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Royal Pine and Parm Holiday Honey Sandwich Cookies {from the Simple Kitchen First Annual Holiday Cookie Contest!}

The Thanksgiving leftovers are what’s for dinner, and the holiday baking is about to start. Let’s mix it up a bit. Pine? Parmesan? Honey? Yes. And it’s delicious.

Ok yes, I know, pine isn’t your everyday ingredient. But trust me when I tell you, these cookies are awesome. I was skeptical at first, but I LOVE a good twist on something that surprises me. Like pine and parmesan in a sandwich cookie. What?!

Royal Pine and Parm Holiday Honey Sandwich Cookies

Yes, you can eat pine.

It turns out, pine is perfectly edible. When I was making the filling, it reminded me a little of rosemary. It has a fresh minty flavor, and it’s a little bit earthy. Who knew? So, the boys and I headed out and clipped some fresh pine needles off our nearest Douglas Fir tree. (Ok, perhaps more like drove all over until we found the perfect one, discreetly clipped a branch and quickly drove away.)

It’s a cookie contest!

This recipe is an entry in the first annual Simple Kitchen Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest. Those entering the contest had to submit their recipes by October 19th. Here are the details:

“Simple Kitchen team will review recipes and bake the six we think sound the best. The baking will be done by local bloggers and people associated with Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki on KPAM 860. The top six cookies will be judged live on Simple Kitchen on Sunday, December 1, 2013, and the winner announced…

The winning recipe will be crowned “Simple Kitchen Holiday Royalty” and be posted on www.MrsMakiCooks.com, and other food blogging sites, crediting the winner. The winner will receive a gift of an overflowing basket of baking goods and kitchen gadgets (Bee Local, Wild Friends, LaGrima Vanilla, Dogwood Distillers to name a few) to make this holiday baking season better than ever.”

Sounds fun, right?? Know what else? We are bringing in a group of six cookies who are entered to win that grand prize up there. It’s going to be a delicious Sunday!

So off we go to get pine for these tasty, tasty cookies.

I have the honor of baking up this gem of a recipe, “Royal Pine and Parm Holiday Honey Sandwich Cookies”. I’m hoping this is the winner! (Not that I’m biased or anything.) Tune in this Sunday (no matter where you are!) and listen to find out who wins. I can’t wait to hear about the story of this recipe.

It’s going to be a fun holiday bakeoff! Be sure to join us live, this Sunday, Dec. 1st at 10am Pacific.

Royal Pine and Parm Holiday Honey Sandwich Cookies
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Serves: 30
  • 1⅓ cups oil (neutral oil)
  • 2 cups sugar, granular
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cups honey (Bee Local Honey)
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (LaGrima vanilla)
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (Tillamook butter), softened
  • 1 tablespoon honey (Bee Local Honey)
  • ¼ cup pine, new growth; fresh, finely chopped (bright green in color)
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (LaGrima vanilla)
  • 2½-3 cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl stir together the oil and sugar, then add the eggs and honey, continue stirring, add baking soda, salt and vanilla extract, stir well.
  3. Add the flour, and stir just until mixed.
  4. Shape into 1-inch balls, and place on parchment-lined sheet tray 3 inches apart.
  5. Bake in preheated 375F oven 10-12 min until golden brown and delicious. (The top of cookie will be crackled.)
  6. Let cool 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack to cool the rest of the way.
  1. In a medium bowl, add the softened butter, whisk in the honey until smooth and incorporated.
  2. Add finely chopped fresh pine, Parmesan cheese, and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Add powdered sugar and mix until well blended and fully absorbed.
To assemble the cookies:
  1. Frost the bottom (inside) of one honey cookie, and sandwich the filling between the bottom of another honey cookie.



Brandie Kajino

Ahhh thanks! It was one of the more unusual things I’ve made, but I really liked them. 🙂

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