“Highbrow,” huh? What does that mean when applied to these Trader Joe’s cookies ($3.99)? I assumed it might be in reference to Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc recipe or that Neiman Marcus urban legend. But the cute box these cookies come in makes no mention of either in its description, just that “The cookies showcase the power of simple ingredients well-wrought into a classic recipe: great butter + great chocolate chips = Highbrow cookies.” Nowhere does it explain what makes the butter and chocolate chips they used to make these so “great.”
Regardless, I had to get them. And, boy, was I glad I did. So delicious. If you like your chocolate chip cookies a little crisp, you’ll love these. It’s almost as if they were fresh off your cooling rack, not from a box.
Personally I didn’t find them especially buttery but rather a tad salty, except not in artery-hardening, thirst-inducing way. The element that reels you in is the chocolate chips. Even though chocolate lovers may be put off by the fact the chips aren’t exactly bulging from the cookie’s surface, when they bite into them they’ll experience such rich and creamy goodness that all will be forgiven.
The only issue I had is with the packaging. Not the cute box, cute font, or cute illustrations but rather the fact that the cookies come in two tiers that are individually wrapped in plastic. Each tier contains seven cookies, meaning, if you don’t want these to get stale, you have to seal them in Tupperware or the like. Either that or eat the seven in one sitting.
Suffice it to say, these Trader Joe’s Highbrow Chocolate Chip Cookies bring out your inner Cookie Monster. Cookies! Perfect way to spend a dreary day? Sitting at home, lounging in an armchair and enjoying these with a class of milk. Nom!
Calories: 140 for serving size 2 cookies
Ingredients: Semi-sweet chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, milk fat, soy lecithin (emulsifier), vanilla, natural flavor), unbleached flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine, mononitrate riboflavin, folic acid, malted barley flour), butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract, water.