Food, Los AngelesSecret Hosting Weapon: Jen & Joe’s Cookie Dough

Jen and Joe's Chocolate Spice Cookie Dough

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Your neighbor. I brought wine.

It’s times like these — when I’m completely unprepared to entertain guests — that I appreciate Jen & Joe’s Cookie Dough, a frozen gourmet cookie dough that produces cookies with a homemade taste. In this case, they made entertaining my neighbor possible without my having to cancel plans to watch “Breaking Bad” with my husband. (And I didn’t have to palm off leftovers to my coworkers the next day!)

An easy-bake solution for busy foodies, Jen & Joe’s Cookie Dough takes about 11–15 minutes to make (counting preheat time), and you can mix and match any of the six available flavors for a delightfully spontaneous snack. While it’s a tad more expensive than say, Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, it eclipses the competition IMHO. Jen & Joe’s Cookie Dough is made without artificial colors, flavors, additives or preservatives and it’s available in Chocolate Chunk, Snickerdoodle, White Chocolate Wasabi, Oatmeal Toffee, Chocolate Spice and Lemon Drop. What’s better than that?!

White Chocolate WasabiNow, before I wax on, full disclosure: The Joe of Jen & Joe’s Cookie Dough is my second cousin, and Jen is his wife. They are not only well-traveled epicureans, but incredibly disciplined, self-taught cooks who have used me as a guinea pig for more than a decade. When they asked if I would review their cookie dough, I agreed because frankly, I haven’t had cookies this impressive since I discovered the best cookies on the planet. (Jen knows how to make those. Shhhh.)

Moving on: When my neighbor came over, he brought a bottle of BV Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. Normally, I would have paired that with Jen & Joe’s Chocolate Spice Cookie Dough (pictured). But he and my husband requested the White Chocolate Wasabi (which pairs well with sake). And I just couldn’t resist my new box of Oatmeal Toffee (to die for with Scotch). So we popped those in the oven and started a cookie pairing party. I highly recommend doing this. It’s my new favorite hobby … and I need your notes.

Jen and Joe’s Cookie Dough is available in bulk online. Chocolate Chunk, Snickerdoodle and White Chocolate Wasabi are also available in select grocery stores in California and Texas. Get them before they hit critical mass!

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