Trader Joe’s Just Came Out with My New Favorite Cookie

published Sep 4, 2021
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Large canvas bag filled with Trader Joe's groceries.
Credit: Sarah Crowley

To know me is to understand that I do not need an excuse to go to Trader Joe’s, or wander the grocery aisles of any store really. But! As the new Grocery Editor at Kitchn (it’s my first week, and it’s going great so far ICYW.), I wanted to check out the newest items to hit the shelves this week.

Transparently, I was on the hunt for the Green Goddess seasoning blend that was all over Instagram. Unfortunately, the sequel to the wildly popular dressing hasn’t made its way to my local stores, so I’ll save that for a future story. (My sources say it should be here by September 5!)

Empty basket in hand, I stood in front of the cookie display holding a box of Double Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies — a new addition at TJ’s, a darn good consolation prize, and, at $3.99, a steal. The TJ’s crew member who was passing by stopped to tell me how great they are without me even asking. Bonus selling point! Unprompted, he also said he likes the Soft-Baked Sunflower Butter Cookies (also new), so I nabbed those too. Why not? Right?

Find it in stores: Double Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies, $3.99 for 8 ounces

I’ve been a cookie monster since I was old enough to speak — according to my mother, my first word was “cook-cook,” which at the time stood for “me want cookie.” By my own/Malcom Gladwell standards, I’m an expert on the subject.

Now, let’s talk about these cookies. They’re made with almond flour, so they’re gluten-free. I don’t have an allergy or a penchant for foods with the GF label, but I don’t shy away from them either. In fact, sometimes I prefer the more chewy texture these treats come with. The double chocolate designation, as the box explains, “is delivered via cocoa powder and chocolate chips.” (I’m also a sucker for quirky packaging descriptions.) And they sure are chocolatey. The almondy flavor is more subdued than I anticipated — except in the cookies flecked with almond slivers (not all of them have them).

They actually reminded me a lot of the Famous Amos brand — a staple in my house growing up — but they’re even smaller, which, ironically, is what I most like about these crumbly cookies. Hear me out! At “just-a-bit-more-than-a-bite sized,” aka slightly larger than a quarter, the serving size is seven cookies. Seven! I had two before breakfast. Okay, four — because I’m a professional and I take my job seriously and also because breakfast cookies are totally a thing! For kids too

They were delightful, with an emphasis on light. You could, say, eat them a box-full at a time.

What’s your favorite new Trader Joe’s cookies? Share them in the comments below.