This is about cookies of the Cookie Monster kind or maybe Christmas kind. But there is more than a little deception, deceit and hokey labeling of sweetstuff. Images below are a start for the info following them.
With the above image, it is easy to see the differences. On the store shelf, the pseudo butter cookies on right, looked like the real Danish Butter cookies on the left. The pseudo butter cookies have no butter at all in them. The "butter ring" cookies at top have no butter in them. Prices were around $1.00 for "butter rings" at Shopko, and the Royal Dansk butter cookies at Shopko were between $3.89 and $4.89 depending on sales and coupons.
As indicated in photo at right, the price for the pseudo Danish Butter cookies at Family Dollar was $2.50. Looked like a deal on the shelf. I did not notice the lack of butter and the fact they were actually made in China until I got them out of the plastic bag and onto the kitchen counter. The packaging including the wrap of tape on the Chinese cookies looked exactly the same as the actual Royal Dansk cookies.
All of the above cookies are edible. If you have never tasted the actual Danish cookies with butter as the second ingredient after flour, you might not know how much better they actually are. It appears to me the packaging of the pseudo-butter cookies is intentional deception and the Kelsen,Inc. company of Melville, NY that imports their Danish Butter cookies with actual butter instead of artificial flavors from Denmark should raise hell about what appears to me to be intentionally deceptive packaging of the Chinese-made "Butter" cookies with zero butter.
And maybe if you can bake, take a look at the RELISH insert in newspapers recently for home-made cookie recipes. Whatever, hope you can enjoy cookies this Yule season no matter where they come from or what they actually do or do not contain.
***Stay tuned for the real Santa Claus ...well not really---- Doug Wiken