LU cookies

July 13, 2011  •  Category:


This is the one cookie that I can wax lyrical about. First of all, it has kept me from acute hunger for years, has been my breakfast and my companion during bus and train rides or afternoons spent studying.

I was ecstatic when I saw it a few years ago on US supermarket shelves.

Little did I know that this cookie has a cult following.

OK, I want to join.

A bit of trivia: Do you know that the four “ears ” of the LU cookie represent the four seasons?

That the 52 “teeth” of the LU cookie represent the 52 weeks of the year? (and the 24 cookies per packet a symbol of the 24 hours in a day).

LU is from Nantes, Brittany. World famous for its butter; created in 1886.

I even acquired  a tiny LU cookbook recently, filled with ideas on how to use  LU  in desserts.

What is your favorite commercial cookie?


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  1. kankana says:

    Oh I have so many …. there is a brand you find in India called krackjack (not sure of the spell) that would be my all time fav 🙂

  2. Claudia says:

    I love this cookie and it pops up here and there at MN grocers – perfect combination of not too sweet but just sweet enough! In general – not a cookie person – but do like these. With afternoon tea.

  3. Geetika says:

    LU Pim’s Orange and LU water crackers 🙂

  4. Kellie McMaster says:

    I’ll have to try them. I got some organic vanilla wafers at whole foods last week that were amazing. My six year old loves Goya’s Maria cookies.

  5. Peter says:

    The graham cracker…best for cheescakes.

  6. Devaki says:

    Dear Joumana – For a minute I almost fell out of my chair when I thought you had made these 🙂 With your enormous talent, it would surprise not one bit. My fave cookies are Milano-Orange – I am embarrassed to say I could polish off a whole packet in one sitting!

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  7. Verkin says:

    We used to make “smores” with it using lokhoom.

    Love your blog.

  8. Sonia Rumzi says:

    Love Petit Buerre and I have a great recipe to use it too. My mother used to make it.

  9. domi says:

    Si je ne l’avais pas ” lu ” je ne l’aurai pas cru….

  10. Hélène (Cannes) says:

    J’en prends chaque jours deux avec mon thé … je ne changerais ça pour rien au monde ! ;o)

  11. Chiara says:

    They are my favorite cookies too! Love them love them loved them dunk in milk!

  12. Nuts about food says:

    I know quite a few people who feel like you do about those cookies. I like Digestives (dark chocolate and plain) and the Italian Grisbì (which I even posted about). I also like the Italian Loacker waffles (only the chocolate nut filled kind) and loved Oreos as a child.

  13. Joanne says:

    I definitely remember snacking on these as a kid! And yeah they are pretty delicious.

  14. Mark Wisecarver says:

    I only dropped by today because you said “wax lyrical”! 🙂

    *You’re the best for sharing thoughts like this. 😉

  15. La Chapstick Fanatiq says:

    LOVE LU cookies!

    my husband owns a (big 18 wheeler) truck sales business. they also work on trucks and there is often a LU truck in their lot. it seriously makes me gitty everytime i see it.

  16. Pauline AV says:

    If you love these, Joumana, you would surely go crazy for Palets Bretons, which are even more buttery and one of the hardest things for an aspiring vegan to give up…

  17. Green Shushi says:

    Love these. My teta would have a few before bed.

  18. Viviane @ Taste-Buds says:

    There have been a couple of brands that made petit beurre cookies, but Lu still topped all. I think it is the one I used to eat with Nutella!

  19. Nadji says:

    Ce biscuit fait partie de mes madeleines de Proust.
    A très bientôt.

  20. Heavenly Housewife says:

    I’ve seen these but never tried them. I have a few favorite cookies: Nutter Butters from America, Jules Destrooper speculoos from Belgium, and La Mere Poulard sable from France. I am completely cookie mad, and my obsession keeps getting worse.
    I love the symbolism of this cookies of yours. I want to try them now.
    *kisses* HH

  21. Chiara says:

    I love Digestive,the best for me! have a good day, kisses…

  22. Tova says:

    I LOVE these cookies! They also make ones with chocolate on them, I think they’re called Le Petit Ecolier?? Those are my absolute favorite cookies ever!

  23. Magdalena says:

    Hello; I was not writing comments on your blog for past few months, although I follow all your recipes on Facebook and I like them a lot. We moved to Poland 4 months ago,I started a new job, everything takes time…I hope that soon things and our life will be organized better, so I can visit my favorite blogs more often etc. Kind regards :)))

  24. Kristen says:

    As a young girl I remember my grandmother always had those and the Le Petit Ecolier (little school boy) chocolate ones! It was always a treat. My mom would never have spent that much money on a packet of cookies. Thanks for bringing back the memories!

  25. Louise says:

    As an Australian I must say Tim Tams. I do love the LU Petit Ecolier too. They look a bit like these ones but with a slab of chocolate on top. I’ll have to seek this plain version out too.

  26. Isabelle says:

    Ah, les p’tits LU ! J’en ai toujours en réserve, surtout les LU Petit Ecolier avec le chocolat ! Quand il était petit, un de mes garçons demandait toujours :”stp maman, donne-moi un “biscuit-orteil” 😉 Mes biscuits préférés ? Peut-être les Mulino Bianco italiens, toute une gamme délicieuse.

  27. Meister@Nervous Cook says:

    LU cookies are heavenly! I love the factoid about the teeth on them. Learn something new every day!

    When I was a kid, I was crazy for Fig Newtons, Milano cookies, and Nutter Butters. Now, I couldn’t tell you when I last ate a cookie out of a package, but I do retain a fondness for the Girl Scout variety…

  28. Oui, Chef says:

    HA!!! My favorite commercial cookie is also an LU, it’s called Le Petite Ecollier (I think), and is the same as your favorite, but with one side coated in milk or dark chocolate! – S

  29. Kristin says:

    I lived in Brittany a while back! I have good memories of these cookies 🙂

  30. Caffettiera says:

    In Italy we have a lot of cookies you don’t find much abroad, since all Italian children have cookies with milk as a breakfast and snack. My grandfather had a food distribution business so we got to try new varieties as soon as they were introduced to the market, and very fresh. It is difficult to pick just one, because they are so linked to memories as a child, but I’ll vote for the Mulino Bianco ‘galletti’. For the ones I find abroad, I have a soft spot for Oreos, they are so salty, and they don’t taste at all like typical Italian biscotti.

  31. Bdr says:

    Which store did you find them in?

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