Lady Locks A Pittsburgh Cookie

July 7, 2017Deanna
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Lady Locks is the showpiece of a Pittsburgh cookie table at weddings. This is a flaky cookie with a sweet, creamy filling that you will love at first bite.

Lady Locks is the showpiece of a Pittsburgh cookie table at weddings. This is a flaky cookie with a sweet, creamy filling that you will love at first bite.

It is no secret that I am proud of my birthplace, Pittsburgh. I may live in Cleveland, but Pittsburgh is my home. One Pittsburgh tradition I found out is exclusive to Pittsburgh is a cookie table at a wedding.

Lady Locks is the showpiece of a Pittsburgh cookie table at weddings. This is a flaky cookie with a sweet, creamy filling that you will love at first bite.

What is a cookie table? Well, people bring homemade cookies to the wedding, put on a table and as they wait for the bride and groom to make their entrance, you munch on the cookies and drink a drink. I always thought this was standard at weddings until I moved to Cleveland.

Lady Locks is the showpiece of a Pittsburgh cookie table at weddings. This is a flaky cookie with a sweet, creamy filling that you will love at first bite.

I do know these cookie tables are becoming popular across the USA. In fact, there were 2 articles wrote about this tradition, one was in the NY Times the other in the National Post. I am writing up a post for Parade’s Community table for the wedding cookie table. In my quest for links, I discovered no one had the one cookie that is a must at a wedding cookie table, the Lady Lock.

  • Lady Locks

Lady Locks is the showpiece of a Pittsburgh cookie table at weddings. This is a flaky cookie with a sweet, creamy filling that you will love at first bite.

 Every wedding has to have this homemade goodie. Lady locks are also called cream horns or clothespins. Why? Because if you do not have the metal cones to make the shells, foil around old fashion wooden clothespins work well, thus giving to the name clothespin cookies.

Lady Locks is the showpiece of a Pittsburgh cookie table at weddings. This is a flaky cookie with a sweet, creamy filling that you will love at first bite.

These cookies truly are a labor of love, they take a little bit of work but they are worth it. I guess that why the grandmothers seem to make these for the cookie tables, it the love they have for the couple to make this wonderful, flaky cookie. When I was married, my neighbor growing up made the lady locks for my cookie table. I asked for the recipe because I was in love with them, she gave it to me.

I have had the recipe on an index card for 10 years. Had I stayed married, I would be married 10 years, that is mind boggling to me, it means I been divorced 7 years. Funny how things turn out, huh?

My next marriage, if I have one, I will for sure have a cookie table, even if I am still here in Cleveland. You can take the girl out of Pittsburgh, but can not take the Pittsburgh out the girl. In order to do a Pittsburgh cookie table post, one needs lady locks, so I dusted off that recipe and made lady locks. Plus I got to use my new camera, I am so in love with this camera.

Lady Locks is the showpiece of a Pittsburgh cookie table at weddings. This is a flaky cookie with a sweet, creamy filling that you will love at first bite.

Preparation 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yields 24     adjust servings

Lady Locks are the show piece of a Pittsburgh cookie table at weddings is this flaky cookie with a sweet, creamy filling. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.

Ingredients

    Pastry Shells

    • 4 cups all-purpose flour divided
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar divided
    • 1/2 cup margarine (1 stick)
    • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
    • 2 teaspoons butter
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1 cup evaporated milk
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1 package active dry yeast
    • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

    Filling

    • 2 cups milk
    • 4 teaspoons heaping all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup margarine at room temperature, 2 sticks
    • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • Dash salt

    Instructions

    1. Sift together 3 1⁄2 cups flour, the baking powder and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar. Add the margarine, shortening and butter and cut in as for pie crust. Set aside.
    2. In a bowl, combine the egg yolks, evaporated milk, vanilla and yeast. Add to the flour mixture and mix well. Chill overnight.
    3. Heat the oven to 325 degrees.
    4. Working with small pieces of dough at a time, roll out on a board sprinkled with a mixture of 1⁄2 cup flour, 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar and the confectioners' sugar.
    5. Roll thinly, then cut into strips approximately 1⁄2-inch wide. Wrap on old-fashioned wooden clothespins that have been covered with foil and lightly greased, or use metal baking rods according to manufacturer's directions.
    6. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Carefully remove the shells from the pins immediately. Let cool, then fill the shells with the filling, using a pastry bag.
    7. Combine the milk and flour. Cook over low heat until thick. Cool completely.
    8. Beat the flour mixture, using an electric mixer. Add the margarine, vegetable shortening, sugar, vanilla and salt. Beat at high speed until light and fluffy.

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    Recipe Notes

     

    Lady Locks is the showpiece of a Pittsburgh cookie table at weddings. This is a flaky cookie with a sweet, creamy filling that you will love at first bite.
    2 reviews
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 395kcal Calories from fat 199
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 22g34%
    Saturated Fat 5g25%
    Transfat 3g
    Cholesterol 18mg6%
    Sodium 150mg6%
    Carbohydrate 46g15%
    Dietary Fiber 1g4%
    Sugars 28g
    Protein 4g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories2000
    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g
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    11 Comments

    • Deanna

      Paula

      February 17, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      The cookie table is a great idea!! Can’t wait to try these.

      1. Deanna

        Deanna Samaan

        February 20, 2016 at 2:15 pm

        Awesome! I love this tradition at weddings!

    • Deanna

      cookilicious

      July 8, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Love the idea of having a cookie table & the name of this recipe surely intrigues me. Would love to give this recipe a try!

    • Deanna

      Dahn

      August 19, 2017 at 8:19 am

      with as many weddings that I have been to I am surprised I have never seen this cookie, It sounds wonderful and I have got to make these

      1. Deanna

        Deanna Samaan

        August 19, 2017 at 8:22 am

        It is a staple in a Pittsburgh cookie table 🙂

    • Deanna

      Calleigh – TheForkBite

      August 19, 2017 at 8:39 am

      I love this flaky cookie with creamy fillings, looks so tempting. How I wish every wedding will serve this so-called cookie table, that would be fun eating this cookie while patiently waiting.

    • Deanna

      Sarah

      August 19, 2017 at 9:40 am

      You live in Cleveland? I visited last year, what a great city!!! …and these cookies? Yum! They look absolutely delicious!!!

    • Deanna

      Amanda Mason

      August 19, 2017 at 10:22 am

      These look amazing and even though they may take a bit of time and effort to make, it’s so worth it! As I am getting older, I appreciate a good recipe that takes time to make. These types of recipes become precious favorites! I’m printing this one out so I can make it for me family! They will love it!!

    • Deanna

      Amy @ The Cook Report

      August 19, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Loving the idea of a cookie table! These look lovely

    • Deanna

      Kathi

      August 19, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Love the story behind the cookie! They look fabulous and what a great tradition!

    • Deanna

      Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C

      August 19, 2017 at 11:16 am

      I know they do cookie tables in Youngstown. At my wedding, we had a cookie table for dessert, but we provided the cookies instead of guests bringing them. Your lady locks look fabulous!

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