Kitchen Witch: Lavender Cookies

Lavender is bound to Mercury and Air. Because of its delightful fragrance and its light, flowery taste, it has been used for thousands of years magically for its calming, peaceful, and sedating effects.  It is often included in love spells and rituals because of it's attractive scent, and is used as an ingredient in spells for attracting money.

For love, peace and good health, place Lavender flowers in a sachet to be carried on the person. Carrying a sachet or amulet containing lavender is also said to attract spirits or otherworldly entities. Fresh flowers can be rubbed on clothing for attracting love.  For peaceful sleep, use a few drops of essential oil on the sheets or pillows before bed.    For relaxation, purification baths, or aromatherapy purposes, run bathwater over fresh sprigs or place a few drops of oil in the bath.  If bathing is not convenient, simply inhale the scent from a bottle of essential oil for the same effects.  Make a tea from fresh or dried lavender flowers for relaxation, peace, health, longevity, protection, and love - however, do not use a tea directly before a night of passion, as due to its relaxant and sedative properties, it will decrease sex drive.

Dried lavender stalks burn like incense sticks, and can be included in spells and rituals aimed attracting money, love, protection, and success.  Individual flowers can also be dried and burned similarly for the same purposes.

For sleep divination, place lavender sprigs under the pillow before bed while thinking about your desire.  If you dream about anything related, you will get what you desire.

Lavender Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon dried lavender blossoms, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Preheat oven to 375F. In a med. bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and lavender: mix well. Combine the flour and baking powder and add to the lavender mixture. Stir until will blended. Drop by teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake eight to 10 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges. Let cookies cool.

Fairy Cakes 
1 yellow cake mix (your favorite brand)
1 T culinary lavender 
1/4 cup milk
1 T culinary lavender
3/4 - 1 cup confectioners sugar or Lavender Sugar

Place a paper cupcake liner in each tin of a cupcake baking pan. Prepare cake mix according to package direction and add 1 tablespoon culinary lavender to the batter. Mix well and pour into prepared cupcake tins. Fill each tin only 1/4 full. Bake in preheated oven (see package directions) for about 10 minutes. Check with wooden toothpick to make sure cake is done (the pick will come out clean after inserted into middle of cake). May need to bake a couple of minutes longer depending on your oven. Remove from oven when done and cool on racks with paper liner intact. 

Once cool, remove cakes from paper cupcake liner. Dollop some of the prepared icing on each cake and immediately sprinkle with a few culinary lavender flowers or garnish with fresh lavender flowers if available. (Best if you place the icing while the cakes are still just a little bit warm)

Lavender Fairie Cookies
Serves 24 cookies, Ready in 30 minutes

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 tablespoon finely chopped lavender flowers
1 1/2 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the sour cream and vanilla; stir in the dry ingredients until well blended. Drop by half-teaspoons on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, and cool slightly on baking sheet before transferring to plates.




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