By Kevin Williams
I ran into an intriguing item at the Sugar n Spice Amish bakery in Oakland, Maryland recently. The confections were called "clothespins."
"We call them that because back when clothespins were still wooden they would wrap the dough around it," said, Christina, one of the Amish workers at the store.
The result is something that resembles a mini-creme horn. Delicious! I searched through my files to find a comparable recipe and I couldn't. I searched online and didn't find a lot, but there are some. Most of the recipes are very complicated. While the cookie is delicious, they are small and to me it wouldn't be worth going through hours of labor for two-bite bliss.
But I found this recipe on a cached website so I thought I would share it before it is taken down. The recipe is easy to follow and comes out with a dessert just like the ones pictured. Now, what makes this recipe so easy is because you "cheat" by starting out with frozen puff pastry and you use marsmallow creme, etc. For those of you who really enjoy laborious baking, you can Google recipes for clothespins and find ones where you make the puff pastry from scratch. I'm sure they are great, but, again, no thanks for me.
- 3 packages Pepperidge Farms Frozen Puff Pastry, thawed
- 2 pounds powdered sugar
- 2 cups Crisco shortening
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ cup milk
- 7 oz. jar marshmallow cream
- food coloring (optional)
- Preheat oven to 450 F.
- Thaw the pastry and roll out on a lightly floured surface until it forms a 12"x10" rectangle.
- Cut into ½"x6" long strips using a pizza cutter. Wrap each strip around a cone-shaped cookie form (or a wooden dowel rod), moistening slightly with water and overlapping the edges slightly. Bake for 5 minutes then turn oven down to 375 and bake for 10 more minutes.
- Carefully remove from forms and cool completely.
- With an electric mixer on high speed, beat together sugar, Crisco, vanilla, and milk for 10 min. Add marshmallow cream and beat until combined.
- Color with food coloring, if desired.
- Using a pastry bag, pipe filling into cooled cookies.
- Sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar before serving.
- Store cookies in an airtight container.
- Cookies are best if refrigerated until used.
- May be frozen.