Recipes From The Grimoire: Full Moon Cakes
The full moon for me is a time for celebration, being with my loved ones, and being thankful for the abundance and creative power that the waxing moon has brought into my life. One of my favorite ways to celebrate anything is by cooking and sharing food with friends. These full moon cakes are perfect for this time of the moon phase because they incorporate energies designed to enhance the magic of this time and they also look like little full moons when they’re finished!
In this spell, the key ingredients are almonds or walnuts and vanilla. You can choose either nut that you like but each one carries a slightly different energy.
Almonds attract abundance and growth while providing an energy that is clearing and helpful in overcoming obstacles and struggles in your life. If you’re going to be doing any banishing or removing magic during the waning moon almonds are your best choice.
Walnuts are used for wish magic. Wishing rituals are quite common on the full moon and if you’re going to be doing this sort of spellwork this month then walnuts will be ideal.
Vanilla is included in this spell because it’s an energy magnifier. It takes the energy of the other ingredients and the power that you pour into the food as you’re cooking and increases it, strengthening your spell overall. And let’s be honest, what are baked goods without vanilla!
Full Moon Cakes
You Will Need:
- 2/3 cup almonds or walnuts
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
Place the almonds or walnuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes, or until lightly brown and fragrant. Let them cool and once the nuts have cooled completely place them, along with 2 tablespoons of the flour from the recipe, into your food processor and process until they are finely ground (but not a paste). This can also be done in a blender or a coffee grinder if you break it into batches.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the remaining flour and salt and beat until combined. Stir in the nuts and as you do so, focus on your intentions for this full moon. Thing about all those things that have come to fruition and what it is that you still wish to create in you life, or what you will be focusing on ridding yourself of over the next half of the moon cycle. Cover the dough and refrigerate the dough for about one hour or until firm.
Heat the oven again to 350 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Form the chilled dough into 1 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for about 12 -15 minutes, or until the edges of the cakes start to brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, place 1 cup of confectioners sugar in a bowl. After they’ve cooled for 5 minutes, take the still hot cookies and roll them in the sugar, one at a time. Be careful not to burn your fingers! Place them on a wire rack to finish cooling. Alternatively, you can simply place the confectioner's sugar in a strainer and sift the sugar over the tops of the cookies. Let cool completely before storing. They can be stored in an airtight container for several weeks.