Here’s a complete list of what kind of girl scout cookies you’ll find this year! (You can find the 2012 flavors here). There are 11 different types and flavors to enjoy (or 14 depending on how you count – since there are different bakeries that make them, a few of the cookies go by different names!), and each is better than the last! The big change in the cookies for 2013 is the new box design which is intended to give customers are better insight into the “girl scout experience”.
So, ready to choose your cookie? There is actually even a new flavor for 2013!! (also, note, if you’re looking for Shout-Outs, they were discontinued!) Here are the types of cookies you’ll find and what you have to decide between:
- Mango Creme – This is the newest cookie flavor introduced in 2013, and is intended as a “healthy” choice. They are vanilla and coconut flavored and have the creme has a mango flavor. It is said that they are loaded with vitamins, and indeed the box does say that they have 6% Vitamin A, 2% Cacium, 15% Vitamin B1, 6% Vitamin E, 6% Vitamin B6, 4% Iron, and 6% Vitamin D for every three cookies. Remember though, these are in fact still cookies, so don’t get too excited with the health benefits! 😉
- Thin Mints – These cookies are a traditional favorite that shows up year after year. They look like small round chocolate covered cookies, and inside also looks like a brown crumbly cookie. They however have a surprising tasty mint flavor and are delicious!
- Samoas – These girl scout cookies are a CLASSIC choice and are the favorite of most people. They are a small round cookie covered in coconut and caramel, and have chocolate stripes. They are crunchy taste like the perfect mixture of caramel, coconut and chocolate. If you like any of these ingredients, this is the girl scout cookie choice for yoU! Please, try not to eat the whole box at once! 😉
- Thank U Berry Munch – A cookie with white-fudge chips and cranberries. They taste tart and sweet at the same time!
- Dulce de Leche – Small bite size cookies (serving size are 5 cookies!) that have milk carmel chips in them.
- Savannah Smiles – This choice is coated with powdered sugar and taste lake lemon!
- Thanks-A-Lot – A shortbread with fudge on the bottom. It has a milder taste than some of the other girl scout choices.
- Peanut Butter Patties / Tagalongs – For anyone that likes peanut butter, this is the choice for yoU! These cookes are coated with peanut butter and chocolate…kind of like a cookie version of a Reeces Pieces!
- Trefoils / Shortbread – These are both shortbread cookies. Depending on where you are, some boxes will say Trefoils, others will say Shortbread. Both have similar tastes!
- Do-si-dos / Peanut Butter Sandwich – Again, these are basically the same cookie, but some boxes call them do-si-dos, others call them peanut butter sandwiches. They are a crisp sandwich cookie with peanut butter on the inside! Many people grew up with these cookies and consider them one of their favorites!
- Lemonades – You can find these types of cookies in the supermarket, but noone does them the way the girl scouts do – they are shortbread with lemon icing. They might be thin, but the nice thing about these is that the serving size is 8 cookies!!
Christmas time is the time of year that almost any sweet dessert will hit the spot. Probably the most popular dessert for the Holiday’s are Christmas cookies, especially if they are homemade. Homemade Christmas cookies and a nice big glass of cold milk!
So if you are not going to buy your cookies and you want to make them from a recipe what are the most popular or traditional Christmas cookies?
#1: Probably the most beloved, most popular, most eaten, quickest to be gone… the Gingerbread cookie.
#2: Of course, the all around favorite cookie, the one that is so versatile that most people can eat it. The cookie that is soo simple with basic ingredients that if someone turns one away you know they are not allergic but they just don’t like your cookies… The Sugar Cookie!
#3: The third place most popular or most traditional cookie to bake is hard to name. After the first two choices are made third place commonly differs from person to person. Some people love making the cookie bars, cookie balls, shortbread cookies, butter cookies, peanut butter cookies, the list goes on and on…
No matter which cookie you choose to make during the Holiday’s and Christmas they will be eaten… no matter what.
Anise cookies are especially good for those people who like the flavor of licorice or licorice flavored pastries since it is made with anise seed or anise extract which both smells and tastes like licorice. (Anise seed is a seed related to caraway, dill, and fennel, and is popular in European cooking, in particular with fish and shellfish cooking to give the food a Mediterranean flavor. Look in the spice section of the supermarket for a bottle.) Anise cookies are a great choice for the holidays because of the sweet licorice flavor..be advised though that the taste is bold, and not subtle. If you’re looking for recipes for how to make anise cookies – here’s a good Anise Cookie Recipe for those looking to use their anise extract or anise seeds in a tasty dish. Here’s another good recipe for Italian Anise Cookies. Finally, here’s another recipe for Sour Cream Anise Cookies. So licorice lovers pull out your anise extract and get cooking!
p.s. For more info on anise, check out my post on Anise Flavored Liquer.
Today’s flavor is white chocolate. White chocolate is a popular variation of the classic flavor chocolate. White chocolate flavor has been described as tasting like chocolate but with a milky and smoother flavor. The ingredients for white chocolate include sugar, cocoa butter (the fat from cocoa beans), milk solids, lecithin, sugar, and vanilla. One notable difference between chocolate and white chocolate is that white chocolate does not contain chocolate liquor or cocoa solids. Because it does not have any cocoa solids, white chocolate (unlike regular chocolate) does not have any caffeine. White chocolate should not be confused with milk chocolate. (Milk chocolate actually IS chocolate, and contains sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, milk, and vanilla.) Milk chocolate appears as a brown color like chocolate, while white chocolate appears as white.White chocolate is incredibly popular, and many people that do not care for regular chocolate like white chocolate as the flavor is quite different. Flavorings of white chocolate include white chocolate pepperment bark which is popular around Christmas. White chocolate fudge is a popular dessert and is described as being creamy, rich, and very sweet – you can find recipes easy online. White chocolate cheesecake is popular in the supermarkets – a very dense and decadent dessert. You’ll never find white chocolate popcorn in a movie theater, however if you find a gourmet popcorn bag, you might find this flavor. Other items which have been flavored successfully with white chocolate include white chocolate mocha (to drink), white chocolate cookies (you can add white chocolate chips to make them), white chocolate pretzels (very popular and easy to find), white chocolate syrup, white chocolate icing, white chocolate liquer, white chocolate m&ms (yes, they exist), and the list goes on and on.White chocolate – great flavor!!