Florentýnky Z Ovesných Vloček

Well. That’s a mouthful. And so are these cookies! Apologies. Could not resist indulging in that bit of silliness.

This recipe is from Czechoslovakia (hence the mouthful of a title), according to Sharon Tyler Herbst (The Joy of Cookies), and while she (or her editor) has spelled Vloček as Vlovcek with a caron or háček over the o, I can find nothing on-line that leads me to believe that is the way the word (whatever its meaning) is actually spelled or that an o ever has a caron or háček over it in any language. But what do I know about Czechoslovakian diacritical marks really? Not much! And so, I’ve guessed at how that final word ought to be spelled. If you know better, please feel free to correct me.

I do know cookies. These are fairly easy to make, and are crisp and buttery. They could use a pinch of salt, but are otherwise amazing. The first step in making them is to brown the oats in butter. Not much to complain about there! Once they are cool, they are added to a little flour, some sugar, more melted butter, an egg, and flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. After the baked cookies cool, I dipped them in melted semi-sweet chocolate. That last step is a gilding-the-lily option according to Ms. Herbst, but I ask you: Since when is adding chocolate optional? Required, more like!

The only drawback to these cookies is their friability when fresh out of the oven. They are to be removed from the pan immediately, but if the cookie sheet is not well-greased, they stick and crumble and generally make a great mess of crumbs. Worth the effort and care, however. Three thumbs up here!

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About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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3 Responses to Florentýnky Z Ovesných Vloček

  1. Fiona says:

    OK, resistance is futile. I have caved in at last and the book is now on order via Amazon.

    • pattiblaine says:

      LOL. The Czech finally made you cave, eh? It is worth it, I think. Every time Kate took a bite of one of these she’d say “these are the best cookies ever!” There have been very few “meh” recipes thus far. And the Hamentaschen are superb.

  2. Fiona says:

    It wasn’t so much the fact it’s a RECIPE book that made me cave in – just that it’s a BOOK! Over the past 3 months I’ve been collecting a series of English folk tales and have just received the last one that’s been published so far (one pre-ordered for November, 14 more to come over the next 18 months) and couldn’t imagine life without new books dropping onto the door mat, so I browsed through my wish list and this hit the jackpot 🙂

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