Cookie Inception: Girl Scout Cookie Cookies

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Prepare yourself. The time is near. Time for the streets to fill with adorable children tempting you with cookies. Will you give in? (Umm, yes. Cause they’re delicious and also because last time I said no to children selling me something outside of a store, I got a flat tire on my way home. Don’t mess with kids and karma.)

So you bought your boxes. And they’re all delicious on their own, but you’ve run into a dilemma. You want a Thin Mint and a Samoa and a Tagalong at the same time. What to do? Bake them into a single cookie, of course. Because excess is fine if it’s for the kids.  (Right?)

This recipe is for a nice, chewy, chocolate chip-style cookie, but instead of chocolate chips, you’re putting in your favorite Girl Scout cookies. Win-win. The cookie ends up having a great mix of textures between the crunch of the Thin Mints, the chewiness of the Samoas, and the melty chocolate and crispy bit of the Tagalongs. And surprisingly, the cookie isn’t overpoweringly minty–the flavors actually play really nicely with each other.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 Samoas
  • 6 Tagalongs
  • 8 Thin Mints

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Test the Girl Scout Cookies individually. Are they good? Good. Using a knife, chop up the cookies listed in the ingredients into small chunks.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside.
  4. In an electric mixer, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  5. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute.
  6. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined.
  7. Fold in the chopped cookie pieces.
  8. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. (I used a standard cookie scoop.)
  9. Bake until cookies are light brown around the edges, but still soft in the center, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on the baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Eat with reckless abandon.
  10. Buy more Girl Scout Cookies. Repeat.

This recipe was created for the Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite events of the year. Last year I made Shortbread Oven-Fried Chicken.

Girl Scout cookies will be here March 1-17, and you can use a cookie locator (or a mobile app when you really need a fix) to find the closest seller to you.

What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie? And how many boxes will you be picking up this year?

Vintage Altered Teacups

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Surprise your sweetie with some vintage altered teacups from Etsy shop Geekdetails. The ones featured above would make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift or wedding present, but the shop has cups that work for multiple occasions. Relax with an episode of Doctor Who and the Don’t Blink or Timelord cups, or let a frenemy or roommate know your true feelings with some of the other options. I can’t picture a better way to take my tea.

Teacups and sets, $18-64 at Etsy.com.

Geeky Cookie Cutters

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Guys, I’m gonna go broke and it’s going to be all WarpZone’s fault. The Etsy site has detailed Doctor Who cookie cutters made from a 3D printer. Doctor Who not your thing? The site also has great cookie cutters from fandoms such as Harry Potter, Mario, MLP, Meme faces, and more. Think I can get a bulk discount for buying them all? I mean, once I’ve perfected my sugar cookie recipe.

Geeky Cookie Cutters, $3.50-6.50 each at Etsy.

(Source: That’s Nerdalicious)

Sponsored Post: Win the Best Girls’ Night In with Lipton Iced Tea

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I am a huge fan of the girls’ night in. It gives us a chance to be silly, play games, watch old movies, stay up late talking, and not have to spend tons of money at bars. Basically, for an introvert with a lot of nerdy friends, it’s perfect.

I’ve watched old YouTube videos, played board games, and even actually talked about “feminine issues” and yogurt commercials. Seriously. Luckily, Lipton seems to get what us average geeky ladies want, and are ready to make our perfect “girls night in” come true. They’re currently running a contest to win a 60 inch LED HDTV, a blue-ray, an XBOX 360 Kinect bundle, Dance Central 3 for XBOX, and more. This would be more than I could even hope for for the perfect girls’ night–I would LOVE a larger TV and the newest Dance Central! And hey, after winning, you may as well re-hydrate after a giant Dance Central session with the new Lipton 100 Calorie Half and Half (Lemonade and Iced Tea) or Lipton Diet Green Tea Honey Ginseng. Need a bit of “jiggle juice” to get your dance on? I’d recommend adding a dash of honey whiskey or peach rum to your iced teas.

So make sure you enter the contest for the “Girls’ Night In” entertainment system. And then invite me. Please?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lipton Iced Tea. The opinions and text are all mine.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and really, we should all remember what the day is actually about. Eating ungodly amounts of chocolate Telling our friends, family, and loved ones that we care about them. This doesn’t need to be a gift giving holiday. Honestly, for almost everyone out there, a nice long note about how much they mean to you will go SO much further than $60 of roses. But if you’re looking for a gift anyway, here’s my round up of some of the fun ideas out there:

USB Bow Tie

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This is a wearable bow tie that has a built-in 4 GB USB drive. Perfect for housing your favorite episodes of Doctor Who. Because bow ties are cool, and so is your Valentine.
Agent 002 USB Bow Tie Sungane, $25.95 at Fab.com.

Bow Tie Necklace

bow tie necklaceLooking for something a bit more feminine? This bow tie necklace from Kate Spade will do the trick. They also have bracelets and rings available in the design, including this lil hot pink number I have my eye on.
Black Tie Optional Necklace, $148 at KateSpade.com.

Swiss Army Ring

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Show your Valentine that you want them to survive, and will help them be prepared for anything, with this practical and functional ring.
The Man Ring: Titanium Utility Ring, $385 at Etsy.com.

Board Games

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Show your Valentine it’s all fun and games when you’re with him or her. (Ugh, too cheesy? Too cheesy.) A board game is a nice way to say “I want to spend more time with you.” Some of my favorite two-player games include Lost Cities and Hive.

Molecular Gastronomy Kit

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Give the gift of more date nights. This is a fun, science-y way to enjoy cooking together. Plus, you’ll totally impress your friends with your new-found molecular gastronomy skills!
Cuisine R-Evolution Molecular Gastronomy kit, $58.95 at Amazon.com.

Sriracha Chocolate Bar

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Let your Valentine know that you think they’re hot (and possibly a bit painful) with a sriracha chocolate bar from ThinkGeek.
Sriracha Chocolate  Bar, $7.99 from ThinkGeek.com.

Tattoos for Those who Fear Commitment

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Get some fun and unique temporary tattoos for you and your Valentine–many of the items come in sets of two. Plus, order by February 10th and get 20% off your order with code “LOVEFEB”.
Temporary Tattoos available at Dottinghill.com.

Venn Diagram Necklace

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Love + Science = The freakin cutest necklace I’ve ever seen. Enough said.
You + Me Pendant, $44 at YellowOwlWorkshop.com.

Glasses Bangle

glasses braceletYou can’t expect me to create a gift guide and only put one Kate Spade item on it, right? I’m loving this bracelet that tells your geeky lady that you love her, eyesight impairment and all. The design is also available in a necklace, ring, and earrings.
Goreski Glasses Bangle, $78 at KateSpade.com.

What are  you getting for your Valentine? Or better yet, what are you hinting at for yourself?

 

 

Infinity Scarf + Purse = Sholdit

In the winter, I live in scarves. I have them in every color, and often reach for one over a necklace to compliment an outfit. Combine that love with the fact that I have back problems from carrying around a giant purse full of things I don’t need on a daily basis, and I’d say the Sholdit was made for me.

The Sholdit is a scarf/shawl/wrap that is also a clutch. No matter how you wear it, you’ll have access to a large zippered pocket that will allow you to put things like your phone, keys, and lip gloss in it. I think this would come in handy for walks downtown, heading to the gym, or any other time you want to stay warm and keep your hands free.

The Sholdits range in price from $49-79 a piece and are available at www.sholdit.com.

Giveaway: Espionage Cosmetics ECCC Collection

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My favorite geeky cosmetics company is making history today: They’re the first makeup company in geeky history to be asked to launch a con exclusive. Presenting: The “EC Collectors Edition!”

The colors are perfect for the Emerald City and any woman who wants to look a bit more like a superhero. And with names like “Variant” and “Origin Story,” they’re just too fun not to use. Check out the descriptions, in order from top to bottom, below:

First Appearance

It’s like falling in love… except more badass. That moment you flip through the pages and meet a new character for the first time. One that sparkles and shines but still makes you green with envy of their awesomeness. This mixture of gold and kryptonite, your first appearance on the scene definitely won’t be your last.

Variant

From the depths of darkness rises a new shade of awesome — Variant. For those smoky dark-eyed nights when a regular black just won’t do, this dark charcoal throws in flashes of copper sparkle to show off a special edition look of seduction.

Crossover 

The only thing better than being the hero of your own universe is the almighty crossover. This cosmetic-grade glitterbomb of awesome green, silver, and copper is certain to name you the reigning hero wherever you go.

Origin Story

If we don’t learn from the past, we’re doomed to repeat it. But in some cases, that’s okay — especially when it shines. With shimmering yellow and sparkling gold, Origin Story doesn’t just tell the world where you came from, it paves the road for awesomeness ahead.

You can pick up your collection at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle from March 1-3. Can’t make it to the con? Win a set below!

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Giveaway: Her Universe Quote Tee

Her Universe Quote TeeHer Universe has introduced some fantastic new quote tees to help you share your true feelings with your Valentine, Galentine, or even yourself. Pick your favorite fandom (between Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who) and make sure you get your order placed in time for Valentine’s Day!

Her Universe has graciously decided to give away a shirt in the fandom of your choice to one reader! Enter with the Rafflecopter below. The contest will end on February 5th so the winner will receive the shirt in time for Valentine’s Day. Good luck!

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Not very lucky? You can order the shirts now for $25 at heruniverse.com.

 

Archie’s Girls Makeup at MAC

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Whenever I was home sick from school when I was young, my parents would buy me an Archie digest. The comics were fun and mindless, and became comforting to me. I always thought of myself as Betty; I was the good girl, and couldn’t imagine why boys wouldn’t pick her over Veronica. If you told me that in the future I’d look a whole lot more like Veronica and would be pining over a high-end Betty and Veronica makeup collection, I don’t think I’d know what to say.

But it’s present day, and I’ve been waiting half a year for the Archie’s Girls Makeup collection to launch.

Whether you’re more Betty or Veronica, there are some great colors and options for you. Betty includes the perfect shades of peach and pink, for an effortless “Girl Next Door” look. (I’m loving the “Kiss and Don’t Tell” lipglass and the “Comic Cute” nail lacquer) and Veronica gets sassy with dark reds and purples. (All I want for Valentine’s Day is the “Strawberry Malt” lipglass.)

Check out the entire collection at maccosmetics.com. What will you be adding to your makeup bag?

Slumber Con

Missing conventions? Don’t have anyone nerdy and awesome near you? Just want an excuse to watch some cute, funny, geeky ladies interview people in their pajamas? You need Slumber Con!

This show looks so cute and makes me go “Why didn’t I think of that first?” Guess I’ll just have to try and be a guest on a future season. ;-)

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