Hey kids, it's Girl Scout Cookie Time once again! I could bore you with childhood memories of my days in the Girl Scouts, but let's get on to the good stuff—the cookies. This year, Little Brownie Bakers (one of two official bakers for the Girl Scouts) will debut a new variety—dulce de leche cookies!
According to the Girl Scouts, "New for 2009, and inspired by the classic confections of Latin America, these sweet, indulgent cookies are rich with milk caramel chips and stripes."
Here's the kicker though…this new variety will not be available in the Philadelphia area! The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania source their cookies from ABC Bakers instead of Little Brownie Bakers, and ABC Bakers does not produce the dulce de leche cookies (yet). According to Wikipedia, the Girl Scouts give some leeway to the bakeries as far as the varieties, the names, and the composition of the cookies produced each year, which accounts for the differences in cookies around the country.
Well, if I can't have dulce de leche in my cookies, I can certainly mix it with my cookies! I discovered this recipe for Thank Heaven for Little Girl (Scout)s Samoa Cheese Tart on the Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy food blog. This combination of my favorite Girl Scout Cookie variety, Samoas/Caramel deLites, with dulce de leche deserves some sort of prize. Warning: have a rag handy to wipe the drool from your keyboard when reading this recipe.
Some factoids about Girl Scout Cookies:
- The first Girl Scout Cookies were baked and sold in Philadelphia. Back then, a box of 44 cookies cost only 23 cents!
- Do-Si-Dos/Peanut Butter Sandwiches used to be called Gauchos! Between the dulce de leche and the gauchos, there definitely seems to be a strange Girl Scout Cookie-Argentina connection.
If you'd like to read about the Girl Guides in Argentina, click here [site is primarily written in Spanish]. I wonder if they sell alfajores? ;)
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