Who run the world? Girls. And this year, the Girl Scouts are making it even easier for girls to learn awesome entrepreneurship and sales skills while making it even easier for us to get our cookie fix. Girl Scouts have personalized online stores where friends and relatives can purchase cookies and have them shipped to their door. Dangerous, right? With this new addition to Girl Scout Cookie season, I thought it would be only appropriate to make “millionaire bars” for the annual Girl Scout Cookie Recipe contest.
These bars are gooey, sticky, rich, and delicious. Seriously. You’ve got a Trefoil shortbread layer, dulce de luce, chocolate, and then Samoas chopped up on top. YUM.
Girl Scout Millionaire Bars
- 1 box of Trefoils
- 7 TBS butter, melted
- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 additional TBS butter
- 1 box of Samoas
- Pulse the Trefoils in a blender or food processor until they’re even crumbs.
- Mix the melted butter and Trefoil crumbs together in a bowl until everything is wet.
- Press the mixture into the bottom of an 8″x8″ baking pan. Refrigerate until firm.
- Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a double boiler (a small saucepan on top of a larger saucepan full of simmering water). Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 60-90 minutes until it’s thick and caramel-colored. Pour on top of the shortbread mixture. Refrigerate until cold.
- Melt the chocolate chips until smooth. Stir in 1 TBS of butter until fully mixed. Pour on top of the caramel layer.
- Chop 1 box of Samoas coarsely and place the pieces on top of the chocolate layer, covering it completely.
- Let cool in the refrigerator, then cut and enjoy!
Need a cookie fix, but don’t have a Girl Scout you can pre-order through? Use this Cookie Locator to find the nearest cookie sellers to your proximity, starting March 4th!
What’s your fave Girl Scout cookie? And have you made any recipes with them in the past?
Dominique Ansel, the creator of the Cronut, released a home version of the recipe for his famous pastry. And people are freaking out.
The recipe takes 3 days to make, but if you follow the directions (and have all of the tools), it’s really not that tough. Most of the time is allowing dough to rest and ganaches to marinade with their flavors. By breaking it into 3 days, you can do a bit each evening after work and have an amazing pastry ready for brunch or a party over the weekend!
Have you tried one of his cronuts? Will you be making the recipe?
Sure, baking is a science, but do you know exactly what’s happening to make your delicious baked goods? Check out this Ted Ed video to find out!
See? Cookies are delicious AND educational!
Missed my Geeky Sprinkle Kickstarter? Now’s your chance to order sprinkles! I opened up the pre-order page today so non-backers can place orders before the initial shipment arrives.
You can purchase bottles of lightning bolt, blue policebox, steampunk gear, or meeple sprinkles as well as accessories like the Geeky Hostess apron, themed recipes, and cupcake pins.
Go here: http://bit.ly/sprinklepreorder or click through the widget above to visit the pre-order page! (And let me know in the comments what you’re planning on making with your sprinkles!)
A fellow Kickstarter creator has created “something” that I think you’ll all enjoy. This silicone baking mold can help you make punny gifts all the time forever. “Just a little something for you!” “I got you something!” “Something old, something new…”
Yes. The mold is of the word “something.” You can use it for cakes, chocolate, breads, jello, ice, soap, and whatever else you can imagine.
So if you like puns as much as I do, go pledge now! You can get the mold, a book of recipes/ideas, and more goodies for $38.
What “something” would you make with your mold?
I got way too excited when I saw this item come up in ThinkGeek’s email today. This R2-D2 measuring cup set looks adorable on your kitchen counter, and is actually super practical. Take a look at all it holds: This is a licensed ThinkGeek exclusive, and you can get it for only $19.99. It seems like the perfect host gift, wedding gift, or “whoops, all of my measuring cups mysteriously broke, guess I have to get new ones” gift for yourself.
Will you be picking one up? What character would you like to see made into measuring cups?
These little guys are some of the cutest things you’ll ever eat. Seriously. I’ve received a few boxes of Yumbots over the years, and just recently took them out and played with them. The silicone robot heads get filled with cake batter and cook like a cupcake–just stick them on a baking sheet. After they’re cooked and cooled is where the real fun begins: the frosting. The robots become more fun and fashionable the higher (and brighter) the frosting is. Give them a fun hairstyle and try not to smile while eating them!
The robots have swivel feet, so you can turn and pose them as you wish, and the silicone bots are reusable for lots of robot-cupcake fun!
Grab a box of Yumbots (they come in a pack of four) for $14.22 at Amazon!
How cute are these Minecraft cookie cutters?
ThinkGeek just announced this set of 5 cookie cutters. You get a pickaxe, sword, player, cookie, and creeper all wrapped up in a Minecraft-themed tin. While the creeper is cool because of the cutout in the middle, my favorite shape is the cookie. Make your best sugar cookie recipe, use the Minecraft cookie cutter, and as the cookies come out of the oven and are still warm, stick some square chocolate chunks into them. They’ll look and taste like the chocolate chip image you’re used to seeing! Talk about awesome presentation for a game night.
The Minecraft cookie cutter set is $19.99 at ThinkGeek.
The other day, Kristen Hackett from On Wednesdays We Wear Pink introduced me to Dalek Cupcake toppers. I had a bit of a freak out moment. Why aren’t these in my life, and how quickly can I get them? Who makes these? Do they make other things? Why is it only available on Amazon UK?
I did some sleuthing, and came across the company that makes them. Guess what: They’ve made a full set of amazing Doctor Who baking and party supplies. Be still my beating heart. Unfortunately for me, the company is based in the UK, and shipping to the US starts at around $40. I may have to love these all from afar for the moment, but hopefully some of you are able to get them!
Here are some of my favorite pieces from their collection:
TARDIS Cupcake Kit
Two different patterns of cupcake wrappers, 4 different types of toppers, and it call comes packaged in a mini TARDIS? Yep. Need it. £9.99.
Dalek Cake Stand
This cake stand would make the coolest centerpiece for a Doctor Who party, or a great way to display cupcakes for a Whovian’s birthday. £7.99.
TARDIS Chocolate Mold
This chocolate mold features 6 different Doctor Who designs. These would make super cute gifts or party favors! £4.99.
Doctor Who Dusting Set
This set allows you to dust powdered sugar, cocoa, or other fun ingredients over cupcakes, cakes, the foam on your coffee, and whatever else we can think of. This is super classy looking! £3.49.
Dalek Cake Mold
EXTERMINATE the cupcakes and go for one large cake with this fantastic Dalek Cake Mold. I mean, just look at it! £16.99.
See the entire Doctor Who collection from Lakeland at Lakeland.co.uk.
Which of these Doctor Who items are you wishing will appear in your kitchen?
Do you enjoy baking? How about painting? Model building? Why not incorporate all of your loves into something amazing (and edible)? This edible airbrush kit will allow you to airbrush food-safe ink onto items of your choice (preferably ones you plan to eat). Use it to paint an accurate rendition of a nebula on a cookie, get the perfect shading on your cake shaped like Hogwarts, or just let your artistic side take over on a white fondant-covered cake.
What would you do with an edible airbrush system?
I told Inkedibles that my readers are great cooks/entertainers and are crafty, and that they like unique and interesting things to use while cooking/crafting. They offered up one of these amazing airbrush sets in return. Enter to win below and you could win the Edible Airbrush AND the pack of 17 edible inks to go with it! You lucky folks, you.
Too impatient to see if you win the contest? You can grab your own airbrush system now from Inkedibles.com.
I have more plans with Inkedibles in the future, and they’re going to be a lot of fun! Keep an eye out!