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Thunder Cakes

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Let me ask you a theological question.

It really is true that you can find just about anything on the internet. What I was fortunate enough to find was a cookie cutter in the shape of what witches call the Melner: Mjöllnir, Þór's Thunder Hammer.

Clearly—now that the Summer heat seems to be over, at least for the time being—it's time to bake some Thunder cakes.

So here's my question:

What kind of cookies would the Thunderer like best?

How you answer will say much about your theology.

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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Wednesday, 09 September 2020

    Lightning is known to strike oak trees a lot, so I'm guessing something with nuts in it. Homemade pecan sandies to start with, then white chocolate macadamia, and finally something with walnuts.

    Peanuts grow underground so not those. It's got to be the kind of nuts you knock out of trees.

  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale Thursday, 10 September 2020

    Thor is married to Sif so anything made of wheat. Like literally anything made of wheat lol.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Friday, 11 September 2020

    Not rye?

  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale Saturday, 12 September 2020

    Any grain really, and my gnosis is she enjoys corn, but the story about her hair is a metaphor for wheat harvest so wheat specifically.

  • Katie
    Katie Friday, 18 September 2020

    I’m thinking... thunder comes with rain, so something warm. Thunder comes with lightning, so something with a bite. I’d say, really spicy ginger molasses cookies, so dark they taste of deep, but with spice to warm you on cool, rainy days.

    This may not be culturally accurate... so if there is an equivalent that would have been created in the days, then that.

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