I’ll bet you haven’t heard of pine cookies before. Being a hard core forager I’m always creating something different in the kitchen. Sometimes things don’t turn out, and other times I discover a winner. Pine cookies are a great tasting treat.
How to Make Pine Powder
Now, this isn’t something you can just whip up. You’ll have to go collect some white or red pine boughs, and dry them in your home for two weeks. Yes, this is a long process, however, if you dry lots, once powdered it will last up to two years in a well-sealed jar (ie a mason jar) and stored in a dark, cool location. I have a room in which I run strings between walls just below the ceiling and I hang the boughs there to dry (as well as other countless foraged goodies)!
Once the needles are thoroughly dried, put them in a coffee grinder or a vita mixer and grind them into a powder.
Health Benefits of Pine
Yes, this is a process, but a process well worth doing. Pine needles contain high levels of vitamin C, B1, and B2; they contain more beta carotene by weight than carrots; and they are loaded with beneficial enzymes and sterols. Sterols are amazing at lowering the LDL cholesterol levels (this is the bad cholesterol).
Ready to Make Pine Cookies?
You can even make pine cookies using the “thumbprint” method as described in the Whole Wheat Thumbprint cookie recipe if you want to sweeten things even more.
- 3 cups unbleached flour or whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar
- 8 tbsp pine powder
- 1 cup melted butter
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Place all dry ingredients into a bowl. In another bowl blend together melted butter, eggs, and vanilla. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and blend well.
- Roll cookie dough into balls about 3/4 the size of a golf ball and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Use a fork to flatten the cookies until they are about 1/4” thick.
- Bake at 325°F for about 10-12 minutes.