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Girl Scout Cookie Recipes
Girl Scout cookies are delicious by themselves, but you can also use them to make terrific desserts! Here’s some Girl Scout Cookie recipes to try! Email us at info@gsle.org and let us know what you think! We may post your comments!

Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookie Cheesecake

THIN MINTS GIRL SCOUT COOKIE CHEESECAKE

ThinMintCheesecakeby Lauren Salkeld

Makes one 9” cheesecake
Prep time 45 minutes
Total time 14 hours (includes overnight chilling)

INGREDIENTS
For the cookie crust:


 1 (9-ounce) box Thin Mints Girl Scout cookies, coarsely chopped
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
12 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Equipment:
food processor
9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high side
stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment

PREPARATION
Make the cookie crust:
In the bowl of a food processor, finely grind the cookies. Add the melted butter and process until the crumbs start to stick together. Press the crumb mixture firmly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides. Chill until ready to use.

Make the filling:
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350°F.

In a dry metal bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, melt the chocolate, stirring until smooth. Let cool until lukewarm.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and sugar until blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until just incorporated. Add the melted chocolate, along with the heavy cream, cocoa powder, and the vanilla and peppermint extracts and beat, scraping down the bowl and paddle as necessary, until smooth and streak-free.

Pour the filling into the prepared crust, smooth the top, and bake until the center is just set, about 1 hour. Transfer to a rack to let cool for 20 minutes. Press down gently on the puffed edges to flatten then run a small sharp knife around the top edge of the pan to loosen the cake.

Do not remove the pan sides. Let cool completely then cover with a double layer of plastic wrap and chill overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving, if desired. DO AHEAD: The cheesecake can be baked ahead, cooled, wrapped in a double layer of plastic wrap, and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Samantha’s Samoa Cheesecake
SAMANTHA’S SAMOA CHEESECAKE

Crust:
4 ounces Trefoil shortbread cookies, finely crushed
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, meltedPre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the wells of a mini-cheesecake pan with non-stick spray
Toss together cookie crumbs and sugar. Stir in melted butter. Press approximately one tablespoon of crumbs into nine of the wells in the cheesecake pan. Bake crust for approximately 20 minutes, or just until it begins to brown. Remove from oven and allow them to cool completely.Cheesecake Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 Samoas cookies, roughly choppedLower oven temperature to 300 degrees. Beat cream cheese and sugar together on medium until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl and beater blades periodically. Lower mixer speed to low and mix egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Continue to mix until smooth. (Helpful hint: if your cheesecake batter is lumpy, your ingredients were probably too cold, to remedy this, I use my immersion blender to smooth out the batter). Stir in the chopped cookies, Pour batter over crust, filling to within a ½ inch of the top of each well. Bake at 300 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until just set. Turn oven off and slightly crack door. Allow cheesecakes to cool in the oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours.Topping (and Bottom) – adapted from Baking Bites
1 cup shredded coconut
4 ounces chewy caramels
1 tablespoon milk or cream
Pinch of salt
3 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Spread coconut over a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees, stirring every 5 minutes, until toasted. Keep a very close watch when the coconut begins to brown, as it can go from nicely toasted to burn very quickly.
Melt together caramels, milk, and salt either over a double boiler or in the microwave on high for 3-4 minutes, Stir periodically while heating. (I used some leftover homemade salted caramel sauce that I had in the fridge in place of the caramels and milk.) Once the mixture is smooth, stir in toasted coconut. Spread about 2 teaspoons of the coconut-caramel topping over each cheesecake, and allow to set for a few minutes.

In the meantime, melt chocolate in 30 second intervals in the microwave on medium heat, stirring after interval. Carefully dip the bottom of each cheesecake into the chocolate and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Once all cheesecake bottoms have been dipped, transfer remaining chocolate to a zip-lock bag with a very small corner snipped off. Drizzle chocolate over coconut-caramel topping. Place cookies in the refrigerator until chocolate covered bottoms have set. Enjoy!

Dulce de Leche & Chocolate Delight

DULCE de LECHE & CHOCOLATE DELIGHT
Servings: 7

Ingredients:
1 box Dulce de Leche Girl Scout Cookies
1, 4 oz. stick unsalted butter
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1, 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
7, 9oz. paper cups
Nonstick baking spray

Directions:
1. Break cookies into pieces.
2. Lightly spray nonstick baking spray into cups.
3. Melt butter. Stir in semi-sweet chocolate until smooth.
4. In a bowl, whisk together melted chocolate with sweetened condensed milk.
5. Spoon a thin layer of chocolate into bottom of cup.
6. Place a layer of broken cookies over layer of chocolate.
7. Spoon another layer of chocolate mix over the cookies.
8. Place another layer of cookies over the layer of chocolate.
9. Spoon another layer of chocolate mix over the cookies.
10. Repeat process in each cup, then freeze until frozen solid (approx. 2 hours).
11. Once frozen, gently tear off cups from dessert.

Thin Mint Balls

THIN MINT BALLS

Ingredients:
1 box Thin Mint Cookies
4 oz Cream Cheese, room temperature
1 package Milk Chocolate Chips (semi or dark would work as well

Directions:
Finely chop/crush your cookies. Using a stand mixer, mix your cream cheese and cookie crumbs. This will create thick, rich dough. Roll into balls using approximately 1 tbs. of dough per ball. Let cool in fridge for approx. 15 minutes.

Melt chocolate in a microwave safe dish on 50% power for 30 seconds at a time, mixing in between. Dip balls in melted chocolate, tapping off excess. Place on wax paper or foil. Leave your cookie balls on wax paper or foil until chocolate is set.

Savannah Smiles Lemon Berry Trifle

SAVANNAH SMILES LEMON BERRY TRIFLE

Ingredients:
2-1/2 cups cold milk
2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Lemon Flavor Instant Pudding
4 oz cream cheese (softened)
4 Cups mixed berries (fresh or frozen, sliced and drained)
1 container Cool Whip
1 box Savannah Smiles lemon cookies
1 box Thank You Berry Munch cookies

Directions:
Beat pudding and milk with a hand mixer until thoroughly mixed. Add cream cheese to pudding and blend with hand mixer until smooth. Refrigerate while other steps are competed.

Line bottom of trifle dish with TYBM cookies.  In a bowl or food processor crush ¾ box Savannah Smiles cookies into large pieces. In a bowl combine ½ Cool Whip with ½ berries. Spoon ½ berry/Cool Whip mixture on bottom of trifle dish, on top of the cookies. Sprinkle ½ of Savannah Smiles cookies over berry mixture. Remove pudding from refrigerator and spoon ½ mixture on top of Savannah Smiles layer. Repeat steps until all ingredients have been used. Use remaining Savannah Smiles and TYBM cookies to line sides of the trifle dish, alternating cookies to make a pattern. If any cookies remain crush them and sprinkle crumbs over top of trifle.

Thin Mint Milkshake

THIN MINT MILKSHAKE

My family and I have been making this for years. My little sister was part of the St. Francis Xavier Junior Girl Scout Troop and my mom was a Girl Scout many years ago.-Erin

Ingredients:
8-10 Thin Mint Cookies (whole)
3-4 Thin Mint Cookies (crushed)
1 cup milk
2 scoops Chocolate, Vanilla, or Mint Ice Cream

Directions:
Place milk and whole cookies into a blender, and blend on a medium speed until smooth. Add ice cream carefully, and blend on a high speed until fully blended and creamy. Place most of the crushed cookies on the bottom of a shake glass (saving some cookies to put on the top). Slowly pour the shake into the glass and top with remaining cookies. Serve with a straw AND a spoon, as it will be VERY thick. Makes 2 shakes.

Girl Scout Chocolate Mint Cheesecake

GIRL SCOUT CHOCOLATE MINT CHEESECAKE
Columbia River Girl Scout Council
Junior Girl Scout troop 279

Crust Ingredients:
1 cup Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie crumbs (crumb in a blender, a few cookies at a time)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened

Filling Ingredients:
2 lbs. cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
5 eggs
1 tsp. Peppermint extract
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup chopped Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies
1/2 cup chopped Andes candies

Topping Ingredients:
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces
1/2 cup heavy cream

Pan: 10-inch springform pan

Crust: In a medium-sized bowl, combine the Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie crumbs, sugar, and butter. Blend well with fingers. Press onto the bottom of a well-buttered springform pan. Chill in the freezer or refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth and whipped. Add sugar. Mix. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add peppermint extract and heavy cream; blend until smooth and creamy. Stir in candies and cookies. Pour mixture into the chilled pan. Place the pan inside a larger pan containing one inch of water and bake in a preheated 325° oven for 1-1/2 hours. Turn oven off, open door, leave cheesecake in oven 1/2 hour. Remove and cool completely (refrigerate overnight).

Topping: in a small saucepan, place whipping cream and semi-sweet chocolate pieces. Heat over medium heat until chips are melted. Stir frequently. Remove from heat after it just comes to a boil. Let cool 1/2 hour. Pour over cooled cheesecake. Refrigerate.

Super Samoa Surprise

SUPER SAMOA SURPRISE
FIRST PLACE

Junior Girl Scout troop 362

Ingredients:
1 box of Girl Scout Samoas cookies
2 boxes of coconut cream pudding; Instant or cooked
3/4 cup flaked, sweetened coconut
1 oz. bittersweet chocolate
1 tsp. butter
1 tsp. cream
3-1/2 cups milk

To make the crust: Break up the Girl Scout Samoa cookies (14 cookies) into a food processor. Process until the cookies are evenly crumbed. Press into a 10-inch pie plate. Refrigerate for an hour or more.

To make the filling: Make the pudding using the directions for pie filling on the box. If it is cooked pudding, let cool until warm instead of hot, stirring every five or 10 minutes to avoid leaving a “skin” on the pudding. When it has cooled sufficiently, pour it into the chilled pie crust. If it is instant pudding, you may pour it directly into the chilled pie after mixing.

To make the topping: Heat the oven to 325°. Spread the coconut flakes on a cookie sheet and place in the oven. Stir the coconut every couple minutes until it is evenly browned. This should take about 10 minutes or less. Sprinkle the toasted coconut on top of the filling in the crust and refrigerate while you make the chocolate drizzle.

To make the chocolate drizzle: Place the chocolate in a microwave proof dish. Microwave at half power for one minute. Add the butter and microwave, again, at half power for another 30 to 60 seconds, stirring to mix the melted chocolate. Continue microwaving and stirring until the chocolate is completely melted and mixed with the butter. Add the cream and mix well. Drizzle over the toasted coconut or put in a decorating bag and pipe on in any design you wish. Refrigerate for three hours or overnight.

Levitating Layers

LEVITATING LAYERS

1st layer:
1/2 cup plain flour
1 stick margarine (melted)
1 box Girl Scout Samoa cookies (cut into pieces)
Mix together. Pat in bottom of casserole dish. Bake 25 minutes at 325°. Cool.

2nd layer:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese
1/2 cup whipped topping
Mix and spread over cooled crust.

3rd layer:
1 6-oz. pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix
2 1/2 cups milk
Mix according to directions and spread over 2nd layer.
Spread 1/2 cup whipped topping over 3rd layer and refrigerate for 30 minutes to one hour.

Mint Delight

MINT DELIGHT

Ingredients:
1 pkg. of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies (crushed)
3 tbsp. butter or margarine (melted)
1 pkg. (8 oz.) softened cream cheese
2 pkgs. (8 oz.size) instant chocolate pudding
3 cups milk
4 cups whipped topping

Combine cookies with melted butter or margarine, (save 1/4 cup of cookies for topping). Press cookie mixture on bottom of 13″x9″ pan. Chill. Combine cream cheese with 1 cup whipped topping. Spread over cookie mixture. Chill for 15 to 20 minutes. Prepare pudding with 3 cups of milk and pour over cream cheese mixture. Chill for 1 hour or until ready to serve. Top with remaining whipped topping and Thin Mint cookie crumbs.

(makes 10-12 servings).

Crunchy Caramel Apples

CRUNCHY CARAMEL APPLES

Ingredients:
12 Girl Scout Do-si-dos (finely chopped)
12 small apples
1 package (16oz.) caramels
12 wooden sticks

Insert sticks into top of apples. Melt caramel in double boiler. Dip apples in caramel using a spoon to spread evenly over whole apple. Allow excess caramel mixture to drip off. Immediately dip bottoms of apples into crumbs. Place cookie side down on waxed paper and let stand about 30 minutes or until firm.

Southern Peanut Butter Pies

SOUTHERN PEANUT BUTTER PIE

Ingredients:
1 pkg. Girl Scout Tagalongs
1 pkg. (3 1/2 oz.) vanilla pudding
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup peanut butter

Grind cookies in blender or food processor and press into a 9 inch pie plate. Prepare pudding mix according to package directions using only 1 1/2 cups milk. Stir in peanut butter. Pour into pie shell. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with whipped topping and crushed peanuts.

Baked Alaska

BAKED ALASKA

Ingredients:
1 pkg. Girl Scout Trefoils
5-3 oz. chocolate covered vanilla ice cream bars
4 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar

Line a 9″x9″ pan with heavy-duty foil. Place trefoils in lining covering bottom. Arrange ice cream bars to cover cookies. Cover top with another layer of cookies. Place in freezer. Preheat oven to 500°. In a large bowl beat egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla and salt until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar about a tablespoon at a time and beat on high speed with electric beater. Make sure meringue is very stiff. Remove pan with cookies and ice cream bars from freezer and lift from pan holding onto foil liner. Place liner on a cookie sheet and fold out sides of foil. Quickly cover with meringue all around. Bake 500° for two or 3 minutes or until meringue is light brown. Quickly return to freezer and freeze no more than five hours before serving. To serve, cut into squares with a sharp knife.

Samoa Kiss Brownies

SAMOA KISS BROWNIES
Creative Cakes, Inc. by LuAnne
1709 5th Ave. South • Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 • (515) 573-8466

Ingredients:
1 box DEVILS FOOD CAKE mix
1/3 cup evaporated milk
3/4 cup melted butter

Mix together. Pour 1/2 of mixture in 9×13 pan and bake at 350° for 6 minutes. Sprinkle 1-cup mini Hershey’s Kisses over baked cake. Spread 3/4 cup melted caramel over Kisses, then 1/2 box crushed Girl Scout Samoa Cookies and 1 tablespoon toasted coconut.
Drop the other 1/2 of the cake batter on top and bake another 10 minutes. Drizzle with melted mini Hershey’s Kisses & sprinkle with coconut. Makes 24 bars.

Brifield Sweet Potato Cookies

BRIFIELD SWEET POTATO COOKIES
Craig & Craig Bakery

400 East Utica Street • Buffalo, NY 14208 • 883-TWIN

Ingredients:
2 cups steamed mashed sweet potatoes
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 1/4 cups white sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon vanilla flavoring
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups Girl Scout Trefoils ground up (24 cookies)
1 cup Sweet Potato filling

Directions: In a mixing bowl, stir until all crumbs are moistened. Set aside. Spray cookie sheet with cooking oil. Drop 1 tablespoon of the cookie mix on sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes in a 350° oven.

Enjoy chewy and delicious cookies!

Bogie's Chocolate Decadent Pie

BOGIE’S CHOCOLATE DECADENT PIE

Ingredients:
1¼ cups Thin Mints, crushed
1¼ cups Trefoils, crushed
¼ cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted 1½ cups milk chocolate chips
1½ cups white chocolate chips
1½ cups sweetened condensed milk
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ cups fresh whipping cream

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Crust:
Spray the inside of a 9″ pie pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a bowl combine shortbread cookie crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press mixture firmly into sprayed pie pan, covering bottom and sides. Bake 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Filling:
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine milk chocolate chips, ½ cup condensed milk, and ½ teaspoon vanilla. Microwave fro 2 minutes on medium power. Alternately combine all ingredients and melt in double boiler. Stir until all chips are melted and pour into bottom of cooled crust. Set in refrigerator while preparing second layer.
For second layer, repeat above process using the vanilla chips. Pour over milk chocolate layer. Set in refrigerator while preparing top layer of whipped cream.
Pour whipped cream over the top, then sprinkle/decorate with Thin Mint cookies.
Prep time: 15 min. Cook time: 30 min.

Tri-Layer Peanut Butter Mint Bombe

TRI-LAYER PEANUT BUTTER MINT BOMBE

2 boxes Tagalongs®
2 boxes Thin Mints
2 boxes Trefoils
6¾ cups milk
¾ cup milk chocolate
¾ cup dark semi-sweet chocolate
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
10 tablespoons cornstarch
9 tablespoons sugar(granulated)
¾ cup white chocolate
pinch of salt

Method:
1. Separately grind Tagalongs®, Thin Mints, & Trefoils (rough grind)

2. To make pudding filling: (you may use instant pudding mix)

a. Put 2 cups milk, ¾ cup milk chocolate (cut into medium size chunks), 3T sugar, 1/8 tsp salt, add 1 tsp vanilla extract, into small saucepan bring to a boil while stirring.

b. In a separate container, combine ¼ cup milk with 3-1/3 T cornstarch, mix together well.

c. Slowly add cornstarch mixture to boiling milk while stirring. Stir until thick and immediately remove from heat. Scrape into medium size mixing bowl and set aside in a cool place.

d. Repeat steps a through c using dark semi-sweet chocolate, and milk chocolate. Make sure to keep each batch of pudding in a separate bowl.

3. Add ground Tagalongs® to milk chocolate pudding. Mix well and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

4. Add ½ ground Thin Mints to dark chocolate pudding, mix together and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

5. Take ½ ground Trefoils and add 1 cup of vanilla/white chocolate pudding

6. Using two 16 oz. bowls, line inside of bowls with plastic wrap, creating as few wrinkles as possible.

7. In small amounts coat the inside of each bowl with approx. ¼ inch thick layer of Trefoil paste. Make sure layer is even throughout, and goes right up to top of the bowl. Then sprinkle with plain ground Trefoils.

8. Using Tagalongs® milk chocolate pudding, layer approx. 1″ thick layer. Only go up to 1 inch of the rim of Trefoil. Then sprinkle inside of layer with ground Thin Mints.

9. Fill in middle with Thin Mint dark chocolate pudding.

10. Sprinkle ground Thin Mints over just Thin Mint pudding. Then coat over with Tagalongs® pudding, just to ½ inch to the rim of Trefoil.

11. Sprinkle top of Tagalongs® pudding with ground Trefoils. Spread out Trefoil paste on plastic round to fit top of bombe using same thickness as rest of Trefoil layer. Place over top and seal bombe.

12. Wrap tightly with plastic and freeze for at least 1 hour.

13. Melt 2 cups dark semi-sweet chocolate.

14. Wrap two plates tightly with plastic wrap.

15. Using small spoon, make a chocolate circle on plastic wrap that matches the size of bottom of the bombe.

16. Carefully pull bombe out of bowl, and remove all plastic wrap and place directly on top of melted chocolate circle.

17. Carefully drizzle melted chocolate over top of bombe until completely coated. Drizzle fast, as chocolate sets quickly.

18. Place bombe back in freezer for about 15 minutes. Remove from freezer, using a paring knife, trim off excess chocolate.

19. Slice bombe in half, present for service using remaining ground cookie for garnish, and/or whole cookie of each to represent each layer.

Girl Scout Thin Mint Grasshopper Pie

GIRL SCOUT THIN MINT GRASSHOPPER PIE
Chef Megan Roen

Bayona Restaurant
yields one 9″ pie

For crust:
1 box Thin Mints, ground finely in food processor
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted

Mix the ground cookies and the melted chocolate together. Press evenly into a 9″ pie plate and refrigerate to set.

For the mousse:
1 cup loosely packed mint leaves
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3 T green creme de menthe
1 envelope (1/4) ounce unflavored gelatin
5 egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 box roughly chopped Thin Mint cookies

Bring the first measurement of cream and mint just to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat; cover. Let steep 15 minutes. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a glass measuring cup. Discard the mint, and set cream aside. Beat the remaining cup of cream in a medium bowl until stiff peaks form; cover and refrigerate. Prepare an ice water bath and set aside.

Put creme de menthe in medium heat-proof bowl and sprinkle with gelatin. Let stand 5 minutes to soften. Whisk together egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar in another medium bowl; set aside. Add steeped cream to gelatin mixture, whisking until well combined.

Set bowl with cream mixture over pan of simmering water. Cook, whisking constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved and mixture is hot to the touch, about 1 minute. Whisking constantly, pour hot cream mixture in a slow, steady stream into egg yolk mixture. Return mixture to heat-proof bowl; set over pan of simmering water. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is slightly thickened and registers 150 degrees on a thermometer, about 10 minutes.

Transfer bowl to ice water bath; whisk until mixture thickens to the consistancy of pudding, about 2 minutes. Remove bowl from bath. Add 1/3 of whipped cream and whisk until combined. Gently fold in remaining whipped cream and crumbled cookies, blending thoroughly.

Spoon mixture into pie crust; refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Spoon dollops of whipped cream onto pie if desired and top with chocolate shavings.

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