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Channel Your Inner Kitchen Witch: Yule Edition

Vanessa Neshevich

Yule is a time for togetherness and celebrating with all kinds of festivities, feasting and fun. In this season of giving, friendship, love and light, why not channel your inner kitchen witch and bake some cannabis-infused treats to warm the heart and spirit of your loved ones? Plus, keep one (or several) for yourself to assist with reflection and meditation as you give thanks for your blessings, say goodbye to the old and welcome in the new. As the sun returns to the earth, life begins once more.

One common spice used within Yule celebrations is cinnamon. It can be used to create ornaments of the earth such as cinnamon stick brooms, special homemade incense or, in our case, cannabutter infused cinnamon sugar cookies!

Cinnamon has an abundance of magickal energy and has been used throughout history to bring luck and impress others. The Romans burned cinnamon in funeral ceremonies as they believed the aroma was sacred and pleasing to the gods and the Egyptians used it within their embalming process. In the Middle Ages cinnamon was hard to come by so wealthy people made sure to always serve it at feasts to show that no expense had been spared. It was so high in demand and loved that it was one of the sparks of the age of exploration!

I love using cinnamon in my cooking around Yule time as it has been prized for both its magickal and medical uses, and I want to use sacred, special spices for treating my loved ones! Plus it’s fun to say. Say it. CINN-A-MON. Fun!

Associated with the element of fire and the sun, it can be used to draw love, happiness and money. Because of its hot, fiery nature, cinnamon is a natural ally for love and libido and when combined with other ingredients such as cloves and ginger it can be used in a potpourri to generate financial or personal prosperity. If you work with tarot or runes, throw a stick into your runes bag or fold into your tarot cloth to charge your tools with clairvoyant energy! This wondrous spice can also be used for healing, especially when dealing with matters of the stomach. It contains anti-inflammatory properties and its scent can also be used to boost brain function.

And so without further ado, here is a cookie recipe guaranteed to please the heart, stomach and mouth this Yule! Below the recipe I’ve also included a roundup of other Yule recipes for your pleasure!

CANNABUTTER INFUSED CINNAMON SUGAR COOKIES

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup of Dark Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup of White Sugar
  • 1 Cup of soft Canna-Butter (or regular unsalted soft butter)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • ¾ Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. Combine the 3 tablespoons white sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Blend dark brown sugar and white sugar in a large bowl with mixer on medium speed. Add your cannabutter *see below for some notes on cannabutter* and blend until grainy. Add eggs and vanilla extract, mixing until light and fluffy.
  4. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a separate bowl. Add to sugar mixture, mixing at low speed just long enough to combine. Overmixing makes tough cookies!
  5. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, then roll each ball into cinnamon-sugar to coat. While rolling you can say this simple spell to bring blessings and protection to you and whomever you gift your cookies to.  As you are rolling focus on the intention you want to infuse into the cookies. Say:
Cinnamon, cinnamon, sacred and strong
Bless our homes all year long
  1.  Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from sheets and let cool on racks.

**Cannabutter is cannabis infused butter. It must be noted that cannabutter is only as good as the ingredients you make it with. Seek out high-quality unsalted butter. You should also take care when ingesting your cookies. The stronger your cannabis, the stronger your cannabutter will be. If you have a low tolerance, use or eat less of your final product and eat in small doses.  The cookie may take up to an hour take full effect. Always listen to your body. If it is your first time with edibles or you want to ensure you will have a positive experience, check out these essential facts to know about cannabis edibles from TheGrowthOp.

You may want to dedicate two days for your baking as cannabutter can take five to six hours to make. Cannabutter can store for up to a month in the fridge once made or in the freezer for five to six months, so make a large batch for your next round of witchy baking.

You do not need to add cannabis to your celebratory baking and, if you do choose to enhance your baking with cannabis, make sure to inform anyone you are gifting your treats to that you have added cannabis to your cooking.

Witchy Round Up – YULE Recipes

From Moody Moons Blog: This rich, decadent, sophisticated & colorful magickal recipe blends classic Yule spell ingredients, including fresh orange zest, red wine, perfect pears and star anise: Spiced Pears Poached in Red Wine

From Jess Bee Creates: A delicious Solstice Sun Bread is a perfect way to celebrate the light returning after the darkest night.

From Autumn Earth Song:  Our stomachs are already growling for this yummy Gingerbread Cake, plus right underneath is a recipe for a Hot Buttered Rum that is sure to warm the heart and the belly after a Yule ritual or celebration.

From Homemade-Dessert-Recipes: A traditional Yule Log recipe inspired by the custom of burning the Yule log that began with ancient Scandinavians to honour Thor.  In Celtic traditions a continual hearth fire prevented spirits from entering the home. It was also believed the longer the Yule log burned, the faster the sun would come to warm the earth.  Now we bake Yule Logs to symbolize these old customs

From Chelseagreen:  Celebrate Yule like a Viking with Skald’s Verse-Bringer Spiced Orange Small Mead and roasted goat.


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