My latest baking obsession has been cookies. Most especially, shortbread cookies! A fan of persnickety recipes (for some reason), I love the delicacy of shortbread. It’s actually a very simple recipe, it only requires some patience. What’s especially nice about this simple treat is how easy it is to add spells and magical ingredients.
Shortbread dates back to at least the 12th century, originating as leftover yeast bread roll dough, sweetened and spiced, that was twice-baked to a hard round. Eventually, butter replaced the yeast, and the first published recipe for the kind of cookie we’re used to was in 1736 in ‘Mrs. McLintock’s Receipts for Cookery and Pastry-Work.’ This recipe likely used oat flour and was more biscuit-like than we’re used to.
Queen Mary of Scots is credited with refining and popularizing shortbread, adding caraway seeds for flavor.
Now the basic modern shortbread recipe is pretty simple. Butter, sugar, and flour. My favorite recipe uses confectioners’ (powdered) sugar, a bit of vanilla extract, and some salt if you are using unsalted butter.
Check out the recipe here https://www.marthastewart.com/332945/shortbread-cookies
Now what about making spelled cookies?
Note: Something I like to do when I am making magical food is to light a candle during the whole process. It sets up a sacred space for myself. I usually use a simple, unscented white jar candle that will last a long time. When I am not actively working on the food, like if the cookie dough is chilling overnight, I will snuff it out, but re-light it whenever I’m back to it.
Now, then. The really important part here is to consider both your intention as well as taste. Shortbread is a light flavor with a tender bite, so do not overwhelm it with a variety of new ingredients.
Here are some flavor options that would be popular. Use culinary grade herbs/spices, and DO NOT use essential oils. If using flavor extracts, make sure they are pure and actually contain the natural ingredient.
- Almond – Loving, Boosts Fertility, Good Luck, Beauty, and Overcoming Addictions.
- Caraway – Loving, Protecting, Sensuality, and giving Peace of Mind.
- Cinnamon – Prosperity, Success, Strength, and Healing.
- Cranberry – Loving, Passionate, Healing, Positive Energy, Courage, and Will to Action.
- Ginger – Energizing and Passionate.
- Lavender – Healing, Purifying, Loving, and Boosts Fertility. Lavender is a strong flavor so use sparingly, and sprinkle some on top.
- Lemon – Purifying, Loving, and can turn away the Evil Eye or unfriendly spells. Adding juice would add too much liquid to the recipe, so instead, use the zest of the rind.
- Nutmeg – Healing, Good Luck, and Clairvoyance.
- Orange – Inspiring, Courage, Loving, Strengthening, and Healing.
- Rose – Happiness, Loving, Protection, and Good Luck.
- Rosemary – Remembrance, Purifying, and Healing.
- Vanilla – Soothing, Empowering, Loving, and Good Luck.
So for a good combination example, the spice trio of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg would be especially Healing, strengthened by the ginger.
An example of one using fruit would be these Cranberry Orange Shortbread cookies. https://www.momontimeout.com/cranberry-orange-shortbread-cookies-recipe/ This combo with the almond extract is great for enhancing loving relationships, passion and courage in all endeavors, and healing.
On top of adding herbs, spices, or fruit, you can also boost your intentions with the right shapes or indented marks. Again, intent is what matters here. If you are creating a protection spell, then choose a design that makes you think of that. It could be simple – circle-shaped, because the shield you are building is an orb. Maybe you are wanting to share love and affection, so a heart shape is classic. A solid, rectangular brick shape might be perfect for a grounding cookie after a ritual. You could also carefully draw sigils or runes on the precut dough after it’s been placed on the cookie sheet.
There are many excellent sigil-makers on the internet if you want something custom to your needs. Otherwise there are many premade sigils and bind-runes to be found. The more information you can find on a symbol before using it, the better. If you can see why each mark was made, you can feel more confident in using it for your spell.
An example of nicely defined and explained bind-runes is here https://www.imsteppingaside.com/?p=1002
Video on making your own bind rune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpAr5CGUnGA
One guide to designing your own sigils: http://sigildaily.com/activating-rituals/
There are excellent cookie-cutter makers on Etsy if you want to have one made with your design, if you plan on making them regularly (or for something special).
If you don’t want to mark the cookies directly, you can write it out on a small bit of paper and let it burn in the oven, or over the stove by your candle, while the cookies bake.
Now once those cookies are just barely done and not browned, and set out to cool off the baking sheet, you can add your own energy and blessing. Here, again, it is up to you to determine what feels correct for the situation. There are so many prayers for blessing food out there, from a wide variety of Neo Pagan methods to traditional Christian to any culture you are from. You can use visualization techniques to draw in energy into the cookies, and create a protective shield around them.
Even how to you present your cookies can work into the spell. Wrapping them in certain colors, including some special flowers, or a written note or poem. It’s the whole package, and you can go as elaborate as feel correct to you.
Here is one of the cookie packages I made for last year’s holiday season to give out to neighbors. I wanted something homey and comfortable, not too showy. Also made sure to include all ingredients in my note. Hope to see what you create!