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...
WILSON - November 08, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember traveling and stop at rest areas and the volunteers would have these and shortbreads to go with hot coffee or tea. I would always give a buck and take a stack. LOL I am eating some now with my coffee. Great for dunkin!
Scott - January 04, 2015 - Report this comment
I love them I just ate the last one.Gosh I miss my aunt would bring homemade ones over from Swedish bakery...
Kate - February 18, 2015 - Report this comment
When I was a kid my Grandma would buy windmill cookies for us as a treat sometimes. I loved the flavor of them. As an adult I haven't had one for a long time. I'm thinking its time to buy some for nostalgia.
Jerry M. - April 09, 2015 - Report this comment
In Sioux Center Iowa there is a Dutch bakery that took that same recipe from Holland. I am 66 years old and I think I had my first windmill cookie when I was 1, and they were around here long before me. Early 1900 I believe. You can call Caseys, its listed in the directory anyone can find the number. They will mail whatever you want with prepayment. Try their almond patties as well..They are great.
Lisa ann - October 16, 2015 - Report this comment
Windmills are my most favorite fall cookie!When the colors change and pumpkin spice everything comes out! That all time classic molasses taste, that's my tradition ♡♡♡
Steve - October 17, 2015 - Report this comment
Windmill cookies are an Americanized version of a Western European Christmas cookie called Speculoos. I grew up with these here in Wisconsin and just introduced my little boy to them. :)
Dan - February 18, 2016 - Report this comment
In Texas at least, they are in all the Dollar Stores
UpNorthGuy - March 24, 2016 - Report this comment
These are still available from several companies. The ones I remember from my youth were fairly thin, crispy and delicate, with a flavor of mixed spices unlike any other cookie. They are a form of cookie called speculaas. I have a recipe for homemade speculaas, which is good, but not the same thing as the store-bought cookies. The cookies I remember always had "sliced" almonds (not "slivers" which is a different way of cutting an almond) mixed in. In recent years, I've seen the same cookies without the almonds, which I assumed was an alternative for folks who are allergic to nuts.
denise - April 10, 2016 - Report this comment
Publix vero beach florida. Love these cookies.santa does good work!!!d
Tammy - April 29, 2016 - Report this comment
Publix in Florence, Alabama has the Steenstra cookies/ We buy a package of 20 every time we shop there. Great with coffee.
stephen - June 18, 2016 - Report this comment
I work for Abimar foods, in Abilene Texas. we make almond windmill cookies under the Lil' Dutch Maid name.
MichiganMan - July 12, 2016 - Report this comment
Just read Stephen's post and am actually eating a Windmill Cookie from Lil' Dutch Maid while I write this! Love them and buy them at a nearby convenience store in Michigan.
Chad - July 30, 2016 - Report this comment
My wife brought some home from the store a few days ago. Since it's been over thirty years since I've had one, I had forgotten how great they are. I put mine in the oven for a few minutes to let the heat bring out the spice flavors a bit more.
m.posnansky - September 03, 2016 - Report this comment
where in south florid can I buy windmill almond st.claus cookies?
CookieMonster - September 03, 2016 - Report this comment
Lil' Dutch Maid Almond Windmills are available at Target & Walmart...
Laura - October 26, 2016 - Report this comment
Apparently these were a thing before the 70's. I remembered my mom commenting many years ago about how they had served these at school. I didn’t fully realize what she meant at the time. I just remembered her smiling. (Granted, it was early 70’s when she told me this.) Fast forward to 2016: Mom has cancer, she’s not doing well, and she’s been placed in hospice care. As you can imagine, we’re all wracking our brains for anything that would make her feel better… that would make her smile. I remembered the cookies. My brother located some on his next grocery run. They were lovingly offered warmed, with chocolate milk, as soon as she felt like a snack. She smiled, and chuckled “I used to eat these in kindergarten.” Now mom was born in 1933, and I don’t know what age she had kindergarten, but I am grateful that windmill cookies are still sold many decades later. And even more grateful for the memory.
Mary - April 22, 2017 - Report this comment
Laura, what a beautiful story. I'm so sorry about your mom's illness.
Rox Anne Gallegos - August 20, 2017 - Report this comment
I remember these almond shaped cookies. My mom would let us have these as children. The ones I remember though, had almond slices in and on them. I looked for them the other day at on a grocery run, had a craving for 'em and couldn't find them.😒 My son dropped me off at dollar tree and I found a package there by Lil' Dutch Maid. Not as much spice as I remember and these ones did not have sliced almonds, but for a dollar, it brought back some good memories.
David T. - November 23, 2017 - Report this comment
I recently purchased some windmill cookies at the Dollar Tree when I came across them. Brought back some great memories for me. My parents used to buy the ones with sliced almonds back in the 70’s and 80’s. Hadn’t thought about these cookies in a long time. I would always dip these in milk when I was a kid.
bill k - December 03, 2017 - Report this comment
I worked for Keebler for 35 years,we carried our brand of windmills up until maybe 1990.It was one of the cookies that just disappeared.
bill k - December 03, 2017 - Report this comment
Ours had the sliced almonds in them
Dotty - February 10, 2018 - Report this comment
Trader Joe’s has some and they are good! They are Almond ones.
Stacey E. - August 16, 2018 - Report this comment
It's hard to believe people are amazed that these are "coming" back given that I've never not seen them my entire life. I live in Arizona and I hardly think it's a big Dutch community here. Maybe the brand that makes these is located nearby, but they're in almost all the grocery stores and dollar stores I've ever been in. I mean, we moved here when I was 9 and I'm now 49 and don't ever remember not seeing them.

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