Where the Magical Cookie Butter Lives

Trader Joe's Rollingwood

I’ve been listening to everyone rave about Trader Joe’s over the past few years but never quite understood the hype until one opened in Austin in September. I went on opening day like an idiot and walked out with a reusable TJ’s grocery bag (Austin banned plastic bags earlier this year) full of Syrah-soaked cheese, Chili-Lime Chicken Burgers, and the wildly sought after Speculoos Cookie Butter. That stuff is equal parts delicious and dangerous. If you’re confident in your willpower, purchasing cookie butter should be no problem. But if you’re not? Plan on sneaking a spoonful (or 12) every time you’re within 5 feet of it.

Trader Joes Rollingwood

I made another trip last week and here’s what I picked up:

Basil only $1.99 – and it’s a plant! Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup perfect with grilled cheese;
Fresh Ciabatta Bread; Charles Shaw “Two-Buck Chuck” Cabernet; Cranberry Apple Butter


Frozen Fire-Roasted Veggies; Chile-Lime Chicken Burgers buy these – SO GOOD! I like them with pepper jack cheese + avocado (or guac); Chicken Fried Rice; Chicken & Vegetable Dumplings; Prosciutto Perline Pasta toss with arugula + cherry tomatoes, drizzle with good quality EVOO + pesto


Burrata ohmygod BURRATA. Make your caprese salads with this and you’ll never go back to regular mozzarella; Havarti Cheese with Dill pretty underwhelming, in my opinion;
Chocolate Cheddar Cheese WEIRD. Definitely wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did. After you get over the fact there’s chocolate in your cheese, it’s pretty damn good.


Build Your Own 6-Pack I mean, it’s hard to go wrong here. You can pick up a variety of regulars or be adventurous with some new brews. I opted for a mix of the two.



A few other unpictured favorites are the pumpkin waffles, fresh garlic & herb pizza dough, red pepper jelly (awesome on biscuits or coconut shrimp), and spinach tortellini. Much to my wallet’s dismay, I haven’t been disappointed with a single Trader Joe’s item yet.

Do you have a Trader Joe’s near you? What are your favorite items?

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  1. Your TJ’s is so spacious! The one in DC is, well, NOT.

    I wholeheartedly approve of your purchases. I actually do all my grocery shopping at TJ’s (because making multiple stops in the city is no bueno). You have to get PB pretzels. And their ciabatta rolls are amazing for paninis. Masala veggie burgers. Any of their flatbread pizzas. The Rosemary Raisin Crisps. Pumpkin ravioli. Yum.

    • I’m not allowed to have PB pretzels in the house, absolutely cannot be trusted with them haha. Have you had their sweet potato gnocchi? I’ve heard a few people mention it but haven’t been able to find them! Gimme all the gnocchi.

      • I haven’t, BUT I made sweet potato gnocchi last week, and it was SUPER easy, and OMGSOGOOD. Just microwave 3 sweet potatoes (I got mine at TJ’s–shocking–but medium size are good). Then mash them up in a bowl and add a cup of flour and mix it into a dough. If it’s too sticky, add more flour 1/4 cup at a time until it comes together. Then just roll it out on a floured surface into a rope, and cut little gnocchi off. To cook them, boil in salted water until they float to the top. I used butter (ok fake vegan butter) and sage for the sauce and (vegan) parm. Make it. Like, now.

  2. Cookie butter is ah-maz-ing. I seriously cannot go into the store because I will want to buy 100 jars of it and eat it all within 24 hours 🙂
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