Every Girl Scout Cookie Inspired Recipe You Need To Satisfy Cravings Year Round
by Megan Pavek
This article was written by The Zillennial Zine’s spring editorial intern Megan Pavek. Find her on Instagram at @megan.pavek. If you would like to share an article with The Zillennial, send us an email at email@example.com.
Each year in the slump between winter and spring, people excitedly answer their doors to purchase colorful boxes of America’s favorite cookies. For those of us who grew up eating these treats, Girl Scout cookies bring back nostalgia and the classic flavors that we all love. At this point, it feels like a tradition to indulge annually, and in doing so support the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. In celebration of their temporary return, we’ve compiled some unique Girl Scout cookie inspired recipes that you can try at home to satisfy your cravings year round!
For The Copy Cats
Pleasantly surprise friends or family at the next gathering by bringing homemade versions of everybody’s favorite Girl Scout cookie. It’s fun to make your own personal take on a treat that most are familiar with. One of the easier copycat recipes is for Thin Mints. Keep in mind that the dough will need to refrigerate for at least two hours before baking. Pro tip: use a shot glass for a cookie cutter to achieve the perfect small circle shape needed. Allow an additional two hours for the finished cookies to set in the freezer.
If you’re ready to attempt something a little more advanced, bust out the Samoa ingredients and rise to the challenge. This recipe calls for more ingredients and additional steps – like melting the caramel, toasting the coconut, and having the correct cookie cutter to make perfect ring shapes. It may be intimidating at first, but once you have the process down expect to be everyone’s new favorite party guest!
For The Health Conscious
Whether you’re trying to eat healthier, avoid a specific food allergy, or follow a vegan lifestyle- have no fear! There is an abundance of recipes online that allow you to hop on the bandwagon and join in the Girl Scout cookie-flavored fun. Up first we have a healthier version of a Samoa recipe that is vegan, gluten-free and only calls for five ingredients. The secret to this recipe is using date caramel, which is made by boiling dates and then putting them through a food processor in order to achieve a similar texture to traditional caramel. You can also buy a version it here.
There is another must-try recipe for Tagalong cookies. What makes this recipe healthier? Using almond flour, coconut oil, peanut butter and dairy-free chocolate chips. Bursting with flavor, you’ll likely forget that these cookies are also vegan and gluten-free!
For The Cocktail Lovers
Who says that you’re limited to Girl Scout Cookie-inspired recipes for food? Impress and excite guests or fellow party-goers with a unique dessert cocktail. A Girl Scout cookie cocktail is a delicious addition to any event, and we plan on drinking them year-round.
Join Jules is the master of crafting flavorful cocktails and writes on her website that her content is inspired by going against overly complicated cocktails touted by the male-dominated mixology world. Any Girl Scout cookie cocktail recipe from Join Jules has been simplified and pairs delightfully well with the cookie itself, or it can be used as the main course. Better yet, she has developed a number of recipes to choose from.
Regardless of the occasion, we guarantee that any of these Girl Scout cookie inspired recipes will light up the room. Whether you’re looking to recreate a classic recipe for fun, making treats for a gluten-free friend, or supplying the beverages for the next girls’ night, any of these ideas are sure to be a hit! In the meantime, don’t forget to support the organization that started this cookie phenomenon and be on the lookout for your local Girl Scouts who are hard at work this season!
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