As we roll into the cooler and darker days of Autumn, cookie baking season starts anew. Growing up my mother would spend part of her weekend baking a variety of cookies and one of the most common ones was sugar cookies. They bring back such fond memories… Trader Joe’s is being extra helpful in selling us this ready to bake cookie dough. Let me walk you through how to use this product. Update: I am getting a lot of negative remarks about these cookies. I am wondering if there is batch difference. I will pick up another tube and re-test this week.
Trader Joe’s always seems to have a large variety of cookies. Either in the bakery section or in the snack section, there is something for everyone. But for fresh baked cookies, you have to look in the egg section where they keep a small variety of ready to bake cookies. My discontinued favorite was the double chocolate chunk cookies (replaced by a gluten free option that frankly is not nearly as good).
Trader Joe’s is copycatting another product that is quite popular, the Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough. It comes in the same plastic tube and you basically warm up the oven, slice some dough off the roll lay it out on a baking sheet, and bake. It couldn’t be simpler.
We love to make sugar cookies around here and decorate them. We love using all kinds of nice cookie cutters that we’ve gotten as hand-me-downs from parents and even though our kids are in their late teens now, they still love to make and eat cookies at the holidays.
If you look at the ingredients section at the bottom of this review, you’ll see that it’s a pretty short list. It’s basically flour, sugar, butter, water, egg, vanilla, salt and leavening. That is what I put in my cookie dough.
So, just turn on your oven to 350f. Get out a baking sheet and some parchment paper and take the tube of dough out of the fridge.
You have a choice to make at this point. You can just make regular round cookies or you can make some fancy shapes with your own cookie cutter. (Also if you want to frost them, get that stuff ready too but I didn’t in this review)
I opted for the easiest method since I just wanted to review them for taste, but if you want to make cut out shape, you’ll need to leave the dough on the counter for about 15 minutes until it softens up a bit so you can roll it out and punch out your shapes. I just cut slices off the roll and put them on the baking sheet a couple of inches apart.
Then I baked them for 10 minutes and pulled them out when the edges were starting to turn brown.
I moved them to a cooling rack with a spatula and let the baking sheet cool off and started the second batch. I got about 12 cookies out of the roll of dough.
This was super simple and highly satisfying.
How did the Trader Joe’s Sugar Cookies Taste?
As for the sugar cookies, I couldn’t really tell the difference between these and homemade to be honest. If you look at the ingredient list, it isn’t any different than homemade. What Trader Joe’s is doing is buying you a lot of time and saving you the mess. At $3.99 for 1 lb of cookie dough, I would say this is a great deal. I am not sure we are going to break out the mixer and get everything all covered in dough to make a couple of batches of cookies anymore.
I am going to give these a high rating because they are just as good as homemade but so much easier. I am going to rate them 9 Bells!
- WHEAT FLOUR
- BUTTER (CREAM [MILK], NATURAL FLAVORS)
- VANILLA EXTRACT (WATER, ETHYL ALCOHOL, VANILLA BEAN EXTRACTIVES)
- LEAVENING (MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM BICARBONATE, CORNSTARCH)
- SEA SALT
- CONTAINS MILK, EGG, WHEAT.