Recipe: Moon Cookies

1 cup shortening

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup oil

½ tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

5 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cream of tartar

Powdered or colored sugar


Cream shortening, sugar, eggs, oil, salt, and vanilla together. Mix flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a separate bowl. Add slowly in batches to wet mixture until thoroughly combined. Roll dough into one inch balls, then shape into half-moons, suns, or stars. Or roll out and cut out with cookie cutters. Sprinkle with cinnamon and/or sugar before baking. Bake at 350* for 10 minutes. Makes 8 dozen.

– Alfrún

Recipe: Witch’s Brew

1 gallon apple cider

1 orange

1 apple

3 cinnamon sticks

⅛ tsp nutmeg

Pour cider into a large kettle. Peel orange, reserving the peel, and squeeze its juice into the cider, discarding the pulp. Tear the orange peel into one inch strips and add to the mixture. Core apple and cut into ¼ inch slices. Add to mixture. Break cinnamon sticks in half, and add to the mixture with the nutmeg. Warm over low heat for two hours. Do not bring to a boil. Serve warm.

– Alfrún