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A recipe for Girl Scout Cookies. Recipes for thanks a-­‐lots, caramel delites, and thin mints. Girl Scout Cookie recipe. Caramel delite recipe. A Girl Scout Cookie. Thin Mint recipe. A Girl Scout Cookie. Hi guys! Were any of you girl scouts? boy scouts? I was a girl scout for one year, 4th grade. Troop 428. There was one and only one reason I wanted to join girl scouts….the outfits. I was totally obsessed with the knee socks, the skirts, even the vest and sash….I wanted it ALL. My mom decided she would humor my girl scout clothing obsession by letting me join one year, with the exception that I was going to learn the true meaning of being a girl scout, etc, etc…..such a good mom thing to say.

Anyway, that day magical came…I was FINALLY going to pick out and being sporting my cute new outfit everywhere. I could barely contain myself, I was freaking out. I ran into the store and suddenly it was like the blackest cloud sailed over me….where were the knee socks? the skirts?….and why was there so much FLORAL PRINTED CLOTHING EVERYWHERE??? That year the girl scouts decided to “try something new” to “update their look” by introducing a new line of clothes that consisted of floral leggings, green sweatshirts with “Girl Scouts” printed on them in floral and white t-shirts with the same print. Needless to say I could feel my cheeks getting hot and the tears welding up in my eyes. I tried as hard as I could to hold them back, because man was I going to look like a spoiled brat, crying over the new girl scouts outfits….but I couldn’t help it. I sadly picked out everything I needed and dragged my feet back to the car.

I wish I could say that my experience in girl scouts totally made up for my traumatic experience, but it didn’t. My group leaders were not into it at all, making it not fun for us kids. We really didn’t do much of anything except sit in small groups and talk about our day….while dressed in floral printed sweats. The philanthropic aspect of it seemed to escape us as well. We didn’t really receive any guidance from our leaders about the badges, which was really weird. Now I’m totally not knocking girl/boy scouts, I think overall it’s a really great program for young kids and I have many friends who were girl scouts and friends who were boy scouts and absolutely LOVED IT!……I just had quite an interesting experience.

One of the best things about girl scouts, doesn’t matter who you are, are the cookies…no doubt! Who doesn’t freak out in excitement when you see those little girls standing out in front of grocery stores, just waiting to take all your money?! It’s just a bummer that you can’t get them year round…well I guess you can e-bay them and stuff, but that’s a little intense even for me. This year we’ve solved the problem of not being able to have girl scout cookies all year long, by making homemade versions of three of our favorite kinds! Yep, that’s right…we have them for you! Just a fair warning that while these are easy cookie recipes, the assembly does take a little bit of work…especially the caramel delight cookies…but trust me, they’re totally worth it! Maybe stick a few of these in a holiday gift pack for friends, family or co-workers? They’ll love ya for it…promise! xx, Jenny

Homemade Caramel Delite Cookies
Makes 48

Ingredients:
shortbread cookies:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
pinch salt
coconut-caramel topping:
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 ½-3 cups desiccated coconut
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. For cookies: Place butter and sugar in a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment (or use a hand mixer) and cream together, about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
3. Add vanilla, mix and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
4. In another bowl combine the flour and salt. With the mixer on low, begin adding the flour. Add until all flour has been used and the mixture just comes together and forms cookie dough. Wrap cookie dough into a disc and chill for at least 30 minutes.
5. Very lightly flour a clean surface and roll your dough out until 1/8 inch thick.
6. Cut out 2”-2 1/2″ circles in the dough and create holes in the center of each cookie. Place cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
7. Bake cookies for 18 to 20 minutes or until the cookies barely begin to brown around the edge. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and allow cooling completely (repeat until all cookie have been baked).
8. For the coconut-caramel topping: Place sugar, cream, butter, and salt into a saucepan over medium heat and stir together. Cook for about 6 to 7 minutes or until the mixture has cooked down and formed a smooth caramel sauce., Fold coconut into the caramel sauce until completely incorporated.
9. To assemble: Spread 2 teaspoons of the coconut-caramel mixture over each cookie and allow topping to set, about 15 minutes. Dip the bottoms of each cookie (or spread using an offset spatula) in the melted chocolate and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle the remaining chocolate over the cookies and allow the chocolate about 30 minutes to set. Gently remove cookies from parchment sheet and serve. Can store in an airtight container for up to five days.

Homemade Thanks-A-Lots
Makes 48

Ingredients:
shortbread cookies:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour|pinch salt
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. For cookies: Place butter and sugar in a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment (or use a hand mixer) and cream together, about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
3. Add vanilla, mix and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
4. In another bowl combine the flour and salt. With the mixer on low, begin adding the flour. Add until all flour has been used and the mixture just comes together and forms cookie dough. Wrap cookie dough into a disc and chill for at least 30 minutes.
5. Very lightly flour a clean surface and roll your dough out until 1/8 inch thick.
6. Cut 1 ½”-2” squares from the dough. Using a clean stamp of your choice, dip it into powdered sugar. Next, carefully but firmly press the sugar coated stamp into each square. Repeat until all cookies have been embossed.
7. Place cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
8. Bake cookies for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cookies barely begin to brown around the edge. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and allow cooling completely (repeat until all cookie have been baked).
9. To assemble: Dip the bottoms of each cookie (or spread using an offset spatula) in the melted chocolate and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Allow chocolate to set, about 1 hour, before gently lifting from the parchment and serving. Can store in an airtight container for up to five days.

Homemade Thin Mints
Makes 48

Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure mint extract
1/2 teaspoon pur vanilla extract (optional)
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Place butter in a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment (or use a hand mixer) and beat for about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add sugar and cream together.
3. Add mint and vanilla, mix and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
4. In another bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder and salt. With the mixer on low, begin adding the flour mixture. Add until all flour has been used and the mixture just comes together and forms cookie dough. Wrap cookie dough into a disc and chill for at least 30 minutes.
5. Very lightly flour a clean surface and roll your dough out until 1/8 inch thick.
6. Cut out 1 1/2” circles in the dough. Place cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
7. Bake cookies for 18 to 20 minutes or until the cookies have baked through. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and allow cooling completely (repeat until all cookie have been baked). To assemble: Carefully dip each cookie into the melted chocolate, shaking off any excess and placing them onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Allow thin mints to sit until the chocolate has fully set, about an hour. Remove from the parchment and serve. These cookies will keep in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days.

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  1. Amicia Rai Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh dear those look absolutely delicious! O.O

    I need to make these!!! Oh sweet sugar I will be forever chubby! XD

  2. Izy Not Specified Not Specified

    ohmygod. You guys have a spoon fork bacon stamp!? you are completely awesome.

    The cookies sound amazing and they look like the perfect holiday gifts! – I’m so annoyed we don’t get girl scout cookies in the UK (but at least I can make them now!)

  3. Pia Bineau Not Specified Not Specified

    Hello!

    I second the stamp comment… awesome! These cookies look super duper tasty… can’t wait to try them.

    P.S. That coconut banana bread recipe was perrrrrrtty yummy :)

    Have a happy holiday season,

    Pia

  4. teawiththemoon Not Specified Not Specified

    Thanks so much for this! Thin mints were always my favourite :) My girl scout days are a bit of the blur, but the cookies will always remain in my head :)

  5. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    Now this is the post to end all! What a great roundup of cookie recipes! I love ALL girl scout cookies but especially Thin Mints and Samoas/Carmel De Lites- mmmmm, I want to start baking after seeing this post!

  6. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan Not Specified Not Specified

    You’re killing me with all these cookies! I looooved being a Girl Scount solely for the cookies!

  7. Sarah Not Specified Not Specified

    Sadly we don’t have any tradition of girl scouts selling cookies here in Australia! But day-um, gimme those thin mints!

  8. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh no!!! The floral outfits were the worst!!! I am also reminded of one of my fave movies, Troop Beverly Hills. It’s cookie time!!! Yum! I was at my parents house a few months ago and stumbled across a bunch of badges I never added on to my sash. I was thrilled! I took them back to my apt and framed them, so colorful.

  9. Elizabeth Not Specified Not Specified

    OMG crying, crying from laughing so hard at this post. Seriously i cant decide which i look forward to most your posts or your recipes! Brilliant, absolutely brilliant!

  10. Katie @ Blonde Ambition Not Specified Not Specified

    Omg I’m so sorry your experience in Girl Scouts was so bad! Lol! I was in Girl Scouts for 12 years and had the best time. Then again, all the moms and girls were really motivated…and I think I was already super into it by the time they had started making us wear floral ;P

    I can’t wait to try one of these recipes! I’m thinkin Thin Mints for sure!

  11. Rachel Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    Heaven! I’ll take a dozen of each!

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  14. Linnea Not Specified Not Specified

    KNEE SOCKS! Yes. This post made my day. I was fortunate to be a Brownie when the knee socks were still available and I couldn’t get enough of those tassels (see: http://goo.gl/er7Li). I agree that the floral green leggings were awful. Not scout-like at all! My mom was our troop leader and she managed to make Girl Scouts pretty awesome, creative, outdoorsy, and forward-thinking.

    The cookies look amazing. Seriously.

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  16. Sue Not Specified Not Specified

    YUM!!! Does anyone have a recipe for Girl Scout Lemonades cookies?

  17. Megan Not Specified Not Specified

    My favorites are the tag-a-longs (at least that’s what they’re called here) Wish a had a recipe for their peanutbuttery goodness! Thanks for posting these! I could be in trouble!

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  21. Diane Not Specified Not Specified

    I have been searching for Thin Mints recipe for such a long time. All the comments I read are about how great these look but has anybody made them? Well I did. I followed the recipe EXACTLY and they were a complete disaster! Very sticky so they would not roll (I suspect too much butter in the recipe). Not sweet enough, although there is plenty of sugar (perhaps too much cocoa powder?). When I finally was able to cut out sticky circles, they fell apart (no binder…no eggs in recipe or other binder like milk). I’m left with a sticky brown mass.
    VERY DISAPPOINTED. The search for Thin Mints recipe continues….

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      That’s weird bc the thin mint cookies actually work great. The dough is a shortbread cookie and they’re not supposed to have eggs and are supposed to have loads of butter (true essence of a shortbread cookie). They’re also not supposed to be that sweet since they’re going to be dipped in chocolate. If the cookies weren’t chilled well before baking, then yes you’ll have quite a mess. I make these several times a year and give them as gifts. They’re great.

    • Topsy Turvy Not Specified Not Specified

      I think this may be user error, because mine turned out perfect

      • Claire Not Specified Not Specified

        Yeah I agree. Mine turned out perfect! And she’s right- shortbread doughs generally have no eggs, loads of butter and sugar! Maybe try again?

  22. Diane Not Specified Not Specified

    One more note about this recipe. These cookies were burning after 15 minutes, so forget the 20-25 minutes recommended. Makes sense given how thin they are. But even after I took out the smoking cookies, they continued to be sticky masses and not crip cookies.

  23. kc Not Specified Not Specified

    Instructions for thin mint recipe mention cream, but cream is not listed in the materials.

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      When it says, “add sugar and cream together”, it means to cream together the butter and sugar (aka whip until light and fluffy)….no actual cream involved..

  24. Virginia Not Specified Not Specified

    I made the thin mints yesterday and they turned out great! I like my cookies a little sweeter so next time I think I would either add more sugar to the cookie dough or dip th cookies in milk chocolate. But if you like dark chocolate these are really awesome as is. Thanks for the recipe!

  25. amanda Not Specified Not Specified

    NO WAY! i joined girl scouts too… except i “quit” because of the outfits :) i thought of that as i clicked on this link- “mmm… girl scout cookies! hey, i was a girl scout until i quit due to the outfits. i’m so strange.” HAHAHA! love it. these look amazing by the way:)

  26. nettie moore Not Specified Not Specified

    I am really craving GS cookies now, these look awesome! Hubs couldn’t understand why my daughter wanted to join GS at age 12, well we just got back from taking 5 GS to Europe after 3 years of fund raising, London, Paris, Rome and Florence, I was so excited to be a chaperone, you are right, it depends on the leaders, we happen to have great ones! Love your cookies!

    Nettie from Moore Or Less Cooking Food Blog

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