It’s that time of year, that magical time when sweet little girls sell you sweet little cookies.

Oh, you’re not familiar with that season of life? Maybe I should start again.

It’s that time of year, that neurotic time when a rabid beast-like version of you hounds your coworker night and day about when the case of Thin Mints you ordered will be ready. You’re licking your lips in anticipation, caring exactly zero about how the whole point of the endeavor is to teach impressionable girls to be self-assured and industrious.

Does that scenario ring a bell? I thought so.

In one of my better moments, I decided to refrain from purchasing a single box of Girl Scout Cookies for myself this year — they bring out the worst in me — and instead I ordered two boxes to donate directly to military troops. (Hopefully, I don’t start a war in doing so. Samoas are worth fighting over.) Last week, I banished all sweets from my house, and with them, the temptation to indulge. Or so I thought. Here I sit, eight months pregnant, eating a slice of bread slathered with peanut butter and doused in powdered sugar — yes, straight-up powdered sugar. I’m desperate. And my work is to blame.

Because one of my work assignments for today is to compile recipes involving Girl Scout Cookies — recipes that use them as ingredients, recipes that copy the real thing, recipes that suck the resolve out of vulnerable pregnant women and replace it with powdered sugar.

You’re welcome.

Thin Mint Brownies

Make them for St. Patrick’s Day or any day, for that matter.


Savannah Smiles Frozen Lemonade Tarts

The most cheerful mouthful you’ll ever have.


Tagalong Peanut Butter Parfaits

It’s a trifle tempting.


Samoas Bars

Same great caramel-coconut taste, but in bar form.


For a great list of cookie copycat recipes, click here.

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