The 30 Worst Supermarket Cookies in America
Cookies are to food what rom-coms are to the movie industry; there’s not much pretense of substance—just the expectation that it will satisfy all your guilty pleasures.
You know they’re not exactly Oscar winners, but just how poorly produced are your go-to favorite cookies? Even though they’re not good for you, because these wafers are often not much more than empty calories and sugar (and they lack the satiating fiber, protein, and healthy fats that tell our bodies “You’re full!”), the magnetic pull of the cookie sleeve drags you back, even after the second, and fourth… and sixth bite. Think about it like this: How many times have you gallantly made it through the 1 hour and 39 minutes of Adam Sandler in 50 First Dates?
While these supermarket cookies might satisfy your sweet tooth, they are packed with an astounding amount of calories, fat, sugar, and loads of harmful additives. The next time you’re shopping for a guilty pleasure, be sure to steer clear of these frankencookies. And while you’re at it, avoid these 150 worst packaged foods in America, too!
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Chips Ahoy! Filled
Smores, Oreo Creme, and Chewy Birthday Frosting
Per 2 cookies, 32 g: 150 calories, 7 g fat (3.5-g saturated fat), 70-115 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (0 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 1 g protein
These cookies are just filled with high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, and artificial flavor. If you’re looking for that fresh-from-the-oven taste, go for something with an ingredient list that contains actual ingredients—not a laundry list of processed ones.
Mega Stuf Golden Oreo
Per 2 cookies, 36 g: 180 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated), 80 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (0 g fiber, 17 g sugars), 1 g protein
This cookie stole the #1 worst spot in our story on the 36 most popular cookies in America because of its dangerous trifecta: it’s high in calories, fat, and sugar. Plus, it’s packed with processed ingredients ranging from palm oil to artificial flavors. If this is your go-to cookie, we suggest breaking up with it ASAP. Or, at least, limit yourself to just one.
BelVita Cranberry Orange Crunchy Breakfast Biscuits
Per 4 cookies, 50 g: 230 calories, 8 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 36 g carbs (3 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 3 g protein
Here’s a little hint: if you see cranberry and orange together on a sweet treat, run for the hills. The berry and citrus fruits are among the lowest when it comes to fruit sugar. Translation: most of that sugar count is entirely from added sugars, as opposed to naturally occurring in the fruit. For breakfast, you could—and should—be doing much better on the protein and fiber fronts, too.
Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies
Per 4 cookies, 29 g: 150 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated), 105 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (< 1 g fiber, 9 g sugars), 1 g protein
They might be tiny, but the calories and fat in these bite-sized cookies sure do add up quickly. We know they are one of your favorite treats from the vending machine but steer clear.
Pepperidge Farm Tahiti Coconut
Per 2 cookies, n/a g: 170 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 40 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (2 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 2 g protein
Real coconut is used in Pepperidge Farm’s Tahiti Coconut cookies, but that’s about the only good news. An absurdly high amount of fat—likely from butter oil and artery-clogging hydrogenated and interesterified vegetable oils—undo all of the benefits of coconut oil.
Mrs. Fields Cookies
Milk Chocolate Chip, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip, & White Chocolate Macadamia
Per 1 cookie, 32 g: 140 calories, 7 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 125-130 mg sodium, 18-20 g carbs (0-1 g fiber, 12 g sugars), 1-2 g protein
The smell of a Mrs. Fields cookie may bring back pleasant memories of middle school days spent in the mall, but there are better cookie options that don’t serve up an unhealthy dose of partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil—otherwise known as the manmade trans fats that have been banned from use in food products by the FDA.
Grandma’s Peanut Butter Cookies
Per 1 cookie, 40.7 g: 190 calories, 10 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (2 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 4 g protein
Grandma’s peanut butter cookie recipe calls for a lot of fat—15 percent of your daily allowance in just one cookie (and 30 percent if you’re eating both cookies in the unsealable to-go package). And those aren’t the healthy monounsaturated fats you know and love from nuts; they’re mostly hydrogenated vegetable oils and vegetable shortening.
Keebler Vienna Fingers Reduced Fat
Per 2 cookies, 31 g: 140 calories, 4.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 115 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (< 1 g fiber, 12 g sugars), 1 g protein
This is a textbook “Reduced Fat” scenario. Compared to the original Vienna Fingers, you save a mere 1.5 grams of fat per two-cookie serving. Meanwhile, you end up sacrificing for both a higher sodium count and an extra 2 grams of sugar to make up for the lost flavor.
Little Debbies Oatmeal Creme Pies
Per 1 cookie, n/a g: 330 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 330 mg sodium, 53 g carbs (1 g fiber, 28 g sugar), 3 g protein
A “fluffy” cream sandwiched between two chewy oatmeal cookies—it certainly sounds sinful, and it kind of is. Not only is this Little Debbie’s cookie sandwich loaded with high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavor, and partially hydrogenated oil, but it also is just shy of having the same amount of bloat-inducing sodium as a bag of Snyder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels. If you thought sweet treats were safe from the blood-pressure-raising stuff, think again: there are 20 restaurant desserts with more salt than a bag of pretzels.
Snackwell’s Devil’s Food Chocolate Mint Cookie Cakes
Per 2 cookies, 32 g: 120 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 60 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (0 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 2 g protein
The one-two punch of a company dubbed “Snack Well” and seeing the words “Fat-Free” could be enough to coerce you into picking up this box of cookie cakes—but don’t let it. They might be free from high fructose corn syrup, but they are loaded with 18 grams of sugar, invert sugar, corn syrup, and glycerine. Beware of misleading health-food buzzwords that can actually get in the way of your quest for a better bod.
Keebler E.L.Fudge Double Stuffed
Per 2 cookies, 35 g: 180 calories, 9 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 95 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (1 g fiber, 13 g sugars), 2 g protein
Unfortunately, the Keebler Elves’ powers of nutrition aren’t that magical. These Double Stuffed E.L.Fudge cookies are full of diet-destroying sugar, fats, and calories.
Pepperidge Farm Milk Chocolate Milano
Per 3 cookies, n/a g: 170 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (< 1 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 2 g protein
They certainly feel like an upscale treat, but a serving of these milk chocolate Milanos serves up over a quarter of your daily recommended intake of added sugars (and that’s only if you’re sticking to 2,000 calories a day—they would be 35 percent if you were on a 1,500 calorie diet).
Oreo Birthday Cake Flavor Creme Golden
Per 2 cookies, 29 g: 150 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 80 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (0 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 1 g protein
Made up of mostly sugar, manmade trans fats, and artificial colors, Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Flavor Creme cookies should be eaten as often as your birthday: only once a year—if that.
Lance Choc-O Lunch Cookie Sandwiches
Per 6 cookies (1 package), 47 g: 220 calories, 8 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 240 mg sodium, 34 g carbs (2 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 3 g protein
Any chance of these cookies beating out Oreos for a healthier nutrition profile was foiled in their packaging. They’re branded as a “lunchtime snack,” but eating a whole serving means your kids have downed nearly 55 percent of their recommended daily intake of added sugars and over 20 percent of their daily intake of fat. Along with this diet disaster, watch out for these sneaky foods with bogus serving sizes.
Pepperidge Farm Dessert Shop Mint Chocolate Brownie
Per 1 cookie, n/a g: 130 calories, 5 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 85 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (< 1 g fiber, 14 g sugar), 2 g protein
Although Pepperidge Farm advertises that their cookies are “baked with no artificial flavors or preservatives,” don’t let this claim mislead you into thinking they’re good for you. Even with 0 grams of trans fat, these cookies contain an ingredient called “interesterified and hydrogenated soybean oil,” which is a trans fat substitute. Like partial hydrogenation—the process that generates trans fats—interesterification produces some molecules that are “rare or even nonexistent in nature [and have been found to] negatively affect LDL, glucose, insulin metabolism, immune function, and the functioning of liver enzymes,” according to a review by the American College of Nutrition. Does that sound like no artificial ingredients to you?
Bauducco Sugar Free Chocolate Wafer
Per 5 cookies, n/a g: 150 calories, 8 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 1 g protein
They may be sugar-free, but that doesn’t mean they’re good for your belly. These wafers are sweetened with maltitol—a plant-based sweetener that a study in the International Journal of Dentistry has associated with stomach and abdominal pain, as well as excessive internal gas and flatulence. They also serve up two of our worst sweeteners for weight loss—the gut-harming, appetite-revving artificial sugars sucralose and acesulfame potassium.
Per 3 cookies, 34 g: 160 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 140 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (1 g fiber, 14 g sugar), 1 g protein
Oreos—both milk’s and your bad gut bacteria’s favorite cookie. That’s because simple carbs and sugar molecules (of which you’ll find 14 per Oreo serving) are the main source of fuel for pathogenic bacteria, fungus, and yeast, which can conquer and kill off the good bacteria that help keep your hunger hormones in check and that love-handle-inducing inflammation at bay.
Double Stuf Oreo
Per 2 cookies, 29 g: 140 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 90 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (1 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 1 g protein
If you can stick to a serving, Double Stuf is actually a slightly better choice for your bod when compared to the original version. But you’re getting one less cookie in that portion size, so you’ll have to fight that “just one more” urge even harder. Quiet that little voice in your head with our easy steps to crush cravings.
Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookies
Per 4 cookies, 28 g: 140 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated), 150 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (0 g fiber, 5 g sugars), 1 g protein
Although Lorna Doone’s shortbread recipe was originally given to Nabisco by a Scottish employee from Pittsburgh, we doubt the version he passed on from his mother called for high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, and artificial flavor.
Per 8 wafers, 30 g: 140 calories, 6 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 115 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (0 g fiber, 11 g sugars), 1 g protein
These vanilla wafers may appear simple and innocent, but they’re made with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial flavoring, and soy lecithin, which you really shouldn’t need unless it’s a chocolate treat.
Chips Ahoy! Candy Blasts Chocolate Chip
Per 2 cookies, 34 g: 180 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 110 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (0 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 2 g protein
These candy-coated morsels may be bright, but they’re likely to dull your mind, thanks to being coated in partially hydrogenated oils. Scientists have found that trans fats tend to turn solid once they’re inside your body, where they jam up your arteries, including those in your brain. Multiple studies have found that those with the most trans fat in their blood have significantly worse cognitive performance, physically smaller brains, and impaired memory, compared to those who consume fewer trans fats.
Per 1 package, 53 g: 250 calories, 10 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 37 g carbs (2 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 4 g protein
If you have a peanut butter obsession like many of us at Eat This! do, chances are you’ve indulged in Nutter Butters a time or two. Who can blame you? Nabisco truly nailed the sweet and crunchy combo. Nutritionally speaking, though, they’re not top notch: chowing down on a package of these peanut-shaped cookies will set you back where it hurts—empty calories, hydrogenated-oil fat, appetite-revving sodium, and blood-sugar-spiking sugar.
Triple Double Stuffed Oreo
Per 1 cookie, 21 g: 100 calories, 5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 70 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (0 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 1 g protein
Enter the Big Mac of cookies: the Triple Double Stuffed Oreo. For anyone who couldn’t figure it out by the package, this supercookie features three wafer cookies and two levels of creme (one vanilla and the other chocolate). Each cookie will set you back 100 calories—ouch! Without some serious willpower, you better leave these on the shelf.
Pepperidge Farm Salted Caramel Sweet & Simple
Per 3 cookies, n/a g: 150 calories, 7 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 115 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (0 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 1 g protein
Sweet & Simple? More like Simply Sweet—there are a whopping 13 grams of sugar per three-cookie serving.
Double Chocolate & Soft Baked Chocolate Chunk
Per 1 cookie, 31 g: 120 calories, 4.5 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 120-130 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (5 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 1 g protein
Although the idea of soft, chewy cookies reminds us of home, don’t wallow in nostalgia. These cookies may technically be classified as a “good source of fiber,” but that doesn’t mean they’re a solid nutritional choice. They’re made with chemically-bleached flour, inflammatory vegetable oils, artificial flavor, and TBHQ—a corrosion inhibitor used in biodiesel fuel. Try some of these high fiber foods instead.
Keebler Fudge Shoppe Jumbo Fudge Sticks
Per 1 cookie, 31 g: 160 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 35 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (< 1 g fiber, 16 g sugar), < 1 g protein
Just one fudge stick from Keebler Fudge Shoppe will set you back nearly a third of your day’s recommended intake of both saturated fat and added sugar. And with no protein or fiber to help slow digestion of those simple carbs and minimize the inevitable spike in your blood sugar, you’ll likely crave another shortly after you’ve finished the first.
Chips Ahoy! with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Per 2 cookies, 30 g: 160 calories, 9 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 85 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (1 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 2 g protein
The combination of chocolate chips and peanut-butter-cup chunks are an efficient way to derail your diet in less than a minute. Get back on track with these 15 ways to break your bad eating habits.
Mint Oreo Fudge Cremes
Per 3 cookies, 35 g: 180 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 70 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (1 g fiber, 19 g sugar), 1 g protein
If you’re looking to get rid of belly fat, here’s our advice: stay away from anything “fudge covered” if they’re anything like these Oreos. These cookies are less covered in fudge and more covered in vegetable oils, sugar, and cornstarch.