24.3.14

Ostara Flax Cookies


Once more, I would like to wish you all a happy Ostara! I returned just yesterday from another celebration with a very appropriate recipe which was approved by all those who attended the ritual. You can see the cookies in the above photo; they were practically the centerpiece of our modest altar in the middle of the woods. :) They are just large enough to eat in one or two bites and what makes them so appropriate for this season are the seeds with which they are covered (they also give them a very special taste).

This recipe is actually a modification of the Biscotti di Regina (Queen's cookies) recipe so if you want to try both recipes and compare them, go ahead!

You Will Need:

  • 2 cups plain flour (have a bit more at hand since you may need up to 3 cups because of the flour you will have to add later on)
  • 1/2 (half) a cup sugar
  • 1/2 a bag of baking powder (about 1 teaspoon)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 125g margarine (you can use butter as a substitute)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 a cup of milk
  • flax seeds (the amount depends on your preferences)
Note: I added some hard flour to the recipe and it served equally well as the plain flour so feel free to experiment a bit and combine different types of flours.

How To Prepare:

  1. Mix 2 cups of flour, the sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl
  2. Add softened margarine, the eggs and milk and knead the mix (with your hands of course) until it is compact
  3. Add flour if necessary until the mix is almost completely non-sticking (it should be only slightly sticky so the flax seeds don't drop off)
  4. Pinch off small amounts of dough and roll them into small balls (about 2cm in diameter) and roll them in the flax seeds
  5. Cover the baking pan with baking paper and spread the cookies onto it taking care to leave a few centimeters between each cookie
  6. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes at 190-200°C
  7. The cookies shouldn't get brown on the top; you will know they are ready when they start sort of "cracking" on the top part and they will be only slightly golden-brown at the bottom.
If you follow this recipe, you should have about 60-70 cookies. Enjoy! :D

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