It’s that time of year again. Girl Scout cookie time.
Did you know the Girl Scouts are actually only allowed to sell their cookies a certain time of year? I guess limiting the availability of cookies makes people so look forward to them that when cookie time comes around they buy an absurd amount of overpriced boxes. It’s a great marketing plan. I know because we bought so many boxes last year that I only just finished my last box of 2014 Thin Mints about a month ago.
We buy our Girl Scout cookies from Nick’s little cousin. This year I kinda sorta knew it was cookie season and she was selling them, but I decided to ignore that fact and see if the season would pass without notice. After all, the last thing I need now that I’m home all day is boxes of delicious cookies in the pantry just tempting me. I thought I might have been successful until I got home one day a couple weeks ago to find a MOUNTAIN of boxes of cookies on my kitchen counter. SO MANY cookies.
My cookie monster hubby decided that this year we needed TWENTY boxes of cookies. So many boxes, in fact, that to add a little variety he even bought the weird cranberry crisp cookies and Trefoils. Who buys Trefoils?! Don’t get me wrong, they are good. Cookies are cookies. But in the world of Girl Scout cookies, Trefoils are pretty much useless.
So now I have way too many cookies, a constant sugar buzz, and may or may not need to buy new pants soon.
I had to make dessert for an event this past weekend and jumped at the chance to rid myself of at least one box of devil cookies. These are basically Oreo truffles, but instead of Oreos I used a box of Thin Mints. Since Girl Scout cookie season and St. Patty’s Day overlap, I dressed them up all cute so you can make them for your Irish festivities.
- 1 (9 oz) package Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies
- 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened
- 10 oz white chocolate chips or vanilla Candiquik
- Sprinkles, optional
- Using a food processor (or Ziplock back and a mallet), crush the cookies to a fine crumb.
- Mix together the cream cheese and cookie crumbs. (I used a stand mixer because it was easy, but you could do this by hand.)
- Roll the cookie mixture into small balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the fridge and chill for 15-30 minutes.
- Once the cookie balls are chilled, melt the white chocolate chips either in the microwave or over a double boiler.
- Dip the cookie balls into the white chocolate, then place back onto the parchment-lined cookie sheets. Top with sprinkles, if desired.
- Let the truffles harden completely before serving. Store in the fridge.
I’m not saying these are any less tempting than straight up cookies. In fact, they are SO much worse. But at least I was able to share these! Enjoy!
For some more cute Saint Patrick’s Day ideas, check out these recipes:
And if you’re looking for more Girl Scout cookie love, check out these recipes from some of my favorite bloggers:
- Thin Mint Ice Cream Brownie Cupcakes from Flavor the Moments
- Thin Mint Marshmallow Brownies from The Food Charlatan
- Homemade Samoas from Bakerita
These look so delicious! Thin Mints are the only girl scout cookie I’ll buy from time to time, but in truffle form — even better! And thank you for linking up my Thin Mint Ice Cream Brownie Cupcakes! 🙂
Yep, Thin Mints are definitely my favorite. They’re the only ones I would probably actually buy myself. But if the others happen to be in my house…. I’m not gonna say no. 😉
Emily aka The Three Bite Rule says
Hahaha love it! 20 boxes is a serious contribution to the Girl Scouts. I hope she gets a trip to space camp or a badge or whatever for selling lots of cookies! Where are your bars with the Baileys & frosting? I think we inhaled them years ago but I can’t remember what they’re called if you’ve blogged them since. Maybe they’re too many calories to eat as real adults?
Oh my gosh, Bailey’s Bars!!! I haven’t made those since Boston and definitely haven’t blogged them. I practically forgot about them! I need to dig up that recipe… best things EVER! And yeah… so, SO bad for you. 😛
Rachel @ Bakerita says
These truffles look sooo delicious! I’ve resisted buying Girl Scout cookies because let’s be real…with all the baking I do, the last thing we need is more cookies – but Thin Mints are definitely one of my favorites.
Thanks, Rachel!! They were sooo yummy! Thin Mints are my fave too!
Lauren Everson says
Thin Mints + cream cheese!? How can you possibly go wrong!??
Right!?! That’s what I’m saying!
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
I have been so good and haven’t bought any girl scout cookies this year. Trying to not eat any sugar. But it has been HARD! Especially with them posted out in front of the grocery store. And now I really need to buy them so I can make these truffles. So good!
Your “extra” cookies freeze well. Your truffles look very yummy.
Yes! I always freeze Thin Mints! I even think they are better cold from the freezer. 🙂
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
That’s too funny that your husband bought 20 boxes! I bought none this year and I’m so sad! Don’t know what I was thinking. These thin mint truffles look amazing! Such a great way to use up those leftover cookies!
LOL… it’s not funny, it’s horrible! I’m a little ashamed to say we’re already almost halfway through them, though. 😉
Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says
You can never go wrong with Girl Scout cookie anything, especially truffles. These look incredible! I am so hungry right now!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
I have a hard time turning down any Girl Scout cookies and in truffle form? Such a great idea!! These look incredible!!
Those tricky girl scouts! haha! I remember when we were little and the girl scouts would go door to door, now they just set up shop outside the grocery store! Thin mints are still one of the best cookies though! These truffles are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day 🙂
Seriously! I learned that each troop is actually assigned to different stores. Kinda takes the fun out of it!
Liz @ Floating Kitchen says
Um, I’m so lame and I haven’t bought a single girl scout cookie yet this year! What’s wrong with me?? I think there are still some floating around, so I need to get on it. These truffles look amazing. Thin Mints are my FAV!
Hehe… just try not to buy 20 boxes! It’s dangerous…
Sarah@ Whole and Heavenly Oven says
Haha! That is too funny that your hubby surprised you with a mountain of girl scout cookies. Best and worst present ever. LOL. These truffles look absolutely amazing! Thin mints are by far my fav GS cookie, so I’m all over these beauties!
TOTALLY best and worst. But right now mostly worst, haha. Thanks, Sarah!
Amy @ Fearless Homemaker says
20 boxes of cookies, WOW! I love that your husband was feeling generous this year! And these truffles look SO amazing – wish I had a few for a mid-morning snack right now!
You’re not kidding… those things aren’t cheap! Plus, now I need to buy a new gym membership. 😉
Annie @Maebells says
I ran errands last weekend and I swear the girl scouts were stalking me at every stop! It is so hard to resist those delicious cookies! I love the looks of these Thin Mint Truffles, so delicious and festive for st. Patricks day!
Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says
I hide my GSC from my family because I’m afraid they’ll eat them all and I will get none. I love this truffle idea. Such a festive dessert for this time of year.
Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later! says
Oh I totally devoured my thin mints already, but this recipe sounds like a delicious way to enjoy them!
OMG it looks fantastic,just wish to have one
Amy @ Army Amy says
Thin Mints are my husband’s favorite. I’m not sure that he knows what a truffle is, but something tells me that if I showed up with Thin Mint truffles, he wouldn’t be complaining. Haha!
LOL! Only the most gourmet “truffles” consist of Girl Scout cookies and cream cheese! 😉