If you’re a fan of Mother’s Cookies’ famous pink and white-frosted circus animal cookies, now is the time to stock up. The 92-year old company has just closed its doors and stopped cookie production completely. There was virtually no warning about the company’s closure, so fans of the cookies – not to mention the employees of the company, who were supposed to get a 60-day notice of layoffs – are left in the lurch. Their other cookies will also only be available until supplies at stores run out, so Taffy Sandwiches, Iced Raisin Cookies (which I liked, but no one else seemed to) and Iced Oatmeal Cookies will also be in short supply. Hopefully, if the company can’t get its finances together, another company will consider picking up the recipes for these classics – or all of our childhood favorites will be little more than memories.
To get your fix in other places, you can use some regular sugar cookie dough and a lot of pink and white confectioners’ sugar icing to construct a giant animal cookie, like I did last summer, or you can buy a set of circus animal cookie cutters to make your own small cookies. You can also used melted white chocolate and a lot of rainbow sprinkles to get the finished look on the cookies.
Update: The recipes and trademark of the Mother’s brand were purchased by Kellogg’s, which intends to continue production of Mother’s most popular cookies!