You’ll Be Pining Over this Holidays Treat, Even After The Celebrations are Over!
Prep Time | 30 Minutes
Servings: 5-6 cookies
Wine Varietal: Red Blend
Life is what you bake of it, so why not make it something sweet? Our Sutter Home Pinecone Cookies are a whimsical way to put a smile on everyone’s face. In fact, they look so much like real pine cones that when you tell people to eat them, they may give you a funny look. After one nibble though, they’ll be pining for the recipe. Our suggestion? Only dish them out to those who made your nice list!
The experience of sharing your homemade Pinecone Cookies is truly a special one. Watching friends and family light up when they catch a glimpse of the sugar-dusted snowcaps or seeing their looks of contentment as they taste the “pinecones” is a gift in its own right. Pairing this holiday dessert is all the more memorable when you serve it with our Sutter Home Red Blend. Sweet vanilla aromas, fruity flavors, and hints of spicy oak beautifully complement the wintertime treat.
Pinecone Christmas Cookies, paired with our Sutter Home Red Blend, are truly a treat for the season. In fact, your taste buds will jingle all the way.
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Pine Cone Cookie Ingredients:
- 3 cups of square shaped cereal
- 6 pretzel sticks (We used the thicker dipping sticks)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Pine Cone Cookie Directions:
- Mix the peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, butter, and powdered sugar in a bowl.
- Take a pretzel stick and mold some of the peanut butter mixtures around it, forming a slight cone shape.
- Holding it steady by using the tip of the pretzel as a handle, start inserting pieces of cereal into the peanut butter mixture in a symmetrical pattern around the stick. Add more cereal pieces, staggering them as you move upward until you get near the top.
- Cut several cereal pieces into triangles and add those to the top (most pinecone scales get smaller toward the end.)
- If your pinecone is getting too tall, cut off the top of the pretzel and add a dollop of peanut butter mixture to cover it. Insert a few more triangle pieces of cereal into the top of the pinecone.
- For a “snowy” effect, dust the pinecone with powdered sugar.
- So now for the big question …. How do you eat a pinecone? Simple! Pluck it apart, piece-by-delicious-piece.
On the hunt for more holiday sweetness? Try our recipe for Peppermint Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches.