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DSCN2353 Marías Cookies

“In 1875, the Grand Duchess María of Russia married the Duke of Edinburgh in a festive wedding, which caught Europe’s fancy. To celebrate the occasion, a small English bakery in England created a sweet new cookie with Maria stamped on the top. Its popularity spread throughout Europe. Most of all, in Spain it became the nation’s favorite cookie — 40% of all cookies sold in the country.

Marías were first produced in large quantities in Spain around the turn of the 20th Century, but it was not until the Civil War that they became an integral part of the national culture. The long harsh years of the war plunged Spain deep into poverty, turning even a simple loaf of bread into a luxury. When the war ended in 1939, the nation’s top priority was for every Spaniard to have enough bread. The wheat harvests were so plentiful that the bakers turned out huge number of cartons of Marías to consume the surplus. In those days, every café had a plate of Marías on the counter — a happy sign of Spain’s recovery.”

http://kennethjdevries.com/o/maria/maria.html

A cheerful find from the Dollar Store this month.

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