Shortbread, no matter how you cut it, is awesome. Rich, buttery, flaky. It’s made for a nice afternoon break with a steaming mug of tea and an enticing book. In this recipe, the spruce tips give the shortbread the slightest lemony kick, with just a hint of conifer. They’re rustic, delicious, and a little too easy to eat. I’ve been wanting to try out a few recipes with spruce tips for a few years now, but the season always seems to sneak by me.
For those who don’t know, spruce tips are those soft, light green new growths on spruce trees. Fortunately, at the new house there are several spruces well over a hundred feet tall. There’s no ignoring those. Even so, this post comes at the tail end of the season, even up here in Vermont. I apologize for that- I’m bad at getting foraging posts up in a timely manner! Hopefully you will remember these next spring…
To me, this shortbread fits perfectly with the cuisine of Winterfell. It’s a little too luxurious for Castle Black, although they need as much anti-scurvy greens as they can get. But can’t you just see the Stark kids of yesteryear nibbling on these tasty rounds? With a side of small beer? Because I definitely can.
What about you? Have you made anything with spruce tips?
Spruce Tip Shortbread Recipe
- 1 stick butter, room temperature
- 1/3 cup cane sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh spruce tips
Preheat oven to 325. Beat the butter and sugar together, then add the remaining ingredients, mixing until it’s crumbly. You may need to fiddle with the proportions a bit- too soft and the shortbread will melt, but too dry, and it won’t hold together. Chill for at least an hour. Lightly dust a work surface with flour. Roll out your dough to about 1/4″ thick, and cut into shapes with cookie cutters (Christmas tree cutters would be cute- I didn’t think of that). Place the shortbreads on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, then bake for around 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are just starting to turn golden. Let them cool slightly before gobbling. Enjoy!