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French cookie demo at CCHM 


PITTSBURG, Kan. — The French cookie is a tradition around the holidays in southeast Kansas and memories of French cookie traditions and recipes were shared at the Crawford County Historical Museums event on Monday. Brian Cronister demonstrated how to use French Cookie irons and shared his recipe, treating everyone with samples of different flavors he made for the event.  

The history of galette or pizzelle irons go back to immigrants bringing them to America during the turn of the century. Cast iron cookie manufacturers such as A.F. Deruy in Pittsburg, and Belgi Co. in Arma, produced the irons that were used over the coal stoves of the time. These irons are on display at the museum. 

“We were thrilled when Brian said he would do a French cookie demonstration again,” said Amanda Minton, Museum Director. “Visitors registering for the event said they could not wait to learn about making French Cookies and the different recipes. French cookies are definitely a must have during the holidays in Southeast Kansas! Thanks to everyone who participated in the event.” 


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