News: 10 Weird Ways to Turn Girl Scout Cookies into Decadent Treats & Savory Suppers

10 Weird Ways to Turn Girl Scout Cookies into Decadent Treats & Savory Suppers

Girl Scout cookies are arguably some of humankind's greatest creations. Not only are they tasty, but they also support an excellent, female-empowering cause. While many folks (cough—yours truly—cough) have been known to plow through an entire sleeve of cookies at a time, there are ways to use Girl Scout cookies beyond shoving as many as you can into your mouth at once.

It's the most wonderful time of the year: Girl Scout cookie season!

Here are 10 recipes, both sweet and savory, that use a variety of Girl Scout cookies. (And don't worry—if you're still hankering for cookies in the off-season, you can still buy imitation brands at the grocery store that almost capture the magic.)

If nothing else, they will keep you from eating the entire box in one sitting!

1. Samoa Truffles

These luscious coconut, chocolate, and butterscotch treats are easy to make and they look absolutely gorgeous. Plus, eating just one can satisfy your craving for an after-meal sweet (if you don't stop at just one, you know we won't judge).

Truffles are the ultimate decadent sweets. Image by Jennifer/Indigo Sugar Spectrum Blog

2. Trefoil Cookie Sandwiches

Sure, you could buy already-made cookie sandwiches, but why do that when you can create your own using the rich sweetness of the Trefoil shortbread cookie as your base? Filled with dulce de leche spread and coated in chocolate, these are an elegant twist on a classic cookie pairing.

If one Trefoil cookie is great, two surrounding a caramel filling and then dipped in chocolate is even better. Image by Casey Barber/The Today Show

3. Thin Mint Grasshopper Milkshake

This creamy treat is a grown-up mashup of the classic cocktail and the much-loved ice cream drink, made even better with the addition of Thin Mints. When I mentioned to my friends that I was going to be writing this article, this was their most requested entry. And if you want to make the recipe kid-friendly, leave out the crème de cacao and sub in some milk.

Minty. Creamy. Chunky. What's not to love about this adult milkshake? Image via Chowhound

4. Tagalong Cake Bars

Topped with peanut butter, chocolate chips, and crushed Tagalongs, this cake is a peanut-butter-and-chocolate-lover's dream come true! It's as if a cake and that Reese's Peanut Butter Cups had a mouthwatering lovechild!

You're trying to lick your computer screen right now, aren't you? Image by Amanda/Kevin & Amanda Blog

5. Girl Scout Cookie Mini Cheesecakes

This ingenious recipe gives you the option of adding your favorite Girl Scout cookie as its bottom crust; apparently Samoas, Thin Mints, and Tagalongs all work well. And because you top the cheesecake bites with the same crumbled cookie, you get double the deliciousness. Heck, make a few of each and then you can have your favorite cheesecake and eat it too, as the mood suits you.

These yummy mini cheesecakes can use a variety of GS cookie types. Image by Mir/Just About Baked

6. Do-Si-Dos Pie

If this peanut butter pie doesn't make you want to dance, you don't deserve your Girl Scout cookies! The crust is made with a mixture of the nutty Do-Si-Dos and oatmeal, and the peanut butter filling is topped with more of the childhood favorite cookies. Just be sure to serve it right away if you've got company coming, or you will get soggy cookies… and then you might have to eat the whole thing yourself. Darn. It.

Peanut butter cookies in the crust, peanut butter in the filling, peanut butter cookies on top... it's PEANUTBUTTERPALOOZA! Image by Lauren Wiesental/Serious Eats

7. Thin Mint Truffle Bark

I'm always a little sad when the holidays are over and peppermint bark is no longer readily available. But then I remember that Girl Scout cookie season is right around the corner, and that I can make this gorgeous green Thin Mint bark—and all is right with my world. This would make a great treat for St. Patrick's Day or, you know, any day with a "y" in it.

I don't think it's possible to bite off more than you can chew of this yummy Thin Mint bark. Image by Lisa/Wine and Glue

8. Fried Samoas Shrimp

I know what you're thinking; "Woman, are you nuts?! You're going to put Girl Scout cookies into savory dishes?!" Well, I may well be nuts, but this isn't evidence thereof. If you like coconut shrimp, you are going to love these delicate little seafood bites that perfectly bridge the gap between sweet and savory… and sane and crazy.

Shrimp, coconut, and Samoa cookies go together like... well, nothing could go together better! Image via Little Brownie Bakers

9. Toffee-Tastic Cookie Stuffing

The original version of this recipe called for the now-retired Dulce de Leche Girl Scout cookie, but the new caramel-y Toffee-tastic is a great substitute. Yes, your stuffing is going to be a bit on the sweet side, but with all of the savory flavors in the stuffing and whatever entrée you are serving it with, it will provide a nice balance of flavors.

A little sweet, a little savory- this stuffing has it all! Image by Doreen McCallister/NPR

10. Lemon Cookie & Shrimp Ravioli in a Lemon Cream Sauce

The ingenious Girl Scouts actually make two kinds of lemon cookies! These ravioli use the Savannah Smiles, which is a lighter and more powdery lemon cookie, but the Lemonades could probably be substituted if that's what's available from your favorite Girl Scout. The pairing of shrimp and lemon is a classic one, and if you don't want to make your own pasta, you could buy wonton wrappers and make the ravioli that way. Kind of like making lemonade out of lemons!

Shrimp, lemon, and lemon-flavored Girl Scout cookies make these raviolis uniquely delicious. Image via Joseph's Gourmet Pasta

What's Cookie, Good Lookin'?

Each box of Girl Scout cookies is stamped with a "use or freeze by" date. So if you don't think you can get to making all of these amazing dishes before your cookies "expire" (which we all know is a euphemism for "before you eat them all"), put 'em in a zippered plastic freezer bag and pull them out as you need them.

Pro tip: wrap them in a paper towel first and label the bag "boiled kale" so that your kids don't even bother looking in the bag. You're welcome.

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