Unleash the hounds!
The time of year is upon us. As those cute little girls in their uniforms spill out across America, tempting you with their adorable dimples and their sweet wares in the form of boxed crack: Girl Scout Cookies, those all-too familiar New Year’s Resolutions crumble like the Do-Di-Do’s spilling down your shirt in a cavalcade of crunching madness.
Thankfully, there’s no need to cave.
Give a donation to the Girl Scouts and try these five sugar-free, gluten-free cookie recipes instead.
And let’s face it; even if you end up with crumbs in your breast cleavage (or beard), you won’t suffer the same, “I ate them all!” guilt, with your fists thrust in the air.
Though that’s snazz for dramatic effect. It might even look cool in Instagram.
1. Girl Scout Thin Mints
Sure, the Keebler Elves have tried to get a piece of this ac-shee-ohn. They’re pretty close, too, though those little tree-factory bites are laden with wheat and sugar, and you can’t have that. While I would love nothing more than to motorboat a box of minty-fresh choco-fabulousness, the last time I checked, the crumbs under my pillow (don’t judge) weren’t worth the swelling and sneezing.
2. Girl Scout Samoas
Oh, coconut and fudgy fabulousness, how you complete me. These cookies are a little bit of work, but holy donkey balls, they are worth every moment you spent toasting your coconuts (I’m not a judger if you are into that kind of thing), schmearing caramel, and drizzling your chocolate lines just so. If you’re like, “Screw you, little cookies with your little holes poked in the center!” I have good tidings of great joy. Just press the batter out in the pan, bake, and make bar cookies instead.
3. Girl Scout Tagalongs
These loaded peanut butter cookies are covered with a bear hug of chocolate for exultant, pop-in-your-mouth moments. They’re like bon bons. You supply the swooning sofa and the feather fan wavers, and luxuriate in your own Cleopatra moment. And if you need some amazing theme music, you’re welcome. What? I liked Ultraman.
4. Girl Scout Thank U Berry Munch
Chock full of macadamia nut winning, white chocolate chips, and dried cranberries, there’s almost no room for your taste buds to slap themselves onto these little beauties. These were the family favorite, hands down, of all of the cookies. So much so, I’ve made them more than once. Go ahead and give them a go. I even share how to dry your own cranberries at the link.
5. Girl Scout Savannah Smiles
These simple lemon, poppyseed cookies are dusted with sugar-free confectionery for that final touch that takes you from, “Gee this cookie is terrific,” to “Oh my Dayum.” Poppy seeds are fun pops of crunch, but check your teeth after eating these, or you might bring the bizarre, embarrassed glances of passersby. I’m a giver.
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