Trader Joe’s Maple Leaf Cookies

I have a weakness for fall-themed foods, whether it’s apple cider or pumpkin cinnamon rolls, or apple cider donuts or pumpkin spice bagels. As the weather is beginning to turn chilly, I love donning a sweater and enjoying a nice cup of fall-spiced herbal tea. Even better if I have a small snack, like a cookie, to enjoy with that cup of tea.

Aldi sells such a cookie — Benton’s Maple Leaf Creme Cookies — which feature crispy sandwich cookies and a smooth maple-flavored creme filling.

Then, while checking out the fall finds recently at Aldi’s cousin, Trader Joe’s, I discovered that during autumn they sell what look to be the same maple leaf cookies.

Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookies

Trader Joe’s Maple Leaf Cookies cost $3.49 for an 11.4-ounce box at the time of publication. The package describes these as cookies “with a smooth maple flavored crème filling.” These are kosher and a product of Canada.

These cookies contain soy and wheat. They may contain traces of milk, egg, and coconut.

Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookies

Trader Joe’s Maple Leaf Cookies nutrition information and ingredients. (Click to enlarge.)

There are 14 servings per container, with a one-cookie serving (23 grams) containing 110 calories, 5 grams of total fat (6% DV), 2.5 grams of saturated fat (13% DV), no cholesterol, 40 mg of sodium (2% DV), 17 grams of total carbohydrates (6% DV), no dietary fiber, 9 grams of added sugars (18% DV), and less than 1 gram of protein.

Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookies

Trader Joe’s cookies.

As someone who focuses on covering Aldi products, it’s common to hear people claim that Aldi and Trader Joe’s sell exactly the same products but just with different packaging. For the most part, we at Aldi Reviewer have not seen that to be the case. Overall, the two stores sell unique products that are not interchangeable. That is true for items such as orange chicken, salsa, potato chips, samosas, lasagna, and more.

Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookies

TJ’s cookies on the left, Aldi cookies on the right.

These maple leaf cookies are the first time I’ve seen what looks like legitimate overlap between product offerings at the two stores. I had only just purchased a box of Benton’s Maple Leaf Creme Cookies from Aldi a few days prior to finding the same cookies at Trader Joe’s. I fished the Aldi packaging out of my recycling bin to be sure. Both the Aldi Benton’s cookies and the Trader Joe’s cookies are products of Canada, with 14 23-gram cookies per package, and each cookie has nearly identical ingredients and nutrition info, including 110 calories and 9 grams of sugar per cookie.

Trader Joe's Maple Leaf Cookies

Trader Joe’s cookies on the left, Aldi cookies on the right. (Click to enlarge.)

As for how these cookies taste, they’re amazing. The maple flavor is there but not overpowering. They’re perfect with a glass of milk, or a cup of tea. Now that I know Aldi sells the same cookies, though, I’ll probably buy them at Aldi from now on, where they’re a dollar cheaper.

The Verdict:

Trader Joe’s Maple Leaf Cookies look to be identical to seasonal maple leaf creme cookies that Aldi also sells during the fall. These cookies taste fantastic, although they are on the indulgent side at over 100 calories per cookie. You’ll also pay less for them at Aldi.

About Rachael

Rachael is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. When she isn't busy shopping at Aldi, she enjoys cooking, gardening, writing gothic romance, and collecting more house plants than she probably should. You can learn more about her at www.rachaelsjohnston.com.

2 Comments

  1. The Trader Joe’s cookies also look exactly like the store brand of the store where I buy things Aldi doesn’t have. They also look very much like the Dare brand sold in Canada, though those have the name ‘Dare’ on them.

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