Categories: Eating With The Stars and The Astrological Cook.

Often served at Halloween, these muffins symbolized of the souls of the dead releasing to the other side. In some Catholic countries they were symbolic of a soul leaving Purgatory for the glories of Heaven. While they have fallen out of favor they are a delightful memory from Halloween’s past.


Makes 12 cookies

Preheat oven to 350°F and grease two cookie sheets.

In a small bowl, cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender or a large fork. In a separate mixing bowl beat the eggs well, then beat in the sugar until the mixture becomes a light yellow. Stir in the rest of the spices and then add the milk. Combine the wet mixture with the flour. Turn onto a floured board and knead until the dough becomes stiff. Roll out until the mixture is ¼ inch thick. Cut into 4 inch rounds with a floured cookie cutter or glass and place on cookie sheets. Prick the top gently with a fork three or four times.

Bake for 20 minutes, cool on racks and then place the currants in a cross on top.