You’ve come to the right place if you are looking to learn about cookie brands. Below you will find many of most popular brands sold in grocery stores or online. You’ll recognize some of your favorites or hopefully find a new brand of cookies to try. If you already have a favorite cookie brand, please vote for it in our poll at the end of this article.
Brands of Cookies: A to Z
- Archway Cookies
- Back to Nature
- Chips Ahoy!
- Famous Amos
- Girl Scout
- Goodie Girl
- Lenny & Larry's
- Levain Bakery
- Little Debbie
- Lorna Doone
- Mother's Cookies
- Mrs. Fields
- Nestle Toll House
- Nutter Butter
- Pepperidge Farm
- Red Plate
- Royal Dansk
- Tate's Bake Shop
- Poll: Favorite Cookie Brand
Archway Cookies is a part of Snyder’s-Lance, a subsidiary of the Campbell Soup Company. It was started in Battle Creek, Michigan where it was founded in 1936. The company was once called Swanson, named after the founders, Ruth and Harold Swanson. However, the name changed to Archway when Swanson, the frozen food maker of pot pies and other foods, sued Swanson cookies for name infringement.
Back to Nature
Back to Nature is owned by B&G Foods. They specialize in making plant-based snacks such as cookies, crackers, nuts & trail mix, and granola. The snacks are made without ingredients sourced from animals except when honey is used. Some of the favorite cookies made by Back to Nature are chocolate chunk, fudge mint, classic creme, and fudge striped cookies.
Chips Ahoy! falls just below Oreos in regard to popularity. Nabisco makes this cookie brand which first hit store shelves in 1963. The name is supposedly a play on “ships ahoy”, a nautical term. However, some people believe the cookies’ name may come from the 1859 literary work of Charles Dickens called The Uncommercial Traveller which uses the words “chips ahoy!”, not in reference to cookies but a shipbuilder named Chips.
Entenmann’s was founded in the late 1800’s by William Entenmann. It began as a bakery that offered home delivery. By 1951, the home delivery service was phased out and the company shifted to supplying pastries and cakes to grocery stores. They began selling chocolate chip cookies in 1972 and have since sold hundreds of millions of them. Try the brownie chocolate chip combo which is a chocolate chip cookie baked inside a brownie.
This cookie brand is named after Wallace Amos. Amos opened up his first cookie store in Hollywood in 1975 with funds from the great Marvin Gaye and Helen Reddy. By 1982, the company was a verifiable success with revenue of approximately $12 million. The success of the Famous Amos store opened the door for the cookies to be sold in grocery stores as an additional revenue.
The company began to struggle financially for the remainder of the 80s. It was sold to a few owners through the years while finally becoming a brand of Ferrero when they acquired the Keebler cookies business in 2019.
Famous Amos makes chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip & pecans cookies, and double chocolate chip cookies.
The largest manufacturer of cookies in Mexico is Gamesa. The company is currently a subsidiary of PepsiCo and has been in business for approximately 100 years.
Girl Scout cookies may be the best cookies that money can buy. Buying Girl Scout cookies helps support the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program. Girls learn essential life skills while being a member of the program such as decision making, goal setting, money management, and much more. Girl Scout cookie favorites like Thin Mints, Samoas/Caramel deLites, and Tagalongs/Peanut Butter Patties keep people coming back for more year after year. Visit this page to find Girl Scout cookies near you.
Goodie Girl was launched by Shira Berk who started the company on the idea of using better-for-you ingredients that were all-natural and did not sacrifice taste. These cookies are a good choice for people seeking gluten-free cookie options. The company is certified gluten-free by GFCO.
GrandMa’s is one of the many brands made by the giant snack food manufacturer, Frito-Lay. The brand was acquired in 1980 by Frito-Lay. GrandMa’s has been around since 1914 and was founded by Foster Wheeler (not a Grandma). The cookies were primarily sold in the Pacific Northwest until Frito-Lay started distributing them across the entire U.S. in 1983.
Hydrox may seem like a rip off of Oreo, however, they were first introduced in 1908, four years before Oreo. Oreo won the popularity battle of the two cookies over the years and by 1999 Hydrox was mostly discontinued by its manufacturer, Sunshine. Leaf Brands acquired the Hydrox trademark in 2014 and reintroduced the cookies to the market. They are now made with real cane sugar, natural vanilla flavor, and no artificial flavors or colors.
Keebler cookies is a brand of Ferrero SpA, which ranks 2nd in the world as the biggest chocolate producer and confectionery. Ferrero is the parent company of many iconic brands such as Butterfinger, Nutella, and the nougat-filled Baby Ruth. Some of the popular Keebler cookies are Chips Deluxe, Sandies, and E.L. Fudge. The Keebler Elves led by the fatherly character Ernie Keebler have been used in commercials since the late 1960s to help sell cookies.
Lance is best known for its sandwich crackers. It created its first peanut butter sandwich crackers in 1915 and they have been a hit in lunchboxes or for snacking ever since. In addition to crackers, the company makes Nekot Sandwich Cookies. The flavors of these cookies include peanut butter, lemon creme, and vanilla creme.
Lenny & Larry’s
This isn’t your ordinary cookie brand. The company was launched in 1993 when two men, Benny and Barry, developed a high protein muffin. The company’s primary focus is now on producing high protein cookies made with dairy and/or plant proteins. They also make keto and vegan cookies. These cookies are perfect for anyone who likes to load up on protein during the day but is sick of the traditional protein sources that make eating boring.
The company was started by Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald in 1995 as a bread shop. Today, it operates several bakeries in New York, Washington D.C., and Maryland that specialize in making cookies. If you can’t make it to one of the bakeries, five flavors are sold in grocery stores that use the same recipe as the bakery cookies, but are smaller. The cookies come frozen so look for them in the freezer section at stores such as Whole Foods and Gelson’s. Cookies and gift options can also be purchased on the company’s website or on Amazon.com.
Little Debbie is owned McKee Foods. McKee owns not only Little Debbie but other iconic brands such as Drake’s (maker’s of Ring Dings & Drake’s Cakes), and Sunbelt Bakery. Little Debbie is an actual person named Debbie McKee-Fowler who is a grandchild of the founders of the brand. Debbie works for McKee as an executive vice-president and sits on the board as well.
Little Debbie categorizes these snack foods that they make as cookies: Star Crunch, Chocolate Chip Creme Pies, Oatmeal Creme Pies, Raisin Creme Pies, Fudge Rounds, Peanut Butter Creme Pies, Jelly Creme Pies, Chocolate Marshmallow Pies, and Banana Marshmallow Pies.
Lofthouse makes the popular cookies found in the bakery section at many grocery stores. The company began with its original frosted sugar cookies and has since produced many varieties of delicious cookies. This brand of cookies is owned by TreeHouse Foods.
There is an 1869 novel called Lorna Doone. These cookies of the same name were first produced in 1912. People suspect that the cookies were named after the novel, however, there is purportedly no record of the connection between the two. Emily and John Malloys developed the recipe for these shortbread cookies, but sold it to F.A. Kennedy Steam Bakery. This bakery was acquired by Nabisco who still owns the Lorn Doone cookie brand.
Mother’s was started in 1914 in Oakland, California by a newspaper vendor named N.M, Wheatley. Wheatley started by making 2,000 cookies per day and that number eventually increased to over 17 million in the modern era. Today, the company is known for its iced circus animal cookies among others. The brand is currently owned by Ferrero SpA.
Mrs. Fields sells cookies through its retail locations, catalogs, and e-commerce website. The company was founded by Debbi Fields in 1977 and has become one of the largest retailers for cookies and brownies in the United States. In addition to Mrs. Fields, the parent company owns TCBY (The Country’s Best Yogurt).
Nestle Toll House
Most people recognize Toll House for its refrigerated cookie dough. While chocolate chip is certainly a favorite, Nestle makes a variety of other dough options such as oatmeal raisin, sugar cookies, and white chip macadamia. The first Toll House cookie was made a the Toll House Inn in Massachusetts in the 1930s using a semi-sweet chocolate bar made by Nestle, of course.
Fig Newtons are quite an old treat. They date back to 1891 when the first Fig Newtons were made at F.A. Kennedy Steam Bakery. They are named after the city Newton, Massachusetts. They still hold the same shape and size as they did when they were first made. In 1898, a merger happened between several bakeries and the National Biscuit Company (later known as NABISCO) was formed. Newtons were a part of this merger and they have remained associated with NABISCO ever since.
Nilla wafer cookies were likely eaten by many readers when they were kids and probably at least occasionally as adults. Nilla is short for vanilla which is the flavor of these classic wafers made by Nabisco. The company has been making vanilla wafers since 1898. A popular use of Nilla Wafers is to make banana pudding with them.
Nutter Butter is one of the many cookie brands of Nabisco that was introduced in 1969 in its classic peanut shape. According to Nabisco, the inventor of these cookies is unknown but a man named William Turnier is often referenced as the person who contributed to its iconic design that certainly helped catapult its popularity. Approximately 1 billion of these cookies are consumed each year
It’s likely no surprise to many that Oreos are the top-selling name-brand cookies in the world. According to IndiFoodBev, 34 billion Oreo cookies are sold annually, or 92 million per day. Wow! The cookies were first introduced in 1912 and are currently made by Nabisco, a subsidiary of Mondelz International. Nobody is sure where the name “Oreo” came from but you can read some ideas of its origin here. It is a common belief that Oreo developed the idea for its cookies from the extremely similar-looking Hydrox cookies that were launched a few years earlier in 1908.
Pamela Giusto-Sorrells started Pamela’s in 1988. Before Pamela’s Products, she was involved with the family bakery where she worked with products for people with dietary restrictions. This would be one of the catalyst that would influence her to develop gluten-free baked goods in the future for Pamela’s Products. Today, Pamela’s makes an array of gluten-free products including ramen, pancake mix, graham crackers, and cookies.
Pepperidge Farm was started by Margaret Rudkin in 1937 with the company’s first product being bread. However, cookies weren’t first introduced until 1955 after Rudkin discovered the cookies she loved during a trip to Belgium that were made by the Delacre Company. She established an agreement with the Delacre to produce the cookies in the Unites States. This was the beginning of some of the favorites we know today such as Bordeaux and Geneva cookies. Rudkin sold the company to the Campbell Soup Company in 1961. Campbell still owns the company today.
Pillsbury is a brand of General Mills that has been around since 1869. It started in Minneapolis, Minnesota and at one time was the top grain producer in the world. Pillsbury’s refrigerated cookie dough competes with Nestle in this category.
Quest makes products with a focus on protein, minimal carbs and sugar. They make bars, chips, pizza, and cookies that are all designed to curb cravings without completely destroying your diet or nutritional goals. For example, the Quest Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie has 15 grams of protein, 4 grams of net carbs, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 9 grams of fiber.
Red Plate Foods is a company conscious of the importance of recognizing food allergies and celiac disease that so many people deal with on a daily basis. They make foods that are vegan and do not contain the top eight food allergens. These allergens include peanuts, gluten/wheat, dairy, tree nuts, soy, eggs, fish, and shellfish. You can purchase Red Plate’s cookies on the company’s website or you can visit their website to find a store near you that sells them.
These famous blue tin butter cookies have been made since 1966. The brand was established in Denmark and features the Danish Hjemstavnsgaard farmhouse on the packaging. Ferrero currently owns this cookie brand which they purchased from Campbell in 2013 for $300 million.
Snackwell’s is a brand of B&G Foods that was launched in 1992. Its products contain no high-fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils. The two cookies made by SnackWell’s are Vanilla Creme Sandwich Cookies, and Devil’s Food Cookie Cakes.
Tate’s Bake Shop
Tate’ Bake Shop was started by Kathleen King when she was only 21 in 1980. The brand is named after her father. The bake shop remains one of the premier bake shops around Southhampton, New York that people travel for miles to come to visit. Fortunately, you do not need to travel to Southhampton for Tate’s cookies. The thin and crispy cookies can be purchased at grocery stores or on the Tate’s website. Some of the favorites include chocolate chip, walnut chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin cookies.
Voortman cookies are an excellent choice if you want to avoid eating potentially unhealthy ingredients such as artificial colors and flavors. They contain no high-fructose corn syrup or trans-fat. Voortman makes many classic cookies like windmills, fudge striped, oatmeal raisin, and chocolate chip.
The first Walkers Bakery was opened in 1898 and its shortbread quickly became popular. Through the years, the company added biscuits, cookies, and crackers to its assortment of products. Today, the company has become Scotland’s top exporter of foods. They sell an assortment of Scottish cookies, gluten-free cookies, and gift & seasonal options.