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A soul cake, a soul cake, a penny for a soul cake!

In honor of All Souls Day

These sweet biscuity-cakes are a traditional food for Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day; the cakes were given out to beggars and children who went door to door on All Hallow's Eve. There's not really one "official recipe" for soul cakes; I imagine that people used different combinations of sweet spices and dried fruit over the years. But this recipe is nice!

Soul Cakes

A slightly sweet and spicey biscuit, traditionally given out on Halloween.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 8 cakes


  • 1/2 cup Butter (one stick)
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ginger
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Milk


  • Cut butter into the flour. Do yourself a favor and use a food processor. That way, you won't warm up the butter too much, and it goes faster.
  • Add sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger to the flour mixture. Mix well.
  • Beat the egg, apple cider vinegar, and milk together in a separate bowl. Add the wet mixture to the dry, and then mix / knead until it forms a stiff dough.
  • Roll the dough out to about 1/4 of an inch in thickness. Cut out rounds with a glass or cookie cutter. The number of cakes you get will of course depend on how big your glass or cutter is!
  • Poke your cakes 3-4 times with a fork. This will make them a bit fluffier.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!


The original recipe called for Allspice. I bet it tastes great, I just can't ever seem to find it in my cabinets! (or remember to buy it)

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