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

saucygalnyc Jun 4, 2012 09:59 AM

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?

  1. pinehurst Jun 4, 2012 01:12 PM

    Is it one of these, the frosted ones?
    (sorry, forgot link)

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    1. re: pinehurst
      saucygalnyc Jun 4, 2012 01:33 PM

      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.

    2. grampart Jun 4, 2012 01:27 PM

      One of these? http://www.sofreshandsogreen.com/2009...

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      1. re: grampart
        saucygalnyc Jun 4, 2012 01:35 PM

        Nope - see response above.

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

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        Bakerloo Line Jun 4, 2012 01:34 PM

        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
          saucygalnyc Jun 4, 2012 01:43 PM

          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.

        2. pinehurst Jun 4, 2012 01:40 PM

          Like these?

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          1. re: pinehurst
            saucygalnyc Jun 4, 2012 01:43 PM

            *shakes head sadly*

          2. pinehurst Jun 4, 2012 01:53 PM

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

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            1. re: pinehurst
              Jeri L Dec 29, 2012 08:21 PM

              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!

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              Angela Roberta Jun 4, 2012 02:36 PM

              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
                saucygalnyc Jun 4, 2012 03:11 PM

                YES! ANGELA! You nailed it. But they were called Egg Biscuits.
                Found this!
                And the ones your mother bought were the Diet Kichel...there too!

                1. re: saucygalnyc
                  Bob W Jun 5, 2012 06:43 AM

                  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
                    saucygalnyc Jun 5, 2012 07:32 AM

                    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
                      Angela Roberta Jun 5, 2012 11:57 AM

                      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
                        Bob W Jun 5, 2012 01:08 PM

                        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
                    Novelli Jun 5, 2012 10:36 AM

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

                    1. re: Novelli
                      pinehurst Jun 5, 2012 10:48 AM

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

                  3. Marge Jun 4, 2012 02:50 PM

                    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
                      saucygalnyc Jun 4, 2012 03:12 PM

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

                      1. re: Marge
                        betsey Jun 4, 2012 09:16 PM

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

                      2. Antilope Jun 4, 2012 09:06 PM

                        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.


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                        1. re: Antilope
                          saucygalnyc Jun 5, 2012 07:33 AM

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

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                          Querencia Jun 4, 2012 09:54 PM

                          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.

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                            Beach Chick Jun 5, 2012 10:24 AM

                            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
                              saucygalnyc Jun 5, 2012 10:56 AM

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

                              1. re: saucygalnyc
                                Beach Chick Jun 5, 2012 11:07 AM

                                Thank you saucy gal!

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                              shepherdgirl Dec 29, 2012 08:01 PM

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

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                                Nathigh55 Jan 4, 2013 08:03 PM

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

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                                1. re: Nathigh55
                                  shepherdgirl Jan 5, 2013 05:03 AM

                                  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!

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                                  buggysmom Jan 16, 2013 05:21 PM

                                  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: buggysmom
                                    witziewoe Jun 6, 2013 11:24 AM

                                    I'm Eating Them Now, Walmart

                                    1. re: witziewoe
                                      Atomic76 Jun 8, 2013 06:18 PM

                                      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.

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                                    NYCHOUND Feb 14, 2013 08:21 AM

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

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                                    1. re: NYCHOUND
                                      witziewoe Jun 6, 2013 11:25 AM

                                      Walmart Has Roman Egg Biscuits

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                                      MagicMarkR Jun 6, 2013 12:04 PM

                                      Why not go straight to the source and ask them?


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                                      1. re: MagicMarkR
                                        HillJ Jun 6, 2013 12:36 PM

                                        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
                                          pinehurst Jun 6, 2013 02:50 PM

                                          Anginetti? The ones you could make cream puffs with?

                                          1. re: pinehurst
                                            HillJ Jun 6, 2013 02:52 PM

                                            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
                                              pinehurst Jun 6, 2013 02:57 PM

                                              These guys? I think they're anginetti.

                                              1. re: pinehurst
                                                HillJ Jun 6, 2013 03:03 PM

                                                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
                                                  pinehurst Jun 7, 2013 07:25 AM

                                                  egg jumbo?

                                                  Okay, now I'm joining your obsession.

                                                  Here is a link to that cookie and other varieties.


                                                  1. re: pinehurst
                                                    HillJ Jun 7, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                    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.

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                                        jarona Jun 7, 2013 10:04 AM

                                        The swiss fudge cookies were a favorite in our home!

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                                          flavrmeistr Jun 7, 2013 05:27 PM

                                          I probably have some around here somewhere...

                                          1. girloftheworld Jun 8, 2013 06:29 PM

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

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                                              Duaneallman Jul 22, 2013 06:15 PM

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

                                              1. grampart Jul 24, 2013 07:58 PM

                                                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.

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                                                  mhoward13 Aug 13, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                  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.

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                                                    tomdunnock Sep 2, 2013 07:01 AM

                                                    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
                                                      saucygalnyc Sep 2, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                      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
                                                        tomdunnock Sep 2, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                        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.

                                                        1. re: tomdunnock
                                                          mhoward13 Sep 2, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                          Me too!

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                                                      Bravelute Nov 15, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                      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.

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                                                        tomdunnock Nov 16, 2013 11:44 AM

                                                        Hello Saucy,

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

                                                        Thank you.

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