February is great because it is part of two of my favorite times of year: Oscar season and Girl Scout Cookie season.
I was eating lunch with friends today when we heard Scouts were selling cookies down the block. A minute after we started out in their direction, we ran into two girls selling cookies out of a wagon. How smart are they?
Confession: I’m that weirdo who loves Lemonades, the lemon-frosted shortbread cookies. I’m sorry. I can’t help it. Thin Mints are fantastic, and I will happily eat a box of them, but Lemonades have been my No. 1 since they started selling them a few years ago.
So when I saw new fruit-flavored cookies, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, sitting in the wagon, I had to try a box. You know, for science.
Crispy cookie, made with whole grain, full of tangy cranberry bits and zesty citrus flavor.
— Description on the Cranberry Citrus Crisps package
I think the Cranberry Citrus Crisps are supposed to be the new “healthy” Girl Scout Cookie option — they’re made with whole grain, and they have half the calories of Lemonades. And, to be honest, they taste like cookies that are supposed to be healthy. They’re closer to crackers than cookies (one friend accurately compared them to animal crackers).
The flavors are good, though I wish the citrus taste was stronger. It’s nice when you first taste it, but before long the crackery-shortbready taste sort of overwhelms it.
The cranberry flavor is nice in combination with the citrus, but I wasn’t a fan of the cranberries themselves. They made the texture weird — having a chewy, sticky piece of fruit in a cracker-like cookie was disconcerting. These cookies would be amazing if they were soft instead of crisp — I might have to try to make some 🙂 (Update: I did it! Check out my version here.)
My verdict: In the end, I did like the Cranberry Citrus Crisps, and I would eat them again if someone offered them to me. But at $4 a box, I’ll stick to buying Lemonades.
But don’t just take my word for it! I’m the weirdo who loves Lemonades, remember?
I broke open the Cranberry Citrus Crisps while I was working on homework in the newsroom, and I asked the people around me for their opinions. Reviews were mixed. Here’s what some of them had to say:
- “These are everything I love about scones and cookies.” —Alicia Stice
- “The cookies are dry and the dried fruit is drier. Taste like off-brand dog food. These are kind of bad.” —Adam Aton
- “Cranberry Citrus Crisps bear resemblance to delicious cranberry orange scones. The cranberries are delightfully tart, but the slight citrus flavor is not quite enough to give the cookie that tangy flavor. They are very crunchy, so they differ from scones in that regard. A tad more citrus flavor and perhaps an icing topping would make them divine.” —Marcie Veit
- “About that new Girl Scout cookie — the flavor was really good — subtle citrus, not too strong, with the cranberry flavor intact — pretty tasty. The texture, though, was too hard — or maybe I just needed a glass of milk for dunking.” —Maggie Walter
- “Bland taste. Still somehow lingering an hour later. How?” —Elle Hoffman
- “It tasted like a stale piece of lemon candy, but one that I would be happy to find forgotten in the back pocket of my jeans.” —Liz Scheltens
- “Very dry. Made for pairing with milk? Taste was fair. Would never purchase these over Samoas (Caramel DeLites, for my readers back home —margaux) or Thin Mints, though they do reside in a separate category from those chocolate-based cookies. Overall score: 3.7/10.” —Mark Selig