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Trying to recall cookies from the past

One is a windmill cookie that my mom used to buy possibly in late '70s but definitely in the '80s but I don't know who made them. Here is a pic of it but I found no background on it:


and the other cookie:

My mom used to buy possibly in the late '70s but definitely in the '80s that came in a red (may have been the Nabisco logo) and clear wrapping and plastic tray about 4 or 5 rows wide and the cookie was yellow or kind of yellow and had a yellow creme filling (a somewhat thin layer). The cookie was round, maybe 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter and the cookie had a design on each side that were the same (sailboat?). I think the edge of the cookie had a thin, raised design like a ribbon and the surface had a print but I can't recall what was on it. The cookie wasn't terribly hard nor too soft. It was rather easy to bite into and crumble.

Both cookies were available in grocery stores.

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  1. I've had both of these, I seem to remember the Windmill cookies were made by either Nabisco or Archway and I'm leaning towards Archway.
    The filled cookies were similar to a vanilla filled Oreo, but I don't remember if Nabisco made them, it seems to me they were a store (generic) brand my Mom bought. I still eat them on occasion but just the small packs now; they are produced by various regional bakeries like Lady Linda, Drake's or some such...
    BTW, we had these all the way back in the '60s.

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    1. re: bushwickgirl

      Thanks for the reply. My memory down taste bud lane is wishing I had some these in my pantry.

      1. re: bushwickgirl

        Hydrox! So much better than Oreo. Newman's Own are awesome too!

      2. Looks like the archway windmills will be back on the shelf:


        I don't have any recollection of the 2nd cookie you mention.

        when I say your thread title two cookies came to mind...the super flat cookies that were essentially pastry with raisin filling (we used to call them fly sandwiches) and Ideal cookies: http://www.inthe70s.com/food/idealcoo...

        The latter was delicious...the former, not so much

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        1. re: owen_meany

          OOH, I love those raisin cookies, I haven't seen them lately but sure would like to. They were made by Sunshine, Golden Raisin Bisquits, no longer produced. I don't remember Ideal Bars by name but if they were the chocolate covered peanut butter bars, yes, yes, yes.
          Whatever happened to Mystic Mints, back in the '80s. I used to eat them by the boxful.

          1. re: owen_meany

            re:fly sandwiches............. are you talking about sultana biscuits?

            1. re: im_nomad

              No, they're "Golden Raisin Bisquits" (brand name), made by Sunshine, not made with sultanas but with dark raisins. Was that your question?

              1. re: bushwickgirl

                My husband was crazy for those raisin biscuits, too. I found them sort of dry and dusty, myself....We used to be able to find an reasonable facsimile from the Vermont Country Store.

              2. re: im_nomad

                in_nomad, in Canada or at least in Ontario they were sold as sultana biscuits, I'm quite sure.

                1. re: Ferdzy

                  There are 2 varieties. Either the cookie/biscuit is dry and hard, or it's chewy. I LOVE the chewy variety.

                  1. re: Ferdzy

                    Are you still on your pursuit of the ultimate homemade one of these, miss? Waiting with bated breath.

                2. re: owen_meany

                  Oh I loved those raisin cookies! Not generally a fan of raisins in cookies or muffins, but "squashed fly biscuits" were a big hit in our house! My Dad was British, and he would regularly go to Marks and Spencer's (in Toronto) to get English food, and they carried those there. You might be able to find these still at one of those British speciality shops...

                  1. re: owen_meany

                    Yes, they were made by Sunshine--long, cracker-thin with zig-zaggy edges. I loved those.

                  2. The almond windmills are available at Trader Joe's. Also, if your market has a self-serve cookie display from Voortman's, they also have windmills (but the TJ's, IMO, are better).

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                    1. re: Chefpaulo

                      I really liked the almond windmill cookies the most. I bought some Lil' Dutch Maid windmill cookies two days ago but I know they can't compare to Voortman windmills even though I've never had them. I'll have to travel probably 60 miles from where I live to find Voortman's cookies as I've never seen them in my area.

                      1. re: CajunJacques

                        You know you can make the windmill cookies yourself ... I'd do that before I'd drive 120 miles for them ;)

                      2. re: Chefpaulo

                        Voortman's! thank you CP, I was racking my brain trying to recall the name of the brand!

                      3. On the 2nd cookie I'd have guessed Vienna Fingers if you hadn't said rounf. Not it? I don't think they were Kelloggs when we were kids...

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                        1. re: 16crab

                          No, they sure are not the Kellogg's cookies from that page but I'm glad you posted that link. I had forgot about Vienna Fingers. I hadn't ate those in over a decade or more.

                          I'm bummed that I can't find the second cookie on the internet. They seemed to be a major brand.

                          1. re: CajunJacques

                            I just saw a Nabisco list of discontinued cookies; unhappily one on the list was Swiss Creme. Seems to ring my bell as to the cookie you're looking for, a sandwich with a vanilla cream center. My DH remembers them too and we agreed that they looked and tasted like the cookie you described.

                            1. re: bushwickgirl

                              I don't believe it's the Swiss Creme. The design was different than the Swiss Creme and the creme center was, I believe, light yellow or yellow. I don't recall a lemon flavor to them, though. It didn't have a hole in the center.

                              If I would have known back then that I would have trouble remembering and finding these cookies and also that we would have computers, digital cameras, scanners and the internet, I would have archived photos of the cookie and package!

                              For those who don't know what Swiss Creme cookies look like, I provided links below.

                              Swiss Creme description:

                              Swiss Creme package:

                              1. re: CajunJacques

                                Well, I've been racking my brain and my DH and I have been discussing this all weekend but we're fresh out of ideas. We are "of an age" where we were eating cookies (store-bought ones) back in the '50s and '60s, so maybe the cookie you're looking for came about later than our era. Sorry I can't help.

                                BTW, do you remember Mystic Mints? I believe it was a Nabisco concoction, an oreo-like thing covered with minty chocolate. They were in the market in the early '80s and just disappeared. I don't see them in the NY market, anyway. I very rarely eat store bought cookies anymore, although I did have some Famous Amos oreo-type things on Friday (not made by Amos anymore) which were passable.

                                This is a interesting thread about stuff I haven't thought about for years. Thanks for the memories.

                                1. re: bushwickgirl

                                  Yeah, it's pretty much at least in the '80s and possibly late '70s. That was junior high-high school era for me so I wasn't really focusing on who made the cookies although the cookie itself!

                                  I can't recall if I remember the Mystic Mints name but I've probably tried them. I could go for something chocolate and minty since you brought it up. I'm guessing there wasn't a high demand and were taken off the market.

                                  Mmmm... Famous Amos cookies...

                                  I haven't bought many cookies over the past few years just a few times but recently some Golden Oreos and windmill cookies.

                                  I'm glad I was able to stir some memories and thank you for input.

                                2. re: CajunJacques

                                  u r so correct on the cookie break cookies they r just as u described them, they even came as a duplex cookie a chocolate and vanilla cookie with the yellowish creme in between ,both those cookies were very good tasting, the last time i was able to purchase some was back in 1985 in the grocery store in memphis tn after that they were not on the shelves anymore, but i first ran up on them in chicago in the 70s

                          2. My Sister and I have been desperate to find out what ever happened to Lady Joan cookies - we think they were by Sunshine. They came in a cellophane package and were white delicate cookes with some drizzled with chocolate. They were in spritz cookie shapes. We loved them and have been trying to find something like them with no luck - any ideas?

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                            1. re: SconeFan

                              I thought the name was lady Joanna? Either way they were great... 40 years and I can still taste them.

                            2. The name of the cookie that you are thinking about was the Nabisco Cookie Break cookie. It has been discontinued and is dearly missed by a large following of people, myself included.

                              1. I wonder if those hard, thin and slightly bitter chocolate wafers are still made? Those babies were delicious with a tall, cold glass of milk, but I haven't seen 'em in a coon's age.

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                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                  I think you mean Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers, the ones traditionally used for chocolate crumb crusts and, layered with whipped cream, chocolate ice box cake. They are increasingly hard to find in cookie aisles, but they are sometimes shelved in odd places like with the prepared crumb crusts in the baking aisle, or with the ice cream toppings.

                                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                    Those are exactly what I had in mind, Caitlin. Thanks for the tip!

                                2. Two oatmeal faves that I've not seen in an awfully long time: Dad's, which were flat, crisp cookies made with cut oats rather than rolled, were sold from big jars, usually next to the register in coffee shops and greasy spoons for a nickel each; and Archway Date-Filled Oatmeal, a soft folded cookie with a good smear of date filling. My grandma made killer-good oatmeal date bars, but she kept these around to keep Grandpa (and me, when I was visiting) happy between bakings.

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                                  1. re: Will Owen

                                    Loved those Archway Date-Filled Oatmeal cookies, among some of their other cookies, apricot filled, lemon bars and the great Hermits. I was nuts for dates when I was a kid, and my mom made date bars also. I still make them today. Seems like it might be time for a batch, now that we're discussing them.

                                    Archway filed bankruptcy in 2008 and closed up US operatons. It was owned by Parmalat at the time of bankruptcy. Now for the good news: Lance (the snack makers) won the bankruptcy auction and reopened the plant in Ashland, Ohio. Archway cookies are in operaton again, although the product line has been trimmed back severely, but you should be able to find some of them, depending on where you live. Archway is still producing their oatmeal line so they may still even make the date-filled variety.

                                    1. re: bushwickgirl

                                      I've told this story before: I'm at the GPs' house for my summer visit, and Grandma comes in and says, "I'm about to get some date bars out of the oven - you want to call Mark (my date-bar-loving friend who lived a block and a half away) and tell him?"

                                      So I get on the phone and say, "Hey, Mark, Grandma says she's got a batch of date bars coming..." at which point there's a loud clattering noise and then the sound of a door being slammed. I say, "Hello? Mark?" a couple of times, and then hang up just in time to hear another clatter from outside, and there's Mark's bicycle sliding across the lawn and Mark pounding up onto the porch.

                                      Last time I made some of those I thought maybe I'd come running, too. Still.

                                      1. re: Will Owen

                                        A wonderful story and a nice memory, I'm sure. Your friend could have been me...

                                        I have a less than happy date (not bar) story; I once ate, when I was 10, so many dates stuffed with peanut butter, my own concoction, that I was quite sick for a few days and could only sip ginger ale. You would think that experience would put anyone off dates or peanut butter, but not me.

                                        Btw, I have lost my mom's date bar recipe years ago and now use the Two Hot Tamales (remember their show from FN back in the 90's?) recipe, which is at the FN site and also in their City Cuisine cookbook. The original recipe adds lemon juice to the date mixture but I cut back on it to a scant 1/4 cup and I've also used orange juice with very good results:


                                        If you try these, let me know what you think, or if you have a recipe that's a bit different, could you share it; I'm always on the lookout for a better date bar.


                                        1. re: bushwickgirl

                                          Thank you! I have my grandma's recipe, but I think she wrote it from memory, because the proportions are completely unworkable - like, enough oatmeal mixture for just one scant layer, and enough date goo for three pans - and I've had to re-jigger as best I could. She was a baker the same way as I'm a cook, and I'm sure she did most of her familiar items as devoid of recipe as I do; I'm often surprised at how wrong I can be when I try to write a recipe for something I've been cooking for years.

                                      2. re: bushwickgirl

                                        Dad's Oatmeal cookies readily available in Canada, at least in Ontario. They also have a soft, chocolate chip oatmeal that I really like. A little coconutty which some people don't go for, but I'm a fan.

                                        1. re: Will Owen

                                          The link from wekick is indeed the Dad's oatmeal cookie company I think you mean...they are based here in St. Louis and I drive by the storefront a couple times a week. You can still find the jars in some places, but I believe the fact that they are sold unwrapped means that you can only get them in places that sell 'prepared' type foods, and not in grocery type stores. If you get to the Lou, be sure to go to Ted Drewes Frozen Custard...they sell a Dad's oatmeal cookie ice-cream (oops, frozen custard) sandwich.

                                        2. I think one of the cookies in Steenstra's Almond St. Claus Cookies was a windmill. Unfortunately, I can't find a picutre of all the different ones in the box.


                                          1. CajunJacques, i really hope you see this! i'm almost *positive* you're talking about Keebler French Vanilla Creme Sandwich cookies. they also came in a Chocolate Fudge flavor. we used to get those during "milk & cookies" time in elementary school and summer camp when i was a kid. i haven't thought about them in YEARS - thanks for the trip down memory lane :)

                                            1. Jacques, I see those Windmills in my local Grocery Outlet. They are almond-flavored and have flaked almonds in them, which is evident in your photo.

                                              They do not have cream. They are single, flat cookies.

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                                              1. re: pdxgastro

                                                "They do not have cream. They are single, flat cookies."
                                                there are two different cookies being discussed - the windmills, AND a creme-filled sandwich cookie.

                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                  Yes, and I believe we have ascertained beyond a doubt that the windmills are/were indeed Archway.

                                                  I think you've got it right, ghg, when you suggested Keebler French Vanilla Cremes.

                                                  1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                    I'm not so sure about the vanilla cremes. The description could also fit a banana creme cookie I used to eat as a kid, but darned if I can remember the brand. I also remember a cookie with a windmill on it, but it was a rectangular cookie with the raised windmill design in the center of the cookie with a ridge around the edge of the cookie framing it. MAYBE Lorna Doone, but again, no brand comes to mind with any certainty. In any case, that's obviously not the cookie CJ is looking for..

                                                    1. re: Caroline1

                                                      No, I'm surprised you don't remember the Archway Windmill cookie; Lorna Doone had a design as well but the windmill cookie was much bigger; yes, rectangular with a raised design.

                                                      Tonight mrbushy and I had yet another discussion about this cookie and he seems to think Keebler French Vanilla Cremes were rectangular as well, but I disagree. <Sigh> when wil this mystery ever end.

                                                      I actually didn't like Lorna Doones when I was young, too plain for me, I guess, but I was young and didn't undertand the love in a shortbread cookie.

                                                      1. re: bushwickgirl

                                                        *Nabisco* were square - they still sell them in their "classic collection." i could swear Keebler made round ones, but maybe i'm misremembering. there also used to be a Girl Scout vanilla creme-filled sandwich cookie...

                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                          Ok, I'm on you're side with this, and really think you're the gold star winner here.

                                                      2. re: Caroline1

                                                        Caroline, I've been looking for cookies with a banana creme, similar to the Golden Oreos but with a banana flavoring. Have you ever found them? It's probably been 15 years since I found any...

                                                2. The sandwich cookies you describe remind me a box of Girl Scout cookies I recently bought. They were called Lemon Chalet Cremes -- or something like that. Very good.

                                                  1. I remember coconut cream cookies with a pick middle my grandmother always had them ,they were so good. Does any one remember what they were?

                                                    1. I have a long ago cookie question. Does anyone remember a flat hard biscuit type cookie in an oval shape that had a hard coffe flavored topping? I believe they were inported from Europe and I haven't seen them anyplace since 1970. They were my all time favorite with a glass of milk or a cup of tea.

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                                                      1. re: beanodc

                                                        Yep. I remember those. My mom got something like that in a Kosher store and they were called Tea Biscuits. Haven't seen them in YEARS! I was very young when I ate them but i remember that hard glaze...

                                                      2. As an aside:

                                                        Not too long ago, we were out celebrating a friend's birthday, and somebody ordered a round of "windmill cookie shots." I have no idea what was in it, but it tasted exactly as I remember those cookies tasting.

                                                        1. FYI, Mrbushy recently came home from our local Family Dollar cheapy store with a bag of almond flavored Windmill type cookies, not nearly as elaborate a design as yours, no cutouts, but really very tasty, and quite similar to how I remember the cookies tasting. They were packaged under the Family Dollar brand, and were less than $.

                                                          1. Magic Middles - popular around 1989


                                                            God they were good...

                                                            I have recently found a similar version -- a new Peppdridge Farm milano called "Milano Melts":

                                                            Not quite the same, but they are filling a void for now. :)

                                                            1. The windmill cookies remind me of ones made by Van De Camps on the west coast. Also do you guys remember a chocolate covered marshmallow cookie that had a raspberry jam.

                                                              1. I'm so glad Mystic Mints were mentioned! My father asked me about them a few months ago and neither of us could remember what they were called...but we both missed them!

                                                                Another favorite I haven't seen in years was (IIRC) Lemon Coolers by Sunshine. Smallish, domed cookies covered with powdered sugar. There were flecks of lemon zest through out the cookie. These were super refreshing kept in the fridge in the summer!

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                                                                1. re: meatn3

                                                                  I loved those lemon coolers; the powdered sugar WAS cool, and melty, when you bit into the crunchy, just-lemony-enough interior. Does anyone know if these are still available?

                                                                  1. re: mamachef

                                                                    Might be a little late for a reply, but we get those at Ralph's Grocery Store. We live in Los Angeles, don't know if that'll help you.

                                                                    1. re: myrealnameistaken

                                                                      So the are still being made?? Great news! I cannot remember the name of those cookies. Can you tell me? I will obsess on them until I find them!

                                                                    2. re: mamachef

                                                                      I have looked everywhere and even on the internet. No luck.

                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                        I am so making these, probably this weekend. I like that it's a relatively small batch, too.
                                                                        And now that I consider it, I have to do a Viennese table in June and these would be just right to add to the mix. Thanks, ma'am!

                                                                        1. re: mamachef

                                                                          Go heavier on the lemon rind, but I don't gotta tell you that, methinks.

                                                                          1. re: mamachef

                                                                            Reminds me of a story my sister told me of going to a weddin' (mistake on purpose) where my sister overheard a guest get all excited because they were having a Vietnamese table.

                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                              Now that would be a weddin'.
                                                                              Viennese tables are unkown (or were, at least) where I come from.

                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                I have never heard of a Viennese table, but it sounds marvelous. Description?

                                                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                                                  It's a wedding thing here, a big table of as many (usually uninspiring) desserts as they can cram onto it. Some weddings also feature a candy table for the kids. They'd have to sit on me to keep me away from that one.

                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                    Oh! I did recently hear of a candy table at a wedding...it sounded as though it wasn't just for the kids, though, ha!

                                                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                                                      It wouldn't be if I were there ;-) "For the kids" yeah right.

                                                                                2. re: buttertart

                                                                                  Someone once described a Viennese Table to my sister as a Vietnamese Table, lol. I think about that every time I see Viennese table mentioned!

                                                                            2. re: buttertart

                                                                              I love lemon in any form - these sound really good.
                                                                              Thank you buttertart!

                                                                              1. re: meatn3

                                                                                You're very welcome. There's a more elaborate version of these in his Cookies Unlimited too.

                                                                          2. This whole topic is pretty funny for Chowhound, because I bet most of us wouldn't even eat packaged cookies now (I almost never do), but darn, they were sooo important when we were kids! I remember so many that my family loved: Oreos (of course), Vienna Fingers, windmill, Danish wedding cookies. Such wonderful memories.

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                                                                            1. re: Parrotgal

                                                                              Brown Edge Wafers were my weakness, and still would be today. Pecan Sandies were a close second. And Archway Molasses. Are any of these still made? As you say, they just don't have the same allure and commercial bakery is one aisle I usually skip.

                                                                            2. The cookies you are looking for are called Cookie Break and made by Nabisco and they are discontinued. My mom found them in Chicago when I was a little kid and they were her favorite, we were talking about them the other day and this is what brought me to this board via Google to see if I could find a picture of them.

                                                                              1. My Grandmother used to by a cookie that was a chocolate sandwich cookie with a peanutbutter cream inside then dipped in a peanutbutter coating. they were delicious can't remember the company that made them.
                                                                                wish I had some lol

                                                                                1. How about the mini pumpkin pies from Van de Camps, I think. I would love the recipe for those. I have been looking for that special taste in the pumpkin filling. Any ideas??

                                                                                  1. Brown edge wafers! My Grandmother would buy them. Lik BIG, super thing 'nilla wafers... often several broken in box. Thin and crispy.

                                                                                    THINK it was Nabisco who made something called "Golden Fruit?? Think it was raisins inside... haven't seem them in ages.

                                                                                    1. Peek Freans "Playbox" cookies - this blog has a photo of the tin they came in ----
                                                                                      (we grew up in Canada - last I saw these cookies was in the early 1970s - at Woodwards Famous Food Floor)

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                                                                                      1. re: Georgia Strait

                                                                                        I thought those were fab when I was little.

                                                                                      2. In the 70's I lived in Chicago, we used to buy these cookies that were oval, had an orange inside and covered in chocalote and nuts. I have no idea what their name was, I could eat the whole bag in one sitting it was more like a candy bar than a cookie it was so good, anyone know what Im talking about?

                                                                                        1. Not sure if this is where I start, but I too am looking for a cookie that is no longer around. I would like to try and re create it. They were cookie bars. The inside had some kind of wafer covered in caramel, then covered in chocolate followed by nuts.(I think peanuts) Almost like a BarNone but not quite. It was late 70's into the 80's. They came in a plastic tray and I'm almost sure the outside plastic was dark brown.

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                                                                                          1. re: tldutcher

                                                                                            Assuming you mean Nabisco Heyday Bars, here's a copycat recipe you can try: http://www.recipelink.com/msgbrd/boar...

                                                                                          2. I remember this cookie so well now that I'm seeing it here. My mother use to buy these cookies for me and my brothers and sister when we were kids back in the late 60's.. Loved them!

                                                                                            I also can't remember the name of the company who made these coconut cookies that was sold in a little package of 6 cookies for .25 cents, they also made oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies but ohhhhhhhhhh the coconut ones were my favorite! I believed these cookies were sold during the early 70's. They were crunchy, hard as rock but for some reason I just loved them! Any know the name of them?

                                                                                            1. Does anyone remember a coconut sandwich cookie with a filling that was maybe banana cream? Or vanilla? They were rectangle with ridges?

                                                                                              1. anyone know about mrs. hansens white coconut cookies from the 60's ?


                                                                                                Pat DuBois

                                                                                                1. I can't remember the name or which company made them, but I recall them being in a white package with green stripes or squares on it....does anyone else recall these?

                                                                                                  1. Can someone help please. I have been looking for a vanilla wafer. It was real crispy and kinda hard. With cream filling. It came in clear plastic packaging. I thought Nabisco used to make them. Thanks

                                                                                                    1. I'm intrigued by this post because I've been going crazy trying to remember the name of a certain "Burry's" cookie from the early 1960's. The box looked like a TV, and the cookies were both vanilla sandwich cookies and chocolate sandwich cookies. The cookies had imprinted images of Tweety Bird and Sylvester. I think it may have been "Burry's Best" but I cannot even find this on the net. What I DID find though was a photo of a box of these "Toy Cookies" I remember them well because one of my sibs was allergic to chocolate!

                                                                                                      1. Almond windmill Cookies. I loved them. According to the Dollar Tree website they are made by Lil' Dutch Maid. Brand called Salerno makes them too.