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Trader Joe’s Maple Leaf Cookies

Fall has arrived at Trader Joe’s and we’re gearing up for all of the goodness that abounds at TJ’s every fall. Let’s start with these Maple Leaf Cookies, shall we? We’ll tell you alll about them and if they’re worth the money.

A box of Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookies on a white marble counter.

What are Trader Joe’s Maple Leaf Cookies?

Trader Joe’s is phenomenally famous for their huge selection of sandwich cookies, with their most popular being just about any kind of Joe-Joe’s.

These Maple Leaf Cookies are surprisingly different from the Joe-Joe’s in that they cookies are crumbly and chocked full of buttercream filling, which makes them more similar to the Sprinkles Walked into a Sandwich Cookies than the Joe-Joe’s.

Nutrition Facts on the box of Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookies.

And that’s perfectly fine! Joe-Joe’s have a specific place in this world and lingering over them with a cup of hot coffee or tea isn’t one of them.

Because that’s what these maple cookies are all about. They’re hefty and sturdy and they’re perfect for pairing with hot drinks. If coffee or tea isn’t your thing, maybe hot apple cider with a shot of bourbon is more your speed?

Overhead view of a Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookie being held in a hand. There are 2 cookies and the cookie box on the napkin in the background.

The cookies are maple-flavored – only mildly so – and the buttercream filling is thick and rich and it’s also flavored with maple syrup. The maple flavoring is fairly subtle in the filling as well.

Where In the Store?

You can find these Maple Leaf Cookies in the Freezer aisle at Trader Joe’s on one of the two very long cookie shelves. And since it’s autumn, you’ll also likely find them in other fall-themed areas of the store.

I grabbed a box from the impulse buy shelves next to the registers the last time I was in the store. I’m always a sucker for these shelves!

How to Serve Trader Joe’s Maple Leaf Cookies

There’s no secret as to how to serve these maple cookies! They’re perfect eaten just as they come out of the box. Although, opened up to reveal the excellent creme filling isn’t a bad idea either.

Just like a Doubl-Stuf Oreo, you’ll want to lick all of the creme filling right off the cookie. No? Just me? OK then….

The Review

OK, as you can tell, this has been one of my shorter reviews. I just don’t have too much to say about these Maple Leaf Cookies.

Product description on the side of a box of Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookies.

They’re good but not fantastic. The cookies themselves are pretty good – hefty and a little crumbly – and the buttercream filling is actually really good.

But the maple flavor doesn’t come through very strongly in either and it’s a bit lost in the size of the cookie.

I’ve done enough baking with maple syrup to know that it’s a flavor that really mellows when baked. So I didn’t particularly expect too much maple flavor from these cookies, which is good because you won’t really get it here.

The filling has a little bit of extra mapley oomph but again, it’s still fairly subtle. Maple is an expensive ingredient so I can definitely understand why the flavor in these cookies is so underwhelming.

But that’s not to say we didn’t not like them. The 14 cookies in the package were gone within 2 days of opening it and even our 4 year old liked them enough to ask for one of them as a treat after dinner.

Buy It Again?

If the Maple Leaf Cookies were the only cookies in the store, we’d buy them again. They were good but not as great as other cookies we’ve tried. And since there are SO MANY cookies we haven’t tried yet, I’d love to give a few others a shot before coming back to these maple cookies.

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