Limited Edition Cookie Dough Oreo’s

A number of posts back I showcased the Limited EditionMarshmallow Crispy Oreo’s… but what I haven’t posted about yet are the Limited Edition Cookie Dough Oreo. I waited to open the package after the marshmallow crispy cookies were gone.
The original chocolate Oreo’s are my absolute favorite cookie. Admittedly I typically opt to skip on flavored chocolate cookie Oreo’s because I usually feel nothing can live up to the original. Although when I saw these, I was intrigued so of course I had to try them. Upon first bite, I found the cookie itself is a softer crispy cookie and they taste extremely fresh, a lot fresher tasting than the original cookie. The unique thing with these cookies is the fact the frosting is flavored and it has chocolate chip pieces/slivers in it.  The pieces/slivers of chocolate provided no new texture.  Would I say it tastes exactly like cookie dough? No, but it is reminiscent of it.  The cream itself has a chocolaty flavor to it from the chips but it has a bit of a caramel flavor to it. If you eat the cream alone it tastes along the lines of a chocolate caramel, but when eaten with the cookie it’s reminiscent of cookie dough. But on the plus side they’re not overly sweet and certainly not as overpowering on the sugar factor when in comparison to the Marshmallow Crispy Oreo’s.
A serving is 2 cookies, which are 140 calories or 4 points plus values. 1 cookie would be 70 calories or 2 points plus values.

Limited Edition Marshmallow Crispy Oreo’s

A couple weeks ago I popped into the grocery store simply to pick a few things up that I needed. On my way up to the cash registers I caught a glimpse of an Oreo display and did a double take. Initially I thought they were the limited edition lemon Oreo’s but upon closer inspection I realized they were the brand new Limited Edition Marshmallow Crispy Oreo’s.
I was anticipating the release of these so I made sure to bring them home with me for a little taste testing and sharing with family/friends. I’m a fan of marshmallow crispy treats and I happen to quite enjoy the golden Oreo line so I had high hopes for these. What I have to say is unique about this line is that the frosting has gritty bits of crispy bits in it.  The bits certainly don’t make it as crispy/chewy as original marshmallow treats, but it certainly gives it a different texture, but it’s not overwhelmingly noticeable. Flavor wise these cookies are definitely sweet … I find one is quite enough, but if I’m really in a sweet/cookie mood two is all I need and/or can handle. They taste more vanilla than marshmallow … but nonetheless they are a nice different treat.  The effect is more “profound” if you pull one side of each cookie off and push the cream sides together to make a double stuffed cookie.
A serving is 2 cookies which are 140 calories or 4 points plus (2 points plus/cookie).

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

This is what I call “Facebook made me do it” – meaning one of those recipes that bounce around on Facebook was posted on my Facebook timeline. After walking thru the kitchen I noticed I had some slightly ripened bananas soooo it was a perfect opportunity to whip up a quick batch of cookies.
The recipe is interesting because it includes no sugar, no dairy and no oil.  I admit, when I recreated the recipe I used skim milk in place of the almond milk since I did not have a container in the refrigerator at the time.
I made 18 pretty decent sized cookies and they were 2 points plus a piece. Not bad at all! These were also a hit … they tasted reminiscent of banana bread (of course, different texture, etc.)

Here’s the recipe I followed:
3 mashed ripe bananas
1/3 cup apple sauce (I used natural unsweetened)
2 cups oats
¼ cup almond milk (I substituted with skim milk)
½ cup raisins (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Trader Joe’s Mini Gingerbread Men

Aaahhh … Trader Joe’s Mini Gingerbread Men cookies! One of my FAVORITE limited edition snacks at Trader Joe’s this time of the year! I first stumbled upon these cookies last year while shopping. I originally wasn’t sure I’d like them, but one of the employees at the time graciously opened the pack to let me sample … and I was sold. So sold, that I picked up another box this year!
The cookies are miniature gingerbread men which definitely have a gingerbread flavoring to them. They’re not as overwhelming as some gingerbread cookies can be, but these do have an underlying ginger flavor that is noticeable on the palette especially as you’re chewing and/or are done chewing. The cookie is crispy, yet as you chew it, it’s got a bit of a slight chewiness to it. The backside of the cookie has a white fudge icing on it to give it a hint of sweetness. I will say these can be a bit of double hitter – meaning you want to eat more than the serving size.  I’ve found when I take out my cookies, I shove them into the way back portion of the cabinet and work on “forgetting” they are there.

A serving is 3 cookies, which is 120 calories of 3 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you ever tried Trader Joe`s Mini Gingerbread Men?

Limited Edition Gingerbread Oreos

A few weeks back I noticed in the Wal-Mart ad they had Limited Edition Gingerbread Oreosadvertised. Gingerbread is one of those Christmas/winter flavors for me. Gingerbread cookies and muffins have always been a favorite of mine … so that just meant I had to give these Oreos a go.
After two attempts at picking these up I finally located them and of course, purchased them. I will admit, I love the original Oreo’s but with those I find a serving size (2 cookies) is simply not enough … so I do not buy them. But for some reason with flavored Oreo’s or any Oreo outside of the original, 1 or 2 cookies is enough and I don’t go back for more.  These cookies fall into that 1 or 2 cookies is enough and I’m satisfied, so that’s a win-win.
Flavor wise the cookies are absolutely delicious. I shared them with my boyfriend and my mother and both agreed they are fabulous.  They’re your classic crunchy cookie, a sweet frosting, and a perfect gingerbread flavoring.  I find them to be a delicious and different treat.  The only downside is they are limited edition.
A serving, 2 cookies, is 150 calories or 4 points plus values.
QUESTION:
What is your favorite limited edition Oreo?

Trader Joe’s Pinachios


When I had gone to the store I had a different cookie on my list to buy … but when I spotted these Trader Joe’s Pinachios I put the other cookies back and went with these.  They looked absolutely delicious and the description was right up my alley. According to the package “a premium butter cookie with smooth white chocolate chunks and pieces of delicate pistachio nuts. These cookies have panache and pizzazz.”
The cookies are all that and more. Deliciously amazing is all I can truthfully say! I’m pretty positive I’ve fallen in love with a cookie and these have taken first place out of any cookie I’ve tried (that is, with the exception of homemade cookies). Then again, white chocolate chip cookies (particularly with macadamia nuts) are one of my all time favorites. Pinachios are a nice crunchy buttery cookie which have a generous helping of white chocolate chips and pistachio pieces throughout it. These bring packaged white chocolate chunk cookies to a whole new level … and I am a fan.
A serving, 3 cookies, is 120 calories or 3 points plus values.
QUESTION:
What is your favorite cookie from Trader Joe’s OR your favorite packaged cookie in general?

Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

I had seen the limited edition fall Pepperidge Farm cookies at Target since mid-September but I refrained from picking them up because I was a little apprehensive. I’m a Pepperidge Farm cookie fan, but typically I enjoy the crunchy cookies like Sausalito, etc.
While in Target truthfully looking for a sweet treat, I decided to pick up a pack of Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies.  Bringing the bag home, I tucked them away in the closet and forgot about them for 2-weeks. Then one night, I wanted something sweet so I decided to have one.  The cookies themselves are soft, so soft that they stick together.  Taste wise they have a very mild pumpkin flavor, but it’s more spice than pumpkin.  The cheesecake candy chunks are rather large and just too sweet – the cookie has a reminiscent cheesecake flavoring, but it’s all together too sweet. Yes, sweeter than a regular slice of cheesecake.  I was quite grossed out by the sweetness that I ended up giving them away because I couldn’t handle more than the cookie I ate.  If I’m in the mood for a Pepperidge Farm cookie, I think I’ll stick to Sausalito or even their oatmeal cookie.
A cookie is 130 calories or 3 points plus each. I’d say worth it if you’re a cookie fan and enjoy a sweet cheesecake, mildly pumpkin spiced flavored treat. But otherwise, I’d say not so much.
QUESTION:
What is your favorite cookie?

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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Biscotti

I picked up a container of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Biscotti after spotting them rather accidentally. I was looking to grab a pack of the Five Seed Almond Bars when I noticed the bright orange container. My attention was immediately diverted so I picked up the container to check out the nutrition facts. Right then a Trader Joe’s employee walked by and said “those are delicious!” … and we can say, that sealed the deal.
I enjoy biscotti cookies and I love pumpkin – and since I have never had pumpkin biscotti I felt it would be a nice treat.  My personal favorite biscotti are chewier biscotti, not the classic hard biscotti … which these are. These particular biscotti are very crunchy and hard and are best to eat with tea or coffee … as regular biscotti tend to be best eaten.  Taste wise these are pumpkin spice flavored, whereas texture wise they’re hard, crunchy and slightly crispy.  I’m not saying these are bad, they’re good … but I’d enjoy them a lot more if they were slightly chewy, but that’s just personal preference.
A serving is 2 biscotti cookies, which are 110 calories or 3 points plus. The biscotti cookies are smaller – smaller than the size of your finger.
QUESTION:
What is your favorite type of biscotti?

Limited Edition Lemon Twist Oreo’s

My boyfriend and I are suckers for a lemon dessert – lemon cake, lemon tarts, lemon pie, lemon poppy seed muffins, etc. You name it, if its lemon I’m going to more than likely want to try it.  That doesn’t fall short when it comes to cookies.
I spotted these Limited Edition Lemon Twist Oreo’s and put the pack in my cart. I tried to decide if we needed to bring them home or not and that lemon dessert weakness in me won over. We had them as a late night snack and I have to say these are fabulous little cookies!  They have the vanilla cookie outside with a bold but sweet lemon cream center. The lemon is sweet, not tart. The aroma when opening the pack is undoubtedly sweet lemon. In my opinion, they are a perfect little gem and a nice twist on a classic Oreo.
A serving size is 2 cookies, 150 calories, which calculate out to 4 points plus values.  They’re worth it if you enjoy cookies and have the will power to only have a serving size.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the lemon twist Oreo’s?

Trader Joe’s Trader Jacques’ Macarons Assortis


For months I have seen these Trader Joe’s Trader Jacques’ Macarons Assortis all over my Instagram feed. Those folks who I follow that enjoy the amazingness that is Trader Joe’s have posted about how much they enjoyed these macarons … so they have literally been on my Trader Joe’s list for months.  Why months? Well, I couldn’t find them anywhere!
I had only found the chocolate and vanilla macarons (see post here) and enjoyed them so I was looking forward to the assorted flavors. I live in an area where French bakeries are really few and far between.  In my local area, bakeries are typically Italian bakeries and macarons are not in existence – but macaroons are. Ideally they are two different ballgames but both equally delicious.  So low and behold when I spotted these in the freezer section at a Trader Joe’s I was popping into to get a few things, I grabbed two boxes.
I stuck a box in the refrigerator and opted to have them for dessert that night.  Breaking out the box I had a sample of each cookie because I was going for the full effect.  The box comes with 12 macarons, 2 of each flavor: cassis, coffee, orange, pistachio, raspberry and salted caramel.  My favorite had to have been the pistachio, followed by the coffee with the orange coming in third.  Nonetheless all the macarons were quite tasty and a unique and different treat.
A serving size is 3 cookies – which comes with a very low 130 calories, which translates into 3 points plus values. Not bad at all!
QUESTION:
Have you ever tried macarons?