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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Cartwheel Cookies

Sorry, everyone...but apparently we're on a sugar high here. Nothing but desserty-esque goodness for review last week, and here we go again. It's a one way ticket to Diabeetusville here. Please see Wilfred Brimley for your box on your way out.

One of these days we'll go back to reviewing salads and some healthyish type kinda stuff like vegan cream cheese alternatives...but not today. Not when there's Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Cartwheel Cookies to talk about.

Give me peanut butter, or give me death. I'm a total complete junky. I could go all Hurley from "Lost" on a jarful at any time...and cookies? Forget about it. I'm helpless here.

Really helps these are some most excellent pb cookies from TJ's.

These particular cartwheely confections are unlike most peanut butter cookies I've had. Instead of just fork smashed flavored batter with or without chips, the approach here is a literal resorvoir of nutty goodness. I mean, look at the pic. Yummm. It's good peanut butter too, though perhaps admittedly perhaps a bit closer to JIF than the real high quality stuff. Then again, it's a cookie, and at least it's creamy and not too dry or anything of that sort.

All of that is enveloped inside a real good, crumbly cookie. At first bite, I wasn't sure if the cookie straddled the sugar or shortbread side of the line at first before settling more towards sugar cookie. But it blends nicely with the peanut butter portion for a smooth, strong distinct pb taste.

Therein may lie my only suggestion, as it's not a complaint, per se. But TJ's cartwheels seem perhaps a little "one note" if you know what I mean. Something small to add maybe a little texture distinction, like a smattering of chopped peanuts, would be a welcome addition.

These will be a hit. Sandy and I are a bit sad that there's only nine cookies per box, as we both could smash them all in one sitting. As is, one of us will get five and the other four, assuming we can keep our kids out of them. Sharing cookies? Who does that? No one on this sugar train, for sure. Darn near perfect cookies.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Cartwheel Cookies: 9 out of 10 Golden Spoons


  1. 9 for how much? They need to package these better. I realize they want u to buy boxes but jeez. I stay away from their boxed cookies for this reason. The ones in their tubs are better priced

  2. The other day in the Trader Joe's I spotted a new multigrain gluten free looks pretty good...
    Also, you could review the peach bellini jam, still sweet but not a cookie...
    Last, in the fearless flyer they have a lemon pasta container it looks really good and I'd be interested in seeing a review!

    1. Are u talking about the lemon basil pasta salad? If so it’s goid. U can add chicken and make it a full meal. Their Mediterranean Orzo salad is good too

  3. Um, JIF *IS* the good stuff. Whatchoo talkin bout?!

  4. Am I the only one who didn't enjoy these? I am a huge peanut butter fan and found these to be weak. One-note is also an accurate description.

    1. I thought they needed something. Salt? Vanilla? Brown sugar? Not sure, but yeah, bland.

    2. There's no salt in the peanut butter filling and no peanut in the cookie part. Boring cookie.

  5. How did i miss these?!?? I was literally at trader joe’s yesterday..... and am very enthusiastic about peanut butter! Will certainly be on the lookout next time i go.
    New “rainbow wrap” sandwich is tasty! It has sweet potatoes and chickpeas and greens with a slightly spicy sauce. But annoying they list it as one serving = 1/2 wrap. Ummm, no.

  6. I agree with Saba. No peanut buttery enough. More sugar than PB. Just okay.

  7. Another vote for “not peanut buttery enough”. The PB was very smooth, and the cookie was too sweet — and I have a major sweet tooth. Close but a miss.

  8. These have an off putting smell... Was not a fan of these.. 😞 Also, the 3rd ingredient is palm oil. Left my mouth feeling greasy. Disappointed.


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