Maple Leaf Cookies by Trader Joe

Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookies
I don’t understand why Canada is so criticized. You don’t get what I mean. Google “Blame Canada”, and you’ll get a short lesson. I’ve been there close to ten time. Montreal? Great city. It is close enough to Europe but still in North America. Niagara Falls? Although a little commercialized, Niagara-on-the-Lake looks beautiful. Let’s not forget the contributions of famous Canadians to making this world a better place. Alexander Graham Bell? Jack Warner (founder Warner Bros. Bryan Adams? All Canadians. Arcade Fire is a great band. My favorite Canadian contribution is Tim Hortons. Sandy and me love Timmy Hos. Not that there’s one in Pittsburgh (okay, a coffee stand at the Consol Energy Center), but while traversing to a neighboring state to procure some TJ goodies not available in PA (the really good, fairly good, and just plain bad), there’s one or two stateside shops we can stop at for a sandwich/coffee/doughnut break. We stopped by the Portland shop two summers ago before we went to Maine for a few nights. Every TimbitWe were anxiously waiting for something to eat throughout our stay. So we decided to get a dozen regular doughnuts. It just seemed so much more. I’m not sure if it was overtly hungry or what, but we both were very conscious of what we ate, and how bad it was for our health.

It’s a lot like the Trader Joe’s Maple Leaf Cookies. Let me start with the positive. These cookies are absolutely delicious. These were great for maple-related things. These huge, massive honking cookies are made with two maple leaf-shaped shortbread cookies and a huge amount of maple cream. Double-Stuffed Oreos, but far more delicious. The filling is rich, sweet and almost dripping in maple goodness. I love shortbread wafers too. I want to eat, eat, and eat these. And then, I want to wash them down with a big glass of milk right out of the bag. Sandy and my taste buds are almost equal: pantheon candidate, almost a certain shooin.

Other than one You should see the second picture. This is for one cookie. It’s not something I would say again. It tastes good. Eat it. Usually. I am slowly getting out of that mindset. This is one cookie, without any inherent nutritional value or expectations. It’s a luxury item. If you’re tempted to eat several of them, you’ll soon find yourself in trouble. Although I think it’s fine to have one, that’s not the place I want to be.

Because I really wanted to give these babies a five-star rating, I needed something to justify their low score. The box’s front clearly stated that these were “Maple Leaf Cookies” filled with cream filling. The side of the box, which refers to this product as “Maple Creme Cookies”, with “creme” filling, is printed in Quebec. I’m not sure if that was the case. Now, you can’t expect that to go past me like a Gretzky slapshot. You’re still making silly packaging. Gotta love it.

Sandy insists that we’ve tried them before, but I can’t remember. They are sweet and maple-y and sugary. But Sandy and I must admit that they do make a great treat. We have to make a conscious effort to not eat them all again ($3.29 American). My forgetting about the purchase must have been psychological defense mechanism. It’s kinda like when I hear Celine Dion or remember that I saw “Titanic” three times in theaters. Ugh. Sandy has been given a 3 and 3.

The bottom line: 6.5 out 10 Golden Spoons