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Pepperidge Farm Milanos?? I keep trying others to see, but I always come back to Milanos. I'm pretty much addicted to the double chocoale variety, but they're all pretty darned good. Am I the only one with this addiction? Does anyone think some other brand of packaged cookie is better?

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  1. I assume you mean National Brands? For Pepperidge Farm (They remember!) I prefer their Brussels and Bordeaux cookies but even so its no more than one or two and I am done

    However a number of speciality stores around here, including Whole Foods, carry packaged cookies from local purveyors that outshine Pepperidge Farm all together. The first ones that come to mind are Salty Oats made by Kayak cookies in Hyannis. I could eat a whole package in one sitting!

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    1. re: foodieX2

      Ditto - that is one good cookie.

      1. re: foodieX2

        I just looked up Salty Oats online. Now I'm going to have to go to Whole Foods to get some. Thanks a lot...sheesh...

        1. re: Jpan99

          Man, I got excited there for a moment when you said Whole Foods, but I see they're only in NE. I usually pick up a bag at Formaggio Kitchen when in the Boston area. They're excellent for breakfast.

          1. re: emily

            Went to Whole Foods this weekend looking for these cookies. I found them but couldn't bring myself to buy them at $8 for 3 cookies. I'm sure they taste good, but I make great cookies and could make a whole batch of salty oatmeal cookies at home for $8. Sorry Salty Oats, too expensive for me.

      2. Lordy, but I love Milanos. Too much. They are my vacation treat. I only eat them on vacation. Did you ever have them when the chocolate is melty? Oohgah.

        However, I have to put up Oreos. Is there anyone that doesn't like Oreos? Mint chocolate chip ice cream, crushed Oreos and Chocolate Magic Shell. A bowl of heaven on earth. The local ice cream parlor sells a flavor called Ooey Gooey Oreo. Essentially a Cookies and Cream packed with Oreos and caramel. We get it with hot fudge, peanut butter sauce and yep, more crushed Oreos on top.

        Yes, Oreos are a more versatile, everyday cookie than Milanos.

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        1. re: Jerseygirl111

          I refuse to eat a Milano that has not been warmed up in the microwave. I've eaten them that way since before I can remember. If it ain't broke...

        2. Does anyone think some other brand of packaged cookie is better?


          Fig Newtons
          'Nila Wafers
          Animal Crackers

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Wow, all staples of my childhood, throw in Chips A'Hoy chocolate chips and all bases are covered.

          2. Why, yes. Archway almond windmills (formerly another brand I can't recall).

            Second choice: Marie Lu

            I march to the beat of a different cookie drummer

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            1. re: maxie

              Lu's Petit Ecolier are fantastic, though almost better characterized as candy than a cookie.

              I have a soft spot for Carr's Lemon Ginger Cremes, too.

              1. re: Savour

                If you are referring to the The Little School Boy cookies, I agree they are like a chocolate candy bar, but they are pretty good.

                1. re: Savour

                  Aldi sells a knockoff of these. I like the chocolate/cookie ratio on these even better than the original ( and at about half the price).

                  1. re: Pwmfan

                    I've seen those but have never purchased them. Thanks for the recommendation.

              2. I have a couple to contribute:

                1. Linden's 3-pack of chocolate chip cookies (childhood favorite that still appeals!)
                2. Nutter Butters
                3. The fudge or white chocolate covered Oreos
                4. Lorna Doone shortbread cookies
                5. Those wafer cookies with filling between the layer. (Can't remember what they're called!)

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                1. re: jbsiegel

                  "Those wafer cookies with filling between the layer. (Can't remember what they're called!)"

                  Do you mean Oreos?

                  1. re: John E.

                    Nope...certainly wouldn't forget Oreos!

                    I googled and figured it out...the Keebler Sugar Wafers!

                    1. re: jbsiegel

                      I was wrong anyway. Oreos are a sandwich cookie. I used to like the wafer cookies as a kid. I'm no much of an Oreo fan either. I think there are better sandwich cookies out there.

                      I will say that few store bought cookies are as good as or better than homemade.
                      (Although was was a great home cook, her chocolate chip cookies were terrible.)

                2. Chocolate covered HobNobs.

                  1. I'm partial to Tim Tams. They are Australian but becoming more and more available here and are delicious!


                    1. Lu Petit Ecolier and/or Bahlsen Choco Leibniz with dark chocolate. The only packaged cookie I eat. Except for Thin Mints. Never forget Thin Mints.

                      1. Nearly anything made by Jules Destrooper. Try the almond thins... Good lord

                        1. Trader Joes now has a shortbread with hazelnut spread sandwiched between... i am not supposed to eat flour, but i CANNot stop eating these things! they are perfection with a cup of tea

                          1. windmill cookies
                            lorna doone shortbread
                            penguin bars

                            1. Walkers Stem Ginger Biscuits or Shortbread for me.
                              About Pepperidge Farm: I almost like them, but I don't. To me, they hold out the promise of being a good quality cookie, but something is off -- slightly oily feeling, a little too crumbly, too much vanillin flavor.

                              1. Yes. I found Pepperidge Farm cookies to be kinda greasy tasting the last time I tried them.

                                Jules Destrooper
                                Lorna Doones
                                Nutter Butters
                                Animal Crackers
                                TJ's Almond Windmill Cookies

                                  1. re: JungMann

                                    The GS chocolate mint and a big glass of milk. Is it just in my area, or are they flogging these things pretty much year-round nowadays?

                                    1. re: flavrmeistr

                                      They are, but the Thin Mints are like poker chips nowadays, too. We always buy a box from our local GS though we don't really do sweets, and over the last few years, the TM's have grown smaller....and with little perforations in them. Diff. prep method, prob.

                                  2. The animal crackers (even plain, they are cookies, why do they call them crackers?) that are covered in pink or white frosting are pretty good.

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                                    1. re: John E.

                                      I love those too, but after about 10 of them I want an oral enema.

                                    2. The only kind of packaged cookies I really like (and there are various brands, though for all I know, are all made by one factory) and that is the sandwich cookie that comes in lemon cream, lime cream, or raspberry cream. The top cookie has a little hole in the center and there is usually a little dab of jelly in that flavor.

                                      1. Milanos are pretty good...but the top packaged cookie for me is 'Vienna Fingers' (but not the bad Nabisco knockoff called 'Cameos').

                                        My only 2 other favorites have gone extinct :-(
                                        --'Hydrox' (the sandwich cookie that Nabisco copied and called 'Oreo')
                                        --'Golden Fruit' (a one-of-a-kind based on the traditional Garibaldi biscuit). This one would be my hands down favorite if it were still available.

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                                        1. re: The Professor

                                          So with you on both the long-gone Hydrox and Golden Fruit. The 365 sandwich cookies from Whole Foods are a fairly good substitute for Hydrox -- better than TJ's Joe-Joes. As for Oreos, they don't even rate, and never have.

                                          Another vote for Jules Destrooper products, especially the Almond Thins.

                                        2. I love Brent & Sam's gourmet cookies, especially the key lime white chocolate. I also love raspberry Pims, Bahlsen deloba cookies, Biscoff cookies, Reko anise pizzelle cookies, and Sugarbowl petite palmier cookies. I'm sure that there are more that I'll remember later.

                                          1. Those lemon sandwich cookies that had a hole in the middle of them. The cookie part was shortbreadish and had a little scallop design on top of them. Not sure if they still make them.

                                            Also, Soft Batch chocolate chip.

                                            1. Any of Otterbein's cookies, but especially the chocolate chip. That said, Milanos are way up there. I also like the Pepperidge Farm Chesapeakes (dark chocolate chip and pecan).

                                              1. Pepperidge Farm Chessmen..........try making a "cookie" bread pudding with those. Scrumptious.

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                                                1. re: amazinc

                                                  I love those. I would eat the cookies then the men.

                                                2. I thought I was a snob about packaged baked goods, but I love a lot of the ones mentioned (esp. Jules Destrooper, Pims, Lu Petit Ecolier, Carr's Ginger Lemon Cremes)! And Salty Oats are local to me too, but I wouldn't call them "packaged"... yum. Also a New England thing, Effie's Oatcakes are excellent, like a oaty, slightly salty shortbread. And I love McVitie's digestive biscuits once in a while, the kind with chocolate.

                                                  1. My vote goes for Cafe Bistro Continental Cookie Assortment at Aldi - $3.99 for a 1-lb (dark, milk & white chocolate) assortment.

                                                    A few Pepperidge Farm items may beat them on an individual basis, but I prefer having the assortment.

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                                                    1. re: Clams047

                                                      Pepperidge Farm also has a large assortment box...damn them!

                                                    2. biscoffs are great. the trader joe's version not so much.

                                                      and the old archway hermits...like 10 + years back version
                                                      my husband would add the archway dutch chocolate cookie
                                                      to the list.

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                                                      1. re: grumpyspatient

                                                        Does Trader Joe's still sell their Highbrow Chocolate Chip Cookies? Those are far and away the best packaged cookies I have ever eaten. They truly taste homemade. If you see them, pick up a package. I had to cool it on the sweets so I don't even look in the general vicinity of the cookies at my local Trader Joe's. I'm a weak man.

                                                      2. Salerno Mint Cremes and Pepperidge Farms Brussels Mint.
                                                        Both no longer made, I think. Both were just the kind of thing you can't make at home.

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                                                        1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                          A Wisconsin company (Rippin' Good) makes a cookie similar to the Salerno Mint Cremes (but even better!). They have all but disappeared from the shelves in the MSP area (i did find some the other day) but are available on Amazon, if you're willing to pay the freight. You won't be disappointed.

                                                          1. re: Pwmfan

                                                            Just ordered some. Amazon is selling them as Prime item. $23 for 6 10-ounce packages.

                                                            1. re: emily

                                                              only 2 left in stock (but more on the way!)

                                                            2. re: Pwmfan

                                                              Is that the company that makes the Lemon Coolers now? I had some recently, and they were as good as the old ones.
                                                              I am going to look up the Mint Cremes. Haven't seen them at the supermarket with the other retro cookies. Thanks!

                                                              1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                Don't know about the Lemon Coolers. For years, Rippin' Good cookies were plentiful in almost every supermarket here. They were priced below the national brands but were every bit as good. Now their shelf space appears to have been surrendered to the generic/national "house brands".

                                                                1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                  Keebler made lemon coolers, which were excellent. I would just like to have a sack of that lemon dust!

                                                                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                    Lemon Coolers are made now by a company that is reproducing old favorites. I've forgotten the name of the company, though. I think I got them at Kroger, and there were several types of cookies in the line.

                                                                    1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                      Keebler is really kind of history now. Once Kellogg's bought the company, a number of favorites began disappearing.

                                                              2. I stopped eating them years ago, but Milanos were the best! Mint Milanos super, too.

                                                                1. I've always liked Famous Amos chocolate chip, and, Trader Joe's Belgian Waffle Butter cookies(OMGS). Alas I've been off cookies for over a year and a half now, and miss both.

                                                                  1. Stella d'Oro Swiss Fudge - nuked just a bit to make the thick fudgy center warm and semi-melty!