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Mar 24, 2019








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Thin Mint Mini-Cheesecakes

From the food blog “Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy,” with permission from the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Makes 12 mini-cheesecakes.
1 box Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Whipped cream for garnishing
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Pulse cookies in food processor until coarsely ground. As an alternative you can place cookies in a zip-lock bag and crush them by hand using a meat mallet, a rolling pin or the bottom of a small pot. Mix half of the crushed cookies with the melted butter. Press approximately one teaspoon of the crumb mixture into the bottom of each cup with the back of the spoon. Chill for about 30 minutes. 
Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together in large bowl until smooth. With the mixer on medium, add eggs one at a time until all is combined. Mix in the mint and vanilla extracts and beat for another minute. Stir in the rest of the cookie crumbs, reserving a few tablespoons for garnishing, and the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes or until set. Remove and cool completely on a wire cooling rack. Refrigerate for several hours until thoroughly chilled. Serve topped with a dollop of whipped cream and reserved cookie crumbs.
Where your cookies come from
Girl Scout cookies nationwide are made from only two bakeries, and each council is associated with one bakery. The Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains gets its cookies from Little Brownie Bakers, which is based in Kentucky. But if you’re traveling in Massachusetts and spot a Caramel Delite (the cousin to the Samoa), that’s because that state’s council belongs to the other bakery, ABC Bakers based in Virginia. There are slightly different recipes between the bakers, too. Samoas are round with dark chocolate, and Caramel Delites have edges with milk chocolate.

The cookies are coming
Girl Scouts feature the “Super Six” this year


 Get ready for Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, Friday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 9, when pre-orders for Samoas and Thin Mints are delivered and cookie booths pop up around the state. 

“One thing that is new this year is instead of selling the eight varieties we have had in the past, we are just selling what’s called the ‘Super Six.’ The idea is so that troops aren’t stuck with poor sellers,” said Mary Ellen Hettinger, the communications manager for the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. “People definitely do have their favorites.”
Thin Mints are the top-selling cookie for the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains (the council that encompasses troops in New Hampshire and Vermont), and Samoas are the second most popular. 
The rest of the “Super Six” includes Trefoils (the original Girl Scout cookie, a shortbread), Tagalongs (crisp cookie with a layer of peanut butter and a chocolate coating), Do-si-dos (a peanut butter sandwich cookie) and the lemon-flavored Savannah Smiles, which came out when the Girl Scouts celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2012.
Although Hettinger said she doesn’t have any statistics, she’s found that the Do-si-dos are particularly popular with men and Trefoils are a favorite for dunking into a hot beverage.
Cranberry Citrus Crisps aren’t on the list this year, and neither is the gluten-free Chocolate Chip Shortbread.
“We do try different ones sometimes and people have their favorites,” Hettinger said. “They don’t like it when they’re discontinued.”
The varieties that have stuck around are easier than ever to find, though. The Girl Scouts now have a cookie locator app for smartphones to find booth sales in the area, and a cookie hotline for customers to call a troop and place an order.
“People buy them because they’re Girl Scout cookies, and it’s a once-a-year treat,” Hettinger said. “They’re great cookies for a great cause.”
Girls earn Cookie Dough after selling 100 packages of cookies. With that extra “dough” girls can make purchases at the Girl Scout store and even pay for summer camp. The funds raised from cookie sales benefit the council and individual troops and are often used to fund programs.
“I sold 765 boxes,” said Kinana Plaza, member of troop 10753 in Manchester. “I’ve had lots of my teachers [place orders], and I’ve got friends from school ordering.”
Plaza raised enough Cookie Dough to attend a week of summer camp from her sales alone. Another troop member raised enough to visit Savannah, Ga. (the birthplace of the Girl Scouts). Last year, extra troop cookie profits were used to purchase toys for a holiday toy drive.
During a recent troop meeting, members of Troop 10753 unanimously speculated that Tagalongs are the third best seller. The girls have come up with a marketing strategy for their booth sales to arrange the bestselling boxes on the table in a structure they nicknamed “castles.”
“That’s part of the whole idea behind the Girl Scout cookie program, is that girls are learning how to manage money and learning how to be entrepreneurs,” Hettinger said. 
As seen in the February 6, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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