Hildegard of Bingen, a medieval mystic, naturalist, writer, gardener, composer and physician would surely understand, why would I, in the misty morning of November, turn on my oven and bake a full pan of cookies of joy. The November weather around Rhine is wet and cold (oh yes, I remember that 'Sauwetter' when living in Germany). Cookies of joy, you heard correctly. As a healer, Hildegard knew about the healing properties in herbs and spices. This blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves not only banishes melancholia, according to Hildegard’s Physica, but also releases our innate intelligence, and keeps us youthful in body and spirit. These biscuits were first made over 800 years ago but they will increase joy and positivity even in modern times! Enjoy every bite with a cup of some delicious tea.
Cookies of Joy
Ingredients (makes around 30 cookies)
90 g grass-fed butter
50 g organic cane sugar
50 g honey
2 organic egg yolks
250 g spelt flour (you can also use gluten free flour)
6 g nutmeg ( I don't actually weight the amount but rather grate a 'pinch' of every spice)
6 g cinnamon
24 cloves, powdered
1. Melt honey, sugar and butter on slow heat.
2. Set aside, add the egg yolks and spices and mix well.
3. Sift the flour and mix until fully blended. Put the dough in the fridge for half an hour.
4. Roll the dough out and cut out the cookies with your favorite small cookie cutter.
5. Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
6. Bake at 180 C for 10 minutes, or until the edges are just browning.