I once went on a date with a guy during the holiday season where – during conversation – it came up that I would have 1 or 2 freshly-baked gingerbread cookies every night. His response was, and I quote, “EVERY night?!” To which I responded with some combination of indignation and confusion, “Yes, every night.” There wasn’t a second date, and it goes without saying that even though he never technically asked me on a second date, that this was by my choice.
Not that I have to justify this to anyone (you know who you are, Mr. Cookie-Shaming-Holiday-Date guy), but I do not usually eat cookies every day.* However, during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Trader Joe’s sells the most delicious break-and-bake ginger cookies ever, and yes, I think they are delicious enough to eat every day. All you need to know is they are better than home-made. There are several reasons for this, not the least being that you don’t actually have to make them.
As I have told you – my 4 loyal subscribers – I am a cookie baker. And I also really enjoy making cookies. When I’m in the mood. When I have time. When I have the ingredients. But the problem is my gingerbread cookies, which are an adapted recipe from The Silver Palate cookbook, require that I have a lot of non-staple ingredients on-hand. And when comparing to TJ’s version, they are just not good enough to justify the extra effort. It is also possible the TJ cookies are better because of the palm oil. It is a well-known fact that palm oil just makes everything taste better. For the .0002% of you who don’t know this already, that was a joke. It’s butter that makes everything taste better. Except, apparently, for Trader Joe’s gingerbread cookie dough – there, the palm oil just works.
Now, most likely, if you have a Trader Joe’s near you and you like gingerbread, you already know how delicious these cookies are, but if you haven’t already gotten your little mittens on a package of these babies, I suggest you finish reading this blog, post a comment below, and then after doing both of those steps, high-tail it on over to your nearest Trader Joe’s. Because since this blog posted on Dec. 21 (and late at night, at that), you pretty much only have three more days to stock-pile a supply (or one package if you are one of those people who values moderation, blah-blah-blah). And for those of you who didn’t get this until after Dec. 25, I recommend the “Molasses Cookies” recipe from the The Silver Palate. It’s a pretty good alternative. Maybe try substituting palm oil for the butter.
Couple of other little house-keeping issues while I’ve still got your attention: (1) Please subscribe to my blog! It’s free! (2) Please comment below if you have tried either of these ginger cookies (Trader Joes or Silver Palate). Or if you tried subbing palm oil for butter in that Silver Palate recipe. Or if you want to help me petition Trader Joe’s to carry their gingerbread cookie dough all year round (it’s a worthy cause!)
*Don’t get me started on the eating-disorder-inducing problem with judging anyone for having a moderate dessert on a daily basis… or with judging anyone for anything they eat at all. Mind your own damn business! It’s better for everyone. Also, thigh gap is dumb (unless you are naturally a skinny person, and then thigh gap is great!).
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