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New Englanders: Remember Peggy Lawton Choco Chip Cookies?

Bob W Aug 14, 2007 01:32 PM

They came in a three-pack. Zap them in the microwave for a few seconds until the chips melt and you'd have a treat that was impossible to beat.

Well, I have just discovered that you can still get 'em! The W. family's long-time home delivery dairy, A.B. Monroe of East Providence RI, has them on its Web site: https://www.cowtruck.com/products/pro...

As an aside, we primarily ate these cookies at the snack bar at our swim club, where we also discovered the joys of Humpty-Dumpty snack products -- cheese corn, etc. -- and also the glorious combination of iced tea and lemonade, which back then we called "Blend" but now know as an Arnold Palmer. Talk about a hotbed for chowhounds!

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  1. ChowFun_derek RE: Bob W Aug 14, 2007 01:48 PM

    Were these delicate and VERY crispy? With a hint of malt?
    When I went to school in Boston microwaves were few and far between...but sounds llike a tasty thing to do?!!!

    I just went to the website...yes...these were my favorite cookies in the late 1960's when I was there.....thanks for the lead....I wonder whether I would still like them or whether my tastes (or their recipes have changed!)

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      Bob W RE: ChowFun_derek Aug 14, 2007 01:50 PM

      I'm not sure about the malt -- but they were definitely crispy. You might even say crumbly. But those melted chips. Damn.

    2. ChowFun_derek RE: Bob W Aug 14, 2007 02:05 PM

      Were these delicate and VERY crispy? With a hint of malt?
      When I went to school in Boston microwaves were few and far between...but sounds llike a tasty thing to do?!!!

      1. ChowFun_derek RE: Bob W Aug 14, 2007 02:07 PM

        I found this other forum on Peggy Lawton cookies...there was an 800 number

        but no website...they were very nice when I ordered them shipped here to San Fran...

        http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic....

        800-843-7325

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          Bob W RE: ChowFun_derek Aug 14, 2007 02:25 PM

          Yeah, that's a great thread -- I read every post.

          I'm not sure how long to zap a package to get the optimal chip melt, since it's been probably 30 years since I've had Peggy Lawton cookies. You'll have to experiment. Tough job, I know, but someone's got to do it. 8>D

        2. othervoice RE: Bob W Aug 14, 2007 02:43 PM

          I couldn't resist, so I checked them out. Yes, I remember them well. The brownies were even good. I may just have to order a triple treat pak of each. Thanks for the memories!

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            PrincessBakesALot RE: othervoice Aug 14, 2007 07:34 PM

            I buy them at BJ's in 12 packs for around $4. They have the oatmeal sometimes too. Sad to say they don't taste quite the same as when I loved them in the 60's. The mouith-feel is different, probably different shortening (I doubt it was ever butter!)
            Now if I could just find the date bars...

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              Infomaniac RE: PrincessBakesALot Aug 15, 2007 10:19 AM

              Market Basket/DeMoulas stores sell them 3 packages for a dollar. My daughter likes them for her after school snack.

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                othervoice RE: PrincessBakesALot Aug 15, 2007 11:55 AM

                I had no idea they were still available, I shop at BJ's all the time Thanks!

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                  HEIDI IN TN RE: PrincessBakesALot Nov 1, 2007 07:36 AM

                  I was just baking up a batch of chocolate chip cookies and had a craving for Peggy Lawton cookies. I haven't had them for years, but I still remember them well. I decided to try and find something on them and here you are. What I would really appreciate is if someone would write down all the ingredients and post them (in order please)...I want to see if I can come up with something close to them. I do grind up my nuts and oatmeal, in some of my cookies, and wonder if that is part of their secret for the crisp cookie ?

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                    dawnsy11 RE: HEIDI IN TN Apr 8, 2008 11:47 AM

                    You can't get the recipe anywhere. (my father works there). The recipe is under lock and key.

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                  dawnsy11 RE: othervoice Apr 8, 2008 11:43 AM

                  They are actually back to their original recipe now...you should try them again. I don't think they make the date bars anymore thought.

                3. Karl S RE: Bob W Aug 15, 2007 05:04 AM

                  Still sold in lobby shops of office buildings in downtown Boston....

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                    VirtualFoodie RE: Bob W Aug 27, 2007 03:53 PM

                    I was so glad to find this post! I had a craving for the oatmeal cookies and couldn't find any so I started searching online. Couldn't recall the name - just the packaging. My husband found this for me (xo). Now, I need to decide how to get me some! Are they still at BJ's? All BJ's?

                    Thanks!

                    Kate
                    www.virtualfoodie.blogspot.com

                    1. jillyju RE: Bob W Aug 27, 2007 05:17 PM

                      I LOVED these as a kid, though I think I grew to be embarassed about it by the time I was a teenager. I grew up in Mass, but have lived in San Francisco for the past 25 years, so had no way to know if they were still around.

                      I'd ride my bike to White Hen Pantry for a pack of those and a bag of Wise Potato Chips!

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                        marcia2 RE: jillyju Sep 2, 2007 09:13 PM

                        They had them in my jr. high cafeteria. Back then, when we could eat anything we wanted without fear of it landing immediately and permanently on our hips, for lunch most days my friends and I would have the cookies followed by an ice cream sandwich.

                        I don't think that even then we thought that they were the most amazing cookies ever (homemade tollhouse was clearly better), but that's what was there and we liked them just fine. In retrospect, of course, I'm horrified.

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                          moon7449 RE: marcia2 Sep 17, 2007 09:26 PM

                          By far, one of the best packaged chocolate chip cookies ever. This was always a great snack after lunch in high school. The cafeteria personnel even made ice cream sandwiches out of these cookies. I preferred mine with a coke. Can't find them here in the Cleveland, OH area, but my sisters and friends send them to me from Philly! Love 'em!

                      2. C. Hamster RE: Bob W Nov 1, 2007 12:39 PM

                        When were they ever gone?

                        Seriously. I've been eating them pretty constantly since the early 1980's.

                        I ate some last week. The sell them in the lobby of the office building across the street and at convenience stores.

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                          HEIDI IN TN RE: C. Hamster Nov 2, 2007 07:23 AM

                          Did you happen to save the wrapping? Of course not, but if you get somemore, would you please post the ingredients for me?

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                            nucanin RE: HEIDI IN TN Dec 11, 2008 09:45 AM

                            I used to eat these cookies all the time as a child in Boston. When I moved to Virginia, I didn't have them anymore. My uncle in Boston ships the cookies to me to calm my childhood craving and now my kids love them, but I hate to share them. Some ingredients are: shortening,cane sugar, chocolate liquour which gives it that crunchy, hint of salty taste. Theu also had oatmeal and double choco-chocolate chip. They are still delicious. Thanks for the microwave tip. Q from Boston in VA

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                          addicted2cake RE: Bob W Apr 8, 2008 03:26 PM

                          I found Peggy Lawton's chocolate chip cookies when my husband and I came to Boston in 1975. They are still my favorite packaged cookie. For a while in the '80's, I was eating them all the time. I had a stash in my desk at work and usually took out a pack around 3:00 or so. I kept enough packages to share with my coworkers who were always very appreciative. They tasted so good with a hot cup of tea or coffee. They still do. I get a craving for them every once in a while. I think it's the sweet/salt taste that I find irresistable. I challenge myself to eat just one from the pack, but my will power usually breaks down and I eat all three. I think I got my last pack at CVS, or maybe it was Roche Brothers. Anyway, they're still out there in my neck of the woods. Love them as ice cream sandwich cookies.

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                            MEH RE: Bob W Dec 11, 2008 12:25 PM

                            Hi All!

                            I've never heard of Peggy Lawton and never tasted her chocolate chip cookies. But, darn, if this thread isn't making me want to try them! Thanks for the info!

                            Mary
                            www.BestinKitchen.com

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                              steve6one7 RE: Bob W Dec 15, 2008 11:08 AM

                              Ingredients: Unbleached wheat flour, cane sugar, kosher vegetable oil, shortening (partially hydrogenatd soybean and/or canola oil with less than 15% palm and/or cottonseed oil), chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soya lecithin (an emulsifier), and vanilla), pasturized whole eggs, walnuts (may contain other tree nuts), and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

                              For product or nutritional info write: Peggy Lawton Kitchens Inc, East Walpole MA 02032

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                                emilysweeney RE: Bob W Mar 16, 2009 02:05 PM

                                The Boston Globe recently published this feature story (and video) about Peggy Lawton cookies:

                                http://www.boston.com/news/local/arti...

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                                  iloveclawmeat RE: Bob W Apr 29, 2010 04:24 PM

                                  I love the Peggy Lawton choco chip cookies. The supermarket where I shop hasn't had them for more than a year. The other day I did a double take while walking past an end cap. There were the Peggy Lawton cookies! I grabbed two packs without really looking at them (and because I didn't want to look like a pig dumping the whole end cap in my cart). When I got home I noticed that I had three packs. There were only 2 cookies per pack instead of 3. I don't know if this is a new way of packaging them...I'm just glad they're back!

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                                    C. Hamster RE: iloveclawmeat May 3, 2010 08:16 AM

                                    They have them all over the place, now. I saw them at BJ's the other day.

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                                    mariab RE: Bob W May 3, 2010 09:00 AM

                                    I remember them. they were salty in the best possible way. or maybe I'm just thinking about how we ate them at the beach and were therefore salty ourselves.

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