Thursday, July 22, 2010
Homemade Girls Scout Cookies
I was asked to bring cookies to our family reunion. My plan was to start baking on Monday and make a batch or two a day and have plenty by the time we were ready to go. Sounds simple doesn't it! It was not to be. Monday and Tuesday were so busy that I got as far as getting the butter out to soften and get my cook books out - that was it. There was definitely no baking going on! Wednesday, I got up with determination. I was going to get my baking done, if it was the last thing I did. I should have stayed in bed. Everything I made, I burned. The sugar cookies were blackened and the layer cookies were inedible. I did manage to salvage some sugar cookies to frost, but everything else was a loss.
Today I decided to give it another go. Heaven forbid I take store bought cookies! That would cause quite a stir. I determined I would start with something simple - no baking, just dipping. Success!
These Homemade Girl Scout cookies are very similar to the thin mint cookies that the Girl Scouts sell. They are wonderful but so easy, even I couldn't mess them up!
First, you start with a roll of Ritz crackers (see, I told you it was easy). Next, you melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave. I always add a little Crisco so the chocolate thins out a bit. Use a cup or two of chocolate chips, depending on how many rolls of Ritz you are planning on using. After you have melted your chips, take off the heat and stir in a teaspoon (or more - to taste) of Peppermint Extract. After you have stirred the extract into the chips, dip crackers, one at a time.
After you dip your crackers, place on a wax paper (or tin foil) covered cookie sheets until the chocolate hardens. I usually put the cookie sheets in the freezer and then transfer the cookies to a box or tin for storage. I like to store them in the refrigerator or freezer, just so the chocolate doesn't melt on your hands.
Here they are - all done. And I didn't even burn them! Be careful, these are addictive. Oh, by the way, Hand Grenade doesn't like mint, but he loves peanut butter and chocolate, so when I make these for him, I leave out the mint extract, sandwich peanut butter between two crackers and then dip in chocolate - yummy indeed!