Girl Scout Cookies — A Confession

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I have a confession to make. On more than one occasion, I’ve eaten an entire sleeve of Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) in one sitting. Thin Mints. They are like potato chips and I can’t eat just one. I do a little better with Samoas. In exercising self-control, I’ve mastered this predilection. I haven’t bought GSC for several years. This year, I may test my self-control in the utmost fashion, and buy a box (or three) of GSC, and test whether or not I can restrain myself from eating an entire box in a single day.

I was vaguely aware that it’s about the time of year when GSC go on sale, a fact confirmed by a friend’s Facebook post, sharing with the world that you can BUY GSC online now. What a concept! So, of course, I had to look it up to see if it was true, and it is, which is a good thing because I don’t personally know any girl scouts anymore, the only catch is you have to buy six boxes. Minimum. But let’s be honest here, is that really a problem? That’s like what, a two-week supply? In any case, here’s the link to order GSC for my Utah friends.  If you’re in another state, you can check this list to see if you can order online in your area (scroll down to the Councils Participating in Digital Cookie section).  Or, I can just see where they will be selling them in a booth (and you can too, with this handy-dandy Girl Scout Cookie Sales Finder – i.e. find out when the cookies will be sold in your neck of the woods). There’s even an app that lets you “find the cookie booth closest to you” — how cool is that? But I’ll probably just pick some up from Macey’s when I do my shopping.

But where is the recipe? I can hear you asking, because this is, after all, a blog where I share recipes. Well, today I am sharing a link where you can get some recipes that include GSC as part of the ingredients, direct from the official GSC website, which in turn took it from Taste of Home (which is how the web works; it’s all a giant sharing of info from one site to another, but this time you can get some amazing cookies — and other desserts — out of the deal, right from my blog; plus you get to read my entertaining writing (I think I’m funny) along the way. Here’s the link: Cookie Recipes featuring GSC.

These are some of the other things I learned while perusing the official site of the Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scouts have been making and selling cookies for more than 100 years, and along the way individual girls have learned important lessons about setting goals, making decisions, managing money, developing people skills, and learning business ethics.  The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world — a big claim, but true. The money earned is used for programs and projects in local councils.  You can learn more about where the money goes here.

According to the Cookie History on the GSA website, “The sale of cookies as a way to finance troop activities began as early as 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in the United States, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project.” — that’s right, Girl Scout Cookie sales started in Oklahoma.  Go Sooners! (I can say that with authority because my daughter married an Oklahoman and she’s nearly a native herself now, and I visit from time-to-time.) Being a good mother, I shared with her the fact that GSC go on sale in OKC in just nine days; I wouldn’t want to deprive her of the goodness of Samoas, Thin Mints, Toffee-tastics, or the new S’mores flavor.  What is your favorite GSC? Let me know in the comments.  Also, let me know if you try one of those recipes, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll make one too — if I don’t eat the entire box of cookies in one day.

 

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