Posted in Girl Scouts

Girl Scout Cookie Safety Bingo

Each cookie selling season we go over safety rules for selling Girl Scout Cookies. The following Bingo Safety game is great for younger girls who are beginners in selling cookies and as a great review for our older girls who are now pros. This is one of the best ways we have found to teach cookie selling safety and is a free resource on Little Brownie Bakers.

Safety Bingo is an awesome way to go over safety rules in a fun way. The directions are found on the Little Brownie website and look like this.

For our girls, we printed out each of the cookie bingo cards – found here in color and on cardstock so they will be more durable (they look like the one at the top of this page). – There are 20 different cards. Every scout gets her own card as we discuss each of the safety rules.

To call out the safety rules, there are colored signs that the leaders can use. They are found here. We just printed out one copy and went over them as the girls covered their picture icons. You can use about anything as Bingo markers. I used the flat glass beads that you can get at Dollar Tree that are flat on one end.  Amazon has them as well. We have also used colored buttons in the past.

The best part about this game, is that each icon is located on every card, just in a different place. This is great for the Daisies and Brownies. By playing multiple games, we are enforcing each of the rules. The girls love it!

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Girl Scout Tagalong (Peanut Butter Patties) Recipes

These are a couple of recipes using Tagalongs (or Peanut Butter Patties) Cookies from the Girl Scout website that I thought looked amazing! Nutty Caramel Turtles and Peanut Butter Trail Mix Fudge! I will be definitely be trying these out when our cookies arrive!

If you haven’t seen any Girl Scouts knocking on your door or seen any at the local grocery store, I am posting my daughter’s store below. (Her troop is saving for a trip next summer to Costa Rica where they will be participating in a Global Community Project.)

These amazing cookies are available online and she will be selling until March 25 ,2019! These cookies will come directly from the bakery to your house! https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/madison1827

No matter where you buy your Girl Scout Cookies- Thank you so much for supporting Girl Scouts! AND.. if you get to try any of these recipes before I do, let me know how it turns out!

Nutty Caramel Turtles

Created by: Michele Kusma

Nutty Caramel Turtles is the Candies category winner of the 2015 National Girl Scout Cookie recipe Contest Sponsored by Taste of Home®. Congrats on a job deliciously well done!

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 5 min. + standing

  • 3 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each)
  • 12 caramels
  • 60 pecan halves
  • 12 Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs® cookies

Preheat oven to 250°. Break each chocolate bar into fourths. Place each piece 2 in. apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Top with one caramel.

Bake 5-7 minutes or until caramel just starts to soften. Immediately press one pecan half on one side for head; press four pecan halves onto each corner for legs. Place one Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs® cookie over the top of each candy, pressing down to secure. Let stand until set. Yield: 1 dozen.

Peanut Butter Trail Mix Fudge

Created by: Kim Varner

Prep: 10 min. + chilling

  • 1 pound white candy coating, chopped
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 package (6-1/2 ounces) Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs® cookies, coarsely chopped, divided
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries, divided

Line a 9-in.-square pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating with peanut butter; stir until smooth.

Stir in 1 cup chopped Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs® cookies, 1/2 cup peanuts and 1/4 cup cherries. Spread into prepared pan. Sprinkle with remaining chopped Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs® cookies, peanuts and cherries. Refrigerate until firm.

Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Remove foil; cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container. Yield: 2 pounds.

 

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Girl Scout Cookies -Thin Mint Recipes

These are a few recipes using Thin Mint Cookies from the Girl Scout website that I thought looked amazing! Peppermint Cheesecake, Thin Mint Popcorn and Thin Mint Cupcakes! I will be definitely be trying these out when our mints arrive!

If you haven’t seen any cute Girl Scouts knocking on your door or seen any at the local grocery store, I am posting my daughter’s store below. (Her troop is saving for a trip next summer to Costa Rica where they will be participating in a Global Community Project.)

These amazing cookies are available online and she will be selling until March 25 ,2019! The cookies will come directly from the bakery to your house!

https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/madison1827

No matter where you buy your Girl Scout Cookies- Thank you so much for supporting Girl Scouts! AND.. if you get to try any of these recipes before I do, let me know how it turns out!

Peppermint Chip Cheesecake

Prep: 20 min.; Bake: 1 hour + chilling

  • 1 package (10 ounces) Thin Mints® Girl Scout Cookies, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

FILLING:

  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3–4 drops green food coloring, optional
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and cornstarch until smooth. Add eggs and egg yolk; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the cream, extracts, and food coloring if desired. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into crust. Place pan on a baking sheet.

Bake at 325° for 50–60 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.

 

Thin Mints® Popcorn

Created by: Amber Szydlo

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.

  • 10 cups plain popped popcorn
  • 25 Girl Scout Thin Mints® cookies, coarsely chopped, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups white baking chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 1 cup Andes creme de menthe baking chips

In a large bowl, combine popcorn and half of the crushed Thin Mints® cookies. In a microwave, melt baking chips with shortening; stir until smooth. Pour over popcorn mixture; toss to coat.

Immediately spread onto waxed paper; sprinkle with remaining crushed Thin Mints® cookies. Melt baking chips in microwave; stir until smooth. Drizzle over popcorn; let stand until set.

Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3-1/2 quarts.

 

Thin Mints® Cupcakes

Created by: Crystal Oliver

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

  • 2 packages (9 ounces each) Girl Scout Thin Mints® cookies, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)

GANACHE:

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

FROSTING:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Reserve six Thin Mints® cookies for garnish. For truffles, place remaining Thin Mints® cookies in a food processor; process until finely crushed. Add cream cheese; process until blended. Roll into twenty-four 1-1/2-in. balls.

Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions. Drop 1 tablespoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Place one truffle in center of cup. Fill two-thirds full with remaining batter.

Bake 14-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; let stand 5 minutes or until chocolate is melted. Stir with a whisk until smooth. Stir in peppermint extract. Cool ganache 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter, shortening, vanilla and salt until creamy. Beat in baking cocoa and milk alternately with enough confectioners’ sugar to reach spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes; drizzle with ganache. Garnish with reserved Thin Mints® cookies. Yield: 2 dozen.

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Posted in Girl Scout Crafts

Daisy- Make New Friends Swap

This super cute little idea came from one of our leaders. Our Daisies were learning how to make new friends and it was their first official meeting, so she found an idea from tracyblogspot and decided to do something similar.

First, she made little cards that said, Make new friends, but keep the old – One is silver and the other’s gold. These lyrics are from the old scout song, Make New Friends. Next, she gave each of the girls small pieces of gold and silver pipe cleaners to make little silver and gold rings. After punching two holes in the card, she used another small piece of a pipe cleaner to teach the girls how to attach their rings. Finally, on the back (my favorite part), she had the girls write the names of their old Daisy friends and their new Daisy friends.

The girls had so much fun making new friends, asking each other to spell their name, and singing the song. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next week.

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Jamaican Rice & Trifold Decorations for Girl Scouts Thinking Day- Jamaica!

World Thinking Day, formerly Thinking Day, is celebrated annually on 22 February by all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. … It is a day when they think about their “sisters” (and “brothers”) in all the countries of the world, the meaning of Guiding, and its global impact.” – Wikipedia

Over the past couple of years, our troop received the Philippians, Ghana, and most recently Jamaica.  Troops can go as travelers or set up a booth for a particular country.  Girls do all the research, make costumes, food, swaps and can also learn a dance or  song from the country.  Our girls have learned a lot about Girl Scouts in other countries over the past few years.

This year, the girls and one of our leaders dyed rice to sprinkle on our Jamaica table.  The girls added non-cooked rice in a gallon size Ziplock bag.  Inside the bag, they added a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and a couple of drops of food coloring.  Mix well in the bag and then pour on a cookie sheet to dry (usually takes about an hour.)  Turned out very bright and colorful!

Jamaica Flag Colored Rice for Girl Scouts Thinking Da

The girls also prepared a centerpiece of information about Jamaica.  They used a black trifold board and cut out/wrote facts about the country.

Jamaica Posterboard of facts- Thinking Day Girl Scouts

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Posted in Christmas, Christmas Parade

Christmas Float Candy Lights and Gingerbread House

 

For our last parade float, our younger Girl Scouts voted on a Candy Land theme float.

To make super cute candy lights, the girls poked a hole into two plastic cups, strung the lights through the cups and wrapped them in tissue paper to look like a piece of candy.  The result is above.  They turned out fantastic all around the sides of the float.

Candy Land Gingerbread House Christmas Parade Girl ScoutsThe girls also built a Gingerbread House.  They  used a refrigerator box that we got from Lowe’s, hot glued paper plates (for the roof shingles) and added some candy decorations from Hobby Lobby.

Our girls really wanted to go inside it but we had it sealed so they couldn’t go in.  It made a neat little house that was on the back of our float.

More pictures to come later….. But please check out some pictures from our Whoville Float…

Getting Ready for our Girl Scout Christmas Float

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Girl Scouts Bridging Cupcake Rainbow

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Cupcake Rainbow made with 60 cupcakes

 

We decided for our Girl Scout bridging ceremony to try cupcakes again this year. Instead of spending hours decorating and making the super cute double colors and bridge cupcakes, we decided to create a rainbow out of the cupcakes.  Click here for my post with the super cute double color bridges. 

My co-leaders and I started the process by using empty cupcake  wrappers to create a visual of what a rainbow would look like if we had 60 cupcakes.  This helped us to figure out what colors  to use and how many of what color to order.  (You can do this with any number of cupcakes that would fit your troop.  We chose 60 because the bakery sold them in sets of 30.)  We then ordered the cupcakes from Sam’s Club (30 for $15 – which was a great deal and we didn’t have to spend hours baking and coloring them) and then arranged them on bridging night in our rainbow design.  Our girls wanted to try different icings and were sharing with each other to “taste the rainbow”, which sounds like a Skittle commercial.  The cupcakes were a huge success with the girls.

I would definitely do this again given the chance.  However, it was interesting to me that most of the adults and siblings wanted one also.  Next time,  I will definitely bump the order up to accommodate the adults.  If you  plan on doing this for your troop, you may want to order more than what you need as some of the girls wanted seconds in order to try a different color.

For other Girl Scout bridging ideas, please check out a few of my other posts…

 

 

 

Posted in Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

Girl Scout Cookie Recipe – Fried Samoas Shrimp!

I discovered this recipe for Fried Shrimp on our bakery website Little Brownie.  Basically uses shrimp and a coating mixture that includes chopped Samoas cookies!  (Samoas are the cookies that are coated in caramel with chocolate stripes – also known as caramel delights.)  This is definitely a recipe that I am going to try out as soon as our cookies come in later this month.  My family loves coconut shrimp so I’m hoping that this will taste even better.

If you haven’t seen any cute Girl Scouts knocking on your door or seen any at the local grocery store,  I am posting my daughter’s store below.  These amazing cookies are available online and she will be selling until March 25 ,2019! These cookies will come directly from the bakery to your house!  https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/madison1827

No  matter where you  buy  your Girl Scout Cookies- Thank  you so much for supporting Girl Scouts! AND.. if you get to try out this recipe before I do, let me know how it turns out!

 

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Fried Samoas Shrimp Recipe

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Sour Patch Grapes – A Terrific Treat for Kids & Adults on the Road, Camping or Anywhere

This past weekend we spent the weekend camping in order to try out some new recipes for our summer camping trips for our family and for Girl Scouts.  One of the recipes, we tested was called Sour Patch Grapes.  They were super easy AND a huge hit with our kids.   Special thanks to aspottedpony for the idea.

sour patch grapes mix

First thing we did was start with a bowl of washed grapes.  In a Ziploc bag, we combined two types of Jello Mix, Watermelon and Sugar Free Lemon.

The next step requires someone to coat the damp, washed grapes in the mixture.  We found this to be easier if we just put the grapes in the bag and shook them.

Sour patch grapes
Coating the grapes in the bag

 

 

Bag of Jello – Mix

 

The last step was to take them out of the bag and put them into a refrigerator to cool for an hour.  (I’m wondering how they would taste if we put them into a cooler this summer???)

Once the grapes get cold, you have an amazing tasty treat!  Our kids couldn’t stop eating them.  They will be a great road trip snack or an awesome snack for camping this summer!

 

 

Posted in Crafts, Daisy/Brownie Crafts

Girl Scout Cookie “Headbandz” Game

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“Headbandz” Girl Scout Cookie Game

This is a fun game that I made for my Girl Scout Daisies so they can practice learning each cookie.

Materials Needed

A printout of each cookie

An index card

Pack of headbands (7 for $1 at Dollar Tree)

Hot Glue

 

 

 

 

I simply cut out each cookie and used hot glue to glue the paper cards to the index card and then to the headband. I wanted to make them a little stronger than just paper.

My Daisies will take turns wearing the different headbands and practice naming the cookies using clues that the other scout gives them. They will try and guess the cookie that they are wearing, which they cannot see.

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Girl Scout Cookie “headbandz”

Special thanks to Oompy for the idea!

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