Making Valentine’s love spell cookies has become something of a personal tradition for me.
With classic attraction spell ingredients like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, they add a magical touch to date night, Valentine’s or your anniversary.
Make a batch to share with someone special.
Or, give them away to a single friend looking for love!
(And if you like these, check out my rose petal love spell cookies.)
Ingredients with Meaning
As with all kitchen witch recipes, the foundation of a love spell cookies lies in the meaning of its components.
You can use almost any recipe. The key is to extract meaning from the tools, spices and other ingredients.
So, think like a kitchen witch!
For example, Martha Stewart Living recently featured these sweetheart thumbprint cookies.
Instantly, I thought, “This is the perfect base for a love spell.”
So, I tweaked it just a little to take it from mundane to magical.
I decided to use cherry jam to fill out the hearts.
Cherries symbolize romance, passion and allure. Plus, the deep, ruby color really makes the hearts stand out.
However, strawberry or apple jam works just as well, so play around and experiment!
I nearly always include a pinch of cinnamon in my attraction magic.
Aside from being packed with magic, cinnamon kicks any cookie recipe up a notch.
That spicy, sensual flavor burns with a fever.
Heart-warming and earthy, nutmeg induces visions and fantasy.
But go easy! The stuff is powerful!
Even a dash or two brings out that dizzy, heady feeling of falling in love.
-3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) softened butter
-1/4 cup white sugar
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-3/4 tsp cinnamon (or more, if you like your cookies spicy)
-1/4 tsp nutmeg
-1/2 tsp sea salt
-1.5 cups all-purpose flour
-1/2 cup cherry jelly or jam
Sift brown sugar, white sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and sea salt.
Cream sugar & spice mixture into butter.
Beat in flour slowly, a half cup at a time.
Divide and roll dough into 1-inch balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Pop it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Trust me. This will make forming the heart shapes way easier.
While you’re waiting, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Okay, this is the tricky part. It’s not hard, though. I promise.
Take hand end of a spoon or fork and press a v-shape into the cookie. Like this:
Go a little deeper than you think you need to. When they bake out, it expands and gets more shallow, and you want enough of an indentation to hold some jam or jelly.
You might notice a little excess dough in the middle.
I found the easiest way to deal with this was to scoop it out with a chopstick.
Pop them in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden.
Allow them to cool for at least 10 minutes.
While they are cooling, put your jelly in a small pot and bring it to a light boil. Then, as soon as it starts to boil, take it off the heat.
Once cookies are cool, carefully spoon the jelly into the heart shapes. You can use a spoon, or (if you’re clumsy, like me), try a squeeze bottle.
The jam should set in about 10-15 minutes.
Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.\