I recently tried out The Lift Box (a monthly subscription box for weightlifters), and found something pretty cool inside:
It was a giant peanut butter cookie (with extra protein, of course).
Cookies for getting jacked? That is a concept I can get behind.
Upon further inspection I realized I was looking at The Complete Cookie by Lenny and Larry's.
I had seen this in the store frequently (giant cookies tend to catch my eye) and was really excited to give it a try.
So without further ado, here's my review of The Complete Cookie:
What is The Complete Cookie?
Essentially, The Complete Cookie is a relatively healthy and nutritionally balanced sweet snack, with an added emphasis on stuffing extra protein inside.
They come in an impressively wide variety of flavors including classic chocolate chip, double chocolate, snickerdoodle, peanut butter, lemon poppy seed, white chocolate macadamia nut, oatmeal raising, birthday cake (!), and more.
Whew. That's a lot.
The Complete Cookie is also, well, huge. I'd measure it at around 4.5 to 5 inches across. Enough to make a pretty hefty dessert or even split between two people.
These cookies are also vegan (completely dairy free), non GMO, and don't contain any soy.
How does The Complete Cookie taste?
In a word, good!
But let's be real, this is a nutritionally balanced protein-heavy snack meant for exercisers, weightlifters, bodybuilders, and people on a diet mainly.
So, no, taste-wise it doesn't really stack up to The Great American Cookie or whatever those treats you get at the mall are.
But I found the flavor to be on point. The peanut butter flavor was really smooth and tasty, with just the right amount of sweetness.
The cookie wasn't as moist as I'd normally like (you could maybe describe it as dry or even a bit chalky) but it was perfectly enjoyable with a glass of milk.
I split it with my wife after dinner and half was enough to fill me up.
The The Complete Cookie is no joke.
The Complete Cookie Ingredients and Nutrition
Let's break this so-called nutritionally balanced cookie down:
Nutrition (for HALF the peanut butter flavored cookie):
- Calories 200
- Total Fat 7g
- Cholesterol 0mg
- Sodium 290mg
- Total Carbs 27g
- Fiber 4g
- Sugars 12g
- Protein 8g
It's also got 8% of your Vitamin A, 7% of your Calcium, and 11% of your daily Iron (again, per half the cookie).
And here are the top ingredients according to the manufacturer:
- Enriched wheat flour
- Folic Acid
- Cane Sugar
- Palm Margarine
- Peanut Butter
Overall Impressions & Recommendation
I really liked The Complete Cookie.
A lot of protein-based snacks are tasty and offer a little bit of that sweet taste, but few of them truly qualify as a dessert. This cookie does.
And though it may not be as moist or as tasty as a real cookie (full of tons of sugar and butter), this one can actually fit into your diet or other nutrition program. So that's a major plus!
These are absolutely worth a try, in my opinion, and worth picking up a pack at Amazon.