RECIPES: Mash up Cookies to Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Week

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Ding dong! It’s that time of year again. Girl Scout Cookie season kicks off today, February 7 through 9 with National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.

Forget about your New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to take pen to order form and support the Girl Scouts in their annual fund-raiser. More important than reaching their individual and troop sales goals, the annual cookie drive teaches girls five indispensable life lessons: money management, decision making, business ethics, people skills and goal setting.  The old school door-to-door sales pitch, while still existing, has been revamped and today you will also find cherub-faced girls peddling their confections, with parental supervision, outside supermarkets and at train stations. Some 45 years later, this former Girl Scout, who dutifully went door to door with her sisters, still feels that parents who “sold” cookies at their offices were cheating. Sorry, I guess I am still feeling the weight of being a cookie underachiever!

In an effort to increase sales and entrepreneurship, Girl Scouts-USA and the Girls Scouts of Nassau County are encouraging Long Islanders to see that a Thin Mint or a Do-Si-Do can be more than just an indulgent munchie. Little Brownie Bakery, one of the two bakeries that actually bakes the cookies, has come up with several recipes that incorporate Do-Si-Dos, Thin Mints, Trefoils and the rest of the cookie lineup.

Better stock up now as Girl Scout Cookie season only comes around once a year.

Do-Si-Dos® Peanut Thai Chicken (yields 6 servings)
8 crushed Do-Si-Dos® Girl Scout Cookies
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins
Teriyaki glaze
1 box of Pad Thai Noodles
Thai Peanut Sauce
Wood skewers

Grill chicken tenderloins on wood skewers, brushing occasionally with Teriyaki glaze.
Prepare Pad Thai noodles according to directions on box.
Serve chicken tenderloins with four crushed Do-Si-Dos® cookies sprinkled on top.
Mix remaining Do-Si-Dos® cookie crumbs with peanut sauce.
Pour peanut sauce over chicken and noodles, or serve as a side dipping sauce.

Trefoil® Cheesecake Cup (yields 8 servings)
1 box of Trefoils Girl Scout Cookies
Instant cheesecake pudding mix (check the box for extra ingredients)
12 oz. Cream cheese (softened)
Chocolate syrup

Crush half box of Trefoils. Mix softened cream cheese and cheesecake pudding until smooth. Layer crushed cookies and cheesecake pudding in a cup and repeat layering of ingredients. Garnish with strawberries (or your favorite berries) and 2 full Trefoil cookies. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.

Thin Mint® Brownies (yields 6 servings)
1/2 box of crushed Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies
1 box of brownie mix
2 eggs (3 eggs for cake-like brownies)
1/4 cup of water
1/2 cup of vegetable oil

Crush Thin Mints into medium size chunks. Mix all ingredients into mixing bowl. Do not use electric mixer— batter will be stiff. Spread batter evenly in greased baking pan (13 x 9 x 2 inch).
Bake in center of oven at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.
Allow to cool before cutting. Serve with mint-flavored tea.