Girl Scout Cookies. What to do with them.
OK Mr Island does it again. Comes home from work with boxes of Girls Scout Cookies a coworker was peddling. What can I do with Thin Mints, peanut butter Tag-a-Longs and carmael coconut Samoas other than gobble them? Googled for a good cheesecake, bar or cake recipe, something I could bring to work and share, but didn't find anything.
Any recipes to share? Thanks!
1. Buy, in pity for the Gril Scoot, who has to bring in money or be shamed.
2. Sniff to notice the overpowering odor of artificial vanilla.
3. Taste the tiniest possible crumb to be overwhelmed by the "flavor" of artificial vanilla.
4. Throw away, OR
4a. Crumble and put out on the sidewalk to poison pigeons.
That's the crassest and funniest thing I've read in a long time ... scalping Girl Scout cookies.
Today, in Antigua, Guatemala we passed by a Girl Scout headquarters. I perked up.
"They have Girl Scouts in Gautemala?
"Do they sell ... cookies?"
"No, not in Guatemala"
Oh the humanity.
Buy ya know it is true. I was working in a large corporation when GS cookies appeared. The buzz around the floor ( OK, very Techie) was huge. Turns out one person sold some for his daughter, thought no big deal and was shy about it. Well, let me tell you THAT day I saw GS cookies scalped. I heard $65 got the last thin mint.
Yes I could donate or chow down as is by the box full, and I've done both, but I love to bake and wanted to use them more creatively and you guys really came thru for me.
Bark and truffles and chess bars, oh my!!! Thanks so much for the suggestions and websites; you all uncovered better options than I did.
I'm going to start with some truffle balls, skip the shellacking (good one RWOrange), and move on from there.
Grind and Freeze is also a great idea. We still have a pile of leftover candy from Christmas. Too many treats hanging around from Halloween to Easter so that would be a good way to save them for the summer dry season. Fancy sundaes for all!
I'm a big fan of "Grind Up & Freeze" - I do it with cookies, leftover Halloween candy, leftover Easter candy, etc. Then, you have lots of options:
1. Crumb crust.
2. Make ice cream and mix in during the last five minutes before freezing.
3. Use as ice cream topping.
4. Use in cakes or muffins.
5. Use in brownies / other cookies.
6. Use in pudding or as topping for pudding.
7. Use in some kind of trifle / layered pudding parfait.
8. Dessert pizza topping?
OK, I nominate this as the best website on what to do
50 uses for a Girl Scout cookie
3. Paint with shellac to use as drawer pulls.
15. Use as edible bookmarks.
21. Hold onto a few boxes for the Antiques Roadshow 2099. Don’t break those seals! Mint condition Thin Mints will hold their value, and by then appraisers Leigh and Leslie Keno will both know how to tell a real box of Girl Scout cookies from an overpriced shameful reproduction.
Tagalongs are my favorite girl scout cookies...I can eat them by the box (lol)...last time I had them, I made mini ice cream sandwiches and wrapped them individually then took from the freezer as many as I could ration myself daily until they were gone. These are also great made into a bark (freeze any one of these, again, I love the Tagalongs then break them up.
Meanwhile, melt some vanilla bark. Line a baking sheet with parchment or baking paper, spread the melted bark over the paper and scatter the cookie pieces on top, along with some chopped salted peanuts. Press everything into the bark so that the toppings will adhere. Once the bark cools & becomes solid, drizzle some melted caramels over the top and allow them to also solidify. Break the entire thing up into bite sized pieces and enjoy. I'm sure your co-workers will leave not a crumb!
My daugher loves the samoas (she used to sell Girl Scout cookies years ago). I once used them (chopped up) and layered in a trifle along with crumbled coconut cake, chocolate pudding, toasted coconut and caramel.
Called the "gift of caring" program.
Q: Can Girl Scouts donate cookies to military personnel serving overseas?
A: Girls may participate in a council approved "gift of caring" program that allows girls to collect donations of cookies for military personnel serving overseas.
Any gifts in quantity to military overseas should be coordinated through military or related personnel at the place of origin and the place of receipt. Large shipments should have a council agreement with the third party to assure that the cookies arrive where intended. Gifts should not be sent to U.S. bases or bases overseas where there are Girl Scouts (USAGSO) involved in product activity sales. Girl Scouts should observe council jurisdiction when selling or marketing product for a gifting program.
Got called away before I could look at some of the links. This is a revelation.I never considered doing anything with Girl Scout cookies except eat them ... all. The concept of leftovers boggles the mind.. I'm going to have to buy even more next time I see them.
Here's a chocolate chocolate thin mint cheesecake recipe.
I don't know whether to applaud or hiss someone who thought of combining girl scouts and booe
Bourbon Samoa Chess Bars with Toasted Coconut
That link also has recipes for
- Give Me Samoa Cheesecake
- Mint N’ Mousse (with strawberry puee
)- Tagalong Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce
- Gotta Have Samoa Pie
- Thin Mint White Chocolate Raspberry Trifle
- Tagalong Torte
- Samoa Cheese Cake with Caramel Coconut Topping
- Peppermint Mocha Torte
- Samoas Macaroons
-- Chunky Tagalong Pie
- Girl Scout Cookie Candy
- Samoa Kiss Brownies
- Thin Mint Bark
There are a lot more
The Girl Scouts of Central Texas seem to have the best organized site with some creatove ideas and they do an individual cream cheese dessert like that
A few of the other thin mint recipes
- Double Layered Mint Chocolate Cake
- Lemonade Cake with Thin Mints
- Triple Chocolate Mint Cake
- Million Dollar Fudge
You can always send your husband out to get more cookies as this site has some creative recipes using some of the other types
- Lemon Chicken Casserole with Girl Scouts Lemonade Cookies
- Lemon Drop Martini Cake (with 3/4 cup gin)
- Shortbread coasted chicken with white barbecue sauce
Need to find a girl scount cookie pusher? There's an app for that
In high school I worked in an ice cream shop and we made a sundae that tasted just like Girl Scout Thin Mints: mint chip ice cream topped with crumbled oreos covered in hot fudge. I gained ten pounds that year. Crumbled Thin Mints over ice cream with home made hot fudge would be divine.
My girlfriend's mother used to layer chocolate wafers and whipped cream, making something she called "Icebox Cake." I wonder whether whipped cream would get absorbed by thin mints. Maybe if you crumbled them, and assembled it in a springform with some clingfilm?
Also, I made some panna cotta today. My grandmother used to serve that with coconut cookies. Maybe that would work for you.
It seems "creamy" is my answer to "crunchy" today.