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Trader Joe’s Almond Windmill Cookies

Another Trader Joe’s cookie post coming at ya friends!! Just call me Cookie Monster. Grab your favorite cup of tea or an ice cold glass of milk and settle in for this post! You’re not going to want to miss this one.

What are Trader Joe’s Almond Windmill Cookies?

These almond windmill cookies are a buttery, shortbread like consistency topped with pieces of crunchy almonds and coarse sanding sugar. YUMMM

For those who are peanut and nut free, I’m apologizing in advance because of the fact you won’t be able to share in the deliciousness that are these cookies.

These windmill cookies are giving me Dutch vibes, and since my background is mostly Dutch I knew I needed give these a try.

The windmill mold is a traditional shape of this type of cookie in Belgium and the Netherlands. Typically these cookies are spiced with cloves, ginger, nutmeg, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon and of course crushed almonds.

These cookies that Trader Joe’s have adopted don’t have all of those traditional spices, but they certainly do have that almond flavor and crunch!

Where In the Store?

These Almond Windmill Cookies are located down the frozen aisle along the shelves amongst all the other cookies they offer.

These cookies were on a shelf right above Trader Joe’s Multigrain Toaster Waffles!!

How to Serve Trader Joe’s Almond Windmill Cookies

In Belgium and the Netherlands, these cookies are actually called Speculaas (also called Speculoos or Dutch windmill cookies). They are a St. Nicholas Day treat and can be enjoyed any way you like! Right out of the oven nice and hot, dunked into some milk, or along side a nice cup of tea.

I tore open the package and shoved one into my mouth. I was eager to see how much almond flavor they really had.

I haven’t gotten a chance to review Trader Joe’s Almond Butter yet, but I bet these would be FANTASTIC with a smear of that on top!! YUMM

Crumbled over some vanilla bean ice cream, or make an ice cream sandwich with these cookies!!

I would LOVE to try these cookies in a s’more!! Instead of traditional graham crackers, use these cookies, add your favorite chocolate and melt those marshmallows! NOW WE’RE TALKING. A fun new summertime treat.

The Review

These cookies did not disappoint. I really, really enjoyed these cookies.

I loved the crunch these cookies had, along with the perfect amount of almond flavoring. It wasn’t too overpowering, you could still taste that buttery shortbread cookie.

I also enjoyed how light these cookies were. I ate 3 for the sake of the post *hehe* and I didn’t feel guilty after eating them. Does anyone else ever feel that way after eating a few other cookies?….Just me?

As you can see from the picture below, another added crunch factor is the coarse sugar thats also sprinkled on top. It really gives this cookie more of a sweetness that compliments the almond so well.


Ah the notorious Dunk Test, we meet again. This time with a Dutch twist, let’s see how these cookies stood up! The other “Dutch Twist” cookie I put to this test was Lidl’s Dutch Butter Cookies Sugar Pretzels.

Admittedly, I dunked one of these cookies too many times to try and get that perfect “drip” shot, so by the time I bit into it, it was a soggy mess. But again, that was my own fault.

I willingly finished that soggy mess and dove into the package for another one to actually try out this Dunk Test. That second time went MUUUCCCHH better!

I gave this cookie 2 dunks and it was PERFECT. The cookie was still crispy with that coarse sugar on top and the crunchy almonds throughout.

These cookies have my Dunk Test “stamp of approval”.

Have you tried these Trader Joe’s Windmill Cookies? Or another variety of the Dutch Windmill cookies? Let us know! We want to hear from you!

Buy It Again?

I would totally buy these cookies again. I felt like they connected me with a piece of my family history.

I loved that these cookies were on the lighter side, so I didn’t feel so guilty about eating 3 or 4 in one sitting!!! Go to your local Trader Joe’s, buy a container and taste the deliciousness for yourself!

When I brought them home, my mom saw the package and says, “Ah, Dutch cookies for the Dutch girl.”

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  1. I just finished my last one of these delicious cookies. When I went to the store a couple days ago, they did not have any more. Do you know whether they will continue to carry these?

    1. We’re not sure but they tend to pull lots of things from the shelves at Christmas to make room for all of the Christmas items. You can definitely call your local store and ask when they are coming back. The TJs staff are always so helpful!

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