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Remembrance Cookies
Samhain, Halloween, All Hallows Eve
October 31, 2021

Samhain (pronounced “sow-in”) is an ancient Celtic festival that takes place every year at the end of October, and is the origin of the holiday we know as Halloween or All Hallows Eve. Samhain is also the origin of other fall holidays, including All Saints’ Day and Dia de Los Muertos, which have similar themes. As I’ve gotten older and have lost more loved ones, Halloween and Samhain have taken on deeper levels of significance for me.
Samhain happens at the midpoint between the Fall Equinox and the Winter Solstice. In the northern hemisphere, people celebrate Samhain from sundown on October 31 through the morning of November 1. The festival and celebration of Samhain has, for centuries, marked a “liminal” time of year, when the afterlife and earthly life overlap, during which time spirits and the living can intermingle. The spirits are closer to us now, listen for the messages and watch for the signs they send.
It is during the night of Oct 31st when the barriers between the living and the souls of the dead is at its thinnest allowing them to pass through. It is said that the dead want to return to spend time with their loved ones. To welcome them, light a few candles to guide their way, and put out a plate of these Samhain Rosemary Remembrance Cookies. Rosemary is used in this recipe because it has become a universal symbol of remembrance and love, and I find it is a form of comfort to make these cookies, not only because it fills up your home with wonderful smells of baking but it is something tangible and real, something that can feed the body and soul.
The cookies are eaten while telling or remembering stories or other memories of special family members and ancestors, and expressing gratitude for being a part of you and your life, as well as remembering other loved ones including friends and pets who have crossed over. Make sure you cookies left over so you can leave them outside by your front door as an offering to the spirits, or you can leave some cookies on the plate in your kitchen for your overnight ‘visitors’.

These cookies are cutout cookies, so you can use whatever shapes you like. I have used round circles, sometimes I use a little person shaped cookie cutter, Halloween themed ones, and have also used bone and fish shaped ones in memory of all my pets who have crossed. Whatever shape has meaning for you, that’s the one to use!

Now that I’ve lost people who I love dearly, and I always do think of them, at this time of year I find that I’m longing even more than usual to find a way to honor them, remember them, feel connected with them and celebrate them.

Rosemary Remembrance Cookies

1 ½ cups of powdered sugar

1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

1 cup of butter (softened, not melted)

1 egg

2 teaspoons of real vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of almond extract

2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of cream of tartar

1 tsp salt

2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh rosemary


In a large bowl, beat sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, almond extract until creamy. Stir in the fresh rosemary.

In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.

Fold the flour mixture into the sugar mixture. Combine the mixtures until a dough forms.

Gather the dough into a ball, wrap, and refrigerate for at least 60 minutes or longer.

When you’re ready to start baking, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Divide the dough in half, and roll out one portion to 3/16 of an inch on a floured surface.

Cut with the cookie cutters of your preference and place cutouts on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Continue the process with the other half of dough.

Bake 1 sheet at a time in the middle of the oven for 5-8 minutes.   Notes: Ovens vary and sorted shapes bake differently therefore baking time will be somewhere between 4 to 8 minutes. Cookies will fluff up, but not brown.

Remove and let cool before either plating or you can glaze some with this yummy tart lemon glaze that goes so well together with the rosemary!


Lemon Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Combine in a small bowl, stirring until all lumps have dissolved and smooth and the about the thickness of honey.

Apply to tops of thoroughly cooled rosemary cookies.

Sprinkle with a pinch of finely chopped rosemary

Let sit at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes until glaze sets.

Until Next Time,
Joyful and Peaceful Blessings,
Lisa Luna
Cards from: The Halloween Oracle by Stacey DeMarco
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