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Shortbread Cookies in the blue can

I am having a craving for the shortbread cookies in the blue can. Not the holiday cookie mix blue can it was in a coffee type can. What was it called? Is it still out there for sale??

Thanks it must be the Holidays approaching cause I am craving comfort foods...

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  1. They're marketed as Danish, right? (They're made by an American company, though.) Some are pretzel shapes, some little ridged rectangles, two sizes of rounds, etc. If those are the ones you mean, I think I saw them at Super Walmart. Walmart's product mix varies widely by region, but it might be worth a try.

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    1. re: amyzan

      I believe they were all one shape in a tall coffee type can. But I am going to look at Wally world. Thanks....

    2. Assuming you mean these...

      http://www.marco.org/104 [one bloggers analysis of each cookie... i love the swirl shaped ones best! ...and second best the pretzel ones


      They're available all over the place all the time... Don't know what drug stores you've got available near you, but here in Los Angeles, Rite-Aid, CVS, and Walgreen's all carry them. Even Staples.com has 'em.

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      1. re: Emme

        No not those. its in a tall coffee can and remember using a can opener. thanks

        1. re: clreason

          Those aren't the ones. I'm trying really hard to remember these cookies, and I do have a vague recollection of them. Shaylala, is there anything else you remember that might jog my memory?

          1. re: hrhboo

            Hmm it was the swirl type cookie and I think it had the word Dutch or a lady on the can?.

        2. Hi! I remember those cookies too and also have been trying to find them with no luck. I think they are made by a Seattle company called Baders. As far as I know though, they do not have a website and I haven't found anyone online that carries them. Hope that helps and maybe someone will be able to find them!

          1. I found a phone #, but it's VM is full. I will HAVE to track down this Seattle baker. Those cookies were delicious. Wonder why all the posts looking for them are from P.R. Must be the only place they sold them. Good luck, and will post again if I have any success. Where is my glass of milk???

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            1. re: baders fan

              And I will as well please update me!!

              1. re: Shaylala

                Hi! Did you find them? I'm looking for these cookies since 20 years ago. I tried them in Puerto Rico. I think that we are talking about the same cookies. Tall light blue can with a dutch girl, four or five layers of cookies and we had to use a can opener. Please, could you share with us more information?

                1. re: Shaylala

                  My brother and sisters and I have been craving them for many years. Our grandmother used to buy them here in Puerto Rico. The were exactly in the can you describe with the dutch girl and the just crumbled in your mouth, are they still making them?

              2. omg...I've been searching for these cookies for years. My family thinks I'm crazy and keep buying me those awful danish cookies. Yes, it was in a light blue coffee can with 5 or 6 layers. It only came out during the holidays. I've been craving them for a long time.

                1. Oh yes, I remember them well. They were shortbread cookies that were swirly and they came in a light blue coffee can and it had the face of a dutch girl on it. You had to open the can with a can opener but it had a plastic lid that came with it. Inside there were 4-5 layers of cookies separated with white corrugated cardboard paper. My grandma used to buy them at Longs Drugs every Christmas when i was little - around the late 70's, early 80's. I've been searching online for them forever. Glad to have found this board so I know I'm not the only one!!!!

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                  1. re: agent385

                    That is exactly the description of those fantastic cookies that my grandma used to buy for us in Puerto Rico during the 1980's. I hope the Bader family starts making them again.

                  2. I remember those cookies, too. This is the address I found:

                    Baders' Dutch Biscuit Co
                    7224 1st Ave S, Seattle WA 98108
                    (206) 325-5050

                    Only wholesale apparently.
                    No website though...

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                    1. re: Kelly2too

                      These are a few ,and there are more,good luck!
                      Baders' DUTCH Biscuit CO in Seattle, WA | 7224 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA
                      Baders' DUTCH Biscuit CO in Seattle, WA -- Map, Phone Number, Reviews, Photos and Video Profile for Seattle Baders' DUTCH Biscuit CO. Baders' DUTCH Biscuit CO …

                      www.superpages.com/bp/Seattle-WA/Bade... Dutch Biscuit Company in Redmond, WA | Redmond Baders Dutch ...
                      You searched for Redmond Baders Dutch Biscuit Company: 1 of 1 Map It! Sort by:

                      www.yellowpages.com/redmond-wa/baders...; Dutch Biscuit Co - Seattle, WA - Seattle Business List
                      Baders' Dutch Biscuit Co - Seattle, WA - Bakers Wholesale - (206) 325-5050 - Serving the Seattle, WA area.

                      www.seattlebusinesslist.com/business/... Dutch Biscuit Co in Seattle, WA | Seattle Baders Dutch

                    2. That was my grandfather who started Bader's bakery in Seattle. The bakery was sold and the name was kept, however the folks that bought it are no longer in business. My father kept making the shortbread cookies at a new bakery that was in Kirkland but closed down long ago. It was called cookie time and toys. He continued the shortbread cookies at that bakery and I even helped out as a little kid. My sister and I were talking about trying to bring them back. I'd be happy to keep you guys posted on this if you are interested.

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                      1. re: corbader

                        Hi, my name is Ivy Ruiz. I from Puerto Rico I will like to have the recipe of those cookies if is possible.. Thanks, please let me Know at my e mail ivy-ruiz@hotmail.com.

                        1. re: Ivy Ruiz

                          Hi Ivy, have been looking also, and from PR. If I find them I will write you. No aparecen en ningun lado! I wish I could remember who made them to write to them and tell them to put them back on the market!

                        2. re: corbader

                          Oh please, please, you have no idea how many people are looking for those cookies. I would like to talk to you, if you could please call me or write me, I would appreciate it very much. Thanks.

                          1. re: corbader

                            Oh please bring them back!!!!! As you can see, there's market for them!

                            1. re: corbader

                              FOR REAL????
                              Please, do keep me posted if you start selling them again. I hope you don't change the recipe a single bit!!! I grew up with those cookies, but my children have missed out on it.
                              Where was your grandfather from?

                              1. re: corbader

                                My mother worked for Bader's for 10 years when they had a bakery in Mountain View, CA. She would come home from work with cookie crumbs all over her face and smelled like heaven from being in the bakery all day. Several of those workers are still around in Mountain View. Everyone still craves those cookies. I remember the round ones were packed in the can and would love to find them again..

                                1. re: ladydi1960

                                  Do they remenber the recipe or at least could tell what type of butter and flour the cookies were made of?

                                2. re: corbader

                                  have you thought of starting again?
                                  I have a few friends also from PR that want to help you start the business again if possible. We would settle for a can.

                                  1. re: corbader

                                    I've never had these cookies, but from the sounds of it, I want to try them NOW! Obviously, there is a market and people are ready and willing to help you and your sister. Good luck !!!!! Fulfill these people's dreams. Sounds like a true comfort food!

                                    1. re: corbader

                                      Happy New Year 2011. Thank you very much for your message! As you can read there are families all over the world that remembers clearly the sweet and unique flavor inside this blue can of cookies. We were looking for those cookies since decades. I really appreciate very much your message . I'm more than happy to know that you are interested in bringing them back. Hope to have news about the come back very soon. This will be marvelous! I will be more than glad and happy to buy them. The flavor of the swirl shortbread cookies in the blue can was so unique and delicious. I tried dozens of dutch cookies trying to find this tremendous flavor. But I have never found it. Please, of course keep me posted. Thank you!

                                      1. re: corbader

                                        Let me know if you start the company up again. I still have a coffee style can that says Baders dutch chocolate chip cookies. julieregan@aol.com
                                        Thank you

                                        1. re: JNRassociates

                                          I never tried the Chocolate Chip Cookies, were they good. Did you buy the can recently?

                                          1. re: lucre

                                            Any luck in finding the recipe??

                                        2. re: corbader

                                          Any updates regarding bringing back these cookies??

                                          1. re: apexseal

                                            The granddaughter should jump on this. The cookies have an established fan base. Could be a successful venture!

                                          2. re: corbader

                                            Oh my God! You mean they no longer make them? Then... could we get the recipe to make them at home?Please? Are you and your sister bringing them back?

                                            1. re: corbader

                                              I have been wondering and craving for the Bader's Dutch cookies, in a blue can, with a picture of a Dutch girl on it for decades. I will vote it as the best cookie I've ever tasted. I certainly will continue to hope that one day, your family will bring it back and export it here to Singapore so that my children too will know the taste that I have loved so much.

                                              1. re: corbader

                                                Please let us know if you start making them again!!!

                                                1. re: maroz

                                                  YES!!!!! These are the cookies I grew up with and loved!!!!! I remember that can so well!!! Thanks so much for posting!

                                                  1. re: maroz

                                                    OMG I dream with that blue can!! I love that shortbread cookies are the best in the world!!!

                                                    1. re: maroz

                                                      I have never seen these in Canada, but will go to some specialty stores to seek them out.

                                                      1. re: maroz

                                                        OMG! I almost cried when I saw this picture. I remembered the can but not the brand name. I was born and rased in Puerto Rico and my abuela used to give us these cookies in the 1980's. My dad lives in P.R. and he has been looking every where from Pitusa, to Econo, to Pueblo supermarket. Nothing! Sad to have read on this blog that they don't make them any more. I would be willing to pay $100 for a can of these cookies. They are the best cookies I have ever eaten in my life. Just purchase the holiday collection of Stockmeyer Shortbread German cookies and they taste pretty close to the Bader's cookies but still can't compare.
                                                        Mr. Bader's grandchildren don't know the jewel they have in their hands if they are actually holding the original recipe.

                                                      2. re: corbader

                                                        Hello Boricuas! Any news?? Last time I posted was Dec 2011. Not in Aldi, Not Walmart. I haven't been to Puerto Rico to look for them.Right those cookies were addictive? I could eat half a can by myself.I called that number in Washington,but during the night.Will try to call tomorrow , and will keep you posted.Take care!

                                                        1. re: isant67192

                                                          I just found this info which explains they were in court versus another company.


                                                          This was in 1995, then in 1997 Mr.Bader passed away.
                                                          Please look at the info I posted Dec.28,2011 , look above.
                                                          Has anyone called or written a letter to those addresses?
                                                          I will call the number tomorrow( I actually called a few mins ago, but it is 3:01 am here...
                                                          Do your homework,I will call tomorrow.,OK?Thanks!

                                                        2. re: corbader

                                                          IN 1962 ANTHONY [TONY] BADER WAS THE OWNER HIS SON KAREL HANDLED SALES &
                                                          I WORKED FOR HIM 1962 - 1970 THE ORIGINAL NAME WAS BADERS DUTCH BAKERIES
                                                          FAIR THESE SOLD FOR $1.00 AND SHIPPED ANYWHERE AT THE FAIR THE [ ROUND ]

                                                          1. re: corbader

                                                            Please let us all know when they are available again! Conroe, Texas

                                                            1. re: corbader

                                                              @corbader, please bring those cookies back. You have a jewel in your hands with that recipe. Can you please share? I have been looking for those cookies for many years now. My email is bebitamr@hotmail.com

                                                              1. re: corbader

                                                                i grew up in Singapore and remember getting these crisp, buttery, drop-dead delicious cookies at Christmas time!! PLEASE, please bring them back!!! I'm sure there is a huge fan base, if people are still searching for them 20 years after your family stopped making them.

                                                                1. re: corbader

                                                                  @corbader Nothing bettter than family business, GO FOR IT!! My HS friend posted a pic of the tin can and he got over 22 responses just in a matter of hours,just from Puerto Rico alone. Not a bad idea for you guys to start the operations in PR!!! elisamirrivera@hotmail.com Please add me to your list when you all launch.

                                                                  1. re: corbader

                                                                    Please read all the requests for the cookies! I bet only in PR and from puertorricans all over the world you could make a profit! Think about it and do us all a favor and bring back those cookies! Thanks!
                                                                    PS:A friend of mine posted a picture of the blue can on FB today,I googled it and landed here....

                                                                    1. re: corbader

                                                                      Please keep us posted, those cookies deserve a comeback. They were delicious. A friend of mine just posted a picture in Facebook asking if people remembered and you should see the responses! Not only delicious but a childhood memory

                                                                      1. re: corbader


                                                                        have you thought about continuing your grandfather's business. I know that if you do, you will be successful.
                                                                        I hope someone from your family do. Regards.

                                                                        1. re: corbader

                                                                          Please we need this cookies stat

                                                                          1. re: corbader

                                                                            Hello there!
                                                                            We are from Panama and remember this cookies also.
                                                                            Please tell us if you are planning to start up a business with this shortbread cookies (same recipe & flavor). You would do very well with so many people craving for them all over the world!
                                                                            Good luck,

                                                                            1. re: corbader

                                                                              Could you please be so kind and provide us with the recipe of such amazing, forever in our hearts cookies? Thank you.

                                                                              1. re: corbader

                                                                                Please Do It! I am also from PR and my grandma use to buy the cookies at Franco's in Mayaguez back in the 60's. The can opened just like the corn beef does open these days with that tool attached to the can and it was not easy to get it open in one shot. Absolutely the best cookies I have ever try!

                                                                                1. re: corbader

                                                                                  Hello! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who have dr e aming to find this wonderful cookies. I've tried to bake them with several recepies, with no result. I got into this post by accident. I! Ll like to have an update with this matter. I'll like to get into bussness if you decide to bake them again. Please let me know. saritzai.rosado@yahoo.com

                                                                                  1. re: corbader

                                                                                    Please add me to your list hestarellas@gmail.com.

                                                                                    1. re: corbader

                                                                                      Please Please if you start the business again let me know! My email is bea@psimports.com

                                                                                    2. I remember those cookies. Was browsing looking for them. The best shortbread cookies! In the blue can you used to have to open with a can opener, before they changed to the pull top. The can has a plastic cover for when you opened the can. And a picture of a Danish girl with cap on her head, and paper dividers between layers of the most delicious cookies!
                                                                                      Have looked for then for years, with no luck. If anyone finds them, let me know!

                                                                                      1. I cannot tell you how happy I am to discover so many ppl out there that loves this cookies too. I am a cookie monster. I live in Singapore, and my mum used to buy cans n cans of those cookies for us when I was little. Soooo delicious and just melt in you mouth. And, then it gone out of the market.

                                                                                        For the past 20+ years I have been trying to look for it all over the world. I was lucky to be in a job that travels extensively. I went in search but cant find it. I thought it was Danish all along. At least, now I have a lead on it that it was made by an American company. I had a family reunion last week, and my sister with the super memory told me it was BADERS.....google and found this site....soooo happy!!

                                                                                        I wonder how I can get my hands on it?

                                                                                        Cookies to die for....let me know.

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                                                                                        1. re: STCCC

                                                                                          I just left a message on the phone of Sally Bader Mackle, daughter of the cookie's inventor back in 1930's. Told her on the message that there are a lot of people trying to find if the cookies are still being made and sold. Will post here as soon as I here from her. Thanks : )

                                                                                        2. I did find the recipe for the Dutch Girl cookies if you are interested.

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                                                                                          1. re: msnancee2u

                                                                                            i beleive that recipe was for Van De kamps, and not Baders.....

                                                                                          2. Wow! Its 2011...2012 in a few days. I thought I was the only person in the world craving for them.No, they don't come in different shapes.I used to buy them in Puerto Rico, but now I live in Texas.No, Walmart does not have them.Please, we need updates!! There's no recipe, and yes ,you open them with a can opener and put the plastic lid back.They seem to be from Baders but its a blue can, and I love the plain ones,no chocolate.Any news??

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                                                                                            1. re: isant67192

                                                                                              The Aldi stores have them pretty cheap. They are the Danish cookies. DFW is littered with Aldi stores.

                                                                                              1. re: John E.

                                                                                                Oh really? hum,I'll check and will let you'all know.Thank you.

                                                                                                1. re: isant67192

                                                                                                  Hi, my name is Giomara. Like a lot of people,
                                                                                                  I'm looking for the cookies. Let me know if you found them in the store John E. told you. Thanks from the Virgin Islands

                                                                                            2. Hi. I am also in Puerto Rico and for some reason, I cannot just forget those great tasting cookies. The can was coffee like, blue, can opener opened. I still from time to time keep searching the net for this cookies and that is how I arrived here. Hope to get more information on where to get those great cookies again.

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                                                                                              1. re: CptHarold

                                                                                                Hey People!!!!!!!!!! 2012 now! I checked ALDIS , and Nooo! Those are not our cookies.

                                                                                                Also mom went to PR and just looked in two stores only :-( so, she didn't find them. I called that number, but not during work hours, so... I encourage u to call too. I will try to call (206) 325-5050 - or see addresses above on Dec 28,2011 Good luck!!

                                                                                                1. re: isant67192

                                                                                                  The Danish shortbread cookies in the blue tin are a seasonal item only at Aldi, at least that has been my observation. I would guess that if a call went out to locate a recipe for these cookies, someone would come through.

                                                                                                  1. re: John E.

                                                                                                    I have never seen the Danish cookies come in a tin that requires a can opener, which is what these people are describing.

                                                                                                    1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                      I really do not know to what kind of cookies it is which CptHarold is referring. The cookies in the blue tin that were in the Aldi stores in Minnesota at Christmas time were in the typical tin with an easily removable and replaceable lid. Larger tins such as these may have pretzels or flavored popcorn in them which are also for sale at Christmas. I believe these cookies imported from Denmark are more difficult to locate at other times of the year.

                                                                                                  2. re: isant67192

                                                                                                    Hi ! Have you found the cookies yet? if you do please let me know! thanks!

                                                                                                    1. re: elainebadercookiefan

                                                                                                      Somewhere upthread is a post from the grandson of Bader and it says the cookies are no longer being made.

                                                                                                      1. re: John E.

                                                                                                        Thank you John : ). The thing is that i found the name of the guys that started it all back in the 1930's but it wasnt the same name as that post, , also a friend of mine told me she saww the can in a supermarket last year in Puerto Rico, so i keep searching till I find congruent information, is not that I dont trust either one, is more like I will do anything to get to the bottom of this, I would love to talk to the grandson and see if maybe somebody in the family started the business again, because in the information I found about the original owner it says that the whole family was also in it, brothers i think... anyway thanks for the post. : )

                                                                                                        1. re: elainebadercookiefan

                                                                                                          His name is Corey Bader. Didn't you just write a post saying you e-mailed a woman with Bader as her middle (suggesting it is her maiden) name?

                                                                                                          1. re: John E.

                                                                                                            Icalled her phone. i found it on Lynkin. I assume is the daughter. will see : )

                                                                                                            1. re: elainebadercookiefan

                                                                                                              If you do succeed in getting a copy of the recipe, please come back and paraphrase it for all of us! Good luck!


                                                                                                2. Who can forget those cookies!!! they are the quintisentially of what a shortbread should be!
                                                                                                  they are light and flacky, and that amazing and fresh taste of the shortening used! and the vacuum sound that makes when you pinched the can with the can opener.
                                                                                                  Wow, how to get a can full of those fresh shortbread

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                                                                                                  1. re: latecnica

                                                                                                    Yes these are the best cookies ever made. I feel so bad for people who have never had the chance to try them. And I feel bad for everyone like us who have had them and can't get them anymore!!!! :(

                                                                                                  2. http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/roya...
                                                                                                    These are usually available year round but not in a coffee tin.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                      If you are a Bader's lover, never, but never can compare that Danish cookies with Bader's!!!!!!!

                                                                                                      1. re: vblanco

                                                                                                        I have never heard of Bader's but will seek them out. Not sure if have in Canada but we do have many of the British, Scottish options of butter cookies.

                                                                                                        1. re: vblanco

                                                                                                          You are right, I have looked for them since I moved away from Puerto Rico, I used to eat them as a child, Iam now 53 and have not seen one for over 30 years!!! finding this cookies is in my bucket list, joined this chowhound blog just to post this comment and to try to find out if it is a fact that they came from Seattle and that they dont make them anymore... it would be horrible, to let go to waist such a wonderful recipe... anybody knows anythingelse about it? thanks : )

                                                                                                        2. re: Ruthie789

                                                                                                          is a sacrilege to compare those danish cookies with our blue tin can shortbreads

                                                                                                          1. re: latecnica

                                                                                                            Please grant me MERCY on my transgression!

                                                                                                            1. re: latecnica

                                                                                                              I agree, there is nothing like those cookies...

                                                                                                          2. So....do we still have no idea where to buy these cookies? I want to try them!

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                                                                                                            1. re: lilmomma

                                                                                                              The post from corbader on August 08, 2010 provides the information about why these cookies are no longer available.

                                                                                                            2. The shortbread cookies can posted by Maroz brings back great memories. Surely the recipe must still be in the family. It really is the most delicious cookies ever. Maybe it should be in the Guiness book of records or something-most beloved cookie!. Or perhaps the family would come over to Singapore (that's where I am now, but I first tasted it in Penang, Malaysia) and hold a series of baking classes, in memory of that great man who started it all...wishful thinking! Hlin07

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                                                                                                              1. I grew up on the "other" blue tin cookies mentioned in the thread but these sound even better. Wish they were still being made so I could try them.

                                                                                                                My dad always bought me a tin of the other cookies at christmastime so I buy myself a tin every year in remembrance of him. I introduced my toddler to them this year as well, hoping it will stick as a tradition and that these don't get discontinued too.

                                                                                                                1. si las consigues pls let me know.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: arponero

                                                                                                                      I have seen many Bader's tins, but never one that read "American". Where did it come from?

                                                                                                                      1. re: mattieclair

                                                                                                                        Bader's were made in America in Washington. I am not sure if they were made anywhere else.

                                                                                                                        1. re: mattieclair

                                                                                                                          BADER'S DUTCH BISCUIT CO., INC., a Washington corporation,.
                                                                                                                          They were made in America. They were good cookies. The owner passed away and the company was closed. They no longer make them.

                                                                                                                          1. re: JNRassociates

                                                                                                                            These things I know, however, the can had always read, "Bader's DUTCH Shortbread", not American! Is that your can in the picture?

                                                                                                                            1. re: mattieclair

                                                                                                                              The blue can is not mine. The red can is.

                                                                                                                        2. re: arponero

                                                                                                                          Hi there, I am interested to know where you are from in that your shortbread can is different from others. It does not say Dutch, but instead , American.

                                                                                                                        3. I just ate some shortbread cookies and it didn't taste that good, but it did bring back memories of Bader's Dutch Shortbread cookies, so I googled and found this thread. I grew up in Hilo and you could buy the blue can of Baders at KTA. Those cookies were so light and creamy, melts in your mouth, the best shortbread. I ate a whole can by myself. It seems that we all remember Bader's but it can't be found anywhere.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: pake4pls

                                                                                                                            Hey there. I'm from Hilo too! I remember getting them from Longs. It brings back memories from my childhood too. I loved them!

                                                                                                                            It's too bad that they don't make them any more. The closest I've found is from Hanalima bakery here on Kauai, but still it doesn't compare. I think some people are trying to get in touch with family members to see if they could get the recipe.

                                                                                                                            1. re: kalilea

                                                                                                                              I googled Dutch shortbread and there is a shortbread cookie made in Holland. Hopefully someone will try to replicate Bader's. It was so good. Small world, I didn't think there were many people from Hilo.

                                                                                                                          2. I am assuming that you mean "Christmas". Also, I think the cookies you're talking about are 'Royal Dansk'.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: Jozelle

                                                                                                                              Royal Dansk are a cheaper cookie that NEVER can compare with Baders's!!!!

                                                                                                                              1. re: vblanco

                                                                                                                                hi! I'm also from Puerto Rico. My sister and i have been looking for those cookies for almost three decades ago. It all started when we remembered our grandpa (abuelo Palli). Yesterday we saw the picture of the cookies and since that it has been driving us crazy!!

                                                                                                                            2. My name is Lily and i live in Atl... I am also, from Puerto Rico...
                                                                                                                              Love those cookies

                                                                                                                              Bring them back.!

                                                                                                                              Thank u

                                                                                                                              1. I'm from PR too and I always talk to my husband about that cookies. I really are excited for look the can picture. Any notice about the cookies? Let me know please!