This fall, Oreos made their bug announcement that they were releasing a pumpkin spice flavor. Other than Golden Oreos and the white chocolate dipped ones, I do not like the different varieties of Oreos; their cream fillings always taste heavily artificial to me. However, I was ready to shamelessly throw out those convictions in the name of pumpkin. The only thing standing in my way – finding the cookies! I have searched Targets and Wegmans’ galore fruitlessly. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw pumpkin sandwich cookies during a random trip to Trader Joe’s.
Now, I have no idea if Pumpkin Joe Joe’s happened as a result of Pumpkin Spice Oreos, but I am just happy that they exist. My mother is not a pumpkin enthusiast, but even she could not wait until we got home to try them. So like mature adults, we opened them up and tried them as soon as we got in the car. The cookies could be a festive car freshener. The aroma was delectable, sweet and cinnamony. Nothing could have prepared me for how good the cookies would truly be. The cookie portion is buttery, and the cream holds the glorious pumpkin and its spices. And the cream is soft! When I bit the cookie, the cream spread. That probably is not a big deal, but I have never had a store bought sandwich cookie in which the cream can move. You really know all the ingredients at Trader Joe’s are real.
I really cannot speak highly enough about these. They are literally autumnal joy in a cookie.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Joe Joe’s: 5/5
For the first August in a while, I did not see premature signs of fall. Most people would be relieved to not have a season aggressively pushed on them in the midst of another, but I’ve been a little sad. I enjoy seeing orange all through the isles of places like Target and trying new products so that I know by October and November what will be a staple for me that season and what I will use to entertain. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I saw these pumpkin cheesecake cookies sneak their way into my local grocery store. These types of cookies are not necessarily my thing, but I was pretty starved for pumpkin and did an impromptu buy.
When I opened the package, I was overwhelmed with autumnal glee. The cookies smelled like a freshly baked pumpkin pie, and I had to enjoy a few wiffs before I actually indulged into a cookie. The positives of the cookies, other than that heavenly scent, are that they are delectably soft and the cheesecake chunks are rich and sweet. The negative is the pumpkin flavoring is weak, if there at all. The flavoring is more pumpkin spice, which as you probably know is not offensive to me, but a little disappointing. I will probably not be purchasing these again, but if you are not into strong pumpkin flavoring but love that wonderful nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove combo and a sweet cookie, you will definitely love these.
Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies: 3/5
Usually my sister and I make completely homemade cookies, but this year has been a particularly busy holiday season; thus, semi-homemade cookies seemed like the way to go. Having had the molasses cookies in this brand (and because they were on sale in the grocery store), we chose these to bake this year. We also got pumpkin spice, which will be reviewed in the future.
Both cookies baked well into cute circles as long as the batter remained cool so that it could be rolled into balls.
The snickerdoodle was perfect. I have no complaints about these. The cookies tasted exactly like the kind you would get at The Great Cookie in the mall. My only baking suggestion would be to sprinkle the provided cinnamon sugar on the top of the cookies as opposed to baking it inside – we tried both ways – because the cookies keep their cream color that way.
Betty Crocker Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix: 5/5
The Gingerbread cookies tasted fairly good. They contained a strong gingerbread flavor, which was satisfactory, but the sugary taste was less apparent. My suggestion would be to frost these cookies to add some sweetness, and then they would be perfect.
Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookie Mix: 4/5