By Meredith Brody
We weren't consciously aware of longing for Trader Joe's Almond Snowman Cookies over the past year, so when our heart leapt up when we saw them on the shelves again we were slightly embarrassed.
Last year we'd passed them by, thinking $4.99 a box was, well, too much, but eventually broke down and bought one.
And then promptly went nuts and purchased every box in sight until they disappeared (within a few days after Christmas, alas).
This year we bought four boxes - in their cheery, red-green-teal blue-chartreuse-and-white-sriped box, with nifty snowmen careening across the cover - right away. (Three of the boxes' contents have since mysteriously vanished.)
Last year the box was wrapped with a transparent red ribbon, which has been replaced this year by a sturdy cardboard band. But the buttery snowmen, dusted with big crunchy sugar crustals and the occasional bit of toasted almond, are as subtle and exciting as we remember.