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Apr 6, 2008 11:51 PM

Best packaged non-bakery store bought cookies

Motivated to start this thread after trying the new line of cookies by Kashi brand.
I bought the "Oatmeal Raisin Flax" due to my perception that this company uses a healthy combination of ingredients, can get my fix of junk food in a healthy package so to speak, and surprise, was able to combine a sale price with a coupon to get the 8.5 oz. box for $1, far discounted from the normal price.

The cookie was of the soft kind, full of fiber, moderately sweet, and satisfying. There were 8 cookies in the box, and consisted of the Kashi seven whole grain and sesame mix, standard for most, if not all of its grain products, raisins, expeller pressed canola oil, honey, evaporated cane juice crystals, brwon rice syrup, flax seeds, walnuts, oat fiber, and a few other ingredients. When I read those ingredients, I knew that there was some salvation in consuming this product vs. what I normally consume in other brands of cookies. 4 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein, 130 calories per cookie. Not too bad for junk food.

I found that eating the cookie by itself was on the dry side. Eating a bit of ice cream afterwards helped. The next day, I ate them (yes, more than one) with coffee and it was a huge improvement. Both the coffee tasted better because of the cookie and vice versa. I'd also recommend eating these things with ice cream or apple sauce due to their dryness.

I used to like Archway Cookies, especially the Lemon soft cookies that were more cake like, and had a huge splattering of a frosting on each cookie. When I had them years ago, I remember they were made with partially hydrogenated fats, as are most cookies, although, they now say no transfats, but I think that just indicates a one serving sized portion.

To get the crispness and storage life, most of these manufacturers use the partially hydrogenated oils. Many of them use palm oil now, too. Interesting that in the packaging of the Kashi cookies, there was an actual small "freshness bag!!". Since they aren't using ingredients that extend the storage life like the other companies, they had to include something to keep these cookies from going rancid. Packaging only 8 cookies per box allows them to be consumed within a short period of time, too. They are not inexpensive, but the price does reflect higher quality ingredients. When they are not on sale, I think the cost would be close to 40 to 50 cents per cookie, and these cookies are not large. I think most people would consume at least two per snatch.

I used to like Keebler's Vienna Fingers, for its combination of dryness and corn flour taste combined with the inner filling. I've stopped eating Stella D'Oro's "Lady Stella Mix" or whatever it's called, for a few reasons - I don't trust that it's ingredients are that healthy, the overly sweet taste of the cookies, and most importantly, I have difficulty eating "portion sizes." I wish I could just have one or two cookies with a cup of coffee or tea, but it doesn't work that way for me - I normally clear out a portion of the container of the cookies, the amount of which would be best kept confidential.

What boxed cookie do you like, that you would consider the healthiest and yet desirable, and which the tastiest, and the worst for you?! (I'd probably rate these Kashi cookies in the first respect, and I think it is the Keebler brand of those shortbread fudge cookies with the chocolate stripes crossing over ridged shortbread crisp cookies in the latter.)

I did not want to include bakery bought cookies in this category for obvious reasons. It's harder for boxed, prepackaged cookies to compete with their freshness and taste.

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  1. >>Eating a bit of ice cream afterwards helped.

    I like the way you think, FelafelBoy.

    Since not being able to eat an entire sleeve anymore -- of course one must eat an entire sleeve, otherwise the karma of the box is off! -- I tend not to buy store bought cookies. Add to that the fact that the cookie itself is reduced -- I recently tried Suzy Qs, what a disaster -- in size and increased in price, and they're not worth the aggravation.

    I'd rather dip a spoon into a peanut butter jar for my sugar fix. Oh, and if there's a non-half gallon of ice cream around, I'll dip the spoon in that after the peanut butter. I learned that here!

    As to 'used to be's', I liked Nutter Butters and Vienna Fingers and a soft variation on Nutter Butters, which aren't around anymore. Pepperidge Farm cookies are good, as are any of the realllly expensive premium cookies.

    Oh, I almost forgot! If you want a realllllllllllly glorious store bought cookie, head to the international aisle and get a package of McVitie's Hob Nobs. Betcha can't eat just four!

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    1. re: dolores

      You can also sometimes find stroopwafels in the international aisle- very thin cookies with a caramel middle layer. Even more yummy when you can park them over a hot cup of coffee or tea for a minute to soften up the caramel a little.

      1. re: beachmouse

        i've been surprised in recent times to find stroopwafels at my 7-11 next to the cash register.

        1. re: dolores

          I hope this thread exposes us to all the great cookies out there that many of us, myself included, are not aware of, since I try to limit my vices to a few of the same tried and tested junk food items.

          I remember what I used to do to Vienna Fingers to change their texture and the challenge they gave me. I would eat them at three different kinds of temperature and freshness - room temperature, refrigerated, and frozen. The most flavor came out at room temperature and the filling easily blended into the wafer when the cookie was bit into. In the refrigerated state, the wafer gave more resistance, offered a cooling sensation, and once the filling was reached, more cooling sensation was experienced. When frozen, the wafer and filling offered an interesting resistance, sometimes parts separating, other times, both wafer and filling merging into one. I especially enjoyed eating colder/frozen Vienna Fingers when it was hot out.

          I discovered that if I left the cookies out, the wafer would take on a different texture and taste - the cookie wasn't spoiled, but something changed in its composition to produce what tasted to me like a more "mature" or "aged" cookie. The trick was to reach that point of maturity or fine vintage, if I can borrow that term, before the cookie spoiled.

          For awhile Keebler was making Vienna Fingers with various flavored fillings other than vanilla. I'm not sure they are still doing this. One of the enjoyments I had with the taste of this cookie was the element of corn flour in the wafer. When the filling was something other than vanilla, such as chocolate, I found that the taste overpowered the flavor of the wafer.

          And as you said referring to the smaller size of some of these cookies - I'm not sure when that downsizing happened, but I do remember my disappointment some years ago seeing Oreos, Hydrox, and some of the other cookies being made in what looked like half the original size. I think Vienna Fingers are still made of the original size.

          The Nutter Butters were oblong(?) or round wafers with a peanut butter filling I recall. Reminded me of another similar cookie whose name escapes me that were addictive.

          1. re: FelafelBoy

            FelafelBoy, we're on the same wavelength when it comes to sweets. You conducted an experiment on Vienna Fingers, I love it!

            I like reading all these posts from folks who put ice cream on their cookies -- sure evidence that healthy eating only goes so far.

            VF are of the same size? I'll have to get another box soon, before they go the way of the 56oz and soon to be 48oz 'half gallon' of ice cream.

            The wafer PB cookies were Nutter Butters? What then were the cookies like VF that were made with peanut butter?

            1. re: FelafelBoy

              I'm pretty sure Mallomars are smaller too, at least they look it to me.

              1. re: coll

                I'm trying to decide if the cookies are smaller or my hands are bigger.


                1. re: charlesbois

                  Absolutely, hands down, no question. I love my Choco-Leibniz!

              2. re: dolores

                best international cookies on the planet are arnott's tim tams from australia.

              3. I'm going with Double Stuff Oreos. I hadn't had them for like 10 years and then I rediscovered them.

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                1. re: babaoriley7

                  I am with you babaoriley. Oreo double stuff cookies rock. I like them frozen. I also love fig newtons. We have Little Debbie cakes here in NEPA and I think their fig newtons are better than nabisco's.

                  1. I love oreos dipped in peanut butter and of course chips ahoy with some milk. =]

                    1. FelafelBoy, I am going to have to refuse to answer the "healthiest and yet desirable cookie" question. I don't eat cookies for health reasons, so I don't think I can be unbiased!

                      As for most delicious, well, so difficult to narrow down. Here are a few of my favorites:

                      1. Pim's raspberry
                      2. Jules Destrooper Almond thins (but they are all good!)
                      3. Tim-Tams (for the Tim-Tam slam of course!)
                      4. Walker's Shortbread
                      5. Yes to Stroopwafels, love those things!
                      6. Packaged orange chocolate biscotti, I can't remember the brand
                      7. Classic Oreo

                      There are probably more, but I have to stop here. Even thinking about them is causing me to gain weight.