer servings.


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(This recipe was originally posted on my original site, Natural and Free.)


  1. At first I thought those were real pine cones. What a neat idea. We love cheese spread on Ritz Crackers around here, so this is perfect!

    1. Well, I didn't think I did *that* good of a job on them, but thank you for thinking so! :) I thought they were pretty adorable!

  2. What a clever presentation! Thanks for linking up on Gluten-Free Monday at

    1. Thank you! That's exactly what I thought when I saw the originals! :) They are just fun and festive and so easy to make!

      Thanks for stopping by and linking up!

  3. What a cool idea! I have it tweeted and pinned!


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