Best Trader Joe’s Desserts Ranked From Worst To Best

Table of Contents As a loyal Trader Joe’s shopper and a devoted fan, I am

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Your sweet tooth will thank me.

As a loyal Trader Joe’s shopper and a devoted fan, I am more than a bit familiar with the products at my local TJ’s. And when it comes to sweets, not all products are created equal. Here are a bunch of popular Trader Joe’s desserts ranked so you know exactly what to skip and what to stock up on.


Turkish Fig Bites

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Despite the slightly sexier branding, you can’t disguise a Fig Newton.


Dark Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

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You know exactly what you’re getting with these, and they’ll suffice for something sweet, but there are much better options, like #10.


Yogurt Pretzels

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Let’s just be real: chocolate covered > yogurt covered any day.


Almond Danish pastry

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Sure, I’ll eat it for breakfast, but I won’t really remember it.


Apple Pie

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You’re better off buying TJ’s frozen pie crusts and making your own or grabbing a better TJ’s product…like #13.


Dark Chocolate Orange Sticks

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I don’t trust people who enjoy the flavor combination of chocolate and orange.


Double Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies

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If you’re gluten-free and still looking for a great chocolate chip cookie, you can keep searching.


Dark Chocolate Ganache Mini Sheet Cake

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It’s hard to get that excited about chocolate sheet cake.


Cheese-Less Cheesecakes

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These are perfectly fine for a dairy-free dessert, but it’s hard to applaud a cheesecake without the cheese.


Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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Not all pie is created equally, and sadly this is not a winner. Too heavy on the crust, too light on the fruit filling.


Banana Bread Mix

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Sadly, this banana bread mix is lacking in the banana department.


Soft Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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With an odd aftertaste and surprising lack of flavor, these cookies are really just sort of meh.


Aussie-Style Chocolate Crème Sandwich Cookies Coated in Chocolate

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Australians everywhere are rolling their eyes over this attempt at a classic Aussie dessert.


Dark Chocolate Cookie Sticks

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A close cousin to the popular Japanese Pocky snacks, these chocolate-dipped cookie sticks are fine but nothing exceptional.


Bite Size Crispy Cookies Filled With Belgian Chocolate

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Meet Milano’s smaller and less satisfying cousin.


Soy Creamy Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Cherry Chocolate Chip

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If you’re looking for a non-dairy ice cream, there are better options within the frozen aisle, especially those made with oat milk (like #41).


Almond Butter Almonds

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These are addictive, but there are lots and lots of TJ’s snacks that are much more worth it.


Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Cups

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Yet another example of a perfectly satisfying treat that is overshadowed by more interesting dessert options.


Tiramisu Torte

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At $7 a pop, this torte will feed a whole crowd, but it’s a bit too heavy on the cocoa and light on the espresso flavor.


Mint Chip Ice Cream

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A decent ice cream to be certain, but there are more exciting flavors to be found, like #12.


Pinks and Whites Cookies

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Pretty? Yes. Tasty? They’re alright…


Brownie Crisp

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Is it a cookie or a brownie? I’m confused.


Dark Chocolate Roasted Pistachio Toffee

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Are you a toffee person? Act accordingly. 


A Dozen Sweet Bites

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These individually sized desserts are cute and easy, but for a fancy French treat I always prefer #26.


Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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If you’re going for quantity, it’s hard to beat this tub of cookies. Quality-wise, you can do better.


Joe-Joe’s Slims

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A better-for-you version of classic Joe-Joe’s, four of these slim cookies are only 150 calories. That means you’re going to sacrifice some flavor, obviously.


Dark Chocolate Covered Mini Pretzels

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Keep a bag of these on hand for whenever you’re craving something sweet and salty.


PB&J Snack Duo

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These peanut butter wafers with jelly dipping sauce will certainly make you nostalgic.


Triple Ginger Snaps

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They’re not kidding about the triple ginger. These babies pack a kick.


Iced Raspberry and Cream Cheese Danish Strip

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This Danish gets exponentially better when you heat it up for a few seconds in the microwave.


Vanilla and Cocoa Meringues

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For a fat-free dessert, these are actually pretty good.


Cold Brew Coffee and Boba Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

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This stuff flies off the shelves, and it’s unique to say the least. Depending on your feelings about boba (you know, those gelatinous tapioca balls), you’ll either highly enjoy this flavor or find it slightly disturbing. 


Strawberry Greek Frozen Yogurt Parfait Bars


Maple Leaf Cookies

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Heavy on the maple flavor and the cream filling, this is a great option as far as store-bought cookies go.


Scandanavian Swimmers

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You know exactly what you’re getting with these iconic gummies.


Chocolate Coconut Almonds

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You know you’re not going to stop after just a few of these.


Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies

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Trader Joe’s knows you can never go wrong with cookie butter.


Blood Orange Cake Mix With Icing


Blondie Bar Baking Mix

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It’s a perfectly solid baking mix. No more and no less.


Half Moon Cookies

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While not quite as good as the Jewish deli version, these stay surprisingly soft and moist despite the fact that they are store bought. 


Hold the Dairy! Mini Chocolate Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Cones

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Made with coconut milk, this dairy-free, vegan mini ice cream cone is great for people with dietary restrictions (or who are just cutting back on milk).


Butter Shortbread Cookies With Chocolatey Filling

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Shortbread and chocolate combine forces in this satisfying store-bought cookie.


Strawberry Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

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A top contender among the dairy-free ice cream options, oat milk makes this frozen dessert super indulgent.


Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls

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While perfectly tasty, it’s almost identical to your basic Pillsbury rolls.


Lemon Chess Pie

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This great take on a Southern classic features flaky shortbread and tart lemon custard filling. It’s a summer item, so grab one while it’s available.


Gluten-Free Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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You won’t believe these aren’t made by Tates.


Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

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Unsurprisingly, It’s one of the best store-bought cookie doughs out there.


Matcha Ice Cream

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I love matcha ice cream, but the TJ’s version tastes almost too subtle compared to Japanese brands that boast more of that bitter, umami flavor.


Speculoos Cookie Butter

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Eat it by the spoonful, or spread it on anything from pretzels to apple slices.


Corn Cookie Baking Mix

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Cornbread lovers will adore this slightly salty and ever-so-savory cookie. Just add butter and egg, and toss ’em into the oven.


Sea Salt Brownie Petites

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These fudgy, dense brownies taste surprisingly homemade, and best of all, they aren’t too sweet.


Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

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Seriously, what could be bad?


Strawberry Shortcake Sandwich Cookies

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I’d love to see a double-stuffed version of this. The strawberry buttercream filling is just that good.



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This Middle Eastern dessert is sort of like baklava in pie form. It’s crunchy and creamy and sweet and salty in every bite.


Ube Purple Yam Flavored Ice Cream


Vegan Banana Bread With Walnuts

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Serve this to a crowd, and I guarantee no one realizes it’s vegan. Soft, moist, and one of the best pre-packaged, bakery-aisle desserts you can find at Trader Joe’s.


Southern Peach Crisp Ice Cream


A Dozen Macarons Variés

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If you like macarons, these won’t disappoint. Each box contains six different flavors of the French-inspired cookie.


Pancake Bread

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This bakery-aisle find weirdly tastes exactly like a pancake in cake form. Drizzle it in maple syrup, and enjoy for breakfast or dessert.


Brownie Crisp Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches


Soft Black and Strawberry Licorice Twists

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If you’re a licorice fan, this is one of the more underrated sweet snacks at Trader Joe’s.


Raspberry Stars

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If you like shortbread cookies, these are love at first bite.


Vegan Cookies & Creme Vanilla Bean Bon Bons


Chocolate Fudge Oat Bars


Crispy Peanut Butter Filled Milk Chocolate Peanuts

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These should straight-up be illegal because it’s impossible to stop eating them.


Mochi Cake Mix

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This internationally inspired dessert is unique and delicious: It gets crispy around the edges while it remains custardy and chewy on the inside. 


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dunkers



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Of all the Joe-Joe’s flavors (and all are excellent), this chocolate peanut butter medley is a game changer.



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TJ’s mochi comes in about half a dozen classic flavors, plus some seasonal items (Thai, mango, etc.), and it’s hard to go wrong with any of them.


Apple Cider Donuts

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Some spend all year looking forward to summertime. I sit around waiting for apple cider donut season at Trader Joe’s.


Apple Blossoms

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Pro tip: Serve each individually sized apple blossom with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Peanuts for Chocolate! Ice Cream

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Loading this chocolate ice cream with peanuts would have been enough, but add swirls of peanut butter to the mix, and you’ve got something extraordinary.


Chocolate Brooklyn Babka


Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Hannah Loewentheil

Putting these so high on this list feels like a cop-out, but truly, there’s no other opinion. 


New York Baked Deli Style Cheeecake

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Creamy, velvety cheesecake inspired by New York, brought to you by Trader Joe’s.


Gone Bananas

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These chocolate-covered frozen banana slices are a frozen aisle OG that I simply couldn’t live without.


Cold Brew Latte Dessert Bars

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Indulgent enough to eat for dessert but light and refreshing enough to qualify as breakfast.


Key Lime Pie

Hannah Loewentheil

Just as good as anything you’d make from scratch, this frozen key lime pie is the perfect combination of tangy filling and buttery, rich crust.


Chocolate Lava Cakes

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Chocolate lava cakes are a real headache to make from scratch, but thanks to Trader Joe’s, you literally never have to. Keep a box of these on hand, and you’ll always be just minutes away from this fancy dessert.


Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches


Speculoos Cookie Butter Ice Cream

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Vanilla ice cream loaded with chunks of Speculoos cookie butter, it’s the definition of crème de la crème.


Ube Mochi

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There’s mochi, and then there’s ube mochi. The purple yam ice cream is a strangely addictive taste that’s almost like a creamier, nuttier vanilla. 


Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones

Do you love a TJ’s dessert that wasn’t mentioned? Or do you have a totally different opinion about one of your faves? Leave it in the comments below!