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What's your favorite box cookie

Richie Feb 14, 2002 05:58 AM

G' morning all..what's your favorite cookie in a box that you can buy at the grocery store.

  1. Motosport Feb 15, 2012 08:24 AM

    Chocolate covered Jelly Grahams

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      latindancer Feb 15, 2012 07:32 AM

      Trader Joe's Maple cookies.
      Hands down.

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        pine time Feb 15, 2012 07:28 AM

        Must give credit to plain ole' Lorna Doones. They introduced me to the wonder that is shortbread (now homemade ones, of course).

        1. Disneyfreak Feb 14, 2012 11:12 AM

          Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux Cookies are yummy. I'm a chocoholic but these non chocolate cookies won me over.

          Milanos are great too.

          1. jadec Apr 30, 2009 08:56 AM

            Jaffa cakes
            Hob Nobs
            Petit Ecolier extra dark
            Tim Tams double chocolate

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              EdwardAdams Apr 29, 2009 09:35 AM

              Depending on the grocery store there are Jules Destrooper almond thins or Gille Double Chocolate Crisps, both excellent cookies.

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                pacheeseguy Apr 29, 2009 07:25 AM

                Chocoladises by Biscuiterie de l'Abbaye - Dark Chocolate with Pear and Almond
                thin, crispy, just wonderful

                1. greygarious Apr 28, 2009 05:44 PM

                  Pepperidge Farm used to make a coconut cookie (Tahiti?) that I liked, but I recently discovered Voortman's Coconut Cookies, which are way better. The website lists a number of different cookies but my local market has only 2 or 3. The coconut ones have a lot of real coconut and are chewy inside yet crisp outside, and not as cloyingly sweet as macaroons.

                  I also like Trader Joe's Pinachios (white chocolate/pistachio) and Caramel Cashew cookies. Neither look like much but are addictive.

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                  1. re: greygarious
                    julesrules Apr 29, 2009 06:52 AM

                    Oh you reminded me of something... good Speculaas, aka Dutch windmill cookies. The Voortman ones are okay, but I don't think they are made with butter. The President's Choice ones are 100% butter and they are excellent.

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                      coney with everything Apr 29, 2009 12:48 PM

                      I second the Spekulaas, but they have to be the good, reallly thin spicy ones. Trader Joe introduced windmill cookies that are nothing like Spekulaas.

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                    cranberryskies Apr 28, 2009 05:32 PM

                    Jules Destrooper Almond Thins and Chocoloate Thins. Real belgian chocolate, yum!

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                      Avalondaughter Apr 23, 2009 01:10 PM

                      Pims (raspberry flavor is the best)
                      Milanos (plain)

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                        FigNinja Apr 22, 2009 08:32 PM

                        TJ's Triple Ginger Gingersnaps (great with tea and for making gingerbread crust), the Nyakers and lebkuchen at Cost Plus (dont know if that really counts as a grocery store, though), Carr's ginger lemon cremes. Ok. That's more than one. It's hard to choose!

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                        1. re: FigNinja
                          NoNatto Apr 30, 2009 11:49 AM

                          Second TJ's Triple Ginger Gingersnaps--what a great cookie. And small enough so you can keep eating "just one more" til they're half gone.

                          Would have added Salerno Mint Cremes to the list, but I haven't seen them for several years. Have we lost them, too?

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                          mle1111 Apr 21, 2009 04:14 PM

                          Love the swedish ginger thins (not sure of the proper name) from IKEA. They have several different flavors, but the regular ginger ones are the best. So thin and crispy...I can eat a whole box with my coffee.
                          Also, the butter coconut cookies from the asian grocery stores. YUM!

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                            SouthernTara Apr 21, 2009 09:10 AM

                            Pepperidge Farm Ginger Man
                            Graham Crackers - is that considered a cookie?
                            Fig Newtons
                            Nilla Wafers

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                              jaypeezy Apr 21, 2009 09:05 AM

                              pepp. farms chessmen
                              pepp. farms mint brussels
                              g. scout samoas
                              soft baked chocolate chip/oatmeal raisin
                              trader joe's mini choc. chip cookies in the plastic buckets...


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                                jmf2188 Apr 20, 2009 02:08 PM

                                pecan sandies (or just plain sandies) are delicious!!! but nothing is as good as homemade cookies...

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                                  torta basilica Feb 25, 2002 07:06 PM

                                  I posted this ? on the International Board, but maybe I'll have beter luck here. My favs, along with Bischoffs, were Harrod's Priory Crumble Biscuits. Just slightly sweet, very oat-mealy & sprinkled with Demerana (sp??) sugar. I'm sure they've stopped making as I can never find anymore, but am wondering if anyone had discovered something similiar?? They are sooooo good!

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                                  1. re: torta basilica
                                    galleygirl Feb 25, 2002 07:14 PM

                                    I have never had them, but they sound a lot like carr's Wheatmeal Biscuits to me...But w/out the sugar topping....They are my favorite..

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                                      torta basilica Feb 25, 2002 10:31 PM

                                      You're right - just a little more on the cookie side, but with that great grainy texture & the sugar or whatever it is adds an incredible touch!

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                                      mefirst Feb 14, 2012 10:55 AM

                                      Did you ever find your Priory Crumble? I have come across a recipe or two and they are not hard to make. Perhaps not exactly like the Harrod's version but moreso than a wheatmeal biscuit or a pecan sandy.

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                                      Fidelixi Feb 25, 2002 03:33 PM

                                      I'm sure to take a lot of heat for this, but there is a place in every glass of whole milk for a dipped Chips Ahoy! cookie. Don't get me wrong -- I don't consider these real chocolate chip cookies, they're not even cookies maybe. They're more like malt wafers but they sure suck up milk very well and the contrast of the milk, the melting cookie and the crisp cookie is very satisfying once a year or so.

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                                        HLing Feb 23, 2002 11:19 AM

                                        Anyone else like the Pepperidge Farm Lime Sprizlers? They're in a box. Other flavors aren't nearly as refreshing.

                                        Carr's Hobnobs are good, too, besides the Ginger Lemon, but good in a way that they can almost be breakfast food. It's a medium thick crunchy oatmeal cookie, a 3rd variant from the thick and chewy type and the thin and crispy ones.

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                                        1. re: HLing
                                          Caitlin Wheeler Feb 24, 2002 05:29 PM

                                          Hobnobs amazing spread with Stilton. They're also quite good with peanut butter. They're definitely a biscuit -- English biscuits tend to be much less sweet than American cookies.

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                                            HLing Feb 24, 2002 09:00 PM

                                            Thanks for suggesting the peanut butter and the stilton. I'll look forward to trying them next time!

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                                          emily Feb 20, 2002 03:58 PM

                                          if you can find canadian dare cookies, that's the stuff. the maple and fudge sandwich cookies are good. they also make a french vanilla cookie with currants and a nice vanilla frosting that makes me swoon.

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                                            julesrules Apr 20, 2009 06:28 AM

                                            I grew up in Canada looking at boxes of those french creme cookies but never tried them until recently at a friend's house. They are good! Sadly I only discovered them after the world discovered trans fats and I just can't bring myself to buy a box given their nutrition facts.
                                            I personally love (Canadian) Oreos, Fudgee-os and PC Decadent chocolate chip.

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                                              Humbucker Apr 22, 2009 08:13 PM

                                              How do Canadian Oreos differ from the American ones?

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                                                julesrules Apr 23, 2009 05:02 AM

                                                They taste better... it's a pretty well-known phenomenon, on chowhound and in Canada anyway. Having grown up on the Canadian ones, the American ones aren't really edible to me. I can't explain the difference though.

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                                            Katerina Feb 15, 2002 04:22 PM

                                            I love just about anything from the Salem Baking Company. Their super-thin, extremely flavorful "Moravian Cookies" are sold in tubes (not boxes), often at expensive places such as Dean and Deluca etc., and they are not cheap but upon my word, sir, they are worth it.

                                            I love love love love love them.

                                            My favorite flavor is the Black Walnut, which doesn't have a predictable nutty taste but a complex, rich, vanilla-cream-walnuts-and-something heady flavor; it isn't too sweet, smells amazing, and is thin and crisp. A close second would be the "original" spice cookie, almost paper-thin and tasting intensely of cloves, cinnamon, and molasses. VERY spicy, but not hot. Then we have the sugar, lemon and lime flavors...

                                            These are all made without artificial ingredients, in small batches, etc. etc. Never mind their little text about how Moravia "no longer exists" - it is part of the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia), to the east of Prague (the principal cities are Brno and Olomouc). My father is Moravian and he says the spice cookies taste very very close to what his grandmother used to make when he was a boy.

                                            Try them!

                                            Link: http://www.salembaking.com/unchanging...

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                                              C. Fox Feb 15, 2002 08:05 PM

                                              Oh, how could I have forgotten to mention Dancing Deer Chocolate Tangerine cookies? Perhaps because, in my mind, they're in a class by themselves. They're in bags, not boxes, in the bakery department of my supermarket, not the cookies-and-crackers aisle (though they're not baked onsite). Just last week I was singing their praises (link below!)

                                              Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                                              1. re: Katerina
                                                torta basilica Feb 17, 2002 04:45 PM

                                                Having been raised in the Moravian Church, I 2nd your nomination, but only for the black walnut & ginger. Hubby thought he was really going to surprise me this Christmas - found a roll tin of the sugar cookies - yuck!! I was so bummed they weren't ginger!

                                                My absolute favorites - although not store bought are Biscoff from The Gourmet Center www.biscoff.com - just the plain ones - so crisp & brown sugary & just a wee bit of cinnamon. Come individually wrapped to keep them super-crispy. Had them 1st on Delta Airlines & spent a year hunting them down (pre-Internet) - well worth the hunt!

                                                1. re: torta basilica
                                                  HLing Feb 23, 2002 11:04 AM

                                                  If you're in NYC, you can get Biscoff from Petite Abeille, the Belgium resaturant/cafe on 18th street between 6th and 7th ave. They used to carry this other type of cookies, sorry to say that I can only remember the packaging has green on it, that I liked even better than Biscoff. If only I got the name of those cookies....

                                                  1. re: HLing
                                                    torta basilica Feb 24, 2002 06:44 PM

                                                    Unfortunately, I'm in S Calif - Delta used to serve them in 1st class, but I haven't seen them recently - that's how I first got addicted (thank God for FF points!) They send me a catalogue once in awhile, so I'll look for those 'green' ones. Thanks!

                                                    1. re: torta basilica
                                                      HLing Feb 24, 2002 08:59 PM

                                                      I'm not sure the green ones are made from the same company, though. They are rectangular, and a bit thicker than the biscoff. Good luck!

                                                      1. re: torta basilica
                                                        cjb Feb 25, 2002 07:52 AM

                                                        My husband went to the boat show (in Boston) last week and brought home a handful of free cookie samples - Biscoff (they *are* good)! Both phone number and web address on package: www.biscoff.com; 800/422-2924. Maybe they'd tell you where you could purchase them locally.

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                                                  Tater Feb 15, 2002 10:15 AM

                                                  two words--nutter butters. can't buy 'em cause I'll eat all of 'em.

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                                                    Cinemaverite1 Apr 22, 2009 06:12 PM

                                                    nutter butters are awesome

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                                                    katespan Feb 14, 2002 09:49 PM

                                                    Not American (although I DO love NutterButters), but Aussie Tim Tams.

                                                    Every friend/relative coming to stay must bring a package to gain entry! And I haven't even mentioned the coffee phenomenon of the "Tim Tam Suck". Think about that on this holiday.

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                                                      umbushi plum Apr 19, 2009 07:53 PM

                                                      the best packaged cookies in the world are Tim Tams.

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                                                      zora Feb 14, 2002 08:50 PM

                                                      Does Trader Joe's count? I love Chevalier Noir (as good as Le Petit Ecolier, only cheaper), Triple Ginger Snaps, Coconut Macaroons with dark chocolate, and the chocolate chip cookies with oodles of semisweet chips.

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                                                        susan blair Feb 14, 2002 03:38 PM

                                                        For plain old supermarket box variety, my all time favorite has been Mothers "Taffy" cookies.

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                                                          Uncledave Feb 14, 2002 03:28 PM

                                                          Keebler Deluxe Grahams.

                                                          Even better, and thinking out of the box {rim shot}, Starbux's dark chocolate covered grahms.

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                                                            galleygirl Feb 14, 2002 03:36 PM

                                                            You, sir, are correct, and we can end this discussion right here!!! :)

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                                                            mc michael Feb 14, 2002 12:16 PM

                                                            My fave was Mother's Rangers a sort of fig newton like thing made with lots of molasses. But, I think they stopped making 'em years ago. If not, let me know.

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                                                              Jujubee Feb 14, 2002 12:05 PM

                                                              I love Carr's Ginger Lemon Cremes. It's a gingersnap type cookie with a lemon creme filling. Great flavor, you can really taste both ginger and lemon, that doesn't taste artificial. It's a tad bit too salty, but much less so than other packaged cookies.

                                                              Link: http://www.carrs-online.com/products/...

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                                                                Lynne Hodgman Feb 14, 2002 02:40 PM

                                                                I agree on the ginger lemon cookies. They are great dunked in hot cocoa or with ginger peach tea. They are a good combination of tangy and crunchy. Lucky for me, I am the only one in the family who likes them -- the rest go for P farm or Oreos. I will eat Genevas or Orange Milanos if the ginger lemons are gone!

                                                                1. re: Jujubee
                                                                  Jim Leff Feb 21, 2002 12:33 PM

                                                                  Jujubee and Lynne--

                                                                  when did you last try Carr's Ginger Lemon Cremes? They were faves of mine, as well, but I had a box last month that made me suspect they'd changed the recipe. Very very disappointing. Hope it was just entropy.


                                                                  1. re: Jim Leff
                                                                    Lynne Hodgman Feb 22, 2002 10:52 PM

                                                                    I decided to run down and see if I had any [Carr's Ginger Lemon Cremes] left (there was a box hiding in the back of the shelf last I looked) and found (one moment for munching...) yep, good as ever!

                                                                    I get mine at the regular chain grocery store. Could yours have been old? I see no date anywhere on my box. The only number is on an end flap and it says 0300. Oops, tore open the other end flap and found printed M 8018. Have no idea what either of these numbers mean.

                                                                    I know it can't be a very old box, because cookies don't survive the humid Kansas summers, but I suspect this one may have been purchased before Christmas (at which time I started my totally ineffective diet!) I think I need another cookie! Maybe you should go buy another box and see if it's better?

                                                                    1. re: Lynne Hodgman
                                                                      Jim Leff Feb 22, 2002 11:55 PM

                                                                      Lynne, thanks for doing that selfless field work!

                                                                      Yeah, I guess I had a bad box. I'm looking forward to many good boxes!


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                                                                  saucyknave Feb 14, 2002 11:45 AM

                                                                  Pim's from LU (Belgium): a little sponge round topped by a thin layer of orange jelly, then topped with a layer of Belgium dark chocolate. Good contrasts of tastes, contrasts of textures. They also make them in raspberry which I don't like as much.

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                                                                    Renee Feb 14, 2002 01:22 PM

                                                                    Pim's PEAR!!! Amazing with Earl Grey tea!

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                                                                      Saucyknave Feb 14, 2002 03:22 PM

                                                                      Another (former) favorite of mine: the pre-Snackwell devil's food cookies: a bit of chocolate cake, a bit of marshmallow coated in a thin layer of chocolate.

                                                                      They eliminated it when they introduced the Snackwell "lowfat" version of it.

                                                                      I don't understand the phenomenon of eating some yucky "lowfat" thing (not NO fat, you understand), when the obvious solution is to just eat less of something you like. For those with life threatening conditions, foods such as these are no good for you, anyway.

                                                                      I find that these substitutions leave my sweets craving totally unsatisfied and I wind up eating more of them or something else than I should.. I'd rather eat a piece of fresh fruit. Or some confection that is naturally low fat when made at its best, such as angel food cake made only with egg whites.

                                                                      And, BTW: for the fat conscious, The White Dog Cafe Cookbook has a really good drop currant scone recipe that has only 1 Tbs butter per scone. (Peace, scone purists) It freezes well before baking, so you can make a batch and bake them as you want them.

                                                                      Sorry for the rant about so called diet foods. But it strikes me that for the most part processed "healthy" foods are too often a scam and perhaps one of the main reasons obestity is becoming an epidemic. People worried about eating for their health will probably be better off abandoning processed foods as nearly as possible.

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                                                                        Lindsay B. Feb 15, 2002 05:24 PM

                                                                        Saucyknave speaketh the truth. Things people don't realize (or conveniently forget) about low-fat baked goods:

                                                                        1) Low-fat cookies typically have 2/3 the calories of their regular counterparts. Like SK said, why not have 2 real ones instead of 3 fake ones?
                                                                        2) If you're worried about your cholesterol, or your weight, watch your fat grams, but pay closer attention to your total caloric intake. People predisposed to high cholesterol tend to synthesize bad cholesterol from any excess calories in their diet, be they from fat, protein, or starch.

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                                                                      Pat Hammond Feb 14, 2002 10:47 AM

                                                                      This may be in the "extinct" category, but I always enjoyed Stella d'Oro's egg biscuits. Has anyone seen them lately? Not sweet like a cookie; they actually were a bit like styrofoam! But I loved them. Great for dunking in tea. Pat

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                                                                        Persephone Feb 14, 2002 10:57 AM

                                                                        I didn't notice if they had that particular kind, but I did see a Stella D'oro section at a "gourmet" grocery store in Brighton, Michigan recently. I hadn't seen any Stella d'Oro products in years, so I didn't think htey were made any longer. So you might be able to find them somewhere.

                                                                        --30 seconds later--
                                                                        Well, just for kicks, I thought I would see if there is a stelladoro.com, and there is, with their products listed. Under the cookies category there was "Roman Egg Cookies", sounds like what you are looking for.

                                                                        Link: http://www.stelladoro.com/

                                                                        1. re: Persephone
                                                                          pat hammond Feb 14, 2002 11:27 AM

                                                                          Thank you! Sure sounds like them. Pat

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                                                                            Pat hammond Feb 14, 2002 12:30 PM

                                                                            Thinking about those egg biscuits reminded me I haven't seen Peak Freen cookies lately either. They made very nice store bought cookes! I think I've got to get out and about more! pat

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                                                                              Richie Feb 14, 2002 12:37 PM

                                                                              I think I still see Peek Freens at Stop and Shop. I almost bought them a few weeks back. I love their sample pack.

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                                                                                Pat Hammond Feb 14, 2002 12:48 PM

                                                                                Me too! Yes, I definitely need to get out there. Pat

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                                                                                CTer Feb 14, 2002 05:27 PM

                                                                                Food Emporium carries Peak Freens. Probably at 1.5 X the standard price, grrrrrrr. But they are a reliable standby, fine with me. Just re-discovered the Arrowroot -- quite nice with a cuppa.

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                                                                            raj1 Feb 14, 2002 10:07 AM

                                                                            I think naming Pepperidge Farm as a favorite "box cookie" is a cop out since they are packaged in a bag. I vote for Lemon Coolers which are packed in a box, thank you.

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                                                                              Lori D Feb 14, 2002 09:26 AM

                                                                              (Girl Scout) thin mints.

                                                                              Freihoffer's chocolate chips. Available in the Hudson Valley. I haven't had them in years, as I no longer live there, but have fond memories of "importing" them to college after visiting home.

                                                                              Pepperidge Farms sausalito.

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                                                                                C. Fox Feb 14, 2002 03:21 PM

                                                                                Yeah, Thin Mints! I would've voted for them too, if Richie hadn't specified grocery-store availability.

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                                                                                  Liana Feb 14, 2002 04:51 PM

                                                                                  I just got my thin mints today from my connection here at work. I usually buy a bunch, give lots away to friends as gifts (they're like gold if you don't have an in with any scouts) and freeze the rest, which lasts about a week.

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                                                                                    C. Fox Feb 14, 2002 11:08 PM

                                                                                    I kinda OD'd on that the last couple of years...found a box in the back of my freezer just a few weeks ago...so this year I'm laying low with just two boxes of TMs and one of some new flavor or other.

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                                                                                      KaimukiMan Apr 20, 2009 10:29 AM

                                                                                      the thin mints are good, but not as good as the ones the campfire girls used to sell (although they would barely qualify as a cookie)

                                                                                      I have to admit, painful as it is, that I do like the Mint Oreos. Sigh, 30 years in purgatory I'm sure.

                                                                                      This weekend I went to a picnic and the store brand "fresh" cookies (oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip) got left out in the sun. They ended up actually tasting like they were fresh out of the oven, warm and soft and gooey.

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                                                                                  RachelMolly Feb 14, 2002 09:10 AM

                                                                                  I second the Pepperidge Farm. They're all good. I like Milanos. Brussels not as easy to come by but also very good.

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                                                                                    Ruth Lafler Feb 14, 2002 06:35 PM

                                                                                    I also prefer the Brussels to the Milanos.

                                                                                    Have you tried the new Raspberry Milanos? Not bad, but a little artificial raspberry flavoring goes a long way.

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                                                                                    Cats Feb 14, 2002 08:15 AM

                                                                                    Keebler's Pecan Sandies. Keebler's Pecan Sandies. Keebler's Pecan Sandies. :o)

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                                                                                      CTer Feb 14, 2002 10:11 AM

                                                                                      I grew up on those, also Vienna Fingers and Social Tea Biscuits. But now I find them all (if I can find them at all) WAAAAAAAAAAAY too salty. Chacun a son gout. Now, it's Pepperidge farm and Bahlsen, and good old Gingersnaps (any brand, even the cheapest).

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                                                                                        Chino Wayne Feb 15, 2002 04:00 PM

                                                                                        Agree, agree, agree!

                                                                                        Now to slightly diverge:

                                                                                        Favorite store bought cookie utilization:

                                                                                        A scoop of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two Mother's Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies. NOW THATS AN ICE CREAM SANDWICH!

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                                                                                        kim shook Feb 14, 2002 07:10 AM

                                                                                        Pep. Farm Chessmen
                                                                                        Windmill Cookies (the spiced ones with sliced almonds)

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                                                                                          Caitlin McGrath Feb 14, 2002 06:56 PM

                                                                                          Nabisco gingersnaps, Anna's ginger thins, and Anna's orange thins. (And the Anna's are vegan, BTW.)

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                                                                                            Lynne Hodgman Feb 14, 2002 08:48 PM

                                                                                            Anna's used to be my favorite, too, but can no longer find them in KC. So the much more caloric Carr's lemon ginger have replaced them...Anna's are wonderful dipped in a hot drink, and the orange especially in ginger peach tea!

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                                                                                          magnolia Feb 14, 2002 06:08 AM

                                                                                          Milanos (the normal ones, not orange, chocolate or mint or whatever)

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                                                                                            Caitlin Wheeler Feb 14, 2002 08:19 AM

                                                                                            Exactly what I was going to say, Magnolia!

                                                                                            Also, Petit Ecolier -- petit beurres with a big hunk of dark chocolate on top.

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                                                                                              Cathy Elton Feb 14, 2002 09:20 AM

                                                                                              Definitely Petit Ecolier - the dark chocolate ones.

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                                                                                                magnolia Feb 14, 2002 10:14 AM

                                                                                                I used to love Petit Ecoliers, but for some reason the last few times I bought them - either in France or in the US - the chocolate tasted stale and "cardboardy". Once it was so old it peeled right off, so I brought them back to the Food Emporium. But that's well over a year ago, and I didn't really do a scientific test (i.e. tried only two or three shops in NYC and only one in France). Not sure if it's me or if they chnaged the 'formula'...

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                                                                                                  laliz Apr 21, 2009 08:37 AM

                                                                                                  Petit Ecolier - the dark ones

                                                                                                2. re: Caitlin Wheeler
                                                                                                  C. Fox Feb 14, 2002 02:16 PM

                                                                                                  Funny, I thought of almost exactly the same ones! Now that Sunshine quit making Hydrox cookies, I guess Oreos make an acceptable substitute (*sigh*)...

                                                                                                  I would add Stauffer's chocolate animal crackers, which I'm munching as I type. Not as rich as the above, but they have a good cocoa flavor.

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                                                                                                    C. Fox Feb 14, 2002 02:28 PM

                                                                                                    Oh, and every so often I get a craving for iced oatmeal cookies. And Scooter Pies, the poor man's Mallomar. Mallomars are better but about 4x the price.

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                                                                                                      susan blair Feb 14, 2002 03:33 PM

                                                                                                      I could never find anyone other than me who preferred Hydrox to Oreos. I salute you!

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                                                                                                        C. Fox Feb 14, 2002 03:46 PM

                                                                                                        We were sort of a secret society...I knew one or two others, no more...but one of my oldest friendships was originally forged over Hydrox cookies (and homemade mac & cheese)!

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                                                                                                          katespan Feb 14, 2002 09:58 PM

                                                                                                          Speaking of Hydrox, and I used to love them, there was a zine out a few years back that tracked kitch/Americana/bizarre packaged foods called Beer Frame.

                                                                                                          I can't remember the zealot who wrote it, but it was a great read. He wrote an essay lamenting the demise of Hydrox in the face of the Oreo monopoly. If anyone is interested in searching out this zine, I'd be more than happy to dig out my back issues for contact info.


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                                                                                                            Jill-O Feb 19, 2002 01:21 PM

                                                                                                            Beer Frame's E-zine Re-named (same guy):

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                                                                                                              katespan Feb 19, 2002 06:08 PM

                                                                                                              Hey, cool! Thanks.

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                                                                                                        Foodie in Friedberg Apr 30, 2009 12:09 PM

                                                                                                        Oh how I love Hdrox cookies! They were back on the market for a while last year, and I did my part to try and keepin them coming... but I failed. My mother has still been able to find them in Connecticut, but in Rochester NY they are again missing from store shelves.

                                                                                                      3. re: Caitlin Wheeler
                                                                                                        Caitlin McGrath Feb 14, 2002 06:52 PM

                                                                                                        And guess what? They're now selling *extra dark* Petit Ecoliers! Lu, I think.

                                                                                                        On an Air France flight a couple of years ago, the snack included Petit Ecoliers and a cup of tangy fromage blac. I dunked the cookies. Mmm.

                                                                                                      4. re: magnolia
                                                                                                        Bob W. Feb 14, 2002 09:11 AM

                                                                                                        Another vote for original Milanos. The perfect balance of cookie and chocolate. The mint are good too, but as Dobie Gray sings, "...the original is still the greatest!"

                                                                                                        Question: Does Pep Farm still make Lidos? They were good too, but nothing more than the poor man's Milano.

                                                                                                        Also, let us (those of us close enough to Baltimore, anyway) not forget Berger Cookies!

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