Trader Joe’s Joe-Joe’s Sandwich Cookies are most famously known for the Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s that pop up in the stores at Christmas time. Buuuut…there’s a new Joe-Joe on the block these days in the form of everyone’s favorite flavor combination. Have a read to see what we’re saying about the NEW Chocolate & Peanut Butter Joe-Joe’s!
What are Trader Joe’s Chocolate & Peanut Butter Joe-Joe’s?
Joe-Joe’s are the Trader Joe’s brand of Oreo sandwich cookies. The basic Joe-Joe’s flavor is just like an Oreo cookie: vanilla cream center between 2 chocolate cookies.
Throughout the year, however, Trader Joe’s releases seasonal Joe-Joe’s flavors like pumpkin and Halloween-colored in the fall, and candy cane during the Christmas season. The Christmas season also brings the Astounding Multi-Flavor Joe-Joe’s, which contains 4 flavors in 1 box:
- White chocolate covered ginger
- Chocolate covered candy cane
- Double chocolate (dark chocolate covered chocolate cream filled)
- Milk chocolate covered peanut butter
Well, apparently, the chocolate peanut butter Joe-Joe’s have been such a hit during the Christmas season over the years that Trader Joe’s decided to bust them out into a new featured Joe-Joe’s flavor!
And WE. COULDN’T. BE. HAPPIER!!!
Like seriously, friends! These cookies are here for you chocolate-peanut butter fans out there.
The cookie base is peanut butter cream filling sandwiched between 2 chocolate cookies – just like a peanut butter Oreo! The whole cookie is enrobed – don’t you just love that word? – in peanut butter coating and then it’s drizzled with milk chocolate.
A box of these cookies contains 8 decadent sandwiches at the price of $2.99.
Where In the Store?
You can find the Chocolate & Peanut Butter Joe-Joe’s in the Freezer aisle at Trader Joe’s on one of the two very long cookie shelves. They’re in a slim package so don’t look for a big box, like the regular Joe-Joe’s come in.
What to Make with Trader Joe’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Joe-Joe’s
Normally at this point in a post here on Two Cousins, I’d be chatting about how to serve these cookies. But cookies are cookies, right? You eat them straight from the package. Sometimes you dunk them. It’s not rocket science.
Instead, let’s discuss ways you can use these cookies to make other desserts!
Ice cream topping. To elevate a simple bowl of ice cream crumble these cookies up and sprinkle them over the top of your favorite ice cream. I’m not one to shy away from adding some hot fudge or salted caramel sauce to a bowl of ice cream but these cookies are so rich on their own that I don’t really think any more sugar is needed. I know – shocking, right?
Stirred into softened ice cream. Mix some of these chopped up Joe-Joe’s and chopped up chocolate chip cookies into softened store-bought vanilla or chocolate ice cream. Then, refreeze the ice cream for a few hours. The result is a semi-homemade version of Ben & Jerry’s Milk and Cookies ice cream! So good!!
Make your own version of Trader Joe’s Peanuts for Chocolate! Ice Cream. If making ice cream is your jam, you should absolutely make your own version of the new Trader Joe’s Peanuts for Chocolate! Ice Cream!
Here are the components you’ll need to make this incredible flavor:
- Milk chocolate ice cream. I have a faaaaavorite milk chocolate ice cream recipe that I’ve been making for years but you can certainly use your own favorite recipe too.
- Peanut butter. Swirl in dollops of peanut butter into the ice cream just before you stick in the freezer to firm up.
- Chopped up Chocolate Peanut Butter Joe-Joe’s. Chop up a box of these cookies and stick the chopped cookies in the freezer while you churn the ice cream (or make the no churn recipe). You’ll want the pieces cold when you stir them into the soft ice cream. Stir them in with the peanut butter before you freeze the ice cream.
Cookie buttercream frosting. My last brilliant idea – at least for right now! – for repurposing these cookies is to crushed them up and mix them into buttercream frosting (vanilla, chocolate, or peanut butter frosting!) to frost a cake or cupcakes with. And then, you can top the cake or cupcakes with a few larger crumble pieces.
I’ve made frosting for Oreo cupcakes this way and it’s a fantastic way to infuse cookie flavor into cake or cupcake frosting!
The Dunk Test
Honestly, I was a little hesitant to do a Dunk Test with these cookies! The actually cookies are covered in a thick peanut butter coating so I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it.
And I’m glad I did the test because after 3 consecutive dunks in a cup of hot coffee – the Two Cousins dunking threshold – the cookies were a mess. The peanut butter coating started melting in my fingers and I almost lost the whole cookie into the mug.
So…this was a Dunk Test FAIL. Our first fail!!
However, that’s not a reflection on the cookies themselves! They’re just not made to dunk and that’s ok!
Well, what can I say about these cookies?
They’re nothing short of outfreakingstanding! If you’re a fan of the timeless combination of chocolate and peanut butter, you’re going to love these cookies too!
They’re sweet, rich, and make the perfect late night snack. Or cookie-for-breakfast kind of deal. Or you know, just eat them however your heart desires to. You’re an adult after all, and with that comes pure freedom to eat cookies whenever you want!
Just like the Chocolatey Coated Chocolate Chip Cookie Dunkers, these Trader Joe’s cookies are by far one of our most favorite cookies in the store.
In fact, my husband, Kyle, declared them to be the BEST item from Trader Joe’s that he’s EVER had. That says a whole lot!!
The only tiny gripe I have with these cookies is that the size of the box is misleading. There’s enough extra room in the plastic package to fit at least 1 more cookie. This isn’t worthy of me reducing my Cart Rating, since they’re still a good value for the price – 8 hefty cookies for $2.99 – compared to the These Sprinkles Walked into a Sandwich Cookie, with only 6 cookies in the box.
But needless to say, I’ve had to stash a few boxes around the house before writing this post so I could have the cookies I needed to take photos of. These cookies just disappear as soon as our Cookie Monster knows they’re in the house.
I’m completely in love with these chocolate peanut butter cookies too! Without a doubt, they’re the best Joe-Joe’s sandwich cookies that Trader Joe’s has produced to date and if you jump for chocolate peanut butter treats like we do, I’m sure they’ll be a bit hit with you as well.
Buy It Again?
As long as these Chocolate and Peanut Butter Joe-Joe’s are available, we’ll be buying them! They’re definitely a “treat” of a cookie but they’re well worth the trip to Trader Joe’s, if even for a quick shopping haul.
Now, go show TJ’s that they should be making these cookies year-round by buying a few boxes!!