What can make Girl Scout cookies even better? How about pairing them with your favorite desserts for a sweet treat that’s the best of both worlds?
The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is hosting a dessert competition later this month to encourage local eateries to come up with their own recipes incorporating Girl Scout cookies.
The contest is part of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend from Feb. 24-26.
This year the contest will be divided into two categories: one for full-service restaurants and one for specialty eateries, such as bakeries or ice cream shops.
“We hope people go around to see who all is doing (the contest) and patronize the locations and eat the desserts and tell us which one is the best,” said Christy Cooper, product sales manager of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.
The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia council extends from the North Georgia mountains to the Okefenokee and from the Atlantic coast to the Chattahoochee Valley. The dessert competition is open to restaurants in that area.
Winners will be determined by a combination of people’s choice votes as well as a panel of local culinary professionals. Winners will receive a trophy.
Cooper said participants must purchase cookies from a Girl Scout and set their own dessert prices. The Girl Scouts will give participants marketing material to promote the cookies, informing the guests the desserts are made with Girl Scout cookies.
2 Dog owner Tim Roberts said he participated in the contest last year with his “Thin Mint Cheesecake.”
“We took our basic cheesecake recipe, ran the Thin Mints through a food processor and mixed them into the batter,” he said. “It was really that easy and that simple.”
Roberts said you can adapt his recipe to modify almost any plain cheesecake.
He decided to work with Thin Mints because he thought they were the most popular Girl Scout cookie.
The recipe was a hit and people still ask for the dessert at 2 Dog, Tim’s wife and co-owner Tina Roberts said.
Tim has experimented with adding other Girl Scout cookies to other recipes. He’s done a pastry cup with Samoas — cookies coated with caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and striped with chocolate coating — filled with custard.
He’s also used lemon-flavored Girl Scout cookies in lemon bars as a base and topping.
“Most cookies work great and are easy to grind or run through a food processor,” Tim said.
Ground Girl Scout cookies work well as crusts for pies, tarts or anything with a traditional graham cracker crust, Tim said.
For more recipe ideas, visit www.girlscouts.org/en/cookies/all-about-cookies/Cookie-Recipes.html or www.littlebrowniebakers.com/cookies/mmmmm-try-girl-scout-cookies-in-recipes. To find cookie sales near you, visit www.girlscouts.org.