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Karin Engelbrecht

Kletskoppen Recipe (Bruges Lace Cookies)

By February 23, 2013

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Bruges lace cookies, or 'kletskoppen', as they're known in Dutch, are very thin, hard, crispy cookies that consist primarily of sugar and nuts. Oddly enough, a very chatty person is also labeled a 'kletskop' in the Netherlands, but I've never been able to figure out the connection. Could it be that chatterboxes are thought of as airheads and these cookies are very airy and light? Whatever the case may be, I stumbled upon a more elegant name in Pastry in Europe 2009, where these cookies are called 'lace of Bruges', a lovely poetic-sounding name that refers to the intricate lace the city is so famous for, mimicked by the cookies' delicate design.

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