22 Sandwich Cookies, Ranked

Hello and welcome to National Sandwich Day, Executive Editor Laneia’s favorite holiday. This year we’re taking an avant-garde approach to the holiday, because in 2013, Laneia published a recipe for Apple Damn Sandwiches and thus our Sandwich Beat peak had been reached, and our work here was done.

Still though: we really do love sandwiches.

On another note, there is a whole range of cookie items also known as “sandwiches.” How about that? That’s what we’re ranking today. Before we get into this, I would like to say that aforementioned Laneia had a LOT of opinions about this list I was making. Specifically, she was very concerned when I suggested the inclusion of several types of cookies that she identified as “pies.” For example: Moon Pies, Oatmeal Creme Pies. So if you want to know why those aren’t on this list, you’ll have to @-reply Laneia.

The opinions of my workmates are also included in chat format.


22. Snackwells Creme Sandwich Cookies51j4qjip2xl

I’m perpetually confused regarding the fact that it’s not 2003 anymore and yet, Snackwell’s still exists. Listen. Just treat yourself to an Oreo.


21. Pumpkin Spice Oreos

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Even though Original Recipe Oreos themselves and all varieties therein appear later in this list, I needed to take a special time out to warn you against purchasing these cookies. You might as well just put on a sheet mask and watch a Tori Spelling Christmas special.


20. Swedish Fish Oreos

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Again — we’ll get to the whole OREO Family later, but these deserved a special mention for AUDACITY.

Erin: what of the swedish fish oreos
Rachel: we rebuke swedish fish oreos
Laneia: omg riese add that to my screed please
Riese: i will
Laneia: totally forgot about that fuckshit
Rachel: swedish fish oreos are far from the light of heaven
Erin: They are… So dark
Rachel: they dwell in a place of sin


19. Sugar Wafers

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Rachel: Unsolicited opinion: these cookies are bullshit
Riese: i think those are punishment cookies
Alaina: co-signing rachel’s distaste of sugar wafers
Laneia: sugar wafers are southern grandpa cookies
unapologetically
Stef: sugar wafers are basically lincoln logs, nobody eats those even if they’re desperate
Carmen: i eat sugar wafers
i love them
Mey: Those are my dads favorite cookie
Stef: your dad is a lie
Mey: Stef I’ll tell my dad you said that
Stef: you are also a lie
wait is carmen your dad

Several hours later, Kaelyn piped in to note, “i also like sugar wafers, cardboard sugar cookies of my heart, and their close cousin Goya wafer cookies. no shame.” Kaelyn just had a baby, so, I guess she can eat whatever she wants.


18. Duplex Sandwich Cremes

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I used to eat little packages of these from the local bodega every single day, and now I have to spend the rest of my life repenting for what I have done.


17. El Fudge Cookies

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Riese: Does anyone have feelings about EL Fudge cookies
Erin: Bad
Laneia: EL fudge is strictly for children, as no adult can actually eat them with any dignity or hope for their future
Erin: laneia’s right, yet again


16. Milanos

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Everybody gets so excited about Milanos as if you cannot purchase Milanos at the outlet mall. Milanos are a fraud. Milanos are soft-ish hockey pucks. The ratio of cookie to filling is all wrong. Much like heterosexuality, Milanos are well-loved and popular but I don’t really understand the appeal.


15. Oreos

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I like Oreos and so does Carmen Rios and so does milk but my right-hand woman and Autostraddle Executive Editor Laneia does not. To be fair, I am a WEE BIT weary of Oreos because you ALWAYS get Oreos in your teeth and that’s the worst! But they taste really fucking good. Here’s Laneia:

“Oreos are dry crumbly sugar chunks of gunk. you’d be better off just spooning refined sugar down your throat and calling it a day. at least that way you wouldn’t get the chocolate stuck all over your teeth (and you WILL get chocolate stuck all over your teeth if you eat an oreo.) another thing about oreos? They jumped the shark years ago with their flavor variety: marshmallow crispy, berry, birthday cake, LEMON. Stay in your fucking lane, oreos. Your dry, chocolate chalk sugar lane. Worthless.”


14. Vienna Fingers

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Laneia: that is an oblong oreo!!!!
Stef: no it’s different. it’s from europe
Laneia: it’s an oblong oreo named after a body part
Stef: this is an oreo with that accent lindsay lohan has now


13. Grandma’s Mini-Sandwich Cremes

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Grandma’s mini-cremes are smaller than your average cookie, because Grandmas get smaller when they get older.


12. Lemon Cremes

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Uncle Al might not have his shit together when it comes to controversial flavors like “chocolate” and “vanilla,” but when it comes to Lemon Cremes, Uncle Al will make the proverbial lemonade and you will like it.


11. Jammie Dodgers

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This is a nice type of cookie to eat if you are in the UK, having a tea party with your fancy British friends. I’m guessing. I’ve never had these. I just think the name is cute and I’m putting it on a shortlist for my unborn child’s name, right underneath “Uncle Al” and directly above “Laneia.”


10. Carr’s Ginger Lemon Cremes

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Another gift from across the pond, this particular snack describes itself as an “English Tea Cookie,” which makes perfect sense if English Tea is code for “marijuana” because this flavor combination is perfect for that sort of activity.


9. Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies

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Trader Joe’s is constantly getting away with this kind of thing. I already feel overwhelmed by the existence of Cookie Butter, eating that shit between two decadent butter cookies is more than any woman should ever be asked to handle.


8. Maple Leaf Cream Cookies

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Vapid Fluff Editor Stef Schwartz testifies that these cookies are very good and “randomly vegan,” much like Canadians themselves.


7. Macarons

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The upside to these cookies, which hail from France, land of romance and intrigue, is that they taste good. The downside is that our NSFW Editor, Carolyn Yates, is allergic to them. So proceed with caution.


6. Newman-O’s

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Newman-O’s pack all the punch of an Oreo, but you can buy them at Whole Foods, which means they also pack the sweet carress of an organic farmer who wouldn’t want you to get refined carbohydrates or processed sugar stuck between your teeth.


5. Brussels Cookies

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Pepperidge Farm may have literally ruined American cookie culture forever with their wannabe “Milanos” line, but whoever got the free trip to Brussels did not come back empty-handed. They came back with a perfect cookie.


4. Trader Joe’s Peppermint Joe-Joes

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These cookies are so good it’s stupid. Again, Trader Joe’s. If Trader Joe was a butch lesbian named Taylor Jo, I’d marry her tomorrow.


3. Nutter Butters

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One time in High School I was driving back to Michigan from Ohio with my boyfriend who I’d lightly cajoled into accompanying me to my grandparents’ anniversary party and he was reading me a Flannery O’Connor story and I got so caught up in the story that I accidentally drove us all the way to Indiana. So: everybody was in a really good mood, really feeling excited about things and on top of the world. Except for my boyfriend, ’cause I’d said something rude to him the night before in front of my cousin ’cause I’d felt embarrassed that he was being snobby about movies and wanted to overcompensate. I know, I was a dummy. Honestly, this boyfriend is a truly excellent person but whatever, we were 17 and didn’t know our asses from our IQs.

So, again, feeling really blessed about our predicament and the prospect of even more hours in the car together, we stopped at a gas station in Indiana to fuel up for our Return Trip of Regret. As I was pumping my Mom’s mini-van, my boyfriend went inside the station, later emerging with an ENTIRE BOX OF NUTTER BUTTERS.

Reader: it was Passover.

IT WAS PASSOVER AND I WASN’T ALLOWED TO EAT NUTTER BUTTERS AND HE ATE THEM IN FRONT OF ME ALL THE WAY BACK TO MICHIGAN WHAT THE FUCK.

Like you don’t just roll around in a pile of money next to a poor person, do you? Of course you don’t. Nutter Butters are a gift from the same G-d who wouldn’t let me eat them that particular week. I’m still mad about it.


2. Do-Si-Do’s

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This is basically Nutter Butters: Girl Scout Edition. If you have a good idea for a cookie, tell a Girl Scout, because she’ll make it even better.


1. Homemade Oreos by Laura

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Laura Wooley began on the Autostraddle Team as Intern Hot Laura, worked her way up to Contributing Editor and then eventually Associate Editor. Then she left us for Law School and continues to work at camp. But when she wasn’t busy participating in the timeline I just described, she was probably sitting at home, making you (me) some damn good cookies.

You can’t find Laura’s Oreos at a store, because much like Laura’s hair, they exist only insofar as Laura herself exists, and made you cookies. (Or didn’t. If she did, you’d know.)


Please remember that if you feel offended by the ranking or exclusion of your favorite sandwich cookie, be sure to comment with as much punctuation and all-caps as possible.

Riese is the 38-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

Riese has written 2836 articles for us.

133 Comments

  1. I suppose they are in the oreo ish family, Safeway brand mint oreos called mint Tuxedos are surprisingly good. And there is a penguin on the package. Or there used to be when I ate these all the time as a kid.

  2. Also, randomly vegan(if you don’t mind how they get the palm oil) is the regular Oreos, because people complained about the use of lard in the cream filling. My favorite use to be the 90’s Halloween edition Oreo, which was the chocolate sandwich filled with orange cream and had ghosts and witches on it vs the Oreo logo. My friend says they have a green tea Oreo that is pretty amazing.

    I think I have your Swedish Fish Oreo beat. I raise you Ramen Oreo.

  3. I love EL Fudge, and I am not ashamed to admit it. They’re so stupid – shaped like elves, and the name of the cookie has the initials ELF – but it’s a really tasty fudge in a nice vanilla cookie.

    I also like Golden Oreos more than the classic Hydrox-clone. (Yes, Hydrox came first, I have bizarre feelings about corporate bad behavior from the early twentieth century.)

    I’d also put out a shout out for Le Petit Ecolier, aka Little Schoolboys. (With or without nuts! They’re a genderqueer cookie, at least in my headcanon.)

    You’re right about the Nutter Butters, though.

  4. just wanted you all to know that I’m at a train station waiting for my late cousin to have a late lunch with, I am deeply and intensely hungry, I loaded autostraddle on the train station WiFi to pass the time and this article is simultaneously the absolute best and the absolute worst thing I could possibly be reading right now considering all the factors mentioned above

  5. DO SI DO’S!!!!

    i wasted so many of my cookie selling years not appreciating how good they are but i now know the true joy of ripping open a sleeve of those puppies and enjoying a nice cold glass of almond milk. Goddess bless the girl scouts.

  6. We run oreos through the machine at work and coat them in either milk or white chocolate. I like oreos but covering them in chocolate is too much for me. Like, eat one and you enter a sugar induced coma. No thanks.

  7. I think the Trader Joe’s cookie-butter-butter-cookies should get extra points for being a palindrome. Also, Pepperidge Farm, why did you give your best cookies a name that evokes the world’s most-reviled green vegetable?

  8. You come in here and insult sugar wafer cookies??? AND Milanos (though like, your criticism about ratio is well-aimed but that’s why you buy the double-stuffed ones, DUH)????

    And I know I’m the weirdo with a hatred of peanut butter (exception: nutterbutters, but that’s mostly nostalgia and stockholm syndrome from them being the only thing that a.)my dad would bring hunting and b.) at this job i worked at for two summers for lunch/snacks), but come on stop ruining decent cookies and cookie-related lists with foul peanut butter cookies. And placing them above sugar wafer cookies (which come not only in vanilla but strawberry and CHOCOLATE). Shame on you.

    I do appreciate that macaroons and jammy dodgers are on this list because they are quite delicious. Also, Americans (on the east coast/NE/whereever the fuck Wegmans has expanded to include), if you really want to get jammy dodgers, Wegmans has them in the international foods aisle, depending on the store. So you can have this deliciousness. (Unlike jaffa cakes good god those were terrible but thank goodness that opinion wasn’t shared by the South African exchange student we were hosting at the time or my friend whose mother is English because otherwise those would have gone to waste that one time I bought a lot of them.)

    • Thanks for the Wegmans tip on the Jammy Dodgers!

      Also, sugar wafers are delicious and also gross. I hate/love how they coat your teeth in sugar muck as they dissolve in your mouth. I buy them from the vending machine at work and they pair perfectly with crappy work coffee. I don’t know that I can defend Milanos, though. Those things are just trying too hard.

    • YES you just solved the mystery of milanos for me. i remember really liking them, but then i had some recently and was like why are these so boring and bad? i had forgotten double-stuffed existed!

      also i am WITH YOU on the hatred of peanut butter cookies. they are a travesty, and nothing was more disappointing as a kid than nights at camp when nutter butters were the only dessert option.

  9. I was reading this mostly expecting to disagree with a lot of the top choices. My food tastes tend to be outside the majority opinion no matter where I am. BUT THEN. Two of my all-time favorite cookies made #2 and #3 on the list. I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS DEVELOPMENT!

    Seriously though, as the list went on I was doubting whether you had even considered Girl Scout cookies AND THEN YOU DID! AND THEN THEY WERE #2!

  10. I adore Jammy Dodgers. I always end up with a lot of cookie on me though, leading an ex and I to begin referring to my tits as “crumbcatchers,” a moniker which has stuck.

    Sugar wafers always make me think of Sunday school or vacation bible school from my church attending childhood. There was always a big plate of those near the coffee setup and we would get them for our snack in the afternoons. Probably because they were cheap as hell.

    In conclusion, Swedish fish Oreos can suck my dick.

  11. These articles are a choking hazard. They should come with a warning: do not consume objects the same diameter as your wind pipe while reading these articles.

    Because I was eating olives and became afraid for my life after cracking up three times before I even got to item 20.

  12. 1) Food City cells packages of 100 fake oreos for 1$, so I take them apart, remove the icing, and pretend I’m eating chocolate sugar cookies. #neveroreos.

    2) The sugar wafer cookies: the basement of the building our lab is in has a little honor-system fridge where you can buy Nutty Buddies, which is the PB version of wafer cookies, for 35 cents per package. Entire scholarly publications have been produced fueled entirely by Nutty Buddies consumed at all hours by desperate grad students. I normally can’t abide PB flavor in anything, but this is just the right amount, and a nice light crispy chocolate wafer. Heaven.

    3) Mint milanos are the best cookie. Also thin mints. :v

  13. 1. I just took the reader survey and included a comment about desiring more snack based content so a+++++

    2. I respectfully disagree about oreos and milanos and el fudges???? Milanos and el fudges are great for dipping if you like something to kind of start to dissolve when you dip it…which I do…

    3. can we talk about all the different oreo flavors of the past couple years? My parents in their burgeoning old age have started trying to buy one of EVERY NEW FLAVOR. But there’s only the two of them in the house eating them so mostly they end up with just a pantry full of stale, weird-flavored oreos. BUT sometimes they’re good and this way I have someone to tell me which weird oreo flavors to try (oreo thins = yes, smores oreos = a missed opportunity for the name “smoreos” and also yes).

    anyway does anyone else’s family collect cookies or what

  14. I love Oreos, I replace the icing with peanut butter and they are amazing. I think y’all forgot about Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Snaps, I just finished a tub right before I spotted this article. I’m very sad

  15. i have so many opinions about this. i think sugar wafers being southern grandpa cookies is possibly exactly why i like them. i remember eating them at my grandparents with ice cream. strongly advise adding ice cream into the equation.

    also, the only acceptable oreos are double stuff oreos. the cookie is not good enough to feature as prominently as it does in the regular ones. i do agree that it’s a problem how they get stuck on your teeth, but every now and then i kind of want them as a guilty pleasure. i REALLY want laura’s homemade ones. i’ll take eight, thanks.

  16. Ok so someone insulted jaffa cakes and now I can’t find their comment and I am VERY UPSET about the orange jaffa slander.

    Also, yay for Jammy dodgers, but you should have included garibaldis (I’m not sure they count, but the raisins are ‘sandwiched’ so…, crunch creams, custard creams,

    And oh my friends. You ignored the bourbon. Not just an alcoholic beverage of doom, but a biscuit of champions.

    (admittedly a lot of our biscuits are ranked on ‘how well can this hold up to repeated dunking in hot tea?’ specifications.

  17. I did not realise I had SO. MANY. FEELINGS. about sandwich cookies until this list!!

    1. True story re: Pumpkin Spice Oreos. They should come with a warning. Thank you, Riese for this PSA.

    2. I sort of want to try the Swedish Fish Oreos, because I grew up eating them both–separately. But I recently ate Oreos again, and found them disappointing. And then I bought a bag of Swedish Fish recently, and they were ALSO disappointing. So maybe the combo would be a black hole of disappointment I just shouldn’t go near.

    3. Stef is totally right about the Maple Leafs. They’re delicious and I ate a box of them too quickly after a friend brought them back for me one time.

    4. Macarons? Not all macarons are created equal, and while some are the most amazing things I’ve ever eaten, some have also been the most terrible.

    5. MINT MILANOS FOREVER. I don’t care what anyone says. These are little ovals of perfection. I could leave the rest of the Pepperidge Farm collection if I had a never-ending supply of Mint Milanos. I also have super sweet memories of sharing them with my mom and brother so…

  18. You FORGOT stroopwafel which is the best darn sandwich cookie that exists, 2 waffle cookies with a layer of Caramel inside, the perfect size for resting on the rim of your coffee mug so the Caramel gets all soft and gooey, so good, yum yum.
    Also I love wafer cookies, especially Voortmans strawberry wafers. Maybe I’m a grandpa at heart.

  19. Thin Mints cookie sandwiches with vanilla ice cream in the middle. Yup. It’s good. I finished a whole box and then proceeded to finish all the ice cream after stuffing my face with my creation…….. I have a sandwich cookie problem….

  20. Aww come on guys, I think you are being a little harsh on Snackwells! I may have a special place in my heart for these cookies because my grandma always gave them to us when we visited her, but there is NO WAY that they are worse than Sweedish Fish Oreos.

    Also, I just cannot get into Cookie Butter. I once was supper excited to buy peanut butter cups from TJ’s and when I got home I realized I accidentally bought Cookie Butter Cups. I tried so hard to eat them, I even froze them thinking it would help, but they were just so sweet that they made me sick. I ended up having to give them away.

  21. When I visited Sweden last year I ate tons of junk food. Mainly these damn Ballerina “mousse” cookies. Holy hell. Like a chocolate sandwich cookie with fluffy chocolate crème. And no high fructose corn syrup because it’s banned! Sweet mother of pearl….

    • I used to live in England and the number one thing I miss (besides my friends there) are the amazing tea cookies and biscuits. Hobnobs, bourbon creams, jaffa cakes, custard creams, Jammie Dodgers, they are all amazing.

  22. I’d like to thank the Academy. I feel so very honored to be the baker of the very best sandwich cookies in the world. Y’all should make some STAT because they are as easy as they are delicious.

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