One of the great joys of shopping at Trader Joe’s is enjoying all the baked goods. Whether you’re looking for breakfast bagels or sweets, there always seems to be something new for shoppers to discover.
Unlike Costco, which has a dedicated bakery section, TJ’s displays its impressive assortment of baked goods in its supermarkets, which can make it difficult to spot the best product to try first.
Whether you’re new to the California-based retailer or just looking to get out of your dessert routine, here are the 7 best baked goods to try from Trader Joe’s right now, according to Redditors who shop at the store.
This list adds to Salon Food’s growing library of supermarket guides. If you’re looking to cool off with something sweet, check out the 3 best frozen desserts at Trader Joe’s right now.
Mini dark chocolate ganache sheet cake (Photo courtesy of Trader Joe’s)
Fans of this decadent chocolate cake say it’s superior to its vanilla cousin, which we’ll take a closer look at below. The 18-ounce dessert pairs a moist, spongy chocolate sheet cake with a generous amount of ganache cream cheese frosting. Each cake serves up to six lucky people, making it the perfect dessert to enjoy solo throughout the work week, as well as when family or friends join you for a quick dinner.
“I bought the mini dark chocolate ganache sheet cake. I thought it would be okay, but it’s literally the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had,” user u/Jennerlady wrote on Reddit. Another chocolate cake lover, u/Some1getmeablanket, says they “would fight anyone who says the vanilla bean is better.”
Coconut macaroons (Photo courtesy of Trader Joe’s)
These bite-sized macaroons (not to be confused with “macaroons”) are slightly crispy on the outside and deliciously chewy on the inside. Each cookie is made with grated coconut, sugar, ground almonds and egg whites.
According to u/trial_error_repeat, Trader Joe’s macaroons are “SO GOOD! I’m obsessed with them, definitely worth a try if you like coconut.” I don’t know about you, but I’ll probably buy one (or two) on my next shopping spree!
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Mini vanilla and whipped cream cake (Photo courtesy of Trader Joe’s)
Similar to the chocolate ganache sheet cake, this vanilla version features a moist, spongy cake covered in a smooth vanilla bean buttercream frosting. It also contains six servings, making it another treat to enjoy with (or without) company.
“I just got this today and I’m in love! My only problem is that I’m already bad at cutting cakes and I can’t remove the bottom of the tray without looking like an ogre right there,” user u/toyheartattack writes. Another user, u/Chicasayshi, says the cake is their “literal fav.”
“I’m planning a picnic for this Saturday with my sister and it’s on my shopping list.”
Brookie (Photo courtesy of Trader Joe’s)
This signature dessert, prepared by an Ohio baker with “a reputation for brownie brilliance,” is the love child of a brownie and a cookie. While the bottom layer is pure brownie, the top layer is a chewy chocolate chip cookie. Each pack includes eight pre-cut brookies, making them as easy to enjoy on the go as they are at home.
“They are amazing!” “said user u/yeahnothx13. “I just tried them and I’m so sad for all those months/years wasted I could have eaten these delicious treats.”
On a similar note, user u/FatalBlossom81 adds, “I love brookies so much I don’t even buy them anymore lol. Brownies in general are my all time favorite dessert and I have no control over them .”
Chocolate croissants (Photo courtesy of Trader Joe’s)
Made with all-butter croissant dough and two semi-sweet chocolate bars, Trader Joe’s Wrapped Chocolate Croissants are a fun spin on a French classic that’s perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea. TJ’s also sells packages of frozen chocolate croissants, which need to rise overnight before baking. It is best to eat them warm, accompanied by a hot cup of coffee.
Sour Cream Glazed Donuts (Photo courtesy of Joseph Neese)
Despite the name, Trader Joe’s Sour Cream Glazed Donuts don’t actually taste like sour cream. If anything, they’re deliciously sweet — but not too sweet, according to a few Redditors — and incredibly moist. Thanks to the addition of sour cream, these donuts are more buttery and doughy than those typically sold at chains like Dunkin’ or Krispy Kreme.
“We love sour cream donuts…” says user u/myfavoritemorgan. User u/AliOversteel agrees, adding, “The sour cream donuts are some of the best cake donuts I’ve ever eaten! Super dangerous.”
Sea Salt Brownie Bites (Photo courtesy of Joseph Neese)
These kosher certified brownie bites are fudgy and filled with semi-sweet chocolate chunks. Each is also topped with a sprinkle of finishing sea salt, which balances the sweetness and enhances the rich chocolate flavors.
TJ’s Sea Salt Brownie Bites can be enjoyed on their own or with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. According to the product listing, these brownies can also be mixed into a warm-weather milkshake “with a salty twist.”