TAGALONG GIRL SCOUT COOKIE CUPCAKES

Who doesn’t love Girl Scout cookies? I know I do!

I’ve talked to you before about how obsessed my family is with Girl Scout cookies. Those tiny she-devils with badge-laden sashes are too hard to resist, I tell you. Visions of Thin Mints and Tagalongs start filling my dreams as soon as we’re done with New Year’s Day festivities.

This is also one of those situations where our eyes are definitely bigger than our stomachs. We tend to buy so many boxes among the family that there are a ton of boxes left over long after the novelty of availability has worn off.

What do I do to solve this overabundance of Girl Scout Cookie goodness? Cupcakes, of course! Tagalong Cupcakes!

C’mon, you know me by now. If I can turn it into a cupcake, I will.

You’ll really love this recipe because no matter the flavor of Girl Scout cookies you have in Spades, this cupcake recipe can be adapted to it. Of course, I’m partial to the peanut buttery goodness of Tagalong Cupcakes, but Samoas, Thin Mints and Trefoils are all fair game here.

That is, if you actually have any leftover Girl Scout cookies. Though a little birdie tells me Keebler makes copycat versions of most of our favorites, so you can make these year round! Bonus.

Place finely chopped chocolate in a bowl and pour hot coffee over it. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to sit for a few minutes. Remove plastic and stir until smooth. Sift together cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and salt into a large bowl. In a mixing stand, beat egg for a few minutes until it becomes pale yellow. Beat in oil, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and slowly add the chocolate. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Pour batter into the lined cups–about 3/4 way. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cooling racks.

Prepare the frosting. In a standing mixer, whip the butter and peanut butter for several minutes until light and fluffy. Slowly add half of the powdered sugar a few spoonfuls at a time until incorporated. Drizzle in milk and add the rest of the sugar (spoonfuls at a time). Add sea salt and mix until combined.

Fill a pastry bag and pipe frosting on top of cooled cupcakes. Garnish with ½ a cookie or other adornments.

Tagalong” Cupcakes
Makes 12 Cupcakes

CUPCAKES:

¼ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Cups All Purpose Flour
¾ Teaspoons Baking Soda
¼ Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Salt
1 Cups Granulated Sugar
2½ Ounces Dark Chocolate, finely chopped
½ Cup Buttermilk
½ Cup Strong Brewed Hot Coffee
½ Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Large Egg
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
12 Tagalong® Cookies (or other peanut butter & chocolate cookies), additional for garnish

FROSTING:

1 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
½ Cup Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
2 Tablespoons Lowfat Milk
2 Cups Confections Sugar
1-2 Pinches Sea Salt

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2021 GIRL SCOUT LINEUP

There is nothing quite like pulling into the parking lot of a supermarket and spying a table of Girl Scouts selling tableful of cookies with their happy smiles and vests full of patches. It’s like Christmas in springtime. Never have we welcomed solicitation more. Girl Scout Cookies are the most delightful and they are all calorie free, right? Or so I continue to tell myself… The only thing that could possibly make Girl Scout cookie season better is paring them with wine and/or craft beer as it is the perfect cross between childhood nostalgia and adulthood bad habits.

I’ll be the first to admit that I will break out into full sprint to see girls in their little green vests to stock pile on cookies. I, too, was a Girl Scout and understand the excitement that cookie season brings. 🍪 In this blog, I will share with you about each of the cookies and just a few of my personal favorite cookie and wine pairings.

CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CHIPS (GF)

The caramel chocolate chip cookies have a hint of rich caramel, semisweet chocolate chips and a hint of sea salt in each chewy bite. These cookies are offered in select markets and are gluten-free for those of you are intolerant.

CARAMEL DELIGHTS (SAMOAS)

Caramel Delights, previously known as Samoas, are a caramel and toasted coconut-covered cookie that are absolutely to die for. These have been one of my favorites from the very beginning and have said the test of time.

GIRL SCOUT S’MORES

The S’mores cookies are crispy graham cookie double dipped in yummy crème icing and finished with a scrumptious chocolatey coating. These are a great option for those of you who like sitting by the campfire and indulging your sweet tough with a good s’more.

LEMONADES

As tangy lemon-icing-topped shortbread cookies, the lemonades are a great summer cookie that are light and have a refreshing fruity taste.

PEANUT BUTTER PATTIES (TAGALONGS)

Peanut Butter Patties, also lovingly known as Tagalongs, are a rich peanut butter inside covered with a sweet chocolatey outside. These are another one of my favorites and I could probably eat a whole box in one sitting.

SHORTBREADS

The Shortbreads are a traditional shortbread cookies made in the shape of the Girl Scout trefoil. If you are looking for more of a simplistic cookie, this is your best option. This cookie is also good with a cold glass of milk!

THIN MINTS

Thin Mints are the record-breaking mint cookies covered in a dark chocolate coating. These are the most popular for a reason! The freshness of the mint and the power of the dark chocolate compliment each other very nicely.

PSA: Thin Mints hold up really well in the freezer all year long, so stock up while you can!

TOAST-YAY

Toast-yay Cookies are available in select areas now! Each delightful, toast-shaped cookie is full of French toast flavor and flair and stamped with the trusted Girl Scouts’ signature trefoil on top. These cookies are indeed every millennials dream of French Toast Crunch Cereal in cookie form.

COOKIES & WINE PAIRING

SAMOAS & ROSÉ

Coconut, caramel and chocolate make up these delectable chewy treats. So what better wine than an equally tasty and complex wine? I would personally choose a Bubbly Brut Rose for its blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which pairs nicely with the chocolate whereas the Chardonnay in the blend pairs well with the coconut.”

TAGALONGS & CABERNET SAVIOUGN

This cookie packs a bunch of peanut butter and chocolate. To match its bold flavors, it needs a wine that can stand on its own. Cabernet Sauvignon is bold, has a velvety texture and jammy fruit flavors. These jammy flavors perfectly complement the flavors in peanut butter and chocolate cookies.”

THIN MINTS & MALBEC

If you’re a Thin Mint lover, I recommend pairing the Girl Scout’s signature cookie with a rich and juicy Malbec, which boasts “hints of cocoa in the aromas and flavors,” making it a perfect match for the chocolate mint goodie.

If you know a Girl Scout personally or see a booth set up in the next couple of weeks, take time to support them. They each set individual goals and work so hard to achieve those. These are young girls with big dreams and are work extremely hard in doing so.

If you are you unsure of where to buy cookies, help support a coworker’s daughter of mine! Jaiden is based out of the Asheville, NC area, but they CAN ship to you nationwide! Check out her link and buy a box or a even case! Individual boxes are only $5.

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