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Wild Christmas Cookies: a Recipe Round-Up

With less than two weeks before Christmas, there’s still plenty of time to make some wild Christmas cookies, whether you plan to leave them out for Santa, or to eat them all by your lonesome. Here are some of my favorites, each with a different wild ingredient.

TIP: Some of these ingredients can be found in grocery stores, so don’t worry if your forager’s pantry isn’t fully stocked. You can still put together a mostly-wild holiday treat.

 

Spruce Tip Shortbread Cookies

spruce tip shortbread cookies
spruce tip shortbread cookies

You can make this recipe with soft, young spruce tips (if you’ve got some in the freezer!) or, at holiday time, use more mature spruce tips. In this recipe you’ll be grinding up the needles with sugar, so the less pliable, more mature spruce tips are fine to use. Just be sure to strip the needles from the branch and use only the green parts!

 

Wild Ginger Snaps with Juniper Berry Icing

ginger snaps with juniper berry icing
ginger snaps with juniper berry icing

The slightly bitter flavor of juniper berries balances nicely with confectioner’s sugar to make this smooth icing. It’s the perfect topper for a wild gingerbread cookie.

 

Persimmon Black Walnut Cookies

persimmon black walnut cookies
persimmon black walnut cookies

These are cakey cookies, not crispy cookies, and they come by their orange color naturally, thanks to the persimmon pulp. If you don’t have access to wild native persimmons, you can use soft, Hachiya persimmons. Lots of grocery stores sell them this time of year, along with black walnuts.

 

Spicebush Macarons

spicebush macarons
spicebush macarons

I was convinced I couldn’t make these cookies, thinking macarons were far too complicated for the home cook. Guess what? I was wrong! They take some time, but man oh man are they worth it. And not nearly as difficult as you might think.

 

Do you have a favorite Christmas cookies recipe you’d like to share?

 

3 comments

  1. Mark says:

    Yummmm! I’ve had Ellen’s spruce tip cookies and they are boffo. A delicious surprise. Perfect for the holidays. Looking forward to trying these others.

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