Having choices never makes life easier. It just makes life better.
Think about it: 40 years ago, women couldn’t do so many important jobs because we weren’t considered worthy. Gradually, thanks to women’s rights and some common sense, the general population has come to realize that we kick butt. I mean, we still make less money and people are still sexist. Nothing changes overnight. But at least we’re moving in the right direction.
But see, that element of choice that has resulted from having more rights has made life a lot harder to navigate. Do we work at home or work outside the home? Claw up the ladder or stay complacently put? Wear heels or flats?
As I get older, by the way, flats. But the bottom line is, choices are quite the double-edged sword. They’re much more fun when the decisions you have to make aren’t that vital to society, but make or break your day. Thus, the Girl Scout cookie conundrum.
Tagalongs all the way for me, baby. But I know a lot of you don’t agree. Thin Mints have a raging following, and Samoas are also pretty dang popular. And while there’s a smaller but loyal contingent who dream of Trefoils, they’re still solidly in the minority.
When I bake with Girl Scout cookies, it’s always with being fair in mind. I use the three top favorites somewhat evenly and then dabble a bit in desserts involving other flavors. Last year, I made these mini-cheesecakes with equity as a goal. I do have one Trefoil recipe coming up, but today is all about those three superstars: Tagalongs, Thin Mints, and Samoas.
This recipe is simple, fun, and easy to do with kids if you’re into that kind of torture. The base is a cake mix chocolate cookie, which then gets wrapped around the various Girl Scout Cookie flavors. I have a code that makes it easy to remember which is which: Tagalongs get topped with peanut butter chips, Thin Mints with chocolate chips, and Samoas with Heath toffee bits.
Like all cake mix cookies, these bake up instantaneously and without additional fridge chill time. And when they’re done, they’re fudgy and an oh-so-perfect pillow for the cookie nestled inside. It really is hidden treasure. What could be more valuable than finding a Girl Scout cookie hiding inside another giant cookie?
Well, women’s rights are probably more valuable, but let’s not squabble over it. The worst thing is when women tear one another down about the choices their sister-friends have made, so let’s let that one go. Instead, go eat a cookie. Do it for yourself, for Girl Scouts, and for women in America!
Hidden Treasure Girl Scout Cookies
1 box devil’s food cake mix
1 box (3.4 oz.) chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
Filling and Garnish
4-5 Thin Mints
peanut butter chips, for garnish (about 1/2 cup)
chocolate chips, for garnish (about 1/2 cup)
Heath toffee bits, for garnish (about 1/2 cup)
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients and mix thoroughly until a smooth cookie dough forms. Set aside.
- Take out your Girl Scout cookies and garnishes.
- For each cookie, make a flat disc of dough. Put the Girl Scout cookie in the middle and then cover with another flat disc of dough. Pinch the sides together so the entire cookie is covered in cookie dough.
- For the Tagalong-stuffed cookies, press peanut butter chips into the top. For Thin Mints, use the chocolate chips, and for Samoas, use the toffee bits.
- Place the cookies two inches apart on the baking sheets.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.