Transform Girl Scout Cookies Into Sweet, Savory Dishes!

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

cookie recipeWell we’re in the midst of Girl Scout Cookie Season, we know it’s hard to say no to that Girl Scout that comes to your door asking you to buy a box of Girl Scout Cookies. Or when you’re out at the mall and the girls ask you to support their trip to Washington, D.C. or New York City.

Did you know there are more options then just sitting there eating a box of Girl Scout Cookies? Besides freezing them to save for later this year, you can also create some really neat and delicious dishes for friends and family to enjoy using Girl Scout Cookies!

Girl Scout Cookies deliver classic flavors – lemon in Savannah Smiles, mint in the chocolate Thin Mints, peanut butter in Tagalongs and Do-si-dos, coconut and caramel in Samoas and shortbread in Trefoils.

I came across an article through the Gannett Newspaper Company that had some foodies talking about what can be done with Girl Scout Cookies.

Several foodies have been experimenting with cooking with Girl Scout Cookies for many years. Aaron Brown, owner of Mammaw’s Sweet Shoppe, said Girl Scout cookies blend seamlessly into the creatives desserts his family likes to serve. Every type of cookies works well as a garnish, he said, but one option is to crush some Thin Mints, blend them into whipped cream and use them as icing for chocolate cupcakes.

Thin Mints – or any cookie really – can also be baked into cupcakes. Brown recommends pushing a cookie slightly down into the batter before popping it into the oven. As it bakes, it will sink into them middle. When it’s done, the cupcake has a mint center.

He says that Samoas work well with German chocolate creations and they can also be crushed and mixed with caramel and nuts, pretzels or popcorn and made into a snack.

Finally, Brown said, Girl Scout cookies can add some flair to a pie. Crushed Trefoils or Di-si-dos mixed with butter and baked create a great crust or apple crisp topping.

Chef Tracy Rosa of Adelino’s Old World Kitchen recommends filling a peanut butter cookie crust with a mixture of peanut butter, whipped cream, vanilla extract and chocolate pudding and freezing it before serving.

But it doesn’t have to be all about sweets, Rosa said. You can tap into natural flavor pairings, such as the lemon of Savannah Smiles and fish. Creative cooks can try grinding the cookies into crumbs and using them as a topping for boiled tilapia.

The coconut Samoa could also be processed and combined with manchego cheese, bread crumbs and a touch of soy sauce for stuffing a chicken breast, then wrapped in prosciutto and baked.

Though Rosa said he still enjoys eating the cookies as they are, experimenting can have some benefits.

“You can enjoy an entire box of Girl Scout cookies and not feel guilty that you ate the whole box in one sitting,” he said.

And both he and Brown said it’s a good way to support a good cause.

So when those girls come up asking you to buy another box of Girl Scout Cookies – think of all of the possibilities!

What is your favorite Girl Scout Cookie recipe?

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