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By Stephanie Shin
Photography @evakosmasflores

 

As the bounteous harvest season comes to an end, we begin venturing into the “dark” half of the year, a season full of challenges. Before immersing ourselves in the darkness, Samhain, the pagan festival, provides celebrants a chance to connect with spirits and observe as the barrier between the physical world and the dead is eliminated. 

 

What is Samhain?

The start of Samhain is marked on October 31st and finishes on November 1st, both beginning and coming to an end at sunset. Samhain, which translates to “summer’s end” in modern Irish, marks the conclusion of summer and the rebirth of a new season. However, with this rebirth comes a lot of offerings and sacrifices. During the Samhain festival, it is believed that the dead spirits and ancestors come back to the physical world as the barrier between both worlds becomes obscured. Thus, many use this time to remember and honor their ancestors and loved ones who have passed. 

 

Celebrate Samhain with Rosemary: 

Rosemary, one of the sacred plants during Samhain, is linked to remembrance as well as protection. As many use the Samhain season to commemorate the dead and celebrate memories left behind by loved ones, rosemary is the perfect plant to utilize during this season. It is known in many cultures and religions that rosemary, whether placed on coffins, hung on front doors, burned throughout homes, or used as incense, is protection from negative energy, evil spirits, and a way to respectfully recognize loved ones who are not with us. 

However, this multifaceted plant is not only functional when blended into incenses, but they also provide a beautiful woodsy flavor to recipes. During the celebration of Samhain, many families would come together and share stories of their loved ones while consuming rosemary-infused cookies. This was one of the heartfelt yet delicious ways to keep past memories alive. Once you finish recollecting memories and your stomach is satisfied, place the leftover cookies outside as an offering to your ancestors who are not with you today. 

The following rosemary thumbprint cookie is perfect for sharing and reflecting on past times with families and loved ones! 

 

Homemade Rosemary Thumbprint Cookie Recipe: 

Cookie Base: 

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup coconut flour 
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup 
  • ⅓ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 2 large Rosemary leafs 

 

Fig Jam: 

  • 1 pound of figs
  • ½ cup of coconut sugar 
  • ¼ cup of water
  • Juice of ½ a lemon

 

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 
  2. In a saucepan, combine the cut-up figs, coconut sugar, water, and lemon juice. 
  3. Bring it to a boil on medium heat, while constantly stirring until the figs turn to a jam consistency. 
  4. Once it becomes the consistency that you desire, take it off the heat and transfer for a glass jar, and stick it in the fridge. 
  5. While chilling, in a bowl mix the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt together. 
  6. Once mixed, add in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. 
  7. Take the rosemary and dice it into small pieces. 
  8. Pour the rosemary into the mixture and thoroughly mix it all together until it presses together and forms a dough ball. 
  9. On a baking tray put down your parchment paper or a silicone mat and 15 even-sized balls.
  10. Flatten them slightly with your hands to form a small circular shape, they should be around 1 inch tall. 
  11. Put them into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Then once finished, while cooling use your thumb and make a small indent in the middle of the cookies.
  12. Take your fig jam and fill each indent with a small scoop of jam. 
  13. Take any leftover rosemary leaves and decorate! 
  14. Enjoy with your family and don’t forget to leave some outside for your loved ones who have passed!

 

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