It’s still Girl Scout Cookie Season, and we’re still on the fringe, being gluten free and all. Here’s the thing, though. The fringe is NICE. There are homemade copycat recipes for gluten free girl scout cookies here on the fringe. After Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos (yup – we’ve made them all) come Lemonades.
These light wafer sandwich cookies have pretty intense lemon flavor, thanks to True Lemon crystallized lemon. It adds lots of lemon flavor without changing the moisture content of the cookies, which we would have to balance out with more flour or perhaps more confectioners’ sugar. They also have a fair amount of lemon zest, since you can’t beat those essential oils in that lemon rind, and a bit of lemon juice in the filling. But the true star … is the True Lemon (I buy it at my regular large grocery store).
I also pressed an indentation into half of the cookies before baking, just so they look a bit more authentic. I stopped short of creating the lemon sections. But I thought about it. A lot.
I used a certain piping tip in an effort to make a single, relatively flat layer of filling, but clearly that is not … essential.
What is essential, though, is standing up for what’s right. And although the Girl Scouts have other things on their minds (like tying a proper knot and perhaps getting a merit badge by helping an old lady like me across the street), I have one thing on my mind: making sure Team Gluten Free has Girl Scout Cookies. Here’s how: