August 7, 2015 by bridgitgillis
Pine cones make neat decorations. Especially when they smell like cinnamon! I love cinnamon pine cones, and decided to make my own this year.
Step one was to gather the pine cones from my yard. My 5-year-old loved helping me with this part! We gathered our pine cones into gallon Ziploc bags, and forgot about them for a couple of days until I decided what I wanted to do with them.
Step two was to get rid of the bugs living in the pine cones. Boy, were there bugs! I thought maybe a couple of days in a sealed Ziploc would kill them, but that was definitely not the case. My pine cones had pieces of grass and twigs in the bags with them (I had a 5-year-old helper, remember?) so I sorted through the pine cones, placing them on the cookie sheet and leaving a bunch of seeds and grass and twigs behind. Oh- and BUGS. At least 10 bugs that I could see were left in the bottom of one Ziploc bag. I quickly sealed them up. Before I got the pan into the oven, one escaped and ran across my stove. I tell you all this so that you will do as I say and not as I did- just dump the whole bag out onto the tray and shove that sucker in the oven as fast as possible!
When I think of pine cones, I think of fall and cinnamon. That is NOT what real pine cones smell like while they bake in your oven. (Just in case you’re wondering)
I chose not to cover my cookie sheet in foil, but if your pinecones may have sap on them, it might be a good idea to cover them.
Okay, so how long?
Bake your pine cones at 200 degrees for 45 minutes. I found varying degree and time differences online, but this worked for me. Too high of a temp or too long in the oven can risk burning your pine cones.
I plan to scent mine, and will post another blog once I’m done. What are your plans for your pine cones? Leave me a comment and let me know!