Riding in the car after a productive shopping day at Marshall’s, I ripped into the pouch of Cookie Shots ‘bite-size blondie biscuits’ with mounting anticipation. One of the first things I noticed after opening the pouch was the sweet scent of vanilla paired with margarine that escaped from within. These vanilla-flavored cookies are part of The Foods of Athenry line from the Lawless Family Bakery, which are handmade in Galway, Ireland. As a gluten-free, wheat-free treat made with the following flours (corn, rice, potato, tapioca, and buckwheat), I did not know what to expect.
Texture-wise, the Blondie Biscuits are as hard as rocks (like a very, very dry shortbread)…but after popping a few in my mouth, I got used to it. There is a distinct margarine flavor to the cookies – the treats are made with non-hydrogenated margarine. I rarely purchase a product made with margarine (in fact, can’t remember the last time that I did), but I was desperate to try something different, and the whole ‘cookie shot’ concept had me curious. I want to stress that the margarine flavor really stands out, and then the flavor of vanilla emerges soon afterwards.
Also, I will say that a couple of days after opening the bag, the last remaining cookies had lost that ultra-hard texture and had slightly softened.
One Cookie Shot is only 18 calories, with a full serving of seven amounting to 128 calories. In addition to being wheat free and gluten free, the cookies are also suitable for vegans, dairy-free, egg-free, non-GMO, and made without any artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.
Would I buy these again? Yes, if they were on sale.
Another option in this Cookie Shot line is Brownie Biscuits, which I think is ideal for chocolate lovers. I’d love to try those. I purchased the Blondie Biscuits at Marshall’s, but you can also buy Cookie Shots on Amazon and eBay, as well as through their online site, which is based in Ireland. The company also makes a range of other gluten-free snacks and products, including cakes, bars, cereals, larger cookies, scones, muffins, and crackers.
Have you tried any products from The Foods of Athenry?