Girl Scout Tagalong Cookie Truffles

IMG_3741 Who doesn’t love Girl Scout cookies, right? I grew up as a Girl Scout, so I’d always try to beg my mom to buy enough to survive on for the rest of the year. Even know, during Girl Scout cookie season, I will always have a cookie-stocked pantry. Hence the dawn of baking with Girl Scout cookies. Of all the things I could do with them, I decided to make Tagalong cookie truffles.

This recipe only makes ten truffles, so double up if you want more!

IMG_3697 You’ll need:
6 or more Tagalong cookies (or knockoffs)
1/4 cup peanut butter
Bar of baking chocolate
2 1/2 ounces cream cheese

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First, grind up the cookies in a food processor. Move the mixture to a bowl and use the back of a spoon to crush any remaining crunchy pieces. Because of the soft chocolate coating, the cookies would not grind very finely in my ancient food processor. Add in approximately 1/4 cup of peanut butter and 2 1/2 ounces of cream cheese. Use a spoon or spatula to mix everything together. It should be somewhat smooth but still thick.

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Form balls with your hands and place them on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper or aluminum foil. Then melt the bar of baking chocolate according the instructions on the package. Dip each ball into the chocolate and lay back on the cookie sheet. Refrigerate until the chocolate has solidified.

While their cooling, microwave a tablespoon of peanut butter in a small bowl. 30 seconds is all you need. Mix it well. It should be very thin. Using a spoon, gently pour a little bit of the peanut butter over the truffles and put them back in the refrigerator.

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Ta-da! All done and these Tagalong cookie truffles taste delicious…obviously, since they’re made with Girl Scout cookies.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

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Everyone loves Reese’s, right? Well now you can make peanut butter cups at home, and I swear they’re at least as good.

Here’s what you’ll need to make peanut butter cups:

  • Mini cupcake pan
  • Mini cupcake liners
  • Chocolate chips
  • Brown sugar
  • Powdered sugar
  • Peanut butter
  • Vegetable oil

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Start with lining your pan with mini cupcake liners. All of my measurements are approximate. You may need to adjust amounts based on taste or thickness. Melt 1 cup  of chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of oil in a small ceramic bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave again for 30 seconds. Fill the cupcake liners with a thin layer of chocolate, just enough to cover the bottom. Put the pan in the freezer to solidify the chocolate.

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While the chocolate freezes, make the peanut butter filling. In a pan, melt approximately 1 cup of peanut butter on low and slowly add 4 tablespoons of powered sugar and 4 tablespoons of brown sugar while you stir. Taste it as you go in case you want to adjust the sugar, but I find the sweeter the better with these. The sugar is important because it not only sweetens but changes the consistency of the the peanut butter. When it’s all mixed up, put the pan in the freezer until the peanut butter is hard enough to mold.

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When the mixture is ready to mold, create small balls in your palms and squish them down flat enough to fit comfortably inside the cups. There should be enough room on the sides and on the top for more chocolate. Heat 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of oil again for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat for 30 seconds. Pour the rest of the chocolate on top of each cup. It should fill the liner completely and stay flat on the top. Then put the pan into the freezer to finish them off.

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They should harden fairly quickly, and when they do, you can remove the peanut butter cups from the pan. From then on, keep them refrigerated so they don’t melt. I guarantee they’re delicious and great for gifting! My coworkers love them!

Homemade Pizza

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I can’t cook. I can bake and make some wonderful mac and cheese, but I can’t really cook. Recently, I’ve been trying to expand my horizons and save a little money in the process, so this week I made pizza.

Homemade pizza is so easy to make and won’t break the bank. Trust me. If I can do it, anyone can. All you need are some premade flatbreads, which come in a variety of delicious flavors, marinara sauce, shredded cheese, basil, and whatever other toppings you like on your pizza.

Spread a thin layer of sauce on the flatbread with a spoon and cover it with cheese. I bought Sargento 6 Cheese Italian for one and Sargento 4 Cheese Pizzeria the other. Then add your toppings and sprinkle some basil on top. The basil really does make a difference.

Lastly, pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Depending on your bread and preferences, the time may vary, so keep an eye on it. Once it’s out of the oven and cooled off, it’s ready to enjoy. Homemade pizza is a beautiful thing.

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