'Girl Scouts' on Serious Eats
Do-Si-Dos (sometimes called Peanut Butter Sandwiches): where peanut butter and oatmeal cookie work together to make one beautiful baked good. This homemade version comes out a bit fatter and more moist than the original (not such a bad thing, right?), but the flavor is fairly spot-on: sweet, nutty, lightly salty, and very buttery. That is to say, dangerously addictive.
When you've reached the end of your box from your local Scouts, there's a surefire solution for sweet gratification: make your own batch of Samoas! Or Caramel de-Lites, whatever you want to call them.
This is not to say you shouldn't buy cookies from those earnest young Scouts. But also make a batch of your own for a delicious homemade snack. These Tagalongs are slightly fatter and more substantial than the Scout version—you'll enjoy each chocolatey, peanut buttery, shortbready bite.
It's that time of the year again. Girl Scout cookies. Locate the closest coworker with a scout daughter, or a friend who knows one. This year there's even a Girl Scout Locator app. WHERE THE COOKIES AT?! We stopped to reflect on our favorite flavors. Some of us, gasp, had never eaten a Girl Scout cookie before. Find out who in the slideshow. And we want to know: what are your favorites?
First things first: the Girl Scouts are not discontinuing Thin Mints (or Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Lemon Chalet Cremes, Trefoils, or Tagalongs). Deep breaths. But our condolences go out to the fans of flavors like Dulce de Leche. To cut costs and increase revenue, 12 regional Girl Scout councils are selling just six varieties of cookies this year.
First the sweatshops and employee discrimination, now Wal-Mart is selling impostor Thin Mints and Tagalongs.
Bakingbites.com Just in time for your sweets-banning New Year's resolutions, the Girl Scout troops are back this month, armed with cookie order forms. You know you want some. But if you're watching the expenses or hydrogenated oils, or just can't wait until the actual boxes show up this spring, Baking Bites has recipe spin-offs for some favorites (Thin Mint, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, and Tagalongs). While it would shatter the image of magical elves or fairies faraway shaping each Thin Mint or sprinkling coconut onto each Samoa, these might, gasp, taste better, while still looking authentic. Are you cutting back on Girl Scout cookies this year, for economical or local food activism reasons? Related Death of the Girl Scout Cookie? Girl...
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