TAGALONGS COOKIES – Made with a butter cookie base, peanut butter center and covered in milk chocolate, they’re better than the originals.
These COPYCAT GIRL SCOUT TAGALONG COOKIES have become one of my favorite cookies to make and devour. Adding yet another cookies to my cookie addiction repertoire.
While I completely love those the original tagalongs cookies from the Girl Scouts and could literally eat an entire box on my own, there is still nothing like homemade.
I honestly feel those cute little girl scouts see me coming from a mile away with a sign on my head that says, “sucker for cookies”. I know I am not the only one who falls for the cookies and their cute little smiles. I always feel for the mom’s standing out there in the cold with them at the grocery store trying to push cookies like there is no tomorrow.
So even though I much prefer these homemade tagalongs cookies I simply can’t resist their ever-so-cute sales pitches and delicious bites of heaven.
It really comes down to I love sponsoring them, helping them earn badges, raise money for their troop, and go to camp. But let’s be real people these cookies are only available once a year. So what do we do after March?
A few years ago, this desperate girl had to make a batch of her own tagalongs cookies. I love the peanut butter center. There really is not a better combination than that of peanut butter and chocolate.
For the past few years though I will say that I didn’t buy the tagalong cookies. Mainly because I wanted to save myself from the self-inflicted torture of debating on whether to eat the whole box in one hour or draw it out a few.
A few years I have lied to myself by thinking, I will buy the ones the kids like and not eat any. Well that’s a joke. It always happens that on a busy afternoon, I find myself have eaten a ½ row of Thin Mints. Then I find myself consequently cursing the cute little girl from Jordan’s dance class that sold it to me.
I decided last year that if I am to eat cookies, I’m going to eat my favorite! That’s when I decided to pull it together and come up with my own Tagalong cookie. So I got my little helper, Jersey Cake and whipped up a batch.
The result is essentially identical, if not better. The butter cookie tastes fresh, making the complete difference. So while you may be tempted to just buy a box don’t. Try out these Copycat Girl Scout Tagalong Cookies from scratch, they won’t disappoint, I promise. Want to try some of your other Girls Scout favorites? Try Samoa Truffles, Homemade Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies and Samoa Magic Bars.
Enjoy the cookies friends, life is too short not to enjoy a little sugar. XOXO San
My favorite kitchen items I used to make COPYCAT GIRL SCOUT TAGALONG COOKIES.
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Sheet Pan: I love using a larger sheet pan while cooking because I am feeding my family of seven. I love aluminium for when I do sheet pan meals. I would start with this 13 by 18 half sheet pan. I love these pans so much that I have 9!
KitchenAid Mixer: I love my KitchenAid mixer and use it almost daily. For cookies, breads, sauces, frostings and dough – I find many recipes that I can use my Kitchen Aid to reduce prep time. I have two that I couldn’t live without.
Hand Mixer: I love these for small batches or quick and easy recipes that don’t require a lot of ingredients. I love that you can have so many color options now, I love personally love teal.
Mixing Bowls: I love having a variety of sizes of mixing bowls. From small to large, I find that having at least 3 bowls of different sizes has been an essential in my kitchen. I prefer Pyrex because of the durability.
COOKIE BAKING TIPS
Can you freeze homemade cookies?
All cookies can be frozen, but it is best to wrap them individually to freeze them and only do this once they have cooled completely. Another way to freeze then is to stack them in layers in a Ziplock or container, separating the layers using parchment paper. I personally love individually wrapping them as I feel they taste better.
How long will these cookies stay fresh in an airtight container?
Properly stored, freshly baked cookies hard cookies will last for about 2 to 3 weeks at normal room temperature and stored in an airtight container. Soft cookies only last a few days.
Can you freeze short bread cookie dough?
This cookie dough can be easily frozen but it is best if you portion about the dough beforehand. Scoop the cookie like you were going to bake them and just place on parchment paper. Then wrap the parchment paper in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container. Before you bake preheat the oven, following the cookie recipe suggested temperature. Stick on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, placing 2 inches apart, the only thing you will need to change is add an extra 1-2 minutes to the baking time for the frozen dough.
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Copycat Girl Scout Tagalong Cookies - Made with a butter cookie base, peanut butter center and covered in milk chocolate, they're better than the originals.
- 1 ¼ cup all natural peanut butter like Adam’s All-Natural Peanut Butter
- 1 cup powder sugar sifted
- 3/4 pound salted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Salt to taste, if wanted
- 1 lb. Milk Chocolate dipping candy I like Chocomaker
Peanut Butter Filling:
In a small mixing bowl, mix together peanut butter and powder sugar until it’s completely blended and no sugar can be seen.
On a cooking sheet, lay wax paper or grease the pan with cooking spray. Place ½ tablespoon of the peanut butter mixture on the prepared pan. I use my cookie dough scooper and use only ½ of scooper full of the peanut butter (I just eye ball it). Set in the refrigerator while making the cookies.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the butter and 1 cup of sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt if wanted, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut with a 3 by 1-inch finger-shaped cutter. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 14-16 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Once cool, take out peanut butter balls from the fridge. Using a spatula, remove the peanut butter from the pan. Place 1 ball in the middle of the shortbread cookie and use a butter knife to spread the peanut butter around the cookie. Repeat with remaining peanut butter balls and cookies. You will have some left over cookies (8-10) - just dip those in the left over chocolate.
Melt chocolate per directions of the package. Once melted, place the cookie on a fork and dip into the chocolate. Remove the cookie from the chocolate once it is fully covered while still on the fork. Let the excess chocolate drip off and transfer on to wax paper to cool or greased cooling rack to harden.
This recipe was recently updated from it’s original posting date February 2014.