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?

WhoNu? Chocolate Cookies

I’ve tried WhoNu? Cookies in the past, but one day I was on an Oreo cookie hunt and decided to pick up the WhoNu? Chocolate Cookies.
The cookies themselves are reminiscent of Oreos but they’re not 100%. These cookies are enriched in calcium (supposedly as much calcium and vitamin D as an 8 oz glass of milk), fiber (supposedly as much as a bowl of oatmeal), vitamin D & C (and as much vitamin C as a cup of blueberries).  These are made with no hydrogenated oils, no high fructose corn syrup and have 0 trans fat. They are a “healthier” alternative to Oreos, even though the nutritional stats are pretty similar across the board.  I truthfully only purchased these because I wanted an extra cookie. I mean these taste fine but they have a “healthier for you” flavor to them. It’s not the flavor associated with reduced fat foods, it’s truthfully hard to pinpoint what the flavor is – but it’s noticeable. They are chocolatey and sweet – which I feel is what you go for when you’re wanting a cookie. I do enjoy them and I find with these I can have my serving and call it a day.
A serving (3 cookies) is 150 calories or 4 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried WhoNu? cookies?

HannahMax Baking Crunchy Cookie Chips – Chocolate Chip

After hearing about these HannahMax Baking Crunchy Cookie Chips I decided I needed to go on the hunt for them. Ever since I tried Brownie Brittle I have always wanted to try a chocolate chip cookie. So of course these were the perfect opportunity.  From what I had read on Instagram these were being purchased at Wal-Mart as well as a few grocery stores (that I do not have in my area).
One day while picking up some groceries at Wal-Mart, I happened to spot the HannahMax cookie chips and grabbed a bag of the chocolate chip.  I tucked them away in the cabinet and one day I wanted a sweet snack, so I pulled them out and opened them up. They reminded me of brownie brittle, so I removed my serving and took a bite.  At first I was a little confused by the flavor, so I tried it again and it reminded me of pure butterscotch.  I ate another cookie and got a chocolate chip butterscotch flavor and by that point I was so overwhelmed by the sweetness of these cookies I couldn’t eat anymore. They are richly sweet and that is in part of them being made with can brown sugar – and with that, it’s the first ingredient on the nutrition label.
I know these cookies are loved by many and not loved by others and unfortunately I fall in the not loved category. They’re too richly sweet for me. I like a nice chocolate chip cookie but it packs a punch in the sugar department and I can’t quite handle it.
5 cookies is a serving, which are 120 calories or 3 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Are you a fan of HannahMax Baking cookie crisps?

Lucy’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was given a few Lucy’s cookies last year and was surprised with how tasty they were.  So, when I spotted this pack of Lucy’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies at the store I made sure to pick up a box.
The fact I enjoy these aside, the nutrition facts are what initially sold me on these cookies. 3 cookies is a serving size and they’re pretty normal size cookies (similar to a Chips Ahoy size). They’re light, airy and crispy, flavorful and a perfect little dessert or even snack. Even though they are chocolate chip they have a bit of a sugar cookie flavoring to them, which I feel makes them unique. They’re perfect on their own, or alongside a cup of coffee (or milk if you enjoy milk).  They are a little expensive – as most gluten free items tend to be, but this pack was right under $4.
A serving size is 3 cookies, which are 130 calories and only 3 points plus values. Quite a steal for cookies!
QUESTION:
What is your favorite brand of packaged cookies?

Tate’s Bake Shop Cookies White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut


While at Whole Foods I was looking for cookie thins but since coming up empty handed I ended up spotting the Tate’s Bake Shop Cookies White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut and decided to pick up a bag.
The cookies themselves are thinner yet they’re crispy on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. They have the classic taste of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies although as with most cookies there are more white chocolate chips than macadamia nuts.  They are delicious, on the buttery and sweet side yet they are satisfying.  The cookies come packaged in two containers which house 7 cookies.  There is less temptation with these because you can portion out however many cookies you wish in a serving into bags and the other package can remain sealed until you want to open it.
A serving size is one cookie, which is 80 calories and 2 points plus values. If you wanted to have two cookies, it would be 160 calories and 5 points plus values.  From what I hear these cookies are also sold at Bed Bath and Beyond as well as online.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Tate’s Bake Shop Cookies?

Trader Joe’s Cookie Thins – Meyer Lemon


Another lemon dessert …but what can I say, my boyfriend and I are true lemon lovers.  I picked up these Trader Joe’s Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins because they were firstly, lemon and secondly they were cookies. Two of my favorite things morphed into one, so of course I had to give it a try.  These cookie thins do also come in a coconut and a ginger flavor – which I think would be fabulous now that I’ve tried these.
Opening the package you can immediately smell the lemon scent.  The cookies are definitely thin, they’re rather fragile as well, but they are delicious. They’re lemony, sweet but tart; they’re crispy and are slightly buttery which is kind of reminiscent of butter cookies.  In a way, the taste reminded me of the lemon tarts my boyfriend and I occasionally get from our local Italian bakery.  A serving is 9 cookies, which is quite a lot, but in all honesty, half a serving can be more than enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.  They’re great on their own and they are even great alongside some ice cream.
A serving is 130 calories and 4 points plus values. Completely worth it.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Trader Joe’s cookie thins?

Chick Pea Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who would have ever thought it was possible to make a delicious dessert out of chick peas?  Certainly not I at first because I admit I was a little skeptical and well, quite concerned.  I’d heard a lot about chick pea cookies from folks who follow a clean eating lifestyle.  I finally got to the point where I decided I’d try it and if it were repulsive, I’d only be throwing $1 in the garbage because I had all the other ingredients at home in the cabinet.
After whipping these cookies together and baking them, I found they were simply delicious.  Almost, too delicious.   I will say they are best warm, straight out of the oven. Although with a cooled cookie, I would probably heat it the microwave to warm it up for a few seconds.  I did share these cookies and my mother turned out to be the biggest fan of them (which surprised me).  My sister-in-law tried them and was shocked to find out it was made out of chick peas!  The honey, peanut butter and chocolate chips really do steak the show.  The texture is really soft, the outside getting a little bit of a crisp from baking, but it’s like an ooey gooey cookie on the inside.
 
Serves 18. 2 points plus per serving
Ingredients:
  • 1 ¼ cup chick peas (14.5 oz can), drained, rinsed and dried
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 8 tablespoons PB2
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
Rinse and drain chick peas. Lay out on napkins and roll around to dry eliminating all water and moisture from the outside of the chick peas.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine PB2 and water in a bowl, stirring together to make a peanut butter consistency.
Add chick peas, honey, baking powder, vanilla, and PB2 mixture into a food processor and blend until smooth.  Transfer to a bowl and fold in chocolate chips.
Spritz a baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Drop large rounded teaspoon full balls onto your baking dish.  My batter was able to make 18 cookies.
Bake for roughly 8-10 minutes until golden brown.  You can tell they’re done when the bottom of each cookie is slightly golden and the mixture forms more into a “cookie” consistency.

Limited Edition Ice Cream Oreo Rainbow Shure, Bert!

I first tried these Limited Edition Ice Cream Oreo Rainbow Shure, Bert! cookies at my aunt’s house and thought they were the greatest tasting Oreo cookies I’ve ever tried – outside of the original chocolate Oreos which are one of my all time favorites.  I thought they were so delicious I wanted to have a pack in the house.  Because they are limited edition it was trial and error to find a pack in the store … that was until I went to my favorite store ever: Target!
The cookies have the classic white cookie shell and the icing is a delicious blend of flavors which truly do taste JUST like rainbow sherbet.  The cream is a mixture of raspberry and lime and the two flavors totally balance one another out.  They smell like ice cream, they taste like ice cream – they’re just a fancy little cookie. I can’t get over how delicious these cookies are.  My boyfriend took one bite of the cookie, looked at me and said “Oh, we’re going to have to get more.”
One of the things I really like about these cookies is I don’t find them to be sickly sweet.  I could get away with having 2 cookies (which is the serving size) and those 2 cookies will only cost you 4 points plus values.
If you like sherbet then you’ll undoubtedly like these.  But if you’re a fan of the original Oreos and none of the other limited edition flavors, then these may not be for you.  Since these are limited edition they are hard to find, but like I mentioned I did find these at Target.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Limited Edition Ice Cream Oreo Rainbow Shure, Bert?

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Sundae

Whoever said you need to go to the ice cream stand to get ice cream stand quality sundaes?  Not I!
This here is a marvelous concoction I whipped together one night or my boyfriend and I to have as a dessert while watching a movie.  We had some strawberry low fat frozen yogurt in the freezer. Deciding to just rid ourselves of the container to be able to buy another one, we split it.  I took out a 1 cup serving for myself, giving my boyfriend the remainder.  I sliced up some fresh strawberries and a whole banana and divided those equally among the two bowls.  I then stuck two Trader Joe’s Speculoos cookies along the edges of the bowl.  And then I got fancy… I took my beloved Cookie Butter (Trader Joe’s marvelous creation) out of the cabinet, measured out a tablespoon and microwaved it for a few seconds.  Stirred and put it back in for a few more seconds.  When it got ooey gooey I drizzled it over the top of one sundae and returned back to the cookie butter to do the same to the other.
Needless to say this was heavenly.  A bit sweet because Cookie Butter is sweet on its own – then on top of frozen yogurt and naturally sweetened fruit it definitely knocked the glycemic index up there.  But it was to die for.  Sure it was a 9 points plus ice cream BUT if I went out and got a sundae from my local ice cream parlor, it would have cost me probably upwards to 30+ points plus.
QUESTION:
Do you make sweet treat desserts at home?

Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookies


I purchased these Speculoos Cookies from Trader Joe’s the moment I saw them on the shelf.  I am a big fan of Cookie Butter and gingerbread cookies and desserts in general, plus anything that is used to make Cookie Butter is fabulousness in my opinion.  The fact that the nutrition information is very forgiving is undoubtedly the reason I purchased these cookies.
The cookies are the size of shortbread cookies or lady fingers and they’re delicious. They’re good with ice cream, by themselves or even with a cup of coffee or tea.
If you’ve had Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter then you know exactly what these taste like (just think if Cookie Butter were a crunchy cookie).  If you haven’t then it’s a crispy form of Cookie Butter.  The flavor of the cookies is gingerbread, cinnamon and just udder deliciousness in a crispy cookie form.  I really enjoy these cookies and I admit I went out on a “limb” and purchased 2 boxes before even trying them.  Needless to say I ended up having to purchase another box next time I went to the store because one of my boxes was confiscated (not by me – honest).
Everyone that has tried these has given them two thumbs up.  My boyfriend enjoys them with our homemade ice cream sundaes.  I enjoy them with ice cream or straight out of the box.  My mother enjoys them with a cup of coffee.  I’ve even given a few to my 3 ½ year old niece and she likes them.  They’re just a standup little cookie.
One of the greatest parts is that you can have 4 cookies in a serving for 4 points plus values. Not bad at all!
QUESTION:
Have you tried Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookies?