It’s that time of year again.
No, I don’t mean the time for melting snow, slowly lengthening days or even NCAA March Madness. I mean, it’s Girl Scout Cookie season. Seriously! The Girl Scouts of the USA identifies January to April as the official “season,” but apparently you must contact your local troop to see when they have decided to sell the cookies in order to get a hold of this hot commodity.
Now some folks see all this cookie commotion as a sad time of year for those of us eating gluten free. You see, The Girl Scouts of the USA don’t produce any gluten-free Girl Scout Cookies, and have no plans to do so in the future (if you’re so moved, you can sign a petition to urge them to do so!).
But I view this as a positive — think of all the money we don’t have to spend (gluten-free is a great excuse here!) and drama we are spared (did you see the local police in one Georgia town busted a girl scout troop for selling without a permit?! I kid you not!). Additionally, we gluten-free-ers are not limited to any one Girl Scout “season,” in fact, we can make our own Girl Scout Cookies any time of year we feel the craving!
That’s right. We can MAKE our own Girl Scout Cookies!
Gluten Free Betsy's Sinful Samoas!
My friend Gluten-Free Betsy got me started on this quest for Girl Scout Cookie recipes 2years ago, as I drooled over her recipes for Samoas, Thin Mints and Tag-a-Longs.
Then I founded the Gluten Free Cookie Swap, inviting people from all over to bring their favorite cookie recipes to the table and to take away as many new recipes as they wanted (hundreds of cookie recipes now, and still counting!!) … and somehow Girl Scout Cookies came up then, too! So I made my own version of Tag-a-Longs (allergen-free!) and I cannot even begin to describe their deliciousness!
That got me thinking about other recipes that might be floating around out there in the blog-o-sphere — recipes others have shared that sound enticing as well. Once I started looking, I found so many recipes for Thin Mints that I had to stop posting, but there are GF recipe incarnations of nearly every other Girl Scout cookie you could hope for too, so I am happy to say that you never have to go without these treats again!
Jules' Amazing Allergy-Free Tag-a-Longs!
Here is a run-down of some of recipes to wet your whistle (share yours here or on the Gluten-Free Cookie Swap!):
Jules’ Tag-A-Longs (also Egg and Dairy-Free & may be made Nut-Free & Soy-Free!)
Betsy’s Thin Mints
Glutenista’s Thin Mints
Angela’s Kitchen: Do-Si-Dos
Glugle GF’s Thin Mints
Glutenista's Thrilling Thin Mints!
Roben Ryberg’s Thin Mints (reprinted in the Gluten-Free Recipe Box)
Broward-Palm Beach Times’ Do-Si-Dos
Broward-Palm Beach Times’ Thin Mints
Totally Together Journal’s Thin Mints
Art of Gluten-Free Baking’s Thin Mints
Whole Living’s Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, GF Thin Mints
Alisa Cooks’ Dairy-Free Thin Mints (NOT GF, but you could sub in my Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour in this recipe)
Scoochmaroo’s Shortbread Cookies (NOT GF, although you could just sub in my Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour here)
Scoochmaroo’s Samoas (again, NOT GF, but just sub in my Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour)
And for another great round-up of GF mock Girl Scout Cookie recipes, check out my friends over at The Gluten Free Lab!
Glutenista's Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies!
PS – I know these aren’t technically Girl Scout Cookies, but can you resist Glutenista’s Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies?!?!