The LG Tasty Cookie Club is a quarterly baking subscription designed in collaboration with electronics company LG and Tasty, BuzzFeed's often-viral food network you can find all over Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook. Though not featured in the name, this subscription also features Foodstirs baking mixes that have been approved by the taste experts at Tasty.
This box is being reviewed by popular demand! Also, this is a review of the Fall 2019 box which is no longer available.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
About this Baking Subscription Box
The Subscription Box: LG Tasty Cookie Club
The Cost: $27.99 per quarter + free shipping (available as a one-time purchase of a 4-kit subscription for $119.96)
- Pre-measured ingredients
- Exclusive step-by-step recipes
- Baking tools and more!
Ships to: The US for free
Good to Know: Single kits are available for $29.99 and do not begin a subscription.
LG Tasty Cookie Club "Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice" Fall 2019 Review
We received some literature about this new subscription, LG ovens, and a Foodstirs coupon.
As is usual for Foodstirs, this box includes everything you need except oil, eggs, yogurt, butter, and water. You’ll also need standard baking supplies like mixing bowls, measuring cups, and a baking tray.
Foodstirs mixes are all non-GMO, certified organic, and OU-certified kosher. They’re also ethically sourced, use biodynamic sugar, and are vegan (except for the pancake mix, although you’d need to make substitutions for eggs and dairy accordingly when you actually prepare the mixes). You can read more in their FAQ.
The recipe was broken down into just six steps with pictures. I definitely referenced the pictures quite a bit, which I will explain further in the review.
Since this box is made by Foodstirs, there are a lot of parallels with the regular Foodstirs subscription- such as the pre-packaged mixes. For the cookies in this box, we received the Organic Pumpkin Spice Cookie Mix, which retails for $5.99. One thing I liked about this packaging is that on the back it had a link for instructions on how to make these cookies vegan, which is quite accommodating I believe.
We also received a bag of vanilla frosting mix, which I couldn't find for sale on the website.
This subscription also came with a Foodstirs-branded cookie scoop, which I estimate the value at $13 based on other cookie scoops found here. This scoop was sturdy and easy to clean, which are really the only important factors I know of when it comes to a cookie scoop?
We also received a silicone baking mat, which is perfect for making sure your cookies don't stick to the pan and also makes for easy cleanup! I didn't own one before receiving this, so that was nice. Now, let's dive into baking!
Full disclosure: I am much more of a cook than I am a baker. I was hoping that this subscription would help me to expand my baking skills, but I definitely paid a lot of attention to the details- perhaps too much? The first step involved creaming softened butter until smooth, and I added the egg in this step to get the mixture lump-free and smooth. Since the recipe said a wooden spoon would work, I decided to pull out my trusty wooden spoon and save my electric mixer for the frosting. Alas, my elbow grease alone wasn't enough to smooth this mixture out (as you can see above), and the hand mixer came in.
The next step was adding in the cookie mix. Though I had used precise measurements, my dough didn't look like the dough in the picture (and I knew by sight alone it didn't have the right texture).
An extra tablespoon of melted butter solved that problem.
Next up was scooping the cookie dough onto the baking mat, 1-2 inches apart. I was a bit frustrated that the instructions were in inches but the measurements on the baking sheet were in centimeters, so I actually counted the number of squares in the photo to figure out the spacing for my cookies- four squares in all directions was enough space in the pictures, so that is what I followed. I also made sure I was evening out my cookie scoops with a knife to get as precise measurements as possible. I have seen enough shows on the Food Network to have a healthy fear of "winging it" when it comes to baking.
Here are the cookies ready to go into my oven (preheated to 350 degrees). I will say another discrepancy between the instructions and real life is that the instructions said to repeat step three until all of the cookie dough was used, but I had enough dough exactly for one tray of twelve cookies.
Well, there was a bit leftover for optimal noshing. If I die from the raw egg in the raw cookie dough that I consumed, I died the way I wanted to live.
While the cookies were baking I mixed up the frosting! For some reason when I was trying to mix the softened butter and cream cheese together I just could not get it completely smooth. This issue sorted itself out when I started adding the milk and frosting mix, though.
About thirty seconds after I was completely done with the frosting, the cookies were ready. I actually put them back in for another ninety seconds before calling them done- after 11 minutes (the instructions said 10-12), there weren't any signs of golden edges. These were set aside to cool completely.
To finish, I used the cookie scoop to scoop frosting onto six of the cookies to make cookie sandwiches!
I did a taste test to see if the cookie to frosting ratio was correct before doing all of them, and one cookie scoop of frosting was wayyy too much once I bit into it. I had some frosting left over when it was all said and done. I didn't feel inclined to eat it with a spoon the way I did the cookie dough, so this felt a tiny bit wasteful.
Here are all of my finished cookies, minus the one sacrificed for taste testing purposes. How did they taste, you ask? Delicious. They weren't overly sweet and actually had a touch of saltiness along with the cinnamon and nutmeg spices to balance out the sweetness of the frosting. I will say, though, that these cookie sandwiches are huge! I actually have been eating them one cookie-half at a time, and that is the perfect amount of cookie to satisfy my sweet tooth.
Verdict: I feel a bit conflicted about this subscription. At the end of the baking experience, I had six delicious cookie sandwiches that tasted better and were easier to create than what I could have done by myself, and in less time. Still, though, I paid about $30 for 6 cookie sandwiches, a cookie scoop, and a baking mat. This is a subscription where you will really need to go through your personal needs and desires from a baking subscription in order to see if the value is there for you. For me, I am still undecided- but I do love that this is a quarterly subscription, rather than a monthly one.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Subscription purchases made between January and March will begin with the Spring kit, which ships around March 15. However, you can still buy this cookie set here for $25.99 + $7.99 shipping.
Value Breakdown: For $27.99 I received a baking mat, a cookie scoop, a bag of vanilla frosting mix, and a box of organic cookie mix (totaling 6 servings), which averages out to about $7 per item.
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