We have two Girl Scouts in our house, which means that for the last five weeks, we’ve been consumed with cookies. (Five days left! Woo-hoo!)
So, let’s talk cookies.
Specifically, I’d like to give some love to the often-overlooked shortbread cookie.
Some of y’all are seeing them as “Trefoils.”
(Not tree-foil. Trefoil. Y’all aren’t climbing anything.)
The thing is, there are two different bakers. ABC and Little Brownie. As I understand it, Girl Scouts owns the recipes, but the bakers own the names (except Thin Mints – Scouts wisely held on to that one). Now, y’all are going to argue that the cookies are a little different, and to that, I answer that my brother and I use the same chocolate pie recipe that Mom does, but if you put all three pies together, they’d all be a little different. Any one who has ever tried to copy a recipe has experienced this phenomenon. So that clears THAT up.
We are celebrating 100 years of cookie sales this year! The cookie sale was started by the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1917. And their cookies were handmade, but the recipe was for a shortbread cookie. Yay!
The old Grande Dame of cookies doesn’t get much love these days, but she’s still around.
People say she’s “boring.”
But she’s not “boring” – she’s a wonderful building block.
A box of shortbreads and a jar of Nutella? Oh, my.
But there’s also my favorite way to love this cookie. Here you go:
Crunch up a sleeve of cookies – whether you’re in a “Kill the Wabbit” mood…or just feel like banging on them!
Now you need a couple of young helpers. Part of what cookie sales are all about is helping our young Scouts with life skills and being independent. I’m extending that by
making asking them to help with making their own desserts.
Get one pair of little hands to mix up instant banana pudding, and another to put some crunched cookie goodness into that unused glassware that’s collecting dust in the cabinet. Mom has been known to use champagne glasses. I’ve seen sundae glasses. Espresso cups make nice little “mini desserts.” Top the crushed cookies with pudding.
Now, be the meanest mommy in the world, and wait until after dinner.
Make them nice and pretty, eat them all up, and then get the approval of the kiddos!
And, because I’m not only a parent, but also a troop leader and a cookie mom, I must now tell you to run out and get some Shortbreads or Trefoils right now! I’ll bet you can find a local Girl Scout to help you out.
But until February 26, you can also get them (and the other cookies!) here:
or here (two Scouts, remember?):