I could be wrong, but I assume Target is unable to effectively store their refrigerated items because that's all I've been able to find, so far. First, it was the Halloween Lunchables, and now it's cookies from Pillsbury. At this point, it's a shame that everything isn't cold and frozen because we're 50 days away from the big day and continue to be stiffed by major retailers. Oh well, at least we have Pillsbury Pumpkin Cookies to enjoy!
As far as I know, these Pumpkin Cookies are new for 2013 and, really, it's about time. Pumpkin flavor has taken over the season in recent years and it seems like every company is cashing in on the obsession. There's just something about the smell and taste that screams Fall and wipes away the sweat of Summer. It's like we're all unable to truly walk away from the beach and heat until we eat or drink something that tastes like pumpkins. Then, and only then, is it really Fall. With every bite, another leaf falls from a tree.
Ironically, we just hit 90 degrees here in New Jersey and the Summer is desperately clinging on to a few more days. But I'm sorry pal, we've had a good time, but the Doughboy is here to help me acquire the taste of pumpkin and cream cheese - two flavors who are not my taste buds - and usher in change.
To be honest with you, these aren't something I'd be interested in aside from the package art and newness of it all, but my girlfriend wanted to try them and that was enough for a Holidaze post. I didn't have any problems with trying the pumpkin flavor, but the "cream cheese flavored chips" gave me reservations. If you read The Holidaze, you know how picky I am. I hate the texture of cream cheese, but don't really mind the flavor. I know, I'm a nut job, but I was excited to see what these had in store. As soon as we opened the bag, I realized the shape and size were different than the Pillsbury cookies I've come to know. They're not "doughy," they're "cakey." That's not a bad thing, but even better was the smell. Wow, these smell just like pumpkin pie and, instantly, it felt like Thanksgiving in September. That may be getting ahead of ourselves, but it definitely reminds me more of November than October.
In and out of the oven they go on my charred "Freddy Krueger Cookie Sheet." This sheet has been around forever and has obviously been burnt to a crisp, but I've never found one any better. It always brings us the best cookies, top to bottom, and this was no exception. I was pleasantly surprised by how well these Pillsbury Pumpkin Cookies developed. The cream cheese chips really pop and look delicious. And if I'm saying that, I'm either hungry or it's true. Time to see which..
These. Are. GOOD! I've learned something about my love-hate relationship with pumpkin and cream cheese. For me, it all comes down to texture because, with the traditional texture of chocolate chip cookies, these Pillsbury Pumpkin Cookies have an amazing flavor. We're in the early part of the season, but I think it's safe to say that we've found Fall's new cookie. I gave it to the Caramel Apple Cookies last year, but we may have a new champion. I will admit that I didn't eat many because I'm still adjusting and acquiring the taste, but I'd love to have these again throughout the season and especially on Halloween or Thanksgiving. Now, unlike last year, I may have to give Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies a chance. The more and more I acquire this taste, the more and more I want to try. This could lead to problems, both physically and financially, and I blame you all for making pumpkin such a prominent fixture of the season.
If you're interested in trying these Pillsbury Pumpkin Cookies, they're available now at Target in addition the the classic sugar cookie pumpkins released by Pillsbury! I say get 'em!