Christmas cookies are one of the constants of the holidays. Whether little Santa faces or Christmas trees, and with or without red and green sprinkles; we always expect a plate of those cookie at any party we attend. These days, weed-infused cookies are all the rage, but this year you can step it up with magic mushroom cookies too; the perfect way for making the holidays just a little more cheerful.
A little Christmas cookie history
Yup, even Christmas cookies have a story. Where did the first Christmas cookies come from? Well, the Germans say its from them. Their traditional holiday treat, called Weihnachtsplätzchen, is mainly for cookies, but encompasses all holiday treats. They also used the terms Lebkuchen for a molded honey cake or bar, which became specifically associated with Christmas.
It wasn’t grandmas in the kitchen baking back then though. The tradition of these cookie dates back to the middle ages when in monasteries, it was monks who had access to the sugar and spices like cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and cardamom. We often bake gingerbread cookies today with these ingredients, though standard Christmas cookies are often just sugar cookies.
These kinds of cookies were big across Europe. In Sweden, the sugary treat was referred to as pepparkakor, which is like today’s gingersnap cookies; and in Norway it was a waffle-like cookie made of eggs, butter, flour, sugar, and cream, called krumkake. In Scandinavia, the treat was known as Pfeffernüsse, and goes back to the Middle Ages. The Netherlands have traditional cookies called Kerstkransjes which are round with a hole in the middle; and France has Bredele, which come from the Alsace region of the country.
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And what of the gingerbread cookie we know and love today? It was popularized in England by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert after the crusades, brought back by the soldiers themselves. When the royals started including these cookies, they became officially associated with Christmas tradition.
However, it was the Dutch who integrated this custom into America. In the 1600s, the Dutch brought over this tradition. Even our word for cookie comes from them, called “koeptje” originally. The tradition of making these cookies really took off in America after the Great Depression.
The whole tradition was helped along by the invention of cookie cutters, or rather, their importation to America from Germany. This was the beginning of molding cookies into Christmas-centric shapes like Christmas trees and stars. As they became more popular, recipes came out specifically for their use.
DIY Magic Mushroom Christmas/Holiday Cookies
Are you looking to up the psychedelic ante at your Christmas/holiday party this year? If you’re thinking it might be difficult to find a recipe for magic mushroom cookies, you are certainly wrong. There are, in fact, several recipes for getting you on your way to some delicious and trippy magic mushroom holiday treats. Read on for instructions.
A little aside first though. The act of mixing mushrooms and chocolate together is not new, and dates back to the Aztecs in the Pre-Colombian era. They were known to mix the mushrooms with cacao to make them taste better, and to improve the shelf-life of the psilocybin.
Magic mushroom Christmas cookies – chocolate chip
Ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking soda, egg, vanilla, brown sugar, butter, nuts (if you want them), salt, chocolate chips, mushrooms.
- Set oven to 347 degrees (175 Celsius)
- Grind mushrooms into powder, and set aside in container
- Mix together 2 1/4 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in another container
- In a bowl, beat 1 cup of butter and the 3/4 cup of sugar with an electric mixer. Mix until its fluffy, and then mix in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- Mix all ingredients together in one bowl
- Add in chocolate chips and ground mushroom powder
- Mold cookies into desired size or use cookie cutter for desired shape
- Put cookies on ungreased cookie sheet
- Bake for 8-10 minutes
Now, if you’re thinking, you can’t heat mushrooms and have them retain their psilocybin, you’re probably right. And the instructions account for this, giving an alternate option: the no-bake option. The recipe says to add the powdered mushrooms to the batter before refrigeration, although it seems there would be uncooked eggs in this version.
Magic Mushroom Cookies with Trippy Icing
The heat issue is definitely an issue, but a recipe like this, gets around it. Use it for Christmas cookies, or for anytime cookies. Here’s the recipe.
Ingredients: 1 ounce of dried mushrooms, 1 cookie dough tube (or comparable home-made amount), 1 container of icing, 1 large baking pan, 1 piece of wax paper.
- Grind mushrooms into powder with coffee grinder
- Preheat oven to 400 Fahrenheit (204 Celsius)
- Put cookie dough in bowl and soften with spoon (conversely, you can make your own cookie dough of any kind)
- Add about 1/4 of the ground mushrooms, and work it in until the dough is consistent in color
- Make many small cookie balls and put them on the wax paper in the baking pan
- Bake till desired level of crispiness (no specific time given)
- In a bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups of icing and remaining 3/4 mushroom powder
- Ice the cookies and enjoy
Magic Mushroom Energy Balls
Here is another recipe that takes into account the idea of heat. In this one, no mushrooms are exposed to heat at all.
Ingredients: Magic mushrooms or truffles (dried), 150 grams quality chocolate with around 80% cacao content, salt, 100 grams coconut oil (preferably cold-pressed), wax paper. Extra ingredients if you choose: dried fruit pieces, crushed nuts, marshmallows, cornflakes, sprinkles.
- Grind mushrooms, or cut into small pieces
- If using extra ingredients like dried fruit or nuts, chop up in a bowl and add to mushrooms
- Make a double boiler by filling a saucepan partway with water and putting a heat-safe bowl on top
- Melt the coconut oil in the top bowl with water simmering below. Keep it under a boil
- Stir in the chocolate until the mixture is completely smooth
- Only after the mixture is cool, stir in truffles and extra ingredients. Make sure mixture is even
- As the mixture starts to get solid, make small, bite-sized balls. Place these balls on a tray covered with wax paper
- Refrigerate for several hours
- Store in cool, dark place until ready to enjoy
Magic mushroom chocolate balls
This is another no-bake recipe to get some mushroom, chocolatey goodness, perfect for the holidays. And this one accounts for precise mushroom dosing.
Ingredients: 12 ounces chocolate (meltable, like chocolate chips), dried magic mushrooms, 1 large bowl (glass or metal), cookie molds, digital scale, grinder.
- Follow these directions to weigh mushrooms to applicable dose: multiply the number of chocolates your mold creates by the mushroom dose you desire for each chocolate
- Weight the applicable amount of mushrooms and grind them them with the coffee grinder
- Create a double boiler by filling the pot halfway with water, and putting the metal or glass bowl on top
- Get water to a simmer, then add chocolate to the bowl and stir
- Once melted, let the chocolate cool just a bit, and then add in mushroom powder. Stir thoroughly
- Spoon the mixture into the molds
- Refrigerate until solid, and then enjoy! Feel free to add any holiday decoration like icing or sprinkles
So there you have it. Some recipes that’ll quench the appetite, while providing a trippy high in the process. It’s not just about pot brownies anymore; with these recipes, you can now make your very own magic mushroom Christmas (or holiday) cookies, exactly how you want them.
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