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For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Zanna and I am a Lancashire based folk witch, Priestess, and birth doula. The aim of this website is to provide free or affordable content and learning on all things folk magic and folk ways.Today I am going to be sharing with you some kitchen witchcraft!
With the festive holidays now well and truly in the rear view mirror, we find ourselves speeding towards Imbolc (how did January pass so quickly?), it’s easy to still feel slightly fed up with the cold and gloom that is winter!
Here in Lancashire, for the past week we have had a dismal mix of snow and rain, snow and then… more rain. There was one day of bright winter sun, but alas it was only a ‘fool’s spring’ as the next day was dismal. Clearly the Cailleach was out collecting more firewood to keep her hearth warm.
With short days and long nights still around us, it’s only natural to seek some home comforts to keep us cosy and our tummies warm. Despite the high sugar content of cookies, there is no harm in the occasional treat, and they actually serve as a nice dopamine boost, oxytocin too if you share with a loved one while cuddled up watching Netflix, or your entertainment of choice.
For this recipe you will need:
150g of softened salted butter
80g of brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
80g of granulated sugar
2tsp Vanilla extract
Half a tsp of cinnamon powder
1 and a half tsp of ground ginger
225g buckwheat flour (you can substitute the buckwheat with either wheat or oat flour/oatmeal, but the buckwheat does offer a nice smoky flavour to the mix).
Half a teaspoon of bicarbonate soda.
1 large egg (or egg substitute if you’re either Vegan or allergic to eggs)
1 pinch of pink Himalayan/sea salt
250g plain chocolate chips.
Food grade paint brush.
Heat your oven to 190c/gas mark five and line your baking trays with grease proof paper or reusable silicone sheets.
Place your sugar, softened butter, cinnamon powder, ginger powder, and vanilla extract into a bowl. Whisk until the mix is evenly creamed together.
Whisk in one egg.
Sift in your flour and bicarbonate of soda. This ensures there are no lumps, bumps or yucky patches of bicarb. It also helps to create a lovely light cookie.
Add in your chocolate chips and whisk in the flour and bicarb until well combined.
Move the cookie dough over to a reusable beeswax sheet, or clingfilm and gently wrap it. One done, pop it in the fridge for about two hours.
This particular cookie dough does not take well to being moulded with cookie cutters. The shape will just fall and spread in the oven. It does however, make the most amazing ‘drop cookies’. So, you can either spoon a little on to the baking tray, or roll small balls, gently flatten them so that they small rough rounds that are nice and thick. Leave a good space between each cookie because these bad boys will spread! They need room to do their thing.
Cook for 8-10 mins in the oven. Don’t worry if the cookies seem soft when you take them out, that’s perfect! They will firm up a little while they cool (if you can wait that long!). The end result will be a gorgeous soft and slightly chewy cookie.
When it comes to kitchen witchcraft and marking runes into the cookies, I strongly suggest a good quality edible paint. Especially one that has a gorgeous metallic sheen!
Here, you can get really creative with colour magic and symbology. You may have already noticed that when it comes to kitchen witchery, I chose ‘warming’ ingredients, such as cinnamon and ginger. These have the ability to lift the mood and offer a warming a cosy-like reaction to those eating the cookie. As well as being warming, both cinnamon and ginger are mood elevators too! And the chocolate? That’s there for the serotonin boost.
When it comes to colour magic, you can take this wherever you want to. You could potentially mark each rune in a different colour, colours you personally feel resonate with that rune. Or you can go down a more generic (but still effective route) of red for passion, pink for love, green or blue for health and healing etc.
I personally didn’t work any colour magic into this batch of cookies, but I have in the past. Instead, I chose to use a colour that just brought me joy – but then even that is colour association magic on some level, isn’t it?
You also do not have to do one rune per cookie. You can do several runes, or even sigils! as I have done. You can see on my big cookie, I combined Algiz, Berkano, and Wunjo.
This particular batch of cookies was made just because the kids wanted me to make them and everyone fancied some comfort food as a ‘pick me up’ – apparently my kitchen craft is much appreciated in this house! Food for emotional wellbeing is just as important as kitchen witchcraft for physical or emotional healing. However, where this particular batch of cookies was made for emotional comfort on a cold winter day, it can also be used for more formal magic.
For example, you could work a bind rune for healing, wealth, luck etc. You could then eat this working yourself, or gift it to another.
As well as this, you could also make these cookies as offerings to the Gods or Ancestors. For example, you could make these on Modranicht (Mother’s Night) as an offering to all those in your ancestral mother line.
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From the time, mists, and distance between us, blessings from me to you.