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The spruce buds are those tips of the spruce branches that emerge in spring.
Their flavor can be described as a cross between rosemary and hops - When younger, spruce tips are very tender and have a fresh flavor that tastes lightly of resin with hints of citrus. As spruce tips mature, the resinous aspect of their flavor intensifies.
These guys are the perfect cantidate to really make your new brew recipe pop and wow!
Interestingly enough they are also often used as a spice in confectionaries like cookies.
Spruce Tip Shortbread Cookies (Littlehousebigalaska)
These Spruce Tip Shortbread Cookies are unique and quite a conversation starter. People just won't believe what they're eating. They don't really taste like spruce, they have just a hint of spruce taste and bits of spruce tip mixed throughout the dough.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 32 cookies
- 1/3 cup fresh spruce tips
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter cold
preheat oven to 350˚
line a baking sheet with a silpat baking liner or foil
in a food processor chop the spruce tips, add the sugar and process again
add the flour and salt, pulse to process one more time
chop the cold butter in slices and drop in the processor
pulse until mixed but not a complete dough ball
pour out on the baking sheet, press together, then press out to a 12X8 rectangle
use a knife to slice in 32 pieces, you can make them bigger or smaller if you like
bake 22-25 minutes, remove from the oven before they turn brown but make sure they're set as well