We pledge our deliciousness to these amazing recipes using Girl Scout cookies.
Many locals find themselves swimming in Girl Scout cookies this time of year. While there’s nothing wrong with polishing off a few sleeves by yourself the old-fashioned way (nothing wrong, in our eyes at least), you can impress your friends and family by thinking outside the box with these creative recipes using the irresistible treats. Make one (or all) of these for Girl Scouts Day on March 12.
Thin Mints Mocha Ice Cream Sandwiches
Ingredients (Makes 1 dozen)
2 cups half-and-half cream
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
4 cups heavy whipping cream
1 package (9 ounces) Girl Scout Thin Mints cookies
1 cup chocolate ice cream topping
 Stir together half-and-half, sugar, coffee granules and extracts until sugar dissolves. Stir in heavy cream. Coarsely chop eight Thin Mints cookies.  Fill cylinder of ice cream maker no more than two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer’s directions, adding chopped Thin Mints cookies during the last 2 minutes of processing. (Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze.) Remove from ice cream maker; mix in chocolate topping. Transfer ice cream to freezer containers, allowing headspace for expansion. Freeze until firm, 4-6 hours.  To make sandwiches, place 1 tablespoon ice cream between two Thin Mints cookies.
Samoas Swirl Ice Cream
Ingredients (Makes 1 1/2 quarts)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups cream of coconut
12 Girl Scout Caramel deLites/Samoas cookies, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted
1 cup caramel sundae syrup
 Beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in cream of coconut, then chopped Caramel deLites/Samoas cookies and toasted coconut. Spread evenly over an 8-inch square baking pan. Spoon caramel syrup over cream mixture; swirl with a knife.  Freeze, covered, overnight. Note: To toast coconut, bake in a shallow pan in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
Ingredients (12-15 servings)
2 1/4 cups crushed Do-si-dos Girl Scout
Cookies (about 11 cookies)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping,
2 1/2 cups cold 2% milk
2 packages (3.9 ounces each) instant chocolate pudding mix
Additional peanut butter cookies, broken into pieces
 In a large bowl, combine crushed cookies, sugar, and butter; press into an ungreased 13-inch x 9-inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 6–8 minutes or until golden brown; cool on a wire rack.  In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth; fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust.  In another large bowl, beat milk and pudding mix on low speed for 2 minutes or until thickened. Spread over cream cheese layer. Top with remaining whipped topping; sprinkle with cookie pieces. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Tagalongs Nutty Caramel Turtles
Ingredients (Makes 1 dozen)
12 Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs cookies
3 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each)
60 pecan halves
 Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Break each chocolate bar into fourths. Place each piece 2 inches apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Top with one caramel. Bake 5-7 minutes or until caramel just starts to soften. Immediately press one pecan half on one side for head; press four pecan halves onto each corner for legs. Place one Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs cookie over the top of each candy, pressing down to secure. Let stand until set.
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