You can't always trust what you see, because sometimes our eyes are dumb. That's what we learned while frolicking at the Franklin Institute. Also, I have this problem where I sometimes read a sign or something and interpret it as something totally different than what is actually said. Which is exactly what I did here.
For the record, it never says "ALMOND BUTTER," which is what I thought it said. It says "Almond. Butter." Without the punctuation. Had I interpreted the product description correctly, I might have thought twice about buying this, namely because I thought this would be an almond butter cookie, like a peanut butter cookie, not a butter cookie with almond flavor. So no false advertising here, although it would be nice to see an almond butter cookie surface at TJ's. Almond butter is pretty expensive y'all but soooooo delicious.
See, no almond butter in the ingredients. There is however almond flavor, almond flour, diced almonds, and almond oil. Almond quad punch indeed.
Little known fact, I spent a good part of my childhood in Georgia. You would think that I would have been exposed to all the rich desserts and other southern comfort foods. But no. My concept of a chocolate chip cookie was Chips-Ahoy by Nabisco. My mother only liked shortbread-esque cookies, which is pretty typical for Taiwanese families. Everything else was pretty foreign, except for cookies found at the Asian grocery store, which were a shortbread-esque thing with either a strong butter or almond flavor. So for me, these cookies carry a very nostalgic flavor that takes me back to my childhood. They taste..."asian" only because they resemble the cookies I ate growing up. A took a fair liking to them as well, which makes sense since this matches his Canto-flavor upbringing. They're crisp - perfect for dunking into milk or tea, not too sweet, and strong on the almond flavor. Also, the strong flavor makes it easier to eat a few of these without demolishing the entire box. Unless you're an almond-eating monster. If that's you, you're on your own.
$3.99 per box - typical plastic container box size and typical price for boxed cookies at TJ's. Not a bad deal. Something different and probably Asian mother-approved.
TL;DR: Trader Joe's Quadruple Almond Butter Cookies. Not too sweet, super almond-y, and crisp for the cookie-loving munchies. 7 out of 10.