Pine Cone Cookies: the delicious, fun cookie recipe with a pine cone look

Total time: 35 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 8 people
By Cookist

If these pine cone cookies weren’t so delicious, we’d think they’d be too pretty to eat! This is an easy, impressive, and festive cookie recipe, perfect for those special occasions.

The Chocolate Pine Cone Cookies have the shape and the look of a pine cone—and you don’t even need a fancy mold or cookie cutter. The cookies are soft and tender; each bite is crisp on the edges, and crumbly on the inside.

To make it, you won’t need any fancy ingredients. Grab the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, and butter, and you’re ready to make these beautiful cookies. You can customize the cookies as you like, so check out our tips below. It’s the perfect cookie for the holidays or special occasions, and they can even serve double duty as decorations!


Chocolate Pine Cone Cookie Ingredients

Flour – use cake flour or all-purpose flour.

Cocoa powder – use plain cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed, otherwise the pine cones will be too dark).

Baking powder – make sure to use baking powder, NOT baking soda

Oil – any neutral oil will do; do not use olive oil, as the flavor will be too overpowering

Egg – use a large egg at room temperature

Butter – use either salted or unsalted butter

Powdered sugar – this sugar is for dusting…don’t substitute for granulated sugar.

How To Make Pine Cone Cookies

For the dough: mix together the dough ingredients and knead until smooth. Take care not to over-knead the dough, as this will make the cookies dry.

To shape the cookies: pinch off small pieces of dough and form into an egg or cone shape. Place on the baking tray and flatten slightly. Use a cake knife to make criss cross patterns on each cone. Bake and dust with powdered sugar.


Tips For Chocolate Pine Cone Cookies

The Pine Cone Cookie dough can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. When you’re ready to bake the, bring to room temperature; just bring to room temp again before shaping into cones.

Don’t dust the pine cones too heavily! To achieve the perfect amount of powdered sugar, use a food sieve.

If you want to give the Pine Cone Cookies a Christmas theme, use gingerbread dough.

You can make single cookies, or create cookie sandwiches. To make sandwich cookies, roll the cookies out thinner, and sandwich with ginger spread, Nutella, or icing.

You can also decorate the cookies with vanilla a frosting and sprinkle with chopped pistachios.


How To Store Pine Cone Cookies

Store the cookies in an airtight container, either at room temperature or in the fridge.

300 g (2 cups)
Cocoa powder
30 g (2 tbsp)
Baking powder
2 g (1/2 tsp)
80 ml (1/3 cup)
85 g (5 tbsp)
Powdered sugar
100 g (1/2 cup)


Mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Add egg and butter.

Knead the dough.

Shape the dough into pine cones.

Arrange on a baking sheet and bake at 360°F/180°C for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.


Use green fondant to create “leaves” for added decoration.

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