STK - Girl Scout Cookies

It’s Girl Scout Cookie season! Those boxes of Tagalongs, Thin Mint and Samoas that you ordered weeks ago are now being delivered to the great delight of everyone! If you’re like me, you bought boxes and boxes of your favorite to stock up the freezer … if they last that long. Originally my plan was to sneak them into the freezer before anyone saw them, but I suspect we have a cookie monster at my house.

If you are lucky enough to have some extra boxes and want to try some new ways to indulge in these seasonal treat for a change, I’ve found some great recipe ideas to further enhance those delicious cookies. For even more ideas, be sure and visit our Money-Saving Recipes board on Pinterest.

Frozen treats

Everyone knows the best way to eat a Thin Mint and even a Samoa is when it is nice and cold! So it’s only natural that another great way to enjoy these two cookies is in the form of either a frothy, frozen shake or even in popsicle form. Crush up thin mints and layer in popsicle forms with yogurt or pudding for a delicious, creamy popsicle everyone will love.

Or, create this Samoa Milkshake. In a blender combine 4 Samoa cookies with 1/4 cup milk, 4 scoops vanilla ice cream and 1 tablespoon caramel sauce. Blend until creamy and smooth. In a glass or cup, stir some chocolate syrup down and around the insides of the glass. Pour in the shake. Top with whipped cream, 1/2 tablespoon coconut flakes and more caramel sauce. Garnish with a cookie and a straw.

Cookies out of cookies

Make those Girl Scout Cookies even more decadent by creating deluxe sandwich cookies out of our favorite flavors. These pimped out cookies would be great for a St. Patty’s Day party or an Easter egg hunt. Take a Thin Mint cookie and top it with a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Top with another Thin Mint for an ice cream sandwich any leprechaun would love.

Create a s’mores-style cookie out of Tagalongs or Samoas, too. Simply roast a large marshmallow to perfection and slide between two Tagalongs or Samoas. No need for additional chocolate, since each cookie has the perfect amount already. Or, you can add a smear of peanut butter or a drizzle of caramel for some more richness.

Brownies and cakes

One of my favorite Girl Scout Cookies is the Trefoil. I love the simple shortbread, and while everyone is gobbling up the Thin Mints, I get to enjoy these simple cookies. This recipe for a Strawberry Ice Cream Cake using Trefoils, however, will likely mean I’ll be fighting others over boxes of my favorites.

Line the outside of a 9-inch springform pan with plastic wrap. Then begin layering the pan using portions of 1 box of crushed Trefoils, 1.5 quarts vanilla and 1.5 quarts softened strawberry ice cream, 1 carton of strawberries sliced and sprinkled with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 8-ounce tub of CoolWhipLine the outside of a 9-inch springform pan with plastic wrap. Freeze for 45 minutes between ice cream layers. Top with strawberries.