Food of the Eighties, Pogen's Ginger Snap Cookies
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They were animal shaped gingery-flavored cookies. They were the perfect ginger snap because they weren't too spicy and just sweet enough. I remember them being in a bag with a logo of a Swedish woman holding a flower or a basket. So many of my friends remember them too.
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Ann - November 12, 2007 - Report this comment
Pogen's ginger snap cookies were the best ever and I would love to know where to get them a again. The legend was that if you laid a pogen's in the palm of your hand, poked it h hard with your finger and the cookie broke into three pieces, you would get your wish. Now I wish I could have the cookies.
Ruth, Alhambra,California - February 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I ditto Ann exactly:First and last sentence. I have had the exact same two comments or years....why did the Pogen's company/baery leave us dry? Where is the recipe for this perfectly spicy and crisp treat. I used to buy at Freont Market, Alhambra or Hughe's Market in Monterey Park.
Guiseppe-San Diego, CA. - July 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Pogen Ginger Snap Cookies were just the best! I first started eating them in the early 70's. I was introduced to their unique flavor and goodness by my girlfriend back then. She is my wife now,and we both miss them immensley. They always bring a smile to our face when we think of those days, and leave us wanting for that wonderful taste again!
lynette - November 15, 2008 - Report this comment
I think I found the perfect clone recipe! Todd Wilbur was a genius when he cloned this recipe - you can find it in his book "Top Secret Recipes", and possibly in the recipe archives on his website, either for free or 79 cents. My daughters and my mother are waiting for me to make a double batch at this moment....
Shirley Cameron - November 22, 2008 - Report this comment
You can get a really good ginger snap cookie at Christmas at the Cost Plus Stores. It is about $9.95 per big red tin and they last for a year no problem. They are every bit as good as Pogens I think.
Amy - December 15, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember eating Pogen Ginger Snap Cookies while visiting my sister in San Diego. She had twins and I would go help her with them. During the mid-night feedings we would sit in the dark in the familyroom, feed the infants, and eat a few Pogen Ginger Snaps.
BRENDA BOLEN - January 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Gracie_San Diego - February 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Boy what I'd give to bite into a Pogen's Ginger Snap Cookie today??? My testimony to the Pogen's Company. Back in 1986 I tasted my first Pogen's Ginger Snap and was hooked forever...I give Pogen's credit for helping quit smoking. I would empty the Pogen's slot in the vending machine at my job. I would eat at least 2-3 bags of those wonderful tasting cookies everyday. The Co-op Store sold I believe one pound bags of Pogen's Gingersnaps and I would buy 2-3 bags. I wish I could find a recipe or contact the previous owners othe the company and ask for the recipe. They could make a lot of money on that recipe because thousands of people could quit smoking just by eating a bag or two of gingersnaps everyday.
Binky-Petaluma, Ca - February 26, 2009 - Report this comment
Yes, Pogen's were the best! My Husband's Portugese Granma Rose was diabetic and if I dropped by with my toddlers, she would make tea and we would have Pogen Animal Cookies and tea. That was in 1978 to 1983. She passed away in 1984. We need these wonderfully flavorful cookies back in our lives!
candice-clovis, ca - May 25, 2009 - Report this comment
Ginger snap pogens were the best. I yearn for them all the time. Where can we find them
ken - May 28, 2009 - Report this comment
The Shasha Braed Co. in Toronto makes wonderful Organic and natural Ginger Snap Cookies. Just google The Shasha Bread Company . Even buy online. Whole Foods carries across the USA n the Bakery Deli section
Joe - October 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Nothing like pogens ginger snaps dipped in coffee, i'm drooling here!!
Amy - November 26, 2009 - Report this comment
In my late teens, I spent my time in San Diego with my sister and brother-in-law taking care of their twins. One of my fondest memories is when my sister and I would each take a twin for a night-time feeding, grab a handful of Pogen Gingersnaps and set them on the table between us, and have a cup of milk and eat the gingersnaps as we fed the twins. I also remember the lady on the bag. As it is a cookie from years gone by, they will never be forgot as I have so many fond memories of them as it was a tradition nightly as we fed the twins.
amber - February 07, 2010 - Report this comment
ALL Pogen's were great! I used to steal them frm my sister.
Janygail - June 02, 2010 - Report this comment
As a young mom I bought many bags of Pogen Gingersnaps - for the kids and me! I loved their spicy crisp taste and made up a dessert layering the crushed cookies and applesauce, topping it with whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg, then I would pop it into the freezer until it was partially frozen and cut it into squares to serve - it was wonderful and unique, made so by those special cookies. I have recently found a similar recipe on the internet, and my son and daughter (now grown with children of their own) both think it tastes the same as our old favorite - yahoo! I am planning to triple the batch so I have enough to make the applesauce dessert for my grandchildren. I do have a question for the readers - can you remember all of the shapes of the gingersnaps??? I only remember the halibut (because turned upside down I could frost it to look like a Christmas tree.... Can anyone help me out?
Carol - November 30, 2010 - Report this comment
It took me a few days to come up with the name "Pogen", but I finally did! I then found this website. What made me think about them was that I just went to Trader Joe's and I bought a bag of their Christmas gingersnap cookies. In my opinion, they taste exactly like the Pogens from the 1970's/1980's. They come in a bag that looks like a gingerbread house and were $2.99 for a 1 lb. bag. I am tempted to go back for more before they are sold out.
Matt Deckard - January 19, 2011 - Report this comment
I don't know... I haven't tasted anything as good since. I'll try the Trader Joe's ones and give an opinion.
Jackie - January 25, 2011 - Report this comment
The Trader Joes version are very good, but are not exactly as I remember the Pogens to be.
Debby - July 06, 2011 - Report this comment
Half the joy of the Pogen's Ginger Snaps were that they were so thin! And super smooth on the top. I found a gingerbread cookie with a nearly identical flavor (I want to say they were by Keebler) that are only released at x-mas but they are thick and therefore not as fantastic. I miss these cookies- hard to believe none of us will ever get them again. On a side note, interesting that they must have been a local SoCal company, since everyone seems to be from between San Diego and Ventura... wonder if they were a victim of the interesting "more efficient (???)" business practices of the 80s and 90s :P
Marni - October 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I, too, grew up on them in the 70's and 80's. Whenever I visited my Grandma in Riverside, CA as a child, she'd have them! Then as an adult in San Diego, I was able to buy them myself! The were awesome dipped in milk! Yes, it seems this must have been a Southern Calif. cookie! I miss them, too....... :( I get some now made by Anna's which seem to be pretty close.
Rita - October 26, 2011 - Report this comment
Not just a SoCal product. I would buy a large bag of them at Cost Plus in Fresno. {{sigh}} Wish I had some now.
Francine - October 29, 2011 - Report this comment
My husband and I both loved those Pogens. Then we tried Trader Joe's version, good,but no longer available. Oh bring back Pogens.
Kathy - November 30, 2011 - Report this comment
Sweet memories of Pogens- we brought a bag on our honeymoon in Dec. 1974 and enjoyed them with tea. A few years later at Christmas when we incorporate Swedish traditions, my mom suggested we name our new ginger-colored Golden Retriever puppy Pogens. Now 37 years later, we're going back to our honeymoon site...I sure wish we could sit by the fire munching on them once more & give Pogens a scratch behind her ears!
Hi'ilei - December 15, 2011 - Report this comment
Not just in CA - we had pogens in Hawaii too. Loved their thin crunchy goodness!
Robert - December 20, 2011 - Report this comment
So whatever happened to the Pogens company? I recall seeing their little trucks everywhere throughout Southern California during the 70s-80s. They had a nice selection of cookies in the local markets. A search online mentioned something in 1991 about the company being sold to local investors. That most likely was its doom.
B.C. Lady - December 29, 2011 - Report this comment
The first Pogens I purchase were from Ralph's on Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks, California in Feb of 1971...our daughter loved those cookies and my Mom found a similar recipe and made some. One of the shapes was a rotund figure with a bulbous nose ... and eye ...all the cookies had one eye made with a toothpick or ? The shapes were simple figures something like the shapes on a shower curtain i bought at Ikea. Weird but true...Perhaps we can talk Ikea into making "Pogens" for all the children of this generation...of course they would have to rename them...since "Pogen" is a company name.
thefatguy - April 27, 2012 - Report this comment
oh man, what a blast from the past--POGEN'S gingersnaps. simply the best i have ever had, hands down. nothing comes close, i STILL wistfully scan the shelves everytime i go to the store, thinking maybe i'll find a bag...or two...or three... or....ah, you get the idea. they were my grandma's favorite, we used to oink out on them together all the time. now she's gone, i would love to find a bag and go put them on her grave in remembrance....
Jamie - June 03, 2012 - Report this comment
My favorite cookie of all time is the Pogan's chocolate chip. It was a butter cookie, like those you get in the tins at Christmas with flakes of dark chocolate. I's keep them in the fridge so they be cold and snappy... Give me a quart of cold milk and a bag of Pogens CC's and I was in heaven. Haven't seen them since the late 70's.
LW - July 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Yes!! The chocolate chip Pogan's were the best. They were almost like shortbread-- definitely a butter cookie-- with good dark chocolate pieces that were much better than most chocolate chips found in typical store-bought cookies. When i was a teen in the late 70s, Pogans were one of my main food groups.
Tracy - August 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Pogen's dipped in cold milk or coffee ROCKED! I so wish they weren't gone. =(
Pacificman - September 12, 2012 - Report this comment
Try "Anna's" thins. They come in Ginger, Vanilla, etc... They are made in Canada but from. Swedish recipe(the company is Swedish). I loved Pogens as well. They were based in Whittier I believe. I also think that they were bought out by Mothers brand and discontinued. Try Anna's they are very similar, thin gingery and not too sweet. They are sold at Big Lots, IKEA and others stores.
James - October 01, 2012 - Report this comment
I had to demo Anna's Ginger Thins at Walmart...they reminded me of Pogens, in fact even have the same make-a-wish story on the box. If you can't find Pogens, try Anna's.
James - October 01, 2012 - Report this comment
Or make your own! Just found this site:
Marianne - April 06, 2014 - Report this comment
The closest that I have found is the Ikea ginger cookies. They can be found in their food section and are thin with scalloped edges and come in a cardboard tray. The taste is very similar if not right on.
Edie - May 09, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember in high school I would walk to Safeway Supermarket and buy Ginger Snap Pogens. They were my favorite of all time and I would make my wishes and push down on each cookie to see if they would break into three's! I received Lotus Biscoff which is a coffee cookie and they taste just like ginger snap pogens. They should bring them back!
Charlie - May 11, 2014 - Report this comment
Was this just a California thing? I don't remember these at all!
JD - November 16, 2014 - Report this comment
We aren't the only ones that like pogens. I was on a camping trip in June Lake and a bear broke into our cartop carrier. What do you think she pogens that I was saving for the perfect moment. Stupid bear!!
km - November 22, 2014 - Report this comment
We ate Pogens in Texas, too!
DD - December 04, 2014 - Report this comment
I bought these in Topeka Kansas at a family owned deli...they were soooooooo good. My friend just bought me a tin of round ginger cookies at The World Market and they are almost just as I remember the Pogens. They are maybe a tad thicker but the flavor took me back to Pogens right away.
Fred - January 14, 2015 - Report this comment
Too bad we can't get pogens anymore. I would think someone would find the recipe and start selling them. As with all the ginger cookies I"ve found, Trader Joe"s cover them with icing, ruining the spicey ginger taste.
Judy - March 22, 2015 - Report this comment
Pogens were the best, wish they still had them. World Market does carry a very good ginger cookie in a tin. I always buy them at Christmas, they are almost as good.
Momsu - May 26, 2015 - Report this comment
Look on for a link to a recipe!
Tom M - August 31, 2015 - Report this comment
Lived in Venice beach,ate pogens every night with a cup of cold milk nothing better!great memories😋
Dianne - December 14, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember how good they were wish I they still made them I would love for my grandkids to taste them.
Meg - November 18, 2016 - Report this comment
I loved Pogens and miss them. Try Lotus BISCOFF Santa cookies. Crunchy ginger snap cookies. Thicker than Pogens but delic...
Cathy - November 22, 2016 - Report this comment
I miss those cookies, but the Pepperidge Farm Ginger family cookies taste amazingly similar if I'm remembering them correctly. Anyway, they're delicious and make a good substitution for them!
Colleen H - February 27, 2017 - Report this comment
As for the shapes, I think there were 4 or 5, but I only clearly remember three: halibut (previously mentioned), elephant, pig, and was another a bear or maybe a giraffe?
Lucky Scrunchy - August 25, 2017 - Report this comment
I made the Todd Wilbur recipe and OMGosh it is not only really good, but tastes very similar. Its been about 40 years since I had one so its kind of hard to remember exactly but I think this recipe nails it. The only difference is Wilbur's recipe produces soft cookies and I think Pogens were kind of crispy, other than that they are excellent.
Lucky Scrunchy - September 12, 2017 - Report this comment
Follow up to my first post....the one thing I can't remember was if the cookies were soft or crisp? Does anyone remember?
Paul Stern - December 30, 2017 - Report this comment
Get Winternacht Spekulatius spiced cookies from Aldi Supermarket.
Patricia McCallum - January 05, 2018 - Report this comment
They were delightfully thin and crispy! The best gingersnap cookies ever! I had them out in California and then I ordered direct from company after returning to east coast.
Mateus Ornitheus - October 24, 2018 - Report this comment
I too enjoyed Pogens as a kid growing up in southern Orange County, California. It is a shame that they were discontinued. A very bad business decision indeed! I have recently discovered speculoos spice cookies. These are probably what Pogens were modeled after. They are a traditional European spice biscuit. Many companies make them, and they have a similar flavor to the Pogen of old. Try Biscoff biscuits by Lotus.
April - November 24, 2020 - Report this comment
I grew up in Anaheim, CA and I loved Pogens so much! The animal shapes were delightful! The crisp was perfect, as was the flavor. I’ve enjoyed some ginger cookies since— but none have ever come close to Pogens! I used to try and break them in my palm to get 3 pieces.
Andrew David - September 11, 2021 - Report this comment
When I was 17 years old I moved from Modesto California to Los Angeles to go to UCLA. I moved into the dormitory and they had a vending machine in the lobby that sold Pogens cookies. They were great for a quick snack. The closest thing you can find today are the Biscoff Speculous cookies. They are similar.
Julie Corral-Zepeda - August 10, 2022 - Report this comment
Anna’s Ginger Thins or Lotus Biscoff cookies are both spot on for flavor. Anna’s for the thinness. Lotus are a little thicker, but they are crispy,not hard. Aldi’s Winternackt Speculatus are good for flavor, but they are thicker and a little hard. All are delicious!
So Cal wendy - January 06, 2023 - Report this comment
My son and I went to IKEA today and bought some "Vintersaga" Ginger Thin cookies. The first thing that came to mind was Pogen's cookies. I even told my son about them. These cookies are delicious (plus they were on sale). Thanks for all of the memories.
Guest - January 24, 2023 - Report this comment
Oh how I wish they still made these. The only gingersnap cookie that has come close in my opinion is the one sold by cost plus during Christmas time. You have to get it then because it is a seasonal item.

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