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Anyone here remember old/discontinued Stella d'Oro products?

I remember a product that (I believe) used to be produced by Stella d"Oro.
It was a dense hard flower shaped "cookie" with a hole in the center. It had a shiny exterior and was very dry, but practically melted in your mouth after you started chewing.
It tasted a bit eggy, not very sweet at all.
My grandmother used to buy them and I am dying for that little bit of nostalgia.
Is anyone here familiar with them? What were they called? Is there possibly another company that makes them?
Thanks!

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  1. Is it one of these, the frosted ones?
    (sorry, forgot link)
    http://www.amazon.com/Stella-DOro-Con...

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    1. re: pinehurst

      Nope - those are actual cookies. These were about 5 times thicker and 2 times wider and not half as sweet and came in a cellophane bag...no box. They had no icing...just a shiny glaze, and almost like a cross between a hard and soft pretzel - but not as dark and not savory and, though on the light side, not airy - very dense. There was a definite sweetness to it but it was very light...barely sweet.

      1. re: grampart

        Nope - see response above.

        Come on foodies - someone's got to remember these!

      2. Yes, I remember these well. They're not the ones pictured in the links provided by other responders. My grandmother was also a big fan of these - gosh I wish I could remember what they were called. Sometimes that had the white icing on them, but you could also buy them un-iced.

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        1. re: Bakerloo Line

          I don't ever remember seeing them with icing.
          Taralli are much harder and crunchier.
          These didn't actually have much crunch factor, though they were dense. They did have an odd softness to them and when you dipped them in hot coffee or cocoa they disintegrated in your mouth.

          1. Was it the Como delights? If so, I think they're no longer made.

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            1. re: pinehurst

              Como Delights weren't flower shaped with a hole...but if anyone has a copycat recipe for Como Delights I will rise up and call you blessed!

            2. I can picture what you are describing but can't think of the name. "Como" doesn't sound right to me. I think this product was based on a taralle but differed in shape and texture due to manufacturing. My mother used to buy small elbow-shaped treats from Stella D'Oro called Kiekel (spelling?). She got them because they had no salt, which was hard to find back then. The Kiekel had that soft, dense texture of what you're trying to identify. Another lost Stella D'Oro product is the rectangular box of anisette toast. My grandparents used to keep these on hand. My grandfather would also buy a cheaper version of this big box from another maker. Does anyone remember its name? Cookieland perhaps? After the biscotti were gone, you just had to gather the crumbs in the bottom of the box for one last taste!

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              1. re: Angela Roberta

                YES! ANGELA! You nailed it. But they were called Egg Biscuits.
                Found this!
                http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid...
                And the ones your mother bought were the Diet Kichel...there too!

                1. re: saucygalnyc

                  Awesome find! I LOVED those peach apricot cookies. Love, love, love.

                  As for egg kichel, that is really funny because that's a german/yiddish word. We also knew them as "ei kichel/kuchel." They had a very very thin sugar coating on top.

                  Final note -- I always thought that many Stella D'Oro cookies were pretty dry. Of course, that was because they were meant for eating with coffee.

                  1. re: Bob W

                    Bob, I was raised speaking Yiddish, and we also had eier kichel, but ours were like bow ties and had large sugar crystals on them. They also came in large flat rounds the size of a large pita bread and those had smaller sugar crystals on them. Oddly enough, though, I liked the ones that were plain - without the sugar coating. Those were airy and simple and great with pickled herring :) I believe they call them "nothings" in English.

                    1. re: saucygalnyc

                      Very cool ad! Man, oh man, I loved the Lady Stella Assortment. You'd work your way from your favorites to your least favorite.

                      1. re: saucygalnyc

                        LOL nothings is a good word for them. But even more "nothing" were those little round things that you'd throw into soup -- mandlen. No taste, no nothing. Never liked those things.

                        Those bowties sound kinda like something that Italians in Rhode Island eat, called wandies, or the Polish kruschickis.

                  2. re: Angela Roberta

                    Always loved the anisette toasts. Some good recipes out there that can bring back those nostalgic flavors.

                    1. re: Novelli

                      Totally agreed ...not quite as "thirsty" as traditional biscotti, but very good with a cup of coffee.

                  3. Thanks for this memory! I remember enjoying the styrofoam consistency, and, as you say, they would melt in your mouth as you chewed...haven't seen them in ages, they are no doubt long discontinued (along with the Bronx Stella D'Oro)...I'm thinking egg kichel would be a very poor, sweeter substitute.

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                    1. re: Marge

                      Marge, the styrofoamy egg kichel...yes...thats the one.
                      See link posted above.

                      1. re: Marge

                        definitely egg biscuits- they were great to hold in the palm of your hand and tasted like... nothing.... spongy and then melting..

                      2. Stella d'Oro Egg Biscuits? Here's a link to an old newspaper ad from 1970. Zoom out with the magnifying glass tool at the top of the newspaper page.

                        http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=...

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                        1. re: Antilope

                          Funny - I posted the same ad higher in the thread :)

                        2. Yes, yes. A long time ago they made a cookie that had a big blob of filling in the middle that was made of dried apricots. The cookie part was thick, eggy, and bland---the contrast with the tart apricot filling was wonderful. I still look (in vain) for these every single time I see a Stella d'Oro display.

                          1. OMG...I forgot all about these things of beauty.
                            They were like a butter flower cookie with a semi-sweet chocolate in a plastic tray of 2 each.
                            Do they still make them?
                            Milano cookies are close in taste...along with some cookies from Trader Joe's..
                            Please let me know if you find them.

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                            1. re: Beach Chick

                              The Swiss fudge cookies are still made. A company called Lance produces them under the Stella d'Oro brand name.

                            2. Yes, I do!!! I have been looking everywhere for them. Have you found them????

                              1. Would they be the Anginetti cookies by Stella doro????

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                                1. re: Nathigh55

                                  Although the Anginetti cookies sound deelish...they are not the ones. They were as dry as sand, but with an eggyolk or eggwhite sheen on the outside. shaped like puffy flowers with a hole in the middle. They are since discontinued and thus...we will never taste those great biscuit cookies again. Sad!

                                2. They were called Roman Egg Biscuits and my father loved them. I wish I knew where to buy them and the Stella Doro Anginetti Cookies. Does anyone know where to find these???

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                                    1. re: witziewoe

                                      We have some of the egg biscuts right now, I'm not sure where my family got them from. It would be either Giant Eagle or WalMart if I had to guess.

                                    2. re: buggysmom

                                      They don't make the Anginetti cookies any more. There's a Facebook page that says they're keeping track of fan requests for discontinued products...

                                    3. They were just called Egg Biscuits, and have been discontinued. Roman egg biscuits was another product.

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                                        1. re: MagicMarkR

                                          They have discontinued those snacks that looked like a pillow, very airy light crunch. I can't recall the name but they tasted like Italian air.

                                          1. re: HillJ

                                            Anginetti? The ones you could make cream puffs with?

                                            1. re: pinehurst

                                              No, pinehurst. These didn't have lemon or anise flavoring. They didn't have any icing. They were these small golden toast colored puffs of air. Maybe 20 to a bag. Very plain but great with a cup of tea or java in the morning.

                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                These guys? I think they're anginetti.

                                                 
                                                1. re: pinehurst

                                                  Nope, I remember all the women who loved making creme puffs using those but that's not it.

                                                  This SD product was more like a snack than a cookie. Not a cracker at all. Def. not a sweet cookie. Very plain. It was that light, crisp snap when you bit into it that I miss.

                                                  I wish I could recall the actual name.

                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                    egg jumbo?

                                                    Okay, now I'm joining your obsession.

                                                    Here is a link to that cookie and other varieties.

                                                    :-)
                                                    http://www.stelladoro.com/products/co...

                                                    1. re: pinehurst

                                                      Frustrating isn't it! If they reshaped the product I'm trying to remember into this Egg Jumbo shape (could that be it) maybe? The color of the Egg Jumbo is a bit lighter but I think this requires tasting to know for sure.

                                                      The shape of the SD I'm racking my brain to remember was the shape of a small pillow with a slight curve to the middle. They were smallish in size.

                                                  2. re: pinehurst

                                                    Anginetti cookies had a recipe on the bag with cream cheese & crushed pineapple, I'm trying to find. You'd cut the cookie in 1/2 & fill, serve chilled-delic, anyone know the proportions? Going to make with phyllo cups

                                          2. The swiss fudge cookies were a favorite in our home!

                                            1. I probably have some around here somewhere...

                                              1. I loved S cookies... I use to have them with tea...at my Grandpas

                                                1. I am trying to find this out as well. Any luck?

                                                  1. Does anyone else remember the TV commercials from the '50's that had the tag-line/"jingle" that went, "add the continental touch to your table....Stella D'Oro." Even to this very naive kid, it looked and sounded very cheesy. Never once asked Mom to buy some. Can't remember them ever anywhere, except on those commercials.

                                                    1. I loved those. I think they were in the Lady Stella Assortment bag, that had several different cookies in it. There were those glazed flowers, a crescent cookie half chocolate and half vanilla, and some others I don't remember. I've looked and looked for them. Nothing else compares.

                                                      1. Happen to come across your post and was wondering if you were ever able track down a supplier that might still be distributing these biscuits? Guess I'm not the only one likes these things. There's really not anything like them around that I'm aware of. Thanks for responding if you get a chance.

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                                                        1. re: tomdunnock

                                                          Sorry...searched and wrote to Lance (the company who bought the Stella d'Oro product line) and couldn't get any information on them. I am tempted to recreate them. I need to try and find an ingredient list somehow, if only to see the stuff used to make them. I suspect it was flour, eggs, sugar, some kind of leavening agent...and I'm suspecting they were boiled, baked, and then went through some type of drying process. The outer texture is almost soft-pretzel like...the way your tongue would stick to the glazed coating...
                                                          I'm very tempted to try to recreate them!

                                                          1. re: saucygalnyc

                                                            I'm sure there had to be a unique baking process. I'll try and do a little research in regards to the recipe. If you do try to recreate these and are halfway successful, I'll be one of your customers.

                                                        2. ANGINETTI COOKIES (LIKE STELLA DORO)
                                                          The flavorings in this version are genuinely Italian, but you may substitute vanilla if you don't have anise or strega (Galliano liqueur) on hand. Grandma Gray used to put the pineapple cream cheese filling in her cream puffs, so perhaps you could put the anise extract in the cream puffs and just cook them a little longer to get them crunchy. If you use cream puffs, I wouldn’t brush on the warm icing until I had filled them. Here's the recipe I found after the company stopped making the Anginetti.

                                                          1/2 cup granulated sugar
                                                          6 tablespoons butter
                                                          1 teaspoon anise extract or strega
                                                          1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
                                                          3 eggs
                                                          2 cups all-purpose flour
                                                          2 teaspoons baking powder

                                                          Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

                                                          In the bowl of a mixer combine sugar, anisette or strega, lemon peel and 6 tablespoons of butter, beating until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue to beat for 1 minute. Stir in flour and baking powder (will be a soft, sticky dough).

                                                          Spoon dough into a pastry bag fitted with a 3/8-inch round tip. Pipe 2-inch diame-ter rings onto the parchment paper. Wet your fingertips press the ends of each ring together to form a smooth ring. (This sounds like you’re piping a ring, which might not get you a puff you can slice. You might consider piping some dough into the center of the ring.)

                                                          Bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove cookies from oven and immediately brush warm icing over hot cookies. Cool iced cookies on sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool completely. Slice in half and fill with cream cheese/pineapple filling.

                                                          1. Hello Saucy,

                                                            Just wondering if you've done any experimenting in regards to the discontinued Stella d Oro biscuit.

                                                            Thank you.

                                                            1. Yes, they were called Egg Biscuits, I loved them they also had frosted egg biscuits. I have been trying to find them for years but I think they discontinued them

                                                              1. Maybe if we all write them letters since they don't have an e-mail address we can get them to start making them again:
                                                                Stella D’oro
                                                                Consumer Services Dept.
                                                                8600 South Blvd
                                                                Charlotte, NC 28273

                                                                1. They're egg biscuits and sadly discontinued

                                                                  1. I wrote to them a while ago and learned that Lance bought out Stella Doro and doesn’t have the equipment to make the Anginetti puffs. The package used to have a recipe for a cream cheese/pineapple filling. We'd slice the crunchy/puffy cookies in half, spread with the filling and put the cookie back together again. These were a tradition at Christmas!!

                                                                    Here’s a similar recipe so you can still make the Anginetti Cream Puffs, though I haven't tried them. I have been substituting my grandmother's cream puff recipe.

                                                                    http://www.cooks.com/recipe/ik85f7fj/...

                                                                     
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                                                                    1. re: Bravelute

                                                                      This is *the* one cookie I miss since Stella D'Oro's new corporate overlords closed the original plant in The Bronx. I've since haunted every Italian bakery I find myself in, to no avail. I may just have to make them myself from the upthread recipe, although I doubt I'll ever nail it.

                                                                    2. I do remember them (from Stella d'Oro) and also that my grandmother used to buy something similar in a St Louis market in the 1940s---in that place and time, they were called "kracknels". Sort of a dry, short, non-sweet eggy biscuit---not as short as a cookie--- that had been cut with a scalloped cutter that had a hole in the middle then as it baked sort of "warped" upward around the edges. Shiny exterior. I have been looking for a recipe for them all my life.

                                                                      But---back to Stella d'Oro---they also had a crumbly fat cookie with a big gob of apricot-peach filling in the middle, that I still miss.

                                                                      ADDENDUM TO MY POST: Thanks to all who supplied the name "egg kichel". I googled by that name and got a recipe that sounds like the right stuff. Will try it ASAP.

                                                                      1. I wish they would bring back Lady Stella Assortment and Kichel. when I was a kid my grandmother would give these to me on a metal pie plate with a glass of milk. Travesty that they are gone.

                                                                        1. This probably qualifies as thread necromancy, but two years later I just wanted to chime in and say that I remember the Stella d'Oro egg biscuits well - they were my favorite treat at my Nonna's house (aside from her thermonuclear spaghetti sauce) when I was a kid in New York City in the 50's. I've been searching for what they were called for years, and just wanted to say thanks to OP and Angela who found the first reference. Oh, how I miss these.

                                                                          1. Just found this site. To those wondering about the bland cellophane bag from Stella D'Oro *sp* they were keichels. Grandma & I (22yrs ago) used to go thru bags of these. She was diabetic & we just ate them straight from the bag no matter how dry they were. So addictive! Looked & searched everywhere for years. No luck. Miss her & them. Wish I could find them to get even the tiniest of a beautiful memory back. Thank you all for remembering them as I do. You gave me a wonderful gift by showing me I'm not alone in the small things we miss that bring us back to great memories. Blessings to you all!

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                                                                            1. re: AspenRaine

                                                                              I feel like you were reading my mind! Was just online trying to see if I could find them, no luck though :(
                                                                              I wanted to surprise my 90 year old grandmother with a batch of cream puffs she always made during the holidays. Mmmm so good.

                                                                            2. I remember the Lady Stella Assortment. My grandmother used to buy them. I also liked what I called the styrfoam chips and the peach apricot tarts which were dietetic. I wish another company made them. Call Stella Doro. Maybe they will put them out for the holidays. There were also the flower shaped egg cookies.

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                                                                              1. re: Donnaisaprincess

                                                                                I stumbled on this thread searching for the Lady Stella assortment. I had been feeling nostalgic and just wanted them. I called Stella D'oro, and they informed me that they have just bought this product back, and we should be seeing them on the shelves within the next 3 weeks!

                                                                                1. re: cvonhagen

                                                                                  You called them???? what's their #. I want to ask them about the egg biscuits I've been missing so much!