Food of the Seventies, Windmill Cookies

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My mother used to love these. They were cookies shaped like a windmill, they were yellow and had some kind of sliced nuts in them. I thought they were okay. I have not seen them around in quite a while.
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AJ - July 19, 2007 - Report this comment
From time to time we would get a couple of these in our lunches. I never liked them when I was little, but now I love them. You can find them in the grocery store made by Voortman's or Archway.
Nicholas Davis - September 07, 2008 - Report this comment
In my opinion, it is hard to beat a windmill cookie. Peanut butter cookies come close, but my favorite will always be the windmill cookie. In Wisconsin, Rippin Good Cookies still manufactures them. I like the kind of spiced flavor. Windmill cookies go REALLY well with a mug of hot tea on a cold Wisconsin winter evening. I don't think that windmill cookies get the respect they deserve.
jolynn - June 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Windmill cookies are great! I haven't had them in ages. It's good to know that they still make them.
arc2417 - July 05, 2009 - Report this comment
wow do they still make these? where I'm glad others remember them as well
Susan - July 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I saw some Windmill cookies at Trader Joe's and got excited. However, they are almond flavored. The original cookies I remember (from the '60s and '70s) were hazelnut (I think - definitely not almond) and had sliced/slivered hazelnuts on top. Very disappointed!
RJ - July 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Windmill cookies with almond slivers were so good. I think Archway still makes them but not sure. Hmm I'll have to look for those!
john - August 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm now eating some Archway Windmill cookies, but I'm afraid they are not the ones of my childhood. these look correct, but they are too thick and not as delicate as I was expecting. They have almond bits in the cookie and not slivers on top. They taste ok, but I don't think these are the mreal McCoy.
brenda - September 09, 2009 - Report this comment
ick!! these were the only cookies my grandmother would have. i guess you could consider it a relished memory of her house, even though they were awful!! LOL!!
Irene - November 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Trader Joe's just came out with a pretty good copy.
Joyce - September 01, 2010 - Report this comment
Archway went bankrupt last year and was bought by Lance. The cookies are now coming back to the store shelves.
Connie - April 14, 2012 - Report this comment
In 1926 the Steenstra family immigrated to the United States bringing with them the family recipe for making delicious Dutch Windmill Cookies. In 1947 the Steenstra’s built a bakery in now the City of Wyoming, Michigan, just down the road from the then cookie baking leader Hekman Bakery. They made cookies in that plant until June of 1988 when the building burned down. This did not put Steenstra’s out of business but did force a move to the neighboring Dutch community of Hudsonville where keeping that same family recipe, the cookie business prospered. The cookie cutter die used for shaping the cookies dates back to the early 1900’s and shows 5 distinct shapes telling “The legend of St. Nicholas” and is the reason they are often known as Santa Claus Cookies. The shapes are; St. Nick on his horse, a windmill where he lived, a rooster that would wake him up, an owl that made him wise, and a boy and girl that are the recipients of St. Nick’s good cookie treats. If you live near Chicago, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan you can get Steentra's cookies at Meijer grocery store
Libby - March 24, 2013 - Report this comment
I grew up eating these and I love them. Our cookies were an almond spice windmill cookie with almond slices and they tasted like nothing else. I am glad to hear that Meijer is carrying them.
Libby - March 24, 2013 - Report this comment
I grew up eating these and I love them. Our cookies were an almond spice windmill cookie with almond slices and they tasted like nothing else. I am glad to hear that Meijer is carrying them.
Lindy - August 30, 2013 - Report this comment
Juts saw them at The Dollar Tree.
Steve - October 15, 2013 - Report this comment
Trader Joe's cookies are a poor substitute; coated with sugar and minimal amount of almond pieces. No alsmond slivers.
Jennifer - November 25, 2013 - Report this comment
I love Steenstra's Santa Claus cookies, but the only thing I have found that tastes like the windmill cookies of my youth are Meijer brand. They are near the specialty cookies, and in a long, flat box. They are individually packaged in packages of three. They are a bit expensive, so I only buy them as a treat, but they are thin and crispy, and nicely spicy...similar in taste to the ones with almond slivers on top.
Bob - December 09, 2013 - Report this comment
I grew up in the Grand Rapids area, having been born there in 1956. As far as I can recall we had these cookies as long as I was alive so they certainly predate the '70s. BTW, I think if you do a search on Speculoos (Speculaas) you'll find the original Dutch form, Windmill cookies being a year-round Americanized shape of the classic.
Ginger - September 25, 2014 - Report this comment
These cookies are like a wisp in the wind for me... I recall them from time to time but have not seen them myself for decades. As a child of the eighties from NYC I remember the ones with the almond slivers- my parents would let my siblings and I have them once in a while. I asked my husband if he shared this memory and he, to my surprise, have neither ever seen nor tasted them. He also jokingly told me they are a myth from a story I always tell and to let them go! I think I will seek out a box and maybe it will be a event transformed...

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