The ingredients on the Girl Scout cookie boxes are familiar enough as processed foods go: Flour, sugar, vegetable oil, and so on.
When the cookies themselves are used as ingredients, it gets crazy.
Yes, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington Cookie Recipe Contest is back, and finalists are once again thinking out of the box. The public can vote on the recipes over here through Feb. 27, with $250 and 24 boxes of cookies as the prize for the first-place winner, $50 and 24 boxes of cookies for second place, and 24 boxes of cookies for third. What about us, the voters? Well, if you know enough elementary school girls or spend enough time walking in and out of grocery stores (or, in some entrepreneurial cases, marijuana dispensaries), you’ve probably got the 24 boxes already.
It’s a close one, but the winner for most decadent might be Country Cleaver, with a Samoas No-Bake Cheesecake (pictured above) calling for butter, heavy cream, and cream cheese, plus a caramel garnish. (While it wasn’t a finalist, her Samoas coconut milkshakes, with their cookie-ringed straws, are also picturesque.)
The trend-watcher award goes to Siiri Sampson of A Half Cup, who came up with the Samoas Cronut (officially the Samoas Coconut Cream Filled Croissant Donut) pictured above. Sampson was a finalist in the contest’s first year with her savory Samoas Curry Arancini.
The Leftovers Lady placed in the contest with Trefoil Pinwheels, where the guilt factor of the cookies might be balanced out by the oat bran, wheat germ and wheat bran in the crust.
Geeky Hostess went with Trefoil Cookie Butter, saying the cookies lend a “fantastic sweet, buttery flavor to anything you want to put the spread on.” (She recommends…apples.)
Yet another finalist, Adventures of a Frustrated Baker, also chose trefoils — not because they’re the default leftovers, but because “they make the most delicious cookie crumb crusts for any dessert,” she wrote. Her winning recipe used them in raspberry streusel bars.
The L.A. Times, meanwhile, also has suggestions for “extra” cookies, such as the “Drunken Girl Scout Cocktail” using Irish whiskey, creme de menthe, Fernet Branca-Menta and Thin Mints. Needless to say, that one’s not organization-approved.