This recipe is definitely involved, but it's a fun way to test your baking skills and make something you are truly proud of. Think of it this way — Girl Scout cookies only come out once a year, so make this your special annual treat.
While it's not necessary to temper the chocolate, you'll see that it gives the cookies a sheen and snap that's attractive and delicious. Untempered chocolate will "bloom," meaning the fat of the cocoa will rise to the top, creating a white, dull appearance (like the cookie on the left). If this happens to you, don't worry! The cookies are still edible, so savor the efforts of your hard work.
It's Girl Scout Cookie time! Noshing on these fund-raising treats seems like an American pastime, but it can be challenging to keep a snack session of these seasonal sweets in check. If you can enjoy your cookies in a reasonable manner, then good for you! But if you're looking for a way to scratch that sugary itch without killing your healthy eating agenda, here are some healthier alternatives.
Two-cookie serving: 120 calories, five grams of fat, seven grams of sugar
Quick Fix: The Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie is a perfect substitute since it's so filling — I usually only eat half of a bar at a time. One bar contains 220 calories, seven grams of protein, and four grams of fiber. Made out of dried dates, one bar equals one half serving of fruit. There are 18 grams of sugar in this bar, but the sugar content is not added; it naturally occurs in the dates. The other two ingredients in this bar are peanuts and salt.
DIY Fix: Make your own tasty peanut butter treat! Blend a little peanut butter, apple sauce, and raisins for a sweet, satisfying, and nutritious homemade spread. Two tablespoons of this peanut butter raisin spread offers almost five grams of protein and two grams of fiber.
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While it's hard to call Girl Scout Cookies health food exactly, some varieties are certainly easier on your waistline than others. In order to help you decide which boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to order this year (because, honestly, it's hard to say "no" to those little girls!), here's a list of the best and the worst Girl Scout Cookies when it comes to serving size, calories, and fat. Obviously, not ordering or eating Girl Scout Cookies is the best way to avoid overindulging, but hopefully this information comes in handy in case you do have a craving or a box arrives on your doorstep!
Keep reading to see which Girl Scout Cookies are the best and worst after the break!
We are so excited to kick off our fourth annual 12 Days of Edible Gifts series, where we'll share delicious ideas for holiday gift giving. Stay tuned over the next 12 days for lots of tasty recipes and pretty packaging!What's the second most wonderful time of the year? I'd argue that it has to be Girl Scout cookie season. This year, gift your friends with homemade Girl Scout cookies. Thin Mints were always one of my favorites from the Girl Scout cookie collection. This recipe for homemade Thin Mints is a tasty take on the packaged cookie version, and the best part is that they are a cinch to whip up! Package them in a mason jar with pretty, wintry details, or in a cellophane bag, tied with a big bow. Find the recipe when you keep reading!
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With declining sales, counterfeit currency issues, and a slew of knockoffs, Girl Scout cookies have taken a hit in recent years. So in hopes of cutting costs and generating more revenue, an increasing number of Girl Scout councils across the country are trimming their offerings.
The top five cookie varieties compose 77 percent of Girl Scout cookie sales; the test program, known as the Super Six pilot, will take advantage of that, with a pared-down lineup of peanut butter Do-Si-Dos, shortbread Trefoils, caramel coconut Samoas, citrusy Lemon Chalet Cremes, patty-like Tagalongs, and, of course, Thin Mints.
What it won't include? Dulce de Leche, Thank U Berry Munch, All Abouts, or the Thanks-A-Lot fudge-dipped shortbread cookie, a new goodie proffered by licensed supplier ABC Bakers. Councils partaking in the trial hope the move will streamline sales, speed up delivery, and ultimately increase profits.
Also, for the first time ever, individual scouts will also be allowed to advertise online. I'm betting a box of Thin Mints that the new program will do well. After all, who buys those other novelty flavors? Do you agree, or are you bummed that there'll be less to choose from?
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