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These were lemon flavored cookies, pale yellow in color with brown outer edges, about twice the size of a vanilla wafer. My mother bought these for us in Augusta, Georgia in the 70's to early 80's. Any info. where to find them?
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C. Elliott - November 14, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh, my gosh, these cookies were my childhood, for sure. What company manufactured them? Where can we find some? We gotta find them.
Dan CA - December 13, 2008 - Report this comment
they were made by (FFV) Famous foods of Virginia ?are tjey still in business. They were wrapped in foil-also made orange thins with browned edge.Had these in the 50's mail me info
Julie - Suffolk, VA - April 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I LOVED Lemon Thin Cookies. I was just discussing them with a coworker about how I craved them when I was pregnant in 1990 and couldn't find them anywhere, and I lived in Richmond at the time. Hello, that's where FFV is; and I believe they're still in business. I'll have to look them up and give them a call.
Sharon - July 14, 2009 - Report this comment
My husband and I have been looking everywhere for these too! We grew up in the Carolina's and now live in Fl. My dad always bought these when he was going to be churning home made ice cream. I would love to find them or even a recipe. Please, please let me know if any of you find them. Thanks!
Terri - Miami - July 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I agree - these cookies are cravable! I've been on a quest to find another "perfect" lemon cookie like the Lemon Thins and have not succeeded - I even got co-workers looking for me. I never forgot the Lemon Thins - someone bring them back! Well, while in Italy a couple weeks ago, I found a cookie that looked very similar and had the same texture - delicious vanilla wafer flavor: Mini Voglie - Lingue di gatto made by Vicenzi ... google it. Hope to find in an Italian market here!
dottie waugh - October 27, 2009 - Report this comment
oh my gosh and i thought i was the only one who remembered and yes still crave these cookies. i have been looking for even a recipe for something even close to these little cookies. if anyone can find these lemon thins, please let me know. thank you, dottie
Ann - Dallas, TX - November 14, 2009 - Report this comment
Nabisco use to make them. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. I can't imagine why they quit making them. I don't eat a lot of sweets, but I could sit and eat a whole box of these in one sitting.
Ann - November 14, 2009 - Report this comment
Lemon ThinPosted by Editor at The Food Channel® Prep Time: Cook Time: Serves: 48 Tagged: virtual cookie exchange, baking, lemon thin, gourmet, No Fear Entertaining, holiday, christmas, dessert, Lemon Thins are a nice light cookie during the holidays or any time of year. This recipe is part of the Virtual Cookie Exchange, courtesy of No Fear Entertaining and Ingredients 2 eggs 2/3 Cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 teaspoons lemon rind, grated 6 tablespoons butter, softened (I used unsalted) 2/3 Cup flour Preparation 1Preheat oven to 400 ° F. 2In a bowl beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture forms a ribbon when the beater is lifted. Keep beating and add the lemon rind. 3In a separate bowl beat the butter until it is light and fluffy. 4Add the butter to the egg mixture alternating with the flour. 5Drop the batter by teaspoons about 2-1/2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Flatten the mounds into 2 inch rounds with a spoon dipped in water. 6Bake the cookies for about 5 minutes, or until the edges are browned. 7Allow to cook on the sheets for 1 minute then cool them completely on a rack. Makes about 48 cookies. Additional Info
Margaret Denver - November 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I also grew up with these in Texas and still crave them. Have found same cookies in orange, and I think vanilla or almond. But where are the lemon ones? I will try the recipe above and possibly use Meyer lemons! Thanks -
Derek Dinkler - December 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Every time I go to the grocery store I look for lemon thins....I think I need serious cookie therapy because I still crave them as well....I would give up my girlfriend if I could find them.
Craig White - January 28, 2010 - Report this comment
My story is earlier but much the same as other posters. My Carolina family didn't buy lemon thins, but as a child in the 50s & 60s I'd occasionally find myself at parties where lemon thins were served. They struck me as exquisite, a token of a finer life. As a grown-up in the 80s I realized I could buy them for myself, but then alas moved to Texas where no one seems to have heard of them (despite one Texas poster's memory). Yes to Nabisco as their national marketer. Great with tea.
kelly - March 13, 2010 - Report this comment
i am currently eating the most delicious paper thin lemon cookie from trader joe's. they are SO GOOD i had to google to see if other people were as obsessed as i am. maybe y'all could try these out?
Sarah - March 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I grew up in South Carolina and I remember these cookies. They were so good. I now live in Augusta, Georgia and I'm always looking for things from childhood. I remember a cookie that my Grandmother used to buy. It was a rectangle cookie with scalloped edges and had a semi hard icing on it. Pink on some and White on some. The cookie part I think had a spice type flavor to it. Anyone remember these? Do they still make them? What company made them and are they still out there??
Bill - April 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I used to cut a lemon in half and put several drops of lemon juice on each cookie before I ate it. Yum!
Cherique - August 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I am so looking for these cookies .. they use to be my favorite cookies ..
GC - September 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I spend much of my career in the food business; cookies and crackers. A company called Murray's Biscuit Company an Augusta Ga. made the original Lemon Thins. When I did business with me (making fig bars) they used to send them in the mail to me since they weren't available in Chicago. They were best when they were a little stale and lost some of their crispness. Odd I guess.
susan in Texas - October 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I am in my early 60's and STILL crave and yearn for these. I recall the lemon had a shiny surface with brown edges and would stick in my teeth when I ate a whole one. I have never found a substitution and someone mentioned Trader Joes but there is not one in Houston.
Rhonda in Oklahoma - November 12, 2010 - Report this comment
I am in my early 40's, have been desperately searching for these cookies. I couldn't remember the name, as a matter of fact, I couldn't remember if my mom made them at home, or purchased them. I crave them. Can't believe I've found this site.
Joe Hosford - November 24, 2010 - Report this comment
We litereally grew up with this cookie. My Mom loved them so she purchased them alot. I have been looking for them for several years but nothing so far...except "Annas" lemon but they are not as good.
DOTTIE WAUGH - January 21, 2011 - Report this comment
Ernest - February 01, 2011 - Report this comment
Same memories here; mine are from the 60's and 70's in Miami @ my great grandmothers house and also my parents. The crispiness and flavor of these cookies has never been duplicated. I can still picture the green Keebler Box and I also look for them every time I go shopping, no matter what city, state or even country. WE NEED THESE BACK!
Cherry Carver - September 21, 2011 - Report this comment
These cookies just popped into my head late this evening (couldn't recall the name): thin, crisp lemon cookies that were pale with a delicate brown edge. I mentioned them to my husband and he instantly recalled them. I also remember the orange version, though I didn't like them as well. We need these cookies!!! So happy to find this forum tonight! :)
Betty - September 23, 2011 - Report this comment
We were just discussing these cookies today and I had to find out if they still could be purchased. These were one of the best cookies that I have ever eaten. I am planning to visit Trader Joe's and purchase a box. I hope they are as good as the original. It is a shame that something so good has been retired!
D.Johnson - November 07, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm from South Carolina and I have been looking for lemon thins forever. I'm going to try the recipe from Margaret. This was the best cookie, so light and crispy. They need to get them back in the stores.
Laraine Dec - January 21, 2012 - Report this comment
Thank you everyone. I thought I was imaging my childhood memory of the most delicious cookie ever. That delicate, thin wafer of a cookie. Did someone say that they sell them in Trader Joe's?
Ms. Nikki - January 29, 2012 - Report this comment
My grandmother brings out a bag of these thin lemon cookies, I asked her can I taste them.... OMG!!!! It was the cookies I use to love and crave when I was a kid.... She said she purchased them in the store Big Lots... But they didn't have many left. So of course I rush to the store to buy my own and I couldn't find them.... The store was closing but I will go to another location...She said they're in a brown bag.
dawn - February 19, 2012 - Report this comment
the Trader Joe's Thin Lemon cookie is plenty good, but it's not the one we are all remembering. there's no delicate brown edge, and it's about half the size. Nabisco should read this blog and re-issue those delectable treats! Just the memory of them makes my mouth water!
Bill Perlman - February 20, 2012 - Report this comment
We got them in Brooklyn, NY when I was younger. I still can taste them
Pam - March 10, 2012 - Report this comment
Do wish they would bring them back. Trader Joes' Lemon Thins are the closest I've come to replacing them but they just aren't the same in texture and consistency. I thought a company called Murray's located in Augusta made these but I do recall FFV making some as well. Maybe I'm confused about Murray's. i will try the recipe above. Maybe that will satisfy.
Connie - March 27, 2012 - Report this comment
I am glad I'm not the only one looking for these cookies! I grew up in Texas and never had them-but, after moving to Tenn, fell in live with them. I moved back to TX, and couldn't find them- now I see that the stopped making them:( I don't live near a Trader Joes, but there is one "coming soon" to Fort Worth. Meanwhile, I will search all the Big Lots I pass:))
Diana Anderson - May 21, 2012 - Report this comment
My favorite lemon (and orange) cookie was definitely made by FFV (fine foods of virginia). They were delicate yet very flavorful, crisp and light. Yum-i!
Mama Geri - August 06, 2012 - Report this comment
Joining the previous posters with the love of FFV Lemon thins. Ate them back in the 50's with a glass of milk or hot tea. The company also made orange thins. I've also searched for years with no results. Going to try the recipe offered above. Can't wait to see if they are like the cookie we dream of eating again from the past. Happy to find this web site and enjoying all the comments.
Trisha - September 18, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember the orange thins pale colored with brown edges. They were by Nabisco. Stacked on their sides in one single row. Maybe we should all go online and demand them to be made again. I could eat a whole box at a time.
DEDE - December 09, 2012 - Report this comment
OMG we need to start a pation to bring back the original lemon thins and the chcolate crisp coookie .
Marty - December 12, 2012 - Report this comment
I've been looking for these cookies across the country for years. Didn't know the name (so thanks to those who posted)...just how they looked and tasted! My Aunt always had these and no other cookie brings back such fond memories. I agree we need to start a petition!
kathy - April 07, 2013 - Report this comment
what ever happened to the square lemon-cream sandwich cookies my brother bought for me from the store in the 60's? 2 for a nickel. they had a checker-like print. I was 5 yrs old.
Carol - May 05, 2013 - Report this comment
Won't let me post a link to this recipe, but the one posted above by "Ann" is dead-on. I was a little skeptical that they would be as good, but other than the fact that my homemade cookies are never a uniform size, I would have thought it was the very ones Nabisco made.
Nancy - August 20, 2013 - Report this comment
I'm a Georgia girl and Mama would buy these occasionally, I remember putting them in my mouth and letting then dissolve on my tongue. Oh, the the yumminess of them.
Bill - October 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Nabisco Lemon Thins were my favorite cookie as a child in the '50's and '60's. I look for them in the cookie aisle every time I go grocery shopping, but obviously they were discontinued many years ago.
Dave - October 29, 2013 - Report this comment
I don't know what company made them, but the cookies were around in the very early 60's for sure. I think about them often, and I wish they would bring them back . . .
Barb - January 31, 2014 - Report this comment
I grew up on Long Island in the 50's and 60's and my mom always got these fab brown edge lemon cookies. Can't find them anywhere anymore but I'm going to try the recipe Ann printed above. Thanks Ann!
Dennis - June 27, 2014 - Report this comment
Haven't as yet, but I'm going to give this recipe via Ann(Nov. 09 comment) a try. My introduction to Lemon Thins came in the early 50's during Vacation Bible School at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church in Mechanicsville, Va. just outside Richmond. Not knowing their proper name, I just considered the source and they became "Jesus Cookies" - even after I learned how to read. Hopefully, this recipe will be an answer to a prayer!
Kathy - September 22, 2014 - Report this comment
Really liked these cookies. Have been looking for them for years. Since I can't find the cookie I have found a recipe just tonight that looks like the ones we all love. Going to try them out this week. Can't wait been craving them for quite sometime.
Cynthia - October 08, 2014 - Report this comment
I don't want a recipe - I don't bake, BUT I also wish Nabisco would bring back the Lemon Thins. I yearn for them. I dream of them. When I look at my car, I see the tires made of lemon thins. All my round clocks are transformed into Lemon Thins ! Nothing I have tried is as good as the originals. I think we should get a petition going as someone suggested !!!
Starr - October 22, 2014 - Report this comment
It was Jack's Lemon Thins, evidently baked in NC They were the best ever. They were nice lemony yellow and with a slight brown edge. I tried to locate last year and they were on a NC grocery site but discontinued. I found something about a lawsuit filed but could not make since of it. Could be people were fighting about the recipe. Is there still a Jacks company for cookies?
edc - November 09, 2014 - Report this comment
The Nabisco lemon thin cookies were great--we had them on special occasions in Loisiana. Have not found these in decades--are they still being made
frances - December 22, 2014 - Report this comment
I certainly miss Nabisco Lemon thins! Agree with Cynthia's message...Nabisco, come on! bring back the original Lemon Thins!!! thank you for listening...
Howard - December 25, 2014 - Report this comment
I don't believe this! I have been almost mesmerized about finding these cookies or recipe. My daughter just coincidently caught me searching, suggested changes to my method, and BAM! I found on the 1st picture. Then I found this site! Now my wife thinks there must be something "funny" in the cookies. I'm not alone! I don't remember Nabisco packaging, I do think my mother made them, but last we talked she does not remember. I'll sign the petition.
Alicia Sundie Pack - February 01, 2015 - Report this comment
In 1956, I was introduced to Lemon Thins by my first grade teacher.They were given out to the best students on Friday afternoon, as a reward. Needless to say, once I tasted them, I was always one chosen as one to receive this delicious reward ! On occasion, she gave us the Orange ones but Lemon was my favorite. All these years have gone by but I have never forgotten the taste. I still remember breaking them into quarters and allowing them to dissolve in my mouth. I have been looking for them for years and years but have not found them. I still carve them !!!!!
Den - April 28, 2015 - Report this comment
I bought these cookies in Calif in the 1970s. Great, great cookies. Would love to see them come back.
Cathy - June 28, 2015 - Report this comment
I can't believe I finally this forum and the name of these cookies! My mother and I were hooked on them in the late 60s and early 70s. We have been trying to remember the name for years. We need to start a fan club. I'll never forget Lemon Thins or Hydrox.
Nancy - July 05, 2015 - Report this comment
I am encouraged!!! There are others like me out there. Lemon Thins were not just cravable. They were addictive. Coca Cola used to contain cocaine. What was really in those cookies? The packages were small. It was easy to eat the entire package.
Cindy - September 01, 2015 - Report this comment
I am also a Lemon Thin thusiast and I do bake. The recipe at top of thread looks about right BUT these thins had no grated lemon rind. They were as smooth as could be and melted in your mouth. No hard little rinds left. So I'm thinking 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp lemon extract and scratch the grated rind.
Sharon Day - September 06, 2015 - Report this comment
The ones I had back in the 50's and 60's were called "Nabisco Brown Edge Wafers." My Mom got them all the time and they were one of my all time favorites because they were extremely crispy. I'm not a fan of most "soft baked" cookies. I haven't seen these in the grocery store in years, but would love to.
Kathy Robertson - February 03, 2016 - Report this comment
Stashtea .com a has lemon thin on their new arrivals page. Sigh..can't give link.
Pam - February 13, 2016 - Report this comment
These were one of my husband's and my favorite cookies! There are several types of lemon thin cookies out there but none are the same as these! Please FFV, Murray's or Nabisco bring them back!!!
richard - March 06, 2016 - Report this comment
I woke up this AM and thought about Lemon thins-hadn't thought about them in 30+ years and went to computer. I am from SC and my mom bought them . I'd give up all other sweets if I could have Lemon thins back
Sheryl - August 02, 2016 - Report this comment
I love lemon thin cookies. I remember them as a kid when we'd visit my grandmother in Saint Augustine, Fla. Look for them all the time now when shopping. How cruel.. Why did they stop making them! I want them! 😢
Melanie - August 10, 2016 - Report this comment
There were some lemon thins with a slightly browned edge made by Murray cookies. I guess they quit making them? I remember them from the 70's!!
Michael - August 28, 2016 - Report this comment
60's in NC my neighbor was route salesman for Murray Bisquit Co.. The lemon thinBUFs very popular particularly with more expensive establishments. Their ginger snaps, coconut macaroons, butter cookies and chocolate chips were biggest sellers.
Jenny - December 19, 2016 - Report this comment
FFV went out of business a few years ago, but stopped making them before that. They got into the business of making girlscout cookies... I loved those things with tea in the morning!
Reba Davenport - December 22, 2019 - Report this comment
I live in SC. The brand that I bought was Nabisco. I don't know why they stopped making them. I loved them. I found some copy-cat recipes on Pinterest I plan to try.
Terri - February 25, 2020 - Report this comment
My little brother loved those lemon thins in the green box and he got our whole family hooked. It's been 50 years since I had one but I can still taste them. His birthday is coming up and I'll be trying out the recipe to see if I can deliver a batch to him that will take him back...Why on earth were they discontinued???
RJ - January 18, 2022 - Report this comment
So happy to track down this page and finally have the actual name of this cookie! Maybe I will try ann's recipe without the rind! These were truly wonderful cookies. so thin, so delicate. It is hard to imagine being able to make them as thin at home! Wishing you all delicious moments!!
RJ - January 18, 2022 - Report this comment
Thank you so much for developing this site!! What a treat!
Michael Harris - March 16, 2022 - Report this comment
Murray biscuit company made lemon thins.As a boy in the fifties I helpedYQ a neighbor who was a route salesman deliver them in the Durham and Chaple Hill area of North Carolina. Jack's cookies was his biggest competitor. With the coconut macaroons.

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