Food of the Eighties, Springwater Cookies
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Lived a short life. Came out in early to mid 80's. Sold usually at the counter in a large jar. Light in color, was probably the best tasting chocolate chip cookie next to homemade.
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mau loa - October 06, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved these cookies! Not many of my friends remember them but my Grandpa worked for Dolly Madison when I was a kid and he always brought me springwater chocolate chop cookies...maybe springwater was owned by Dolly Madison, I remember him having one og the big glass jars in his kitchen.
Julie - October 20, 2007 - Report this comment
I rode my bike for 5 miles when I was a kid, to buy these cookies. I wrote them a letter and told them how much I loved them, and they sent me a dozen!!! Best few days of my life eating those!!!
Roger Mays - February 04, 2008 - Report this comment
I worked for Springwater Cookie for sixteen years. They were a famiy owned company located in Springboro Ohio and was bought by a conglomerate in Chicago that ran it into the ground, got what ever money they could and closed the company. The owners wouldnt give any severance pay to its workers. The old Springwater Cookie before this was a great place to work that baked a great product
Rosa - March 04, 2008 - Report this comment
This was the greatest cookie.I thought about them and decided to try to find them on the internet. I have found many great things here but no Springwater Cookies. These cookies and Masters Pizza were my heaven, especially during my pregnacy in 1979. When I move from Dayton back South Carolina; I had people send them to me. I really need some cookies. It's 2008 will someone please start back making cookies? Thanks.
Vicki - May 31, 2008 - Report this comment
I never had a Springwater cookie but I do have one of those Springwater cookie jars and mine has the lid, if anyone is interested. Leave message hear and email address and I will get back to you
Lora - June 23, 2008 - Report this comment
Vicki - I would love to have a Springwater jar, and haven't been able to find one. I am very interested in yours if you don't want it anymore! How could I contact you? Looks like you can't leave links to emails in this area...
Terry - June 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I have a large Springwater Cookie Jar and am looking for a lid. Can anybody help? I am in Butler TWP between Vandalia and Englewood. Contact me at
doug akers - July 14, 2008 - Report this comment
i worked for the company for 15 yrs and i also have a jar. tha family that owned it was the best people to work for, not only did they care about the employees but about what they baked and sold and there customers as well. the kantor family is very well known in the fundraising business.
Robert - August 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Twas actually in the late 70's, 1978 to be exact, that I became a fan of the elusive Springwater Cookie. Yes, the jar lived at the counter of only select stores in our Dayton, Ohio neighborhood, so it was tthese stores we would sojourn. Alas when the jar was empty! And often it was. For they were fresh and picked from the jar by a pair of tongs and carefully, lovingly placed into a waxed paper sleeve. My favorite indulgence (well, almost) was to purchase two cookies (these things were 8-10 inches across, a half gallon of Borden's best ice cream and walk across the road to Burger Chef (also defunct. We (my girlfrined and I) sat at a back booth and made THE ice cream sandwich of all time. Oh, yeah, the best things in life....are gone.
Michelle - September 19, 2008 - Report this comment
My springwater cookie jar was broke a few years ago and it upset my mother greatly. If anyone has one to sell please email me at It would be a great surprise/
bob higgins - October 01, 2008 - Report this comment
i have a tin that held chocolate pretzels called a 1988 olive can trade mark on lid, it has a sticker on the bottom with a springwater cookie co name and address,it has white geese around the sides and white geese with 2 houses behind them on lid with a white picket fence,antbody familiar with this or would like to have it can call me 717-465-0266
Cheryl - February 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anyone know the true value of these cookie jars? I'd like to know if its a collectors item. I have one with lid in perfect condition and would like to know what it is worth. Any help would be appreciated.
Carolyn - March 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I have a metal recipe box that held Fudge Nut Cookies from Bringwater Cookie Co. I was wondering how old that was.
susan provenzano - March 31, 2009 - Report this comment
I came on this site hoping to purchase a glass cookie jar for my niece. I have had mine for over 30 years and whine though she may, she can't have it! In 1977, I started working in a deli where the owner ran a food tab for his employees. The discounted food bill was taken directly out of your pay before he gave you the rest. The system was a help to college kids like me who worked part time until he started selling these cookies. One particular week I ate so many cookies, I owed him money- no lie! In the end it turned out ok because I married that boss and came to own the cookie jar.
Dufek - June 25, 2009 - Report this comment
I baked these cookies in Blue Ash Ohio in the early 80's. We used real butter, S & H brown sugar and pure vanilla. We cracked all of our eggs by hand. It was owned by the Kantor brothers and their wives ran a sweet shop up the street
Brian - June 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Anyone happen to know the recipe for this cookie? As a kid my dad used to deliver eggs to a company that made them in Detroit. I have the jar as a memory but would like to savor the taste again.
Rebecca - August 02, 2009 - Report this comment
My grand-parents owned a store & these cookies were sold on the counter. They were huge! I would try to eat only half & safe the rest. Sometimes it did not work! They were the absolute best, better than homeade. I would buy a barrel full if I could NOW!
FLO - August 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I purchased one of these jars, with lid, in perfect condition, at an auction yesterday. Love it! The bidding, done by dealers, quickly zoomed to the $50 I paid. What do people use these jars for besides holding cookies?
Jerry - August 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I do beleive this company was only in the Dayton area as I see them from time to time but only locally.I do have one very near mint with lid minor lip flake.I could sell it for about $60+ shipping.Jerry
cincymanjerry - August 15, 2009 - Report this comment
I absolutely loved these cookies as a kid! They were sold at a local (Cincinnati area) United Dairy Farmers store that's now gone, in those big, old-timey glass containers. I've seen those jars occasionly at flea markets/antique malls, but haven't noticed the prices they're asking. I remember them being printed with proudly-touted ingredients, such as 'pure creamory butter'. If I'm not mistaken, the cookies were later individually wrapped, before disappearing altogether. I've enjoyed many a fine home-baked cookie in my time, but I must confess I've never had any better than those offered by Springwater (and I can't say any other store-bought product stacks up that well against homemade either). These were perfectly balanced: buttery without being greasy, soft but not crumbly, just enough salt to bring out the flavor (too often an underused ingredient), the right amount of good-quality chocolate chips (too often an overused ingredient), and not overpoweringly sweet either. Someone, somewhere, must still have that recipe!
zzeldaz - August 25, 2009 - Report this comment
I am putting a jar and lid - no chips, cracks or cookies on eBay.
Queenie - September 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I ate those cookies everyday in high school, you are right those were the best cookies ever made, I used to put them in the freezer and eat them cold! Wow the memories
Jannine - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I just found a springwater cookie jar with the lid. mine is mint! I truly love it!!! The cookie recipe is embossed on the back
suri1993 - December 13, 2009 - Report this comment
I am putting a cookie jar and lid on Ebay today. No chips or cracks. It was fascinating reading about the history. Thanks to all of you.
karen - March 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm looking for a cookie jar myself. If anyone can help me, email me please, Thanks
MEK - April 21, 2010 - Report this comment
Maggie - April 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I have a glass "1977" Springwater Cookie Company jar embossed in brown, and the lid,both in perfect condition. Email with an offer which would include shipping, insurance, delivery confirmation.
Memoryden - June 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I have a jar & lid I found in my basement today which I'm bringing to my store in downtown Delavan, WI this weekend. Any interest?
Becky - September 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I have 3 raggedy ann dolls with the cookie co name on the tag. I was just trying to find a little more info about when they were made and why. And what their value might be. Cute little raggedys:))
Michelle - September 22, 2010 - Report this comment
Jannine said the cookie recipe is embossed on the back of one of the jars?? Maybe someone will put it out there so we can all have a bite!
Dishy324 - December 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I am looking for a lid for the springwater cookie jar.....have had it for years and just broke the lid recently. If anyone has one to sell please e-mail me at Thanks
don - February 03, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember a newspaper shop in New Hampshire that sold these cookies in the large glass jar. I remeber them being really large a crisp enough that they held their shap but no so hard or dry. I loved them.. Can someone post the ingredients from the back of their jar?
renee - June 24, 2011 - Report this comment
I have a jar and lid but the lid is broken. If anyone is interested in it email for don who asked for the ingredients on the back of the jar Wheat flour, pure cane sugars, sweet chocolate chips, pure vegetable margarine, whole eggs, creamery butter, Dixie pecan, &/or California walnuts, pure vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, water
stickymcstickle - July 31, 2011 - Report this comment
I have acquired a large springwater cookie jar. If anyone is interested in purchasing it. I can be contacted at
Bruce - November 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I worked with Springwater Cookie in the late 70's as their account senior from their CPA firm. These were and I'm sure are some of the very finest people. David really cared about the quality of his product and was always thinking of ways to get more exposure for the cookies. In the baking process there were a number of broken cookies produced. Of course you couldn't sell these broken cookies, what I seem to remember David called scumbles. Instead of throw them away he arranged to have them delivered in one gallon bags to various children's charities around Cincinnati (and always had a bag for his CPA). I was with one of the Big 8 accounting firms at the time and had a number of wonderful clients but I will always remember little Springwater Cookie as one of my very favorites. Best wishes to David and his family.
toni - December 13, 2011 - Report this comment
I worked there in the 80's After my shift I would go to the gift shop in front and but all my christmas gift tins filled with yummy sweets. the tins i favored most have decorated bears inside and out my daughter was admiring it yesterday, beautiful work. yes I wouked the cookie line trying to box all the cookies before they got to the end of the belt, just like the Lucielle Ball comedy shows. Good times good cookies.
Becky - August 15, 2012 - Report this comment
I have a beautiful tin with cats on it and it had contained milk chocolate cats according to the label. I found the Springwater name and old address on the back and was hoping to find more of the chocolate cats. And after the above comments I really wish I could have experienced the cookies. Looks like I've missed out.
Jeannie - February 04, 2013 - Report this comment
I have own a Springwater cookie jar in perfect condition that I am looking to sell. If you are interested contact me at
Clovelle Rahaman - April 09, 2013 - Report this comment
I hear everyone speak of Springwater cookies in Dayton. But My Jar says they were baked by The Big Apple Cookie Company in Roslyn, NY. I have had this jar over 35 years. Anyone know what the story is?
Susan - May 03, 2013 - Report this comment
My husband managed a convenience store in Indiana where they sold these. They were great cookies and I love my jar that I got to take home!
Darlene - June 27, 2013 - Report this comment
Springwater cookies were also sold in stores in Ontario Canada. I met and bought a jar from a fellow that made deliveries in southern Ontario.
Michelle - August 28, 2013 - Report this comment
I own a Springwater cookie jar in perfect condition that I am looking to sell. If you are interested contact me at Make an offer. Im just looking to get rid of it before I move.
Dea - September 20, 2013 - Report this comment
i've owned my jar since i was 25 yrs old, i am now 62. i've used it for all types of storage. right now it holds granola bars, i've use it for dish towel storage, candy, tupperware gagets, you name it. i still love my jar. it has moved across country and back again, not a chip.
Bobbie - February 03, 2014 - Report this comment
I have a Raggedy Ann doll that has Sringwater Cookie Co on tag. Anyone interested? E-mail me at... in subject put 'raggedy ann'
alan - April 25, 2014 - Report this comment
in the mid 70s I worked in a small grocery store. One of our big sellers were springwater cookies. They cost 99 cents.Often the jar would be empty before any were sold to customers.The employees would buy them all.I sure wish we could still get them. The best chocolate chip cookies ever.
Jeannie - June 09, 2014 - Report this comment
I have a mint condition Springwater cookie jar I am looking to sell. Cost is $25.00. You must pay shipping. 313-737-8156
Earline - August 26, 2014 - Report this comment
I asked for, and received two of these large cookie jars as Christmas gifts from my then pre-school age children. I used them as canisters for sugar and flour. They survived many moves, but a few years ago, the top of one jar got broken. I would love to be able to purchase a top. If you know of availability, please e-mail me at Thanks so much.
Josh - October 05, 2014 - Report this comment
I live in NH. I will sell my mint jar with lid if anyone is interested. Thanks
Josh - October 05, 2014 - Report this comment
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Karen - November 11, 2014 - Report this comment
I would love to purchase one of these Springwater Cookie jars if anyone has one, and is interested in selling one. Please contact me Thank you.
christie Pennington - January 24, 2015 - Report this comment
My mom worked at a family owned pizza place back in 78-79 in montgomery. The oeners would warm the cookies on a pizza tray....long before pizza hut and papa johns. I still have her cookie jar...survived 10 move and makes a great snack holder.
Lauren - September 15, 2015 - Report this comment
Spring water cookies was my grandfathers cookie recipe. He worked for the Kantor family in Cincinnati. He was a master baker born in Berlin Germany. He is the best baker I have ever known.
Renell - October 15, 2015 - Report this comment
I've been looking everywhere for the recipe. Someone please post it. Thanks!
mark rodney - February 21, 2016 - Report this comment
The jar was always empty.i miss these cookies.i would go to the store just for them.what happened to them?nows the time to bring them back! I can hope cant i?
Don Meek - March 31, 2016 - Report this comment
They also made a Brownie... biggest, softest brownie EVER. They had chocolate chips in them. Sold at UDF, as well. Man, I miss those.
Kathy Rothwell - May 31, 2016 - Report this comment
I remember these cookies, back in high school they were the best cookies they came in this large white envelope,they wore so good. please somebody tell me if they, still have i could get a
mary polston - June 15, 2016 - Report this comment
I have this jar still in the box. the box is a little worn been in the basement for 30 years
Chris Niland - June 23, 2016 - Report this comment
I also have one of the spring water cookie company jars and I'm looking for a lid for it if anybody could help me please send me an email This would be greatly greatly appreciated
Jim - September 13, 2017 - Report this comment
Lauren, I would dearly love to have the recipe your grandfather used for these cookies. Can you send it to I cam across these cookies when I was a teenager on a road trip and bought the whole jar. My mother collected cookie jars and she kept this one till her death.
debi - September 21, 2017 - Report this comment
I loved these cookies growing up!! My mom still has her jar with lid. lauren i'd love to have that recipe too! my grandkids would love it!!! in case!
chris lowry - September 28, 2017 - Report this comment
Looking for Lonnie Breslow. He was one of the starters of Springwater Cookie Co in Hallandale, FL. Was such a good friend! Lonnie! Where are you? Love, Chris Decker
Ken Farrell - August 17, 2018 - Report this comment
We had these cookies in Folcroft and Sharon Hill Delaware County Pennsylvania.I believe that there was a spring water cookie co. On Henderson Blvd in folfroft Pa. We sold them in school to raise money. The jars show up at auction in Delaware County. I have one from Wilson's auction in Chester heights and just watched one sell at Briggs Auction in Bethel township.Both in Delaware County PA. Just south of Philly International.My jar has the recipe on it. Ah the 80s cookies music Drag racing in Philly. 1.21 GIGAWATTS can get us there.
CyRanger - September 16, 2018 - Report this comment
Hi..Lauren could you please provide your grandfather's name (first and last) please. I'm doing research on the history of this company and it's very intriguing. I noticed someone mentioned the Big Apple Cookie Company and I've found that they had a contract with Springwater and actually sued them. You can find reference to it by way of a simple google search. The Kantor brothers started the company in Cincinnati. Their dad was a very large grocer in Dayton. Their wives ran a sweet shop down the road from their business also. The company was bought (along with two other companies) by Global Innovations based in Chicago, and I'm trying to get to the bottom of what actually happened. They were expecting to expand and grow the company larger and hire more employees. Obviously this was not the case. I would really like to get the name of the German baker. Doesn't look like their is any way to get a hold of people who post comments on here. I hope Lauren will come back and read this message and post a reply comment. If anyone else has a way to contact Lauren please get a hold of me either here or even better via email at cyrangerone@ gmail dot com...I'd like to get as much formal/technical info as possible so anyone with knowledge please feel free to send me mail in regard to Springwater or any other companies involved. To be honest this is turning out to be what seems to be a very sad story.

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