twinkle noun A pine needle.
1913 Kephart Our Sthn High 285 In some places pine needles are called twinkles. 1929 Chapman Homeplace 313 = pine or spruce needles; balsam leaves.
twinkles: n. pl. pine needles. “I’ll go git a load o’ twinkles to bed the cow” (A). In some places pine needles are called twinkles
~Smoky Mountain Voices A Lexicon of Southern Appalachian Speech
I have never heard pine needles called twinkles have you?