Cooking with Saints: Cookies of Joy
Every month GRAZIA BARLETTA prepares a recipe from the history of the Church in her Cape Town kitchen, and share it with our magazine readers in text and photos taken exclusively for The Southern Cross by the chef herself. This month Grazia baked:
St Hildegard’s Cookies of Joy
These biscuits were first made almost 900 years ago by the German mystic St Hildegard of Bingen. She said that these spice biscuits should be taken at regular intervals to increase joy and positivity.
St Hildegard made many contributions to the field of holistic health and wellness, and believed food nourished the soul. The spices, the main ingredients in this recipe first published in 1157, have health benefits. Today we might call them “Joy Cookies”, as St Hildegard said they lift all melancholia, open your heart and bring you a sense of cheerfulness.
Preparation: 10 min • Baking: 15 min
¾ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup honey
4 eggs yolks
2,5 cups flour
½ tsp Baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp Nutmeg ( Joy Mix )
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp ground Cloves
- Melt butter over low heat, add sugar, honey, and egg yolks, beating lightly.
- Add flour, baking powder, salt and spices and combine gently into dough. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C. Remove dough and roll out on floured surface, cut with cookie cutter.
- Bake on baking tray lined with wax paper for about 10–15 minutes till golden brown.
- Cool for five minutes then remove from baking tray.
- Enjoy with a prayer!
This article was first published in The Southern Cross magazine, January issue
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