Lenny & Larry's Complete Cookie is a product I happened upon while wondering through Vitamin Shoppe one day. I like cookies as much as the next guy and was intrigued by what “Baked Nutrition” meant. The protein cookie package made some interesting claims like non GMO and vegan to name a few. So I purchased one and took it home to write this review. Is the Complete Cookie good? Is it healthy? How does it taste? I'm going to try to answer all these questions, so keep reading and let's see what we can discover.
What Is The Complete Cookie?
Lenny & Larry's Complete Cookie is basically a protein bar that looks like a chocolate chip cookie. I'm calling it a protein bar because the front of the package displays the amount of protein it contains, just like most protein bars do.
I also found the Complete Cookie near other protein bars too. While some might disagree with me – calling it a protein bar rather than a cookie- that's fine. It's a minor disagreement.
Complete Cookie Nutrition Claims
The package for Lenny and Larry's protein cookie contains a LOT of health claims. I'm going to put them in the table below so you can see them all.
|Fresh Baked||No soy||no cholesterol|
|Vegan||non-GMO||No trans fat|
|16 g protein (per cookie)||Kosher||No artificial sweeteners|
|No dairy||no high fructose corn syrup||No sugar alcohols|
|No eggs||8g of fiber (per cookie)||Sustainable palm oil|
Another claim that they don't seem to make a big deal of is that Lenny & Larry's Cookies are a product of the USA. I take that to mean the cookies are made in the USA. If I'm right, then I'm glad to see that.
Complete Cookie Nutrition Information
According to the Nutrition Facts label on the package, here is the nutrition information for one Lenny & Larry's Cookies (56g):
|1 Cookie (56.5g)||Percent Daily Value|
|Calories from Fat 50|
|Total fat 6g||9% DV|
|Saturated fat 1.5 g||8% DV|
|Monounsaturated fat 1g||n/a|
|Trans fat 0g||n/a|
|Sodium 220 mg||9% DV|
|Total carbs 24g||8% DV|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||16% DV|
|Protein 8g||16% DV|
From the table above it's said that 1 protein cookie has 180 calories. The label I have said there were 2 cookies in the package – but there was only 1. It was 1 big, thick cookie.
Does that mean if I ate the whole protein cookie, I'd be really eating 360 calories (180 X 2)?
I'm not sure, but I think so.
This is definitely something to think about when you purchase this product or are watching your calories.
From the nutrition claims label above we are told that Lenny & Larry's protein cookie contains “sustainable palm oil.” Palm oil is a source of saturated fats. This is likely were much of the 1.5 grams of saturated fats comes from.
But, saturated fats can also be a source of trans fats. The label does say zero grams of trans fats, but is zero or really zero?
Again. I'm not sure.
In the US, foods with fewer than 0.5g of trans fats per serving can be legally labeled “zero.”
Since we know there are some saturated fats in this protein cookie, is it possible there is also some trans fats too? It's speculation on my part. Take it for what it is.
Complete Cookie Ingredients
From the protein cookie package, here are the ingredients.
|(100% vegan) enriched wheat flour||Niacin||Iron|
|Thiamine mononitrate||Riboflavin||Folic acid|
|Cane sugar||Palm margarine||Chocolate chips|
|Protein blend||Oat fiber||Chicory root fiber|
|Sunflower lecithin||Natural flavors|
What Kind Of Protein?
Lenny & Larry's Protein Cookies contain a protein blend. The blend is a combination of
- Pea protein isolate
- Brown rice protein
- Wheat gluten
I've listed these ingredients as they are depicted on the label. Reading from top to bottom, the blend contains mostly pea protein and the least wheat gluten.
Where's The Fiber Coming From?
Each protein cookie provides 4 grams of fiber which is 16% of the daily value. That makes the cookie almost “high in fiber” (anything over 20% is considered “high” by FDA guidelines). The ingredients list tells us the fiber comes from a combination of:
- Oat fiber
- Chicory root fiber
Chicory root fiber is sometimes called chicory root extract or inulin. It's a soluble fiber that's sometimes added to foods to bump up its fiber content. Sometimes it's also called a “prebiotic” because it helps feed probiotic bacteria (hey, they gotta eat too ya know!).
Complete Cookie Recall
In December 2016 the FDA announced that Lenny & Larry were conducting a nationwide recall of their chocolate chip and coconut chocolate chip protein cookies because of the possible presence of milk in the chocolate chips.
Recall from above, that Lenny and Larry's Cookies are said to be vegan. As such, milk would not be permitted. Other than this, I'm not aware of any other recalls.
Companies try their best to produce quality products. Even so, recalls happen from time to time so I can't fault a company for this one occurrence.
The JERR Bar is also vegan. see that review for more information.
Complete Cookie Class Action Lawsuit
Nutrition information for Lenny & and Larry protein cookies states that each cookie has 16 grams of protein. But, according to the website TopClassActions.com, this is more than what the cookies actually contain. Lawyers for the people bringing the lawsuit state that each protein cookie only contains 4-9 grams of protein. I'll update this section when this lawsuit is concluded.
Who Makes Lenny & Larry's Cookies?
The founder of the company is Barry Turner. Mr. Turner was formally one of the American Gladiators in the 1990s (he was “Cyclone”). According to the Internet Movie Database, he formed Lenny & Larry with his friend Benny Graham after sustaining an injury during American Gladiators.
The company name, Lenny and Larry was invented, because it sounded like Barry and Benny.
According to this article on TribeJournal.com, Barry and Benny eventually sold the company to someone named Don Crouch. Ultimately Barry bought part of the company back. So the owners are Barry Turner and Don Crouch.
According to LennyLarry.com, the company address is 14300 Arminta St. Panorama City CA 91402. Searching online for this address reveals a business park that contains the Lenny & Larry's sign prominently. That's good.
How Does It Taste?
Taste is very individual and I'm sure many will disagree with me but I honestly was not impressed with the taste of Lenny & Larry's protein cookies. The cookie was thick but I found them very dry. This is not a cookie to eat without having something liquid nearby. The cookie was not hard but it was not moist either.
Did it taste bad? No, I can't say it was bad. I could taste the chocolate chips. But the dryness of the cookie made it difficult to swallow. I don't like saying this but it's not a cookie I would go out of my way to purchase again. Readers are invited to disagree with me in the comments section below.
What About Allergies?
The package indicates that the protein cookies are made in a facility that also processes peanuts, tree nuts and coconut. Those with allergies should consider this before purchasing.
Is it Gluten Free?
I don't think so. The protein cookie package mentions “wheat gluten” in the ingredients list. That makes me think it's not gluten free. Gluten free is also not listed in the nutrition claims above. Id think if it was gluten free, they would tell us up front. Either way, when in doubt, reach out to the company to make sure.
Is It Healthy?
If you want a cookie, eat a cookie. If you are looking to get your protein fix or add to your daily protein intake, I think there are better choices than Lenny and Larry's Complete Cookie – like this one that I like. For those thinking this protein cookie will help weight loss, remember, this is not a low calorie snack. While I applaud the company for making a product that's vegan, kosher, non GMO etc., I think there are other choices. That's my opinion.
Here's Lenny & Larry's Cookies on Amazon
W Mason says
I have never found any of these to be dry. Perhaps they changed the formula? While they are not those “soft” cookies that became popular in the early 1990s, they are decidely of a wet consistency. Reading this review I’d expect dry as a bone Chips Ahoy but these break apart in moist chunks, not dry and crumbly.
If these were not billed as “healthy” I probably would not eat them, but as it stands they are a nice snack for camping or hiking. I don’t care about all the “vegan” “non-GMO” stuff, I look at the carbs vs. protein and it’s a pretty good balance compared to a normal sugary cookie, and much more palatable than most low carb energy bars.
Joe Cannon says
W. Mason, I’m really glad to hear the Lenny / Larry cookies are working well for you. I’ve had them a couple of times and those I had were dry. Its been a while since Ive had them so maybe they changed the formula? I’ll try to pick some up next tiem at the store and see if I notice any difference.
John Salsburey says
This is a disgusting item. It should not be sold next to real cookies.White Chocolate/Macadamia. That’s the most disgusting cookie I have ever had. I drive truck and was looking for a quick sugar boost, I nearly vomited on the first bite. Let me send the remaining pieces my dogs wouldn’t eat.
purchased at Weingel rte 33 and 168 near Rockford,TN. 6/17/19
The complete Cookie, including diarrhea and stomach instability.
Joe Cannon says
John, sorry that happened to you. I can say I did not have the same response as you did. I don’t think anyone else has had that happened to them either.
Gary Burrows says
Vegan, therefore healthy. If only. Second ingredient and therefore second most mass is cane sugar! They don’t splash this fact across the front of the packet! Prepare your own healthy meals, protein shake(s) the night before, then you won’t need this expensive, sugar laden, crap.
Joe Cannon says
Gary, you bring up a good point. I’ve also seen organic frozen foods full of sodium and saturated fat too. Always good to read labels, as you do.
I dont really care about the lawsuits at all. I’m a hairstylist and when i can eat on time I eat pieces of it when I feel hungry every 2 hrs. it helped a lot and it taste good. love this cookie i dont eat the whole cookie all at once. I eat some and some fruit and celery to keep me full it works for me.
Thanks for sharing that DJ. While its not for me, I’m happy you enjoy the taste of Lenny & Larry’s cookie.
Thanks Sara 🙂
Hey, Joe. I bought the lemon poppy seed cookie and found it to be quite dry with an unpleasant after taste. A big disappointment after thinking how great it was to find a vegan cookie. My search continues…
Hi Valerie, I wished it tasted better too. If you ever find a vegan cookie you like do let me know.
Take a look at my review of JERF Bar. it is vegan and I thought it tasted pretty good.