Trader Joe’s Highbrow Chocolate Chip Cookies

Trader Joe’s Highbrow Chocolate Chip Cookies? Huh? Not sure what they mean considering they have several offerings of Chocolate Chip cookies and many of them very good! Although I had to bake these Chocolate Chip Cookies, they were well worth it.  Like I mentioned before, I have a bit of a closet sweet tooth. I don’t indulge it often, but every once in a while I get wild and crazy and have a few cookies! (You must be thinking I’m nuts)

This is an item I’d seen around for a while and really, I don’t gravitate towards the sweets like others in my family. I am typically a morning sweets guy. I can eat cookies and cake for breakfast but forget after dinner. That’s when the kids really like a bit of ice cream or a cookie. So, with the kids in mind, I picked up a box of these cookies.

Right on the back of the box, it says these are crispy and I’m not usually a fan of crispy chocolate chip cookies, but they sound very compelling. All the ingredients are exactly what you would use in your own cookie recipe. Flour, eggs, sugar, chocolate chips, etc. There aren’t many in a bag. The bag comes in at 7oz and in the bag there were about 10 cookies if I remember. They are pretty light weight considering they are completely dry and crispy.

OK, I’ll admit I am a soft cookie person. I like them warm and ooey gooey right out of the oven. 2nd best are the soft ones. Hard and crunchy is not really my style. If you are one of those that like to dip them in milk (not me) these might be perfect for that!

How did they taste? Well I have to admit they are very good. They have that real homemade flavor probably because they use the same ingredients you and I would use to make cookies at home. If really good homemade are a 10, the other ones I mentioned above are a 9 then I would have to peg these at a good 8. I think the flavors are all there, IMHO. Rich chocolate chips, nice cookie flavor, but like I said before, crispy chocolate chip cookies are not my favorite type. I just like them softer, but that’s just me.

I am going to rate these Trader Joe’s Highbrow Chocolate Chip cookies a 8 bells!

Trader Joe’s Chunky Chocolate Chip Dough

 Ok, I have to admit something to you all. I have a bit of a closet sweet tooth. Don’t tell Becky because she thinks I’m super restrained at not eating sweets, but sometimes I break down and will snarf a handful of cookies when she’s not looking! I almost ate a whole tray of these cookies after sampling one! Darn Trader Joe’s and those Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cookies!

In my store these are tucked out of the way back by the eggs in the way back of the store and I don’t know why, they should be over there with all the other refrigerated foods so more people will buy them. I guess it’s not the same for every store, when I go to the swanky new Redmond store (boy it’s nice to be able to move around the store without banging into people all the time!), they are easy to see but at my Kirkland, WA (Kirkland? Ring a bell for you Costco shoppers? Guess who’s headquarters is here in the Seattle area?) these are way out of the way and I missed them for a really long time until a couple of weeks ago I had to buy some extra eggs for Easter and looked over and saw these gems sitting on the shelf.

I told myself the kids need some cookies! Yah, right! The last thing my kids need are more sugary cookies! But for the sake of the blog (another crutch) I just had to get them and try them out. Basically what you have here are 16 little un-baked cookie balls. What you do is heat up the oven, put these on a baking sheet and bake for the prescribed amount of time and then Bam! you have 16 of the most delicious cookies you’ve ever made.

I broke down and confessed to Becky that I had made these and she took one bite and said she’d never make homemade chocolate chip cookies again. Why bother when these are so simple and soooo good! They say in the directions that you can bake them for a shorter time to get softer, chewier cookies or longer for crisper, crunchier cookie. I opted for the chewy version and I was well rewarded!

These cookies just melt in your mouth! Then when you bite into them, there are these huge chunks of chocolate in them. They are chunks, not chips like you buy at the store. It’s like someone broke off pieces of  a chocolate bar and mixed them in there. But I have to back up a bit, you can see that the cookies are already a dark color, that’s because the batter is chocolate flavored to begin with. So,  you have chocolate flavored dough with these huge chunks of chocolate swimming in the cookies. Of course the kids when nuts for them. I thought these cookies would last at least a couple of days, but no way, they were gone that night. The whole family pigged out on them!

You know I am no slouch in the kitchen. I can pretty much make anything if I put my mind to it, but here is one of these products you didn’t know existed and now you can wow you friends with these cookies and take claim for making them! These are almost too easy to make and I’m afraid to that if I buy more we will snarf them down in a second again!

I am going to have to give these Trader Joe’s Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cookies 9 solid Bells!

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