Wednesday, May 31, 2006
I really like these cookies from Zeman's Bakery in Oak Park. Each type of cookie is in it's own bin, but you pay buy the pound and mix and match them. Zeman's is a kosher bakery, and these cookies have a very unique taste that I always associate with kosher baked goods. You can't really explain it, it needs to be experienced. If I had to guess, I would say it's a total lack of dairy products and the use of Crisco instead of animal fats (I have read that kosher-keeping people wept with joy when Crisco came out in 1930).
Zeman's has bread, rolls, and pastry, but for me it's really about the cookies. I can't think of anyplace else to get these, and they don't taste like anyone;s else's cookie. Fortunately they were open on Memorial Day when we were bored and driving around aimlessly, so we got a pound for the road.