Dave in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has fond memories of Hough Bakeries in Cleveland, Ohio, which made a treat called lady locks. Sometimes called lady locks, foam rollers, and clothespin cookies, they featured puff pastry rolled around a small cylinder — much like women used to roll their hair on hot curlers — and baked and filled with a tasty cream. In Austria, a similar version goes by the name Schaumrollen, which translates as foam rolls, and Schillerlocken, a reference to the impressive locks of the German poet Friedrich Schiller.

Amanda Plakosh wrote to say that lady locks are a staple of every cookie table in Pittsburgh and she sent us her grandmother’s recipe. She gave us permission to share it with you! Download it here.

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