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Steenstra's Almond St. Claus Cookies

Updated on September 15, 2012

Dutch Windmill Cookies

Steenstra's Almond St. Claus Cookies are also known as a kind of Dutch Windmill Cookies. There are five different shapes, each representing something that relates to Santa Claus.

The Steenstra family came to the United States in 1926 with the recipe for their cookie. The Steenstra Cookie Company was located in Hudsonville, Michigan.

The 5 Unique Cookie Shapes

Steenstra's Almond St. Claus Cookies feature 5 unique shapes which tell the legend of Saint Nicholas:

  • Santa Claus on a horse (he delivers presents to good girls and boys)
  • Boy and Girl (they like to receive presents from Santa Claus)
  • Rooster (because Santa begins his work at sunrise)
  • Owl (because Santa works until sunset)
  • Windmill (legend of the cookies is that Santa Claus lives in a windmill!)

Where To Buy Steenstra's Almond St. Claus Cookies

and how much do they cost?

Publix Grocery Stores carry Steenstra's Almond St. Claus Cookies in the Bakery section of their stores (not on the cookie aisle)

I bought a package in Georgia for $2.99 in January, 2009

Honoring History, Looking Toward the Future

Joanne and Harold Voorhees Sr. bought the Steenstra's cookie company in 1994. Their company would become Cookies Unique in 2006. Cookies Unique is the baking company for Steenstra's Almond St. Claus Cookies.

When you visit Cookie Unique's website, it's clear that the Voorhees' respect the Steenstra family's cookie history. Their website features the original patent for the cookie die, photos of the 1929 delivery vehicle, and much more.

Cookies Unique also creates custom dies and custom promotional cookies for companies. Imagine how neat it would be to have your company's logo in an imprinted package. It's a promotional idea that would make a unique impression!

I am not employed by nor do I represent the cookie company.

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      annemarie-lucas1 3 years ago

      I was making a gift basket for a friend and stumbled across these in the cookie isle at Busch's. I bought a couple extra for the family and they absolutely love them. Dunk them in tea and you will love them even more! My brother says they are a blast from our childhood. 5 stars!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Alan, how are these not vegan? If you look at the ingredients you'll see they use no butter, milk, or eggs.

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      Darla Dixon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Rose, although I am just a fan of the cookies, I don't work for the company. But I'm sure they'll probably see what you wrote and it will make them very happy!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just thought you and your great cookies deserved a middle of the week compliment. Our local store had your Almond Cookies for the first time and they are delicious! ...AND made with more natural ingredients instead of a lot of things I can't pronouce. Keep up the good work!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We just purchased a package at our local Publix yesterday and they are adorable, not to mention delicious, I Love them looking forward to purchasing them again. Thank you for such a great little cookie we live in Tallahassee Florida.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Can I order these cookies directly from the company?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Meijer stores also carry them. Bought my first package last week. And it won't be my last! YUM!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Absolutely delicious cookies! Just picked up a package at Publix. They remind me of the Biscotti cookies Delta serves on their flights which I can never get enough of. I'm so glad I decided to try these because they will now be a staple at my house for get togethers & special treats!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Absolutely delicious cookies! Just picked up a package at Publix. They remind me of the Biscotti cookies Delta serves on their flights which I can never get enough of. I'm so glad I decided to try these because they will now be a staple at my house for get togethers & special treats!

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      Darla Dixon 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You probably can buy them from the parent company, but if you talk to the manager of your local Publix, they can probably order them for you by the case or something like that and hold them for you. This would likely be the simplest option.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These cookies are absolutely "fantastic". I want to order them as a gift for

      someone who is crazy about them for Christmas. I know I can buy at Publix

      but I want to order lots of packages. Can I order from the company?

      Judy Jouglet

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Go back to The Villages whenever you have the desire to engage in great cookie eating........bring your friend Sandy with you......

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Was a thrill to find these cookies. My mothers Family name is Steenstra. My Great grand parents came over from Freesland, Holland. Bet we are relate. Awesome cookies by the way.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I bought these at Publix in The Villages, FL but would like to know how I can purchase them when I return to Long Island, NY. They are delicious.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i just bought a package of them, and they were so delicious that my two labrador retrievers got themselves into deep trouble with me by filching half the package contents when my back was turned! I smelled cinnamon on their breaths, so knew it was a collaborative effort! they have been trying to make it up to me ever since! My mom used to put dutch windmill cookie packages in our christmas stockings every christmas, without fail! we have some Pennsylvania Dutch blood from my grandma Amy Spoor's family. guess that is where they got that tradition. we always loved to get those cookies, and mom always had them in the house whenever we came over. we could count on it. to be honest, i never saw the variety that Steenstra's put out, the five kinds. we only got windmills, but that is where santa claus lives, so it was fine with us.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I to was wondering where else i could purchase your cookies, i live in Almont, MI. can we order direct from the company? They would do well selling at two local stores that carry/sell Michigan based products, The Almont Country Corner & The Almont Country Smokehouse. I look forward to a reply, and my next box of cookies! Sincerely, a new customer, Maureanne Bennie

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Where can I buy the cookies in Michigan besides a little grocery store in Cedar, Mi ? I live in Chelsea, near Ann Arbor.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How about a vegan version? My wife loves the cookies (she also got me hooked-lol). They would be awesome if they were healthy for us also!!! whoopie!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I live in Jenison, and have enjoyed your St. Claus Cookies for many years, I am a snowbird living in Punta Gorda Florida . I recently was shopping in a local Publix store, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I saw the familuar orange tub of cookies on the deli shelf, a local company almost in my back yard with product in South West Florida!!! Way to go!! keep up the good work,cookie dunking just isn't the same without "Seenstras"

      Thomasa333@embarqmail.com