It has been said that a rose by another other name… How true. When I was a kid, my grandmother often made “bleenies”. In restaurants you can buy these as a side dish only they are called “potato pancakes”. Same thing (only my grandmother’s were much better).
Around this time of year many families display a creche. We always put out a manger. Same thing.
Earlier this week a friend of ours sent me a recipe for Czech Bars, cookie bars. Where she ever got the idea that I like to bake is beyond my. Anyway, I looked over the recipe and thought that these bars should be simple to make because there weren’t too many ingredients.
The only things I didn’t have in the house were walnuts and strawberry jam so a trip to the store was in order. As I was making them I really gave no thought to what the end result would taste like. As I said, the recipe was simple and took no time to throw together.
Here is how they turned out. I stood the one on its side so that you can see the jam filling.
Now came the important part, the taste test. As I took a bite something hit me. These tasted awfully familiar even though I know I have never made them before or had them before. Then it hit me. These taste exactly like one of my favorite cookies… one I haven’t make in a few years. As I thought about it and looked at the recipe again I noticed that the dough was almost the same for both. The difference was that the bars had walnuts in the dough whereas the cookies were rolled in walnuts.
I don’t have a picture of the cookies, but they were called Bird’s Nest Cookies. Going back to the title of this post these were also known as Thumbprint Cookies. To paraphrase, a cookie by any name is delicious.
Merry Christmas to All!