I’m so glad to be on schedule with posting for the Pagan Blog Project that I thought we should celebrate with cookies. I know, I know… what does a calorie-laden sweet treat have to do with spiritual beliefs or practices? For a start, they make wonderful homemade offerings. Not to mention that eating cookies makes you happy and happiness puts you into a higher spiritual state.
Okay, sorry, it was getting bit deep in here for a second, but you know what I mean about eating cookies = good. I’ve been baking cookies as offerings for several years, but it all began with a cookie called Stag’s Antlers (how appropriate for a certain Celtic deity!). Those went over well and I started exploring other kinds of baked treats. In the end, though, I’ve found that using a simple shortbread base lets me incorporate a variety of herbs and spices without too much fuss.
I’ve listed a basic recipe below, but feel free to substitute other herbs or spices as appropriate to your offering. Keep in mind of course to use only ingredients that are safely edible. Bonus points if you can keep the combination of flavors palatable. Shaped (cut-out) cookies are always an option as well with this recipe, but keep in mind that any protruding bits may get brown much faster than the rest of the cookie.
Basic Offering Cookies
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar (superfine works best)
½ cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon very finely chopped lavender
a few drops of rose water
Combine flour, sugar, and lavender.
Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add rose water. Form into a ball and knead until smooth.
Pat dough ½” thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 24 pieces with a knife (or if you prefer, you can use a cookie cutter to make shaped cookies).
Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 300º for about 30 minutes or until lightly browned.