Learn how to make the ultimate sugar cookies with a northern twist! Take it a step further & you can also decorate with these Vitamin C rich pine needles. A free, tasty ingredient you can forage even in the deepest of winter.
- 3 cups Flour
- 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 cup Butter, softened
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 Tbsp Milk
- 1/4 cup (or more) Pine Needles, Chopped
- Sift together flour, baking powder & salt into a bowl. Set aside.
- In another bowl, beat butter & sugar. Add egg & milk and combine.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in portions. Add chopped pine needles & mix until dough forms.
- Divide dough in half, wrap & chill for 2 hours in the fridge.
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Sprinkle surface with icing sugar or flour to prevent sticking. Roll out dough to approx. 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes & place on a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes, or until edges start to become golden brown. Let sit for 2 minutes to cool before placing on a rack.
- Decorate as desired! Sprinkle on more pine needles if you like.
Evergreen trees with needles or scales are called conifers. There are many different kinds that grow all over the world. You should always properly identify a plant before you use/eat it.
Most conifers are edible & usable, with one big exception which is Yew. Conifers tend to be high in Vitamins A & C. Pregnant & breastfeeding women should generally avoid most foraged plants to be safe.