Trader Joe’s “Cookie Butter”: Healthy Treat Or Gross-Out Snack?
My college roommate made sandwiches out of Duncan Hines chocolate frosting and bread. The only snack that's come remotely close to grossing me out as much is Trader Joe's new “Cookie Butter,” which is essentially a jar of almond butter mixed with Dutch Speculoos cookies. But to some—like Fitnessista, who blogged about how to make a homemade version recently—this could be considered a healthy treat. [tagbox tag=”healthy snacks”]
Nutrition facts aren't available online, but rumor on bodybuilding.com's forum has it that TJ's contains trans fats (likely from the cookies). Which tips the scale in favor of my original judgement: This is pretty much a gross-out snack. On the other hand, pairing cookies with almond butter will at least help maintain your blood sugar levels better than a dessert that contains no protein: This is, in fact, a healthier treat than say, a stack of Oreos.
So what's the verdict? Cookie butter is what it sounds like: A dessert. And to some, it's a good one. Jo Deeangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy is quickly spreading rumors that it tastes amazing:
There is a thing called cookie butter which I discovered over the weekend and am currently in love with. My friend Caroline suggested it, and I'm sort of eating it by the spoonful now. Inspired by the Dutch Speculoos spread, the cookie butter from Trader Joe's has the look and consistency of peanut butter but tasty like gingerbread biscuits in a spreadable form. It's like comfort and Christmas in a jar. Someone on Twitter suggested adding a touch of sea salt, which adds a nice contrast to the sweetness to the cookie butter on top of toast.
As desserts go, this one is relatively healthy, but like the other favorite dessert-for-breakfast spread, nutella, it doesn't make a healthy snack.
Photo: Oh Joy