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Girl Scout Cookie Sale Starts Next Week – Win Boxes in Our Recipe Contest!

January 14th, 2010 · 2 Comments


They’re baaaack!!! Those diet demons of January: tempting Trefoils, sinful Samoas and anything-but Thin Mints. We won’t even discuss those perfect peanut butter patties, Tagalongs.

Thank-You-Berry-Munch cookie


The Girl Scouts will be seen at shopping centers and offices peddling their cookies for their annual fund raising sale beginning Jan. 21. This year’s lofty goal is 1.5 million boxes sold.

No inflation for cookies

The cookies remain at $3.50 a box. The Scouts get to keep a majority of the money to use for their troop activities. Some save up for travel, while others use it for community projects.

New cookie cranberrys and chips

The newest cookie in their line-up is Thank U Berry Munch, a cookie containing dried cranberries and white fudge chips. Other old favorites return: Trefoil shortbreads, Do-Si-Dos peanut butter and oat sandwich cookies,

Which Girl Scout cookie are you?


Are you a frugalista? Go for the Trefoils. Same weight as Thin Mints (9 ounces per box), but there are 36 of ’em.


A cook? Samoas lend themselves to a terrific coconut shrimp appetizer – see recipe below.


Thin mints

Nostalgic? Thin Mints, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos and Samoas all have been in the mix since 1974.

A hoarder? Thin Mints freeze beautifully and taste great frozen, too.

Watching carbs?

Tagalongs, the peanut butter-chocolate patties, have the lowest per serving at 13g per serving. But they’re up there in calories: 70 per cookie.

Snacker? Dulce de Leche snack-sized caramel-flavored cookies are for you.


Send me your best recipe and win cookies!

The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida are pairing up with me to offer a sampler of boxes of cookies for the cooks who come up with the best recipe for each cookie. Winners will appear in a story with their winning recipes here on my web site.

Lemon Cremes

The cookies are versatile – any recipe is eligible, from appetizers to entrees, to desserts or snacks.

Create your recipe using at least five cookies of one of the Girl Scout cookie varieties, and submit it by email to: Cookiecontest@JanNorris.com 

Entries must be time stamped by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. Winners will be announced Monday, Feb. 1 in a story on my web site. (You must include your name, a contact phone number, hometown and complete recipe.)

Good luck to you cooks!

Fried shrimp uses cookies

Here’s a coconut shrimp recipe using Samoas to inspire you. For more recipes, go to the Little Brownie Bakers web site and click on “Recipes.”

Fried Samoas Shrimp

  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 5 Samoas Girl Scout cookies, finely chopped
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 egg whites
  • vegetable or peanut oil for frying
  • 5 extra-large or jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 1 lime for garnish

In a shallow bowl, toss coconut flakes with bread crumbs, cayenne pepper and chopped Samoas cookies. Put flour in another shallow bowl. Lightly beat egg whites in a medium bowl.

Heat oil to 350 degrees in a medium skillet. Dredge shrimp through flour, then dip in egg whites and then in coconut and cookie mixture. Fry shrimp in hot oil till golden brown, turning with tongs as needed.

Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve on a bamboo skewer with a wedge of lime to garnish.

Makes 5 large shrimp.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Merrie Lee Reese // Jan 30, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Gee Whiz– I dallied and did not send my recipe. Maybe next year! I liik forward to the responses. If there is onlyione entry does it win??

  • 2 Chino // Aug 3, 2010 at 4:18 am

    These cookies really looks yummy..:) I might try a recipe!

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