5 Delicious Ways to Transform a Box of Girl Scout Cookies
Turn these iconic cookies into totally new treats!
The Girl Scout cookie program has come a long way since 1917, when a troop in Muskogee, OK, sold homemade cookies in their school cafeteria. Today, Girl Scout cookies are an $800 million-per-year business — they outsell Chips Ahoy! and Milanos combined — and they’re the subject of a new Food Network competition, too: On Girl Scout Cookie Championship (Mondays at 8|7c), challengers bake with the treats, then present their creations to the public. Host Alyson Hannigan and judges Katie Lee and Carla Hall are uniquely qualified for the job: They were Girl Scouts themselves! Here's how the Food Network Test Kitchen transformed some of the most popular cookie flavors.
Girl Scouts have been selling chocolate mint cookies since 1939. Back then, they were called "Cooky-Mints" instead of "Thin Mints." To give your box a super cool upgrade, crush and combine your Thin Mints with heavy cream, confectioners' sugar and vanilla to create a whipped topping perfect for pairing with mint chocolate chip ice cream.
This is a good year for lemon lovers. There are two lemony cookies for sale: Lemonades and Lemon-Ups. If you're lucky enough to snag a box (or a few boxes) of Lemonades, you'll want to make these citrusy rice cereal treats. Each bite is studded with white chocolate chips and cookie bits to give you a refreshing treat perfect for all kinds of weather.
Do-Si-Dos are called Peanut Butter Sandwiches in some areas. Girl Scout cookies are made by two bakeries, one in Kentucky and one in South Dakota, and they use different names. No matter what you call yours, they're sure to be irresistible when you pair them with popcorn, peanuts and peanut butter chips. It's honestly the perfect marriage between sweet and salty.
Trefoils (a.k.a. Shortbread), molded with the Girl Scout symbol, were one of the earliest types of cookies sold. Turn yours into a snack worthy of this OG status by stuffing them with a fruity mixture of freeze-dried strawberries and melted white chocolate.
Samoas, also called Caramel deLites, are the second best-selling cookie, behind Thin Mints. One bite of these chocolaty bars and you'll see why! Along with crushed Samoa cookies, you'll use graham cracker crumbs, pecans, shredded coconut and chocolate chips to give your treats a gooey melt-in-your mouth finish.