State-by-State Baking :: Maine’s White Pine Cone and Tassel Snack

by | Jun 3, 2013 | Nature, State-by-State, State-by-State Baking | 2 comments

F stands for Forests,
with trees tall and straight.
The majestic eastern white pines
are the official trees of our state.”

For the state of Maine, the 23rd state in our State-by-State Study, the girls considered making Lobster or Clam Chowder, but ultimately decided on a fun “Pine Cone” themed snack after reading L is for Lobster: A Maine Alphabet and completing their Maine Notebook Pages.  Their Daddy is a Forester after all!

“More than 90% of Maine is covered in forests.  No other state has such a high percentage of woodlands. In the early days, forests were full of eastern white pine, so it was a natural choice for our official state tree.  The pinecone tassel is our state flower. The “Pine Tree State” is our nickname.”  

White Pine Cone and Tassel Snack
adapted from Family Fun


  • Round crackers
  • Cream cheese
  • Almond slices
  • Pretzel stick
  • Celery, thinly sliced

For each, spread a generous amount of cream cheese onto a round cracker. Starting at the bottom, layer almond slices on top of the cream cheese for the scales. Add a small piece of a pretzel stick for the stem and serve with thinly sliced celery pine needles.


  1. Marie

    I love that these are not only cute but healthy too. Great job girls, keep up the good work.

  2. KelLee

    I live in Maine and you did an excellent job. If you want to make a dish that is very "Maine" it would be baked beans or a pot meal. The other interesting fact is that we have more trees now then 150 years ago.

    "Keep the lights burning, Abbie" by Peter Roop is a must read for the girls. It tells of a young girl who takes care of her sick mom and has to keep the lighthouse lit while her father goes to the mainland to get supplies. It explains how quickly and bad the weather can get it, especially with a 'nor-East' storm.

    I love your school planning, follow through and blog. You have so much more energy then I have. But you inspire me! God bless.


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