Girl Scout Cookies are one of the highlights of the year: their scarcity (along with their deliciousness) makes them a seasonal treat to look forward to each year. But if you’re craving a Girl Scout Cookie in the middle of the summer, check out these homemade versions that are just as tasty as the originals (but perhaps not quite as uniform).
Thin Mints (Slim Mints)
Slim mints are the new Thin Mints. Peppermint oil, vanilla extract, and unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder form the basis of these tiny chocolate delights. The semisweet chocolate coverture is silky and delicious. Make a double batch and keep some of the cookies in the freezer for a spur-of-the-moment treat. Get our Thin Mints (Slim Mints) recipe.
This take on Samoas has all the key characteristics: shortbread, caramel, coconut, and chocolate. Use a cookie cutter to cut these into donut-shaped rings, or customize them and don’t bother cutting the hole – they’ll still taste just as good as you remember them. Remember to toast the unsweetened, flaked coconut until it’s nice and brown. Get our Samoas (Fijis) recipe.
These are even better than the traditional Tagalong, with the addition of natural peanut butter and milk chocolate coating. If you want to change it up a little, use crunchy peanut butter or choose a brand that’s salted. Additionally, you can flavor the shortbread base – think cocoa powder or chocolate chips for extra decadence. Get our Tagalongs (Left-Behinds) recipe.
A simple lemon-y sugar cookie, Savannah Smiles are really easy to make at home and go beautifully with a cup of hot tea. In fact, this recipe only has five ingredients – flour, butter, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and a little bit of salt. Flatten the dough balls on the baking tray and shape into half moons to keep their shape authentic. Get the recipe.
Trefoils are actually just a basic, extremely simple shortbread recipe. Roll the dough out and use a cookie cutter (any shape you want) to cut out the cookies. If you want to get fancy you can add in some herbs or other flavorings to the shortbread, but then it wouldn’t be a proper homage to your beloved Trefoil! Keep the dough wrapped tightly in saran wrap in the freezer and you can keep these on hand to bake fresh for guests in only ten minutes. Get the recipe.
Do-Si-Dos are the most addictive peanut butter cream sandwich cookies you’ve ever come across. The filling in this recipe is a combination of butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and whipping cream. Use a spoon to place the filling between two cookies or if you’re feeling fancy you can pipe the filling in with a pastry bag as well. Get the recipe.
This take on Lemonades (called Lemonadas) is extremely close to the traditional Girl Scout cookie. The lemon icing is what really differentiates them from the pack. Roll the dough into logs and use saran wrap to help you shape them evenly. You can even stamp the cookies with a cookie stamp if you want them to look just as pretty as the originals. Get the recipe.
This cookie is bilingual and scrumptious. A chocolate-dipped shortbread, this is a simple recipe that you can personalize with different message and stamps on the top. Be sure to wait until the cookies are completely cooled before you try to dip them in the melted chocolate or it won’t adhere properly. Get the recipe.
A rich butter cookie packed with toffee bits (and magically gluten-free!) this take on the toffee-tastic cookie is still gluten-free, but uses old-fashioned rolled oats as the base. Heath milk chocolate baking bits are what make these so good – and they’ll last up to two weeks stores in an airtight container so feel free to make a big batch. Get the recipe.