Girl Scout Cookies. Those 3 words instill as sense of excitement for some and a sense of calming, knowing all is right in the world for others. “Would you like to buy some Girl Scout Cookies?” will soon be heard all over the state at every grocery store or community center. It is part magical and part conniving, as you know the moment you make eye contact, there is no fighting the power of Girl Scout.
Now is the time to start thinking about which cookies to buy. As tempting as it is to buy 1 (or 3) of each box variety, being overzealous can often lead to stale cookies. But, there may be a solution. Girl Scout cookies are incredibly adaptable to both sweet and savory recipes. Think outside the box, literally.
Try crumbling Samoas on top of a chocolate cupcake, or better yet, placing a thin mint in the bottom of a cupcake tin before adding batter for a hidden surprise in the bottom of each cake. Make a pie crust with crunched up Savannah Smiles, the newest lemony creation to come out of the Girl Scout collection. For the more adventurous, try a mole. Traditionally mole is made from unsweetened chocolate and nuts. Using the Tagalong cookies, with a combination of peanut butter, cookie and chocolate, it is the perfect substitution for the traditional ingredients. Here is the recipe:
Tagalong Mole with Chicken
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 thin cut chicken breasts
1 small yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can (10.75 oz) condensed tomato soup
1 cup chicken broth
5 Tagalong Girl Scout cookies, finely crushed, divided
In a small bowl combine, paprika, cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne; set aside.
Heat oil in a medium Dutch oven, or deep heavy-bottomed sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and brown the chicken breasts two minutes per side; remove, cover and keep warm; set aside.
To the brown bits in the pan, add the onion, garlic and salt. Stir, cooking until onions are translucent; about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the prepared spice mixture and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Pour in soup, broth and 1/4 cup of the crushed Tagalong cookies. Bring sauce to a boil. Return chicken to pan, cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until chicken is cooked through and sauce is thickened, about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Place 1 chicken breast on each plate; coat with additional sauce. Evenly sprinkle remaining Tagalong cookie crumbles. Serve warm.
Yield: 4 Servings
When the Girl Scouts attack, don’t panic. Think outside of the box and find the perfect recipe to use up all of the cookies.