schler [iːʃler] cookies are considered to be one of the finest examples of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy’s pastry tradition, originated in Bad Ischl [baːt ˈɪʃl̩] – a famous spa town in upper Austria, where the Emperor Franz Joseph I enjoyed his summers. In 1832 Johann Zauner, a well known winemaker and merchant from Vienna, decided to expand his business to Bad Ischl, so he founded the pastry shop “Zauner” and that is where these delicate cookies were born. Austrian emperor himself gladly visited Zauner’s pastry shop to treat himself with Ischler cookies, although there is a rumor that he just claimed he went to the pastry shop while he was actually visiting his mistress who lived nearby. Tsk tsk, naughty emperor…Anyway – fun (and impressive) fact – with or without the emperor and his mistress, “Zauner” is still up and running even today, almost two hundred years later! Wow!
There are so many different recipes for this royal treat! Ischler cookies are essentially cookie ‘sandwiches’. Take two cookies enriched with walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts, put some filling – like chocolate buttercream, apricot or raspberry jam – in between, and cover with chocolate glaze. Voilà! Every household in Croatia has its own recipe, and each one of them is, of course, “the best” and the “only true recipe”. Yeah, right..;)
So, which one is the original? According to the books, the original recipe consists of nut cookies filled with chocolate buttercream and glazed with chocolate. Allegedly, in “Zauner” pastry shop there was another Ischler recipe where the cookies were sandwiched with sour jam and glazed with coffee glaze, but I couldn’t find a solid confirmation – or denial, of this claim.
Anyway, since I think that there is never too much chocolate in one’s life, on this occasion I will show you how to make chocolate filled Ischler cookies. Stay tuned!
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