cookies cookies everywhere

Should you need a reason to throw a party next week, note that the Girl Scout organization turns 100 on March 12. This bit of trivia doesn’t exactly rock my world as my Brownie days are long behind me. But as mom to two scouts, today found me at the second largest shopping center in the United States with my girls. Also in attendance were seemingly most of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota along with their families. It was nuts with the crowds, but also a lot of fun with activities and the like. We didn’t spend much money (yay) and it was fun to run away from responsibilities at home for a bit. One of the biggest draws was the Girl Scout Shop, which was hosting a Cookie Booth. The line was out the door.

Cookies are where I was going with this as food is always my point. While Girl Scout cookies are lovely to munch on as-is, it’s fun to think of them as ingredients. Why not build a dessert on these humble cookies? Some ideas…

Crumble over ice cream for a sundae.

  • vanilla ice cream, Trefoils, honey, whipped cream
  • raspberry, strawberry, or lime sherbet, Savannah Smiles (lemon-y), fresh mint sprig
  • chocolate ice cream, Samoas®, mini marshmallows, caramel sauce
  • chocolate ice cream, Tagalongs®, chocolate sauce, crushed peanuts
  • vanilla ice cream, Do-Si-Dos®, butterscotch sauce, sunflower seeds
  • vanilla ice cream, Savannah Smiles, chocolate sauce

Layer with vanilla yogurt for a parfait. (Use Do-Si-Dos  and call it breakfast.)

Process with a bit of melted butter and sugar (not much) for a crumb crust.

  • Thin Mints for mint chip ice-cream pie
  • Trefoils for cheesecake or lemon bars
  • Thank U Berry Munch or Do-Si-Dos for oatmeal bars

Sandwich Dulce de Leches around layers of caramel and ice cream for a frozen treat. Roll in butter brickle bits for added crunch.

Crumble over pudding just before serving.

Replace graham crackers with Samoas or Trefoils for an updated s’more.

I understand that the type–and even name–of Girl Scout cookies available depend on where they are sold. I’ve included the cookies I know. You can learn more about all of the cookies on the Girl Scout Cookie website.

s’mores Samoa-style

ice cream sandwich with Girl Scout Trefoils and sprinkles


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