Trader Joe’s Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins, reviewed

Trader Joe’s Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins

It’s hard to find a good lemon cookie. Either they don’t have a particularly strong or distinctive flavor to them, or the cookies have an artificial sweetness to them due to overuse of (cheap) imitation flavoring. As a result, I was a bit reluctant to try Trader Joe’s Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins at first, but was willing to give TJ’s the benefit of the doubt because their Ginger Thins are quite good, so the lemon wafers seemed promising.

I wasn’t disappointed.

These thins are bright and lemony, and are made with all natural ingredients – including butter and lemon – instead of using artificial flavorings.  The wafers themselves are incredibly thin, maybe 1/8th of an inch high, and are very delicate. They break very easily in the package, despite their protective plastic case, so they must be treated with care. They almost shatter into your mouth when you bite into them, then the thin cookies seem to melt onto your tongue; it’s a perfect combination of crispy and delicate.

I can’t say with certainty that I could distinguish these meyer lemon thins from ordinary lemon thins if given an option, but the lemon flavor is unmistakeably zesty and fresh. The cookies are tasty and very addictive. They’re good with tea and work well in place of graham crackers if you want to make a citrus tart crust.


  1. Darn, If we could only order Trader Joe’s on line….closet one to me is 3 hours away! Cookies sound just like Meyer lemons…delicate.

  2. I was just in Trader Joe’s yesterday and they were giving free samples of these yummy cookies. They were serving them with blueberries covered in a little lemon curd. Yum. I bought a box of the cookies and am loving them! I am a lemon lover

  3. I just found your blog and it looks really great! I already found quite a few things I want to make – starting, I think, with popovers. I don’t think I’ve ever even eaten one! I just starting a cooking/baking blog as well, so you’ve given me some inspiration – thanks!

  4. I love that you review products. It’s nice to hear what other people think about foods in the store. I also agree that finding, or making a good lemon cookie is difficult. Perhaps it is one true test of a good cook?

  5. I just got a box of each of the lemon and ginger thins at TJs a couple of weeks ago. As you, I wasn’t disappointed. The delicacy reminds me of the Moravian spice cookies we used to get in NC at Christmas time. Now they are sold all over through catalogs but still not that easy to find. I was hoping the ginger thins would be similar. They aren’t quite as spicy but I like the little bits of candied or dried ginger you get to sample in such a thin cookie. And the lemon ones are as you say with a good natural lemon flavor–not the fake stuff in most lemon thins. And how many cookies give you 9 cookies in a serving?? Great blog as always!!

  6. I”m going to have to try these next time I get to Trader Joe’s. I absolutely love their 3 ginger chewy cookies that come in a clear tub. So so good with that candied ginger in there.

  7. So true. It’s tough to find decent lemon cookies. These sound really good. I’ll have to give them a try.

  8. Where is Trader Joe’s located? I would love to have some of the lemon thin cookies! I agree that it is too bad that they cannot be ordered on line.

  9. How may I order the Trader Joe’s Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins?

  10. I agree with your positive assessment of Trader Joe’s Lemon Thins!

    They remind me of a time when a bunch of us got together with my father on his birthday. I don’t remember where we were, but we had no access to an oven, so my sister brought some Famous Chocolate Wafers and a container of Cool Whip. Layering the cookies and whipped cream and giving them time to sit in the fridge created a tasty “cake” that we decorated with candles! I bet these cookies would work for a lemon version, though I’d prefer real whipped cream, maybe with a bit of lemon zest added. (I *love* lemon!)

  11. For those who don’t live near a Trader Joe’s store, look what I just found!

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