Food of the Eighties, Mama's Cookies
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They were chocolate cookies with a hole in the middle and sugar sprinkled on top. I can't find them anywhere. They were out when I was a kid then they were gone. They brought them back a few years ago and took them away again. They were my favorite cookies.
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    I also grew up with the great taste of Mama\'s Cookies. I guess I was luckier than most because the factory was just few miles from my home in Chicago.

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Peg - June 19, 2007 - Report this comment
Oh my GOSH, they were soooooo good. I wish they would come out in the stores again. They'd be a HUGE hit! (Especially for all of us baby boomers!!!!!)
Dana - July 13, 2007 - Report this comment
One person told me they thought Voortman had the rights to make them.
Lammmy - July 14, 2007 - Report this comment
Bring mamma cookies back. They were sooooo good.
Mara - August 22, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved those cookies!! Just hearing about them makes me feel good. Pleeeeze bring them back!!
Tammy Payne - August 29, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved the Macaroon ones. The Sugar ones were awesome! My kids teethed on these cookies. Please bring them back!
Carol - September 03, 2007 - Report this comment
In the 70s-80s, I "put up" cookies and crackers at the then-existing Chatham Supermarkets in the metro Detroit area. Whether it was during open hours or on night crew, we sold at least a case/day. BRING THEM BACK! (My nostalgia for things genuinely good is lonely...) :o)
jordan - September 07, 2007 - Report this comment
I'm glad I found this forum! I've been telling my children about Mamas cookies for 20 years. There is nothing like them. The Sugar ones were my favorites. Pecan was the bomb too! Let's bring 'em back !!!!!!!
Jenny - October 02, 2007 - Report this comment
Loved mama's cookies...any news on them? Also, does anyone remember a chip commercial from the 70's or 80's where the person is eating chips in the desert and there mouth gets so dry, but they can't stop eating them? What was this commercial for?
a str8 up lady 7 - October 03, 2007 - Report this comment
omg...wur iz da mamas cookeiz at? they dont sell the mamas cookies anymore, the baseball cookies, or the coated candy popcorn?! this suckz! plz bring them back!!!!
Bridget Smith - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember when I was a kid, Everyday coming home from school I would stop at the corner store and buy a box of mama cookies the sugar ones was the best then the macaroons. A few years ago i found the at a local grocery store and now they are gone again.We want them back !!!
Big Dick Dudey - December 11, 2007 - Report this comment
I heard that the ShurGood cookie company bought them out. They were a huge hit in Cincinnati! I miss them too.
Susan - January 16, 2008 - Report this comment
My fondest memories of Mama's cookies are when I was growing up in Cincinnati. They would have them in nursery at church. I wish they would make them again!
Alex - January 17, 2008 - Report this comment
need some 80's cookies....sweet!
Syd - January 22, 2008 - Report this comment
Uncle Al advertised them on his show in Cincinnati!! Also....Barq's Red Cow, Orange Cow, Grape Cow, Black Cow.....Now we can hardly find the Red Creme Soda and Root Beer! But loved those Mama's Cookies....chocolate, dunked in milk...Mmmmmmmmmm GOOD!
Lisa - January 28, 2008 - Report this comment
The Oreo cookie 100 calorie pack "thin crisps" are the closest thing I've found to the chocolate Mama's cookies. I miss them!
Jon H - April 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember doing the twist on the stump at the Uncle Al show then going home and pounding the lemon ones!
Mike H - April 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I always pounded the Macroon ones!
Matthew M - April 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Chocolate was the beast
Mo Mo - May 14, 2008 - Report this comment
I found Mama's Oyster Crackers at and it has the same logo. Why can't they make the cookies??!!
Jeff - May 27, 2008 - Report this comment
They used to sell these at my campus cafeteria in the mid 80's. Two big-ass cookies for only 50 cents. And so much sugar! Gives me a head-rush just thinking about it.
Stephanie - June 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved those cookies so much. We dipped them in milk and also in pear juice. They were a real family favorite here in Cincinnati.Bring them back!
Kendall - June 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I know where those are, you can find Mamas cookies in vending machines in Connecticut!
Marianne Hornschemeier - June 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved mama's cookies. I've been looking for them for years. If anyone finds them please post it on the internet. I remember them from the Uncle Al Show in Cincinnati. My sister and I have both been trying to find them.
Diana - July 02, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember Mama's cookies were advertised during the Uncle Al show too...Found the oyster crackers at Jungle Jims in Cincinnti...would love to try the cookies again!!
Brenda - July 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I have been looking for the white shortbread cookies with the red jam in the middle. They were Mama's cookies too, right? Are they out of business?
Susan - July 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Who makes the oyster crackers? Maybe we can start a campaign to get them to make the cookies too???? I read that story that the Business Courier had - why didn't they keep making them??? Everyone I know who grew up here loves those cookies!
Betsy - August 29, 2008 - Report this comment
As a baby boomer I CRAVE Pecan Mama's Cookies when I'm not feeling well. My Mom used to give them to me with hot tea. PLEASE BRING THEM BACK!!!!
Tina - September 25, 2008 - Report this comment
Oreo thin crisps are pretty close to Mama's chocolate cookies. But I want the real thing!!!
Tracey - September 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I would love to let my kids try Mama's cookies--they were great. I was on the Uncle Al show in '76 and "starred" in a Mama's cookies commercial--would love to show that to my children
susan - October 02, 2008 - Report this comment
have to say chocolate was the best!!! and macroon. i seen some a few plus years ago but never since. here in cincinnati. bring them back!
Margie - October 05, 2008 - Report this comment
I'm craving those chocolate and pecan Mamas cookies, too. Can't find them anywhere so I thought search the internet and found the rest of you are searching too.
Tonya - October 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved those Mama's cookies so much as a little girl, I was tell my son about them today and thought, I see if I could get some on the internet. I find so many other's miss those GOOD! cookies to!
Ruth Silny - December 24, 2008 - Report this comment
My uncle worked for Mama's cookies, and in the 60's I went to the factory and took those coconut cookies right off the line! I still remember them... real good!
Sherry C. - January 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I have been wanting these Mama cookies for a long time too folks. I grew up in the Cincinnati area in the 60's. I remember the lemon ones. Chocolate was my favorite though. Someone would make a fortune if they were brought back.
Sara - January 20, 2009 - Report this comment
I just bought Trader Joe's new Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins, and it brought back a flash of Mama's Cookies like nothing before or since. They are pricey for cookies ($4.99/box), but if you loved Mama's the way I loved Mama's, they are worth every last cent.
Katrina - January 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I am originally from Ohio and absolutely loved the Mama's Sugar Cookies. I would trade anything right now for a box of those cookies. As many of you have stated, I tried to explain to my children just how good these cookies were and they will never know unless we can find the company to produce them again as a flashback item. Happy hunting to find something similiar
Denise - January 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I've been talking about these cookies with my sister for a few years. We remembered them and love them. I couldn't find them anywhere and decided to google them and found this site. Chocolate were the only ones my mom bought. They were awesome and they should bring them back.
TINA - February 13, 2009 - Report this comment
singingcoyote - February 13, 2009 - Report this comment
I too was a Mama's fan. The closest thing today is a cookie by Anna's. You can find them at Meijer I think and also sometimes at Big Lots, but they just aren't the same.
Stephanie - March 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I googled Mama's Cookies today, after hearing that Uncle Al has passed away. I remember eating these and watching his show when I was little in the early 80s. I loved the macaroons. I wish they would come back out with them.
Tim - March 02, 2009 - Report this comment
When I was really little, we used to wear them on our fingers like rings!!!!
art - May 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Please bring these cookies back!!!
carol - May 17, 2009 - Report this comment
Michael - May 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I lived in the Cincinnati/N.Kentucky area growing up in the 70's.I loved the Mama's sugar & chocolate cookies...I remember after school eating those delicious cookies along with a Barq's Lemon-Lime soda! mmmmmmmm man I miss those days!!
marco - May 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Man i have been looking for those green box sugar cookies for years I'm from cincinnati and i live in tennessee ans i reaqlly wish i could find those i miss a good thing
mike - August 02, 2009 - Report this comment
i too miss those mamas cookies the chocolate ones were my favorite. for any one watching their sugar intake try the murray sugar free chocolate bits. they come in the 100 calories packs. they are very close to the real thing.wheres the milk?
Robert - August 17, 2009 - Report this comment
My Grandmother and Father worked at Mama's cookies in the 60's through early 80's. The factory was then located next to the Ford City Shopping Mall in Chicago on Kostner and 72nd st. They'd often come home with bags full of goodies, those were the days!!! Mama's was sold to Salerno's located in Niles, Il. in the early 8o's. They continued for some years to package and distribute cookies with the Mama's logo but eventually fazed them out.
Linda - August 25, 2009 - Report this comment
LOVED Mama's Cookies...they were given away on the 'Uncle Al Show'. We grew up in Covington, KY and you could purchase them for 99 cents per box...they were thin, round and had holes in the middle...they came in many flavors, choc, lemon, vanilla, pecan and macaroon...Wonderful cookies....wish they were still made.
Veronica - December 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I can remember getting my hair pressed and the only thing that kept me and my sister quiet while my grandmother and mama pressed our hair was Mama's lemon cookies! I am a Cincinnati born and bred girl with deep ties into Busken bakery too!
Barbara - December 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I found this site and MISS THOSE MAMA'S SUGAR COOKIES TOO! I am a Cincy girl and wish they would bring them back, I think of them so often and have never found anything to match these wonderful cookies!! PLEASE BRING THEM BACK!
WARD - January 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I found Kroger's house brand sugar cookies during christmas and just today also.....SUGAR COOKIES that are bigger no hole but taste like MAMMA'S or so close......ahh! memories 1-6-2010
Dawn - April 16, 2010 - Report this comment
We grew up in covington,ky also.These were my very favorite cookies.I remember when they brought them back,it wasn't long,but i was so exited.It's funny how something so small can make you so happy.I really wish they'd bring these back.
Robert - May 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I was talking with my friends about these cookies and how good they were. i wish they bring them back. I loved the pecan.
Raye Ann - June 10, 2010 - Report this comment
My husband and I were talking about the vanilla and chocolate sandwich cookies made by Shurgood Cookies. They were sooooo good and very affordable too. I also wish they were still on the market. 6/10/2010
Krista - August 27, 2010 - Report this comment
If you loved Mama's Cookies, you will love Nabisco's 100 cal Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookie Crisps!
Rick King - September 09, 2010 - Report this comment
Please tell me where to find Mama's cookies I love them and they make a great cheesecake crust among other things. If they are not back please bring them back soon!
cj - October 07, 2010 - Report this comment
i had these cookies in kindergarten at snack time they were the best
Mary - April 19, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember watching Uncle Al and eating Mama's cookies with milk and i would take some in my lunch to school.
Jan - April 22, 2011 - Report this comment
Please bring back the Mama's cookies. I loved them as a child and would love to have some more today.
Denise - July 27, 2011 - Report this comment
Does anyone know where I can purchase some Mama's cookies? I love them and have been craving them.
Melody - August 31, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember the jingle on the Uncle Al show.... Mama's little baby loves Mama's cookies, Mama's little baby loves them the best! From Price Hill in the 1960's.....sure miss those cookies, Uncle Al and the Cool Goule...:(
Jean - December 11, 2011 - Report this comment
Grew up less than a mile from Ford City, where the factory outlet store was. My Mom would buy bags...who cared if they broke....LOL
Sandy Kirby - January 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I recall my mother entered a Mama's Cookie jingle contest and WON! Her rhyme? I like to keep my kids stomach's full and save their daddy's dough Mama's Sur-Good Cookies are the best way thant I know. Won a set of luggage and a 7-day cruise on the now defunct Georgian Bay Line. Miss those cookies
J.A. - April 03, 2012 - Report this comment
Why on this earth was one of the greatest pleasures taken from us? It's like, every time we like something real well, the rug is pulled out from underneath us & we have to settle for a substitute & we're not as satisfied. It's like a conspiricy. PLEASE,PLEASE bring back those MAMA'S COOKIES. I so very much loved the chocolate ones with the hole in the middle with sugar sprinkeld on top. Such a great product. Will we ever see them again?? Tue.,4-03-2012, 10:45P.M. E.S.T.
Tom - June 13, 2012 - Report this comment
Growing up in Cincinnati in the 70's, I ate my fair share of Mama's cookies and then some. If you put a whole chocolate one in your mouth and sucked all the air out from around the cookie , it would stay in its integral cookie form for a moment, then suddenly degenerate into grainy slush. Hours of fun, and less expensive that Nabisco. A different local bakery secured the manufacturing license and did bring actually them back in the late 90's or early 2000's. Same cookie, except... ROUND HOLES! No! No! Real Mama's Cookies have SQUARE HOLES! If you bring back a nostalgia product, you've got to get it right.
Mel - June 17, 2012 - Report this comment
I grew up in Cincinnati and they were really popular in the 80's. I loved them! They are the best tasting store bought cookie! I loved the chocolate ones with the sugar on top. Does anyone sell them now or is it a thing of the past? Please bring them back!!!
KAY-CNCINNATI - June 22, 2012 - Report this comment
THERE ARE NO OTHER COOKIES LIKE MAMA'S COOKIES! I'm reading the comments where people try to compare MAMA'S cookies to today's cookies but NO! THERE IS NO COMPARISON. Iam 44 and grew up on those cookies but seems like good things from the past are no longer available and what a shame. Our children cant enjoy those good things like our parents had good things in their time that we couldn't enjoy. I say if it's not broke don't try to fix it!
Terra - June 24, 2012 - Report this comment
I love these cookies as a kid! It's so fun to see others that remember them and I'm sure miss them.
cindy - July 31, 2012 - Report this comment
Bring Mama's cookies back!! Let's start a campaign.
Rob -Cincinnati- Tacoma - September 11, 2012 - Report this comment
Like many of the others who left comments, I too grew up eating them. Everytime I come home to Cincinnati for a visit I go to Kroger in the hopes of finding them. They were the best cookies ever. You see so many retro products on the market and in stores, why not bring these great cookies back too.
m.stone - September 25, 2012 - Report this comment
I want these cookies back on the market to share this with my kids. Please make them again!
Rose - November 11, 2012 - Report this comment
My hubby and I were just talking about missing "Mamas Cookies" so I decided to Google them-wow we aren't the only ones in Cincy craving Mamas Cookies!! I agree with all the comments above, PLEASE bring back Mamas Cookies!!Someone needs to start a petition and send it to whoever may still have the recipe. They would no doubt be a best seller, especially in Cincinnati!!!!!
jay - November 17, 2012 - Report this comment
I miss the cookies so much - would love to find a copycat recipe!
Sue - November 19, 2012 - Report this comment
I ate the sugar cookies in the 70's & 80's. Really miss them here in Pittsburgh. I tell my kids about them all the time. I think the last company that owned them was Sunshine Bakeries.
Nichole - December 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I think these are the ones I've been searching for? Very thin cookies, round with a hole in the middle and had sugar crystals on top? I remember the chocolate and vanilla ones.
BJ - December 12, 2012 - Report this comment
You would think with all the positive feedback everyone is giving here...they would bring back "mama's cookie's. My husband and I grew up with Mama's cookies...plrase bring them back!
Michelle - December 12, 2012 - Report this comment
Loved Mama's cookies!!! Part of Cincinnati history, please bring them back!
Cookie Monster - December 15, 2012 - Report this comment
For the love of God, bring them back!!!
jennifer - January 22, 2013 - Report this comment
I have been LOOKING for these cookies for ALONG time. They were the best. Why don't they make them anymore. I WANT SOME NOW!! lol
Mark - March 28, 2013 - Report this comment
My Dad and several of his brothers drove for Mama's cookies. It began in Tulsa and moved to Chicago, in the Ford City Complex.
Marilyn Weatherspoon - May 08, 2013 - Report this comment
Please bring back the MaMa's cookies. For the price they were the best. The taste was delious. P
Lori Weisinger - May 17, 2013 - Report this comment
I tottally agree that these were the best cookie ever made. Please bring them back
Debbie - May 29, 2013 - Report this comment
Mammas cookies were my favorite as a child and I would love to be able to get them again. I want my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be able to experience them. They were so simple but so good. Please bring them back.
Theresa - June 13, 2013 - Report this comment
I can't believe so many people loved Mama's Cookies as much as I did. I grew up on them too in Lexington, KY. I too have told my kids many times about the Mama's cookies and what they missed out on. I loved all the flavors!! Would love for them to come back!! Another favorite cookie was Keebler Hayday cookies!!!
Nicole Walton - June 18, 2013 - Report this comment
I have been craving Mama's cookies for years now. I just had a conversation with my mom about how I would give anything to have a box of the sugar. They were my favorite with a glass of milk. Grew up in Dayton Ohio and we lived for these cookies. Please bring them back!!!!
Kate - July 25, 2013 - Report this comment
I have looked everywhere for these cookies! I just can't believe they don't make them any more! Nothing out there compares. My favorite were the chocolate and the sugar cookies. I also wish my kids a could taste them. Please bring them back!
Walt Morris - September 08, 2013 - Report this comment
There was a small factory in Cicero Il called Mama's cookies. was this the same company?
Stephanie - September 15, 2013 - Report this comment
I also loved mama's cookies as a kid, grew up in Cinti area and watched and sang to the advertisements on the Uncle Al show. I think that Whatever company bought the receipe's to those wonderful tasting yet simple cookies needs to give one of us mama's cookie lovers the receipe's so that we can bring them back if they aren't going to.....
DPW - October 06, 2013 - Report this comment
I've been searching for these cookies for years! I grew up in Dayton, Oh and my Mom would bring a box of the chocolate home every week. I try to explain to my son how amazing they were. Nothing compares to Mama's Cookies!!
Shirley - October 31, 2013 - Report this comment
I did some research and found out that they sell these cookies at the Biggs grocery stores in Cincinnati area.
Glenn - January 25, 2014 - Report this comment
The factory was at 72nd & Kostner behind Ford City Shopping Center. Used to go there and purchase a two pound bag of random broken cookies for $1. This would have been early 1970's.
Charlie - February 02, 2014 - Report this comment
Don't know about these but how about Mother's Circus Animals? Love those!
Charlie - February 03, 2014 - Report this comment
Apparently these had some sort of connection to the Cincinnati area. They were discontinued in 84 and then brought back again in 97.
Nick B - February 04, 2014 - Report this comment
The Chocolate and the Macaroons were the best.. We used to get them at a grocery store called Liberals in Cincinnati back in the seventies.. my sister and I loved them so much..
Mikki - March 15, 2014 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember her banana cream cookies?
T - March 25, 2014 - Report this comment
Bring mama cookies back #sugarnchocolate!
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Paulajo428 - June 22, 2014 - Report this comment
If anybody know's who I can email or write to about Mamas cookies please email me at I would be happy to send for a cae of them somewhere.
Ann - March 06, 2015 - Report this comment
My Father work in the Maintenance Dept @ MaMa's Cookies in Ford City, They were the best cookies, Someone told me Maruce Lenell bought them out. Not sure.
Biffy in Cincinnati - July 03, 2015 - Report this comment
Out of the blue the other day I thought of Mama's Cookies. Dunno why, was hungry I guess. Would LOVE to have them back again. They were inexpensive and GOOD! A big glass of milk and a box of chocolate Mama's, now that's heaven!!!!
Sheri in Cincinnati - July 08, 2015 - Report this comment
Talking about Mama's cookies the other day with my sons. We would love to have some! If anyone knows is they're still in production, let me know where I can get them!!!
carla - August 11, 2015 - Report this comment
Has anyone found out if we can still buy Mama's cookies in the Cincinnati Ohio area?
sheercashmere - July 14, 2018 - Report this comment
ohhhh damn, and other people are exclaiming about the SAME thing at the SAME time!!! Mama's cookies WERE the stuff!!!Pecan, chocolate, sugar- what other flavors did they make? Well evidently they are nowhere to be found. Here's something that I'll just throw out there: should you find out that they are being made and sold,please email me@ the name above@ Thank you!

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