Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Trader Joe's Kitchen Sink Dunkers

"Comparison is the thief of joy."

I've heard it said and quoted so many times...a quick Google search says its Theodore Roosevelt who coined the phrase. I'm pretty sure I've heard it was someone else...but then that's like comparing sources, and well, that's contradictory to the purpose, is it not? No matter who spoke it, it's no less true.

I say this because - Sheetz Trash Can Cookies. You ever one? If you haven't, and live near a Sheetz, or ever happen to be traveling by a Sheetz on an journey, go get one. Preferably immediately. If you have, i hope you know what I'm talking about - amazing cookies. Soft mealy, with a plethora of ingredients ranging for chocolate chips and Reese Pieces to popcorn and pretzels. Awesome cookies, one of our faves for road trips.

Was really hoping for a similar vibe with Trader Joe's Kitchen Sink Dunkers. The name carries the same implication, a little of this, a little that, and then there's that other stuff. Kitchen sink, as in, "everything but the..." Gotta be a lot of stuff, right?

Can't say they fully delivered. I like the premise, more or less, but the name sets up a little bit for failure. These dunkers are basically oatmeal cookies trying to pose themselves as being a bit more fancy then they actually are. I got nothing against pecans, or sunflower seeds, or chocolate chunks, because they can all make a fine cookie, but mixed all together with some rolled oats, there's not much that stands out or is terribly descriptive.

At least there's no...oh wait, yes there is. Not sure how they snuck in. But there's raisins in here too. So it's a showboating oatmeal raisin cookie. Listen: Nobody I know likes oatmeal raisin cookies. I only eat them when I didn't look close and thought they were chocolate chip, and am then immediately disappointed. Everyone I know thinks the same way, and so must a lot of y'all, because why then aren't raisins mentioned mentioned on the front of the package, hmm? It's a conspiracy 

Of course, as a cookie made for dunking in coffee, the dippy dunkers are pretty rigid when dry but soften in a crumbly way significantly once met with coffee. I personally did not have a chance to sample hem this way, but Sandy said so, so it must be true.

Not awful, not terrific. Could use a lot more pizzazz in my humble opinion. I'll munch on them but not seek them out. Too many other great cookies out there...these dunkers just don't really compare.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Kitchen Sink Dunkers: 5.5 out of 10 Golden Spoons


  1. Thanks for the review. I saw these last week and nearly bought them. Think I'll stick with the regular dunkers.

  2. I actually tasted these at the tasting counter last weekend- not what i want in a cookie. Totally just oatmeal raisin with nuts. And somehow they're sold in a significantly smaller container than the other dunker cookies yet are the same price...? So the value is questionable too.
    TJs definitely needs to make a version of the momofuku milk bar compost cookies! Those have potato chips, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, graham cracker crumbs, pretzels, coffee grounds, oats... true kitchen sink. And worthy of a higher price tag

  3. My fathers favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin. The crunchy ones from TJs are great

  4. I dislike raisins in cookies, and bought these and noticed they didn't say raisins on the front of the carton -- or I would have passed. That said, I didn't think they were bad. I liked how crunchy there were, and not overly sweet, even with those raisins and chocolate chunks. Probably WOULD buy them again as I like cookies which are not cloyingly sweet. And the raisins were not plentiful. Still hate 'em though.

  5. Yesssss! "I only eat them when I didn't look close and thought they were chocolate chip, and am then immediately disappointed." Truth! Only way to ruin a cookie - add raisins.