Tonight we review Trader Joe's Kona Coffee Creamy Half-Dipped Shortbread Cookies. A 7.5-ounce box of cookies (12 cookies) costs $2.99.
A mom's (my) take: Thick, crumbly, buttery with a big kick of coffee, these cookies are a definite pick-me-up. Each cookie is dipped halfway in a creamy, soft, coffee-studded icing. Even with the icing, these cookies are subtly sweet and the coffee flavor really shines. They're so pretty, too, with their golden edges and flecks of coffee bean throughout. I might be sneaking these into Starbucks to have with my cappuccinos.
Overall rating: 5 of 5 stars
A teenager's (Jack's) take: These are awesome! However, they aren't awesome in that they don't entirely live up to the packaging... At least to me, I couldn't perceive much of a coffee flavor, and the texture and taste of the cookies themselves reminded me more of a scone than shortbread (I could taste a bit of shortbread, though). I could easily eat the whole box simply because they are so good, regardless of the flavor discrepancy. If you're specifically looking for something with a strong coffee flavor, you may want to look elsewhere.
Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Trader Joe's Kona Coffee Creamy Half-Dipped Shortbread Cookies: two thumbs up!
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Here's what else we're loving this week:
- fried (FRIED!) Brussels sprouts! yes, please! from Heather Christo
- it's finally soup season and I'm so making this soup from Carlsbad Cravings
- I've never pickled anything, but after reading Brenda's post, I kind of want to pickle EVERYTHING!
- oh, and...I also want to put googly eyes on all the cookies.