If you wait all year for Girl Scout Cookie season, being gluten free might have brought about a sad, sad state of affairs. No more sister! I haven’t yet tried the actual Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookie they are testing this year (chocolate chip shortbread), but I’d be happy to support the Scouts if some cute little girl wanted to sell me some. Mostly because it’s adorable. Whether they bring back those gluten free cookies next year and even expand their offerings, or just throw in the towel next year (who knows!), it seems safe to assume that they don’t plan to roll out a full line of gluten free Girl Scout Cookies. You know where that leaves us, right? My favorite place: D.I.Y. Girl Scout Cookies!
Below are 6 of my gluten free Girl Scout Cookie recipes. Truth is, I have even more recipes in my mad scientist gluten free recipe development notebook (okay, notebooks), but you’ll have to wait until my next new cookbook after GFOAS Bakes Bread for the rest. Anyway, we all know that you’re really just in it for the Samoas and the Thin Mints, right?
[If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know the drill with the clickable collage, but just in case—hover over each photo for the recipe title, then click the picture to open a new window with that post and the entire recipe]
Here’s a 10¢ tour of these 6 gluten free Girl Scout Cookie Recipes, and a few words to say what I love about each of them (as if you needed me to tell you what’s fabulous about Girl Scout Cookies, but, anyway). This time, each recipe title is also clickable (along with the photos in the collage), since, well, you said that might be easier on a mobile phone or tablet. I aim to please!
Gluten Free Lemonade Girl Scout Cookies: Lemony shortbread sandwich cookies with a tangy lemon filling. A personal favorite, ’cause I like lemon. I use True Lemon crystals (just crystallized lemon!) to make them extra lemony. I usually find True Lemon near the sugars in the baking aisle, or near the coffee. If you can’t find it in your grocery store, just ask!
Gluten Free Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies: C’mon. Chocolate covered snappy little chocolate mint cookies. Pretty much the best cookie ever invented in the history of the world. Keep them in the freezer since that is where they belong and nobody knows why. But it’s the law.
Gluten Free Samoas Girl Scout Cookies (a.k.a. Caramel deLites): Okay, everybody’s other favorite cookie. Even if you think you don’t like coconut, it’s only because you forget that Samoas have coconut. And use coconut chips, not the stringy coconut that when I was a kid was the only way coconut came, as far as I knew. Lightly toasted coconut chips are nothing like stringy shredded coconut. Unless you like the stringy shredded stuff. They’re your cookies! You have my blessing to make them however you like and I should just butt OUT!
Gluten Free Tagalongs (a.k.a. Peanut Butter Patties): Crispy chocolate-covered shortbread cookies, with a fabulous peanut butter layer. Tagalongs sound special. Peanut Butter Patties sounds less special. Either way, store these in the freezer too. Do it!
Gluten Free Do-Si-Dos (a.k.a. Peanut Butter Sandwiches): A peanut butter oatmeal cookie (oh yeah), with a peanut butter filling. Peanut butter heaven.
Gluten Free Thanks-A-Lot Girl Scout Cookies: More shortbread cookies, but dipped in chocolate fudge. Which really turns out to be, basically, chocolate. But let’s call it chocolate fudge. And yes, they really do taste different than just shortbread cookies. Um, they are dipped in chocolate (fudge)!
P.S. Mardi Gras is coming up soon! If you haven’t yet, pick up your copy of Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread and get comfortable with the revolutionary new way of making gluten free bread!
We’ll be baking up some yeasty goodness on Monday. Its name starts with a “b” and ends with an “eignet.” And it’s all French and stuff. Your support means everything to me!
*ETA: The recipe for Gluten Free Beignets is UP!