Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!

Our fearless leader Juliette Gordon Low

Today marks the 98th birthday of the organized group known as the Girl Scouts.
March 12th, commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. The group is still going strong after all these years with over 3 million members nation wide. More than 50 million American women enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood—and that number continues to grow as Girl Scouts of the USA continues to inspire, challenge, and empower girls everywhere. I am a lifetime member, and my daughters have been members since they were 5 years old.

My oldest daughter in 3rd grade Brownies.

The last few months have been the season for the girls to sell their boxes of delicious treats. Everyone has their favorites, and some even buy enough to put away into the freezer for special times. To savour at a later date.

If you have the time you can replicate these cookies. Some take more time then you would think, with their mixing, chilling, rolling,baking, assembling, and dipping.
Tired yet?

I was able to find one of the easier ones...
Do Si Do Peanut Butter Cookies
These are actually very tasty...Give them a try!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (courtesy of
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup quick cooking oats
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2 1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

1. In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup peanut butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add egg and beat well.
2. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add these dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir. Add oatmeal and stir.
3. Using a cookie scoop, make uniform cookie dough balls and then cut them in half down the center. Roll each half into a ball and place them onto a greased baking sheet pressing each mound down with the palm of your hand to 1/4 inch thick cookies. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 minutes, or until cookies are a light brown.
4. To Make Filling: Cream 3 tablespoons butter with the confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, and the cream. Fill the filling into a pastry bag or large ziplock bag (cutting the corner to make a make-shift pastry bag) and squeeze filling onto half of the cooled cookies, then top with the other half to form sandwiches. Enjoy!

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