Do you crave those delicious Girl Scout Tagalong cookies all year round? You’re not alone! These peanut buttery, chocolate-coated treats have a way of disappearing quickly, leaving us longing for more. But what if you could make your own version at home? Let’s talk about how you can recreate these beloved cookies in your kitchen.
The Joy of Homemade Tagalongs
First off, making your own Tagalongs is super fun! It’s a great activity to do with friends or family. Imagine the smell of freshly baked cookies filling your house and the pride you’ll feel knowing you made them from scratch. Plus, when you make them yourself, you can enjoy them anytime you want—not just during Girl Scout cookie season.
To begin, you’ll need to gather your ingredients. Think about the three main components of a Tagalong: the crispy cookie base, the creamy peanut butter layer, and the rich chocolate coating. You probably already have most of what you need in your pantry!
Crafting the Cookie Base
The cookie base is like the foundation of a house—it needs to be just right. Aim for a texture that’s somewhere between crunchy and tender. Once you’ve mixed up your dough, cutting out circles will give you that classic Tagalong shape. After baking, let them cool completely before moving on to the next step.
The Peanut Butter Layer
This is where it gets really good. The peanut butter layer is key to capturing that signature Tagalong taste. Whether you use smooth or crunchy peanut butter is up to you, but make sure it’s the kind you love. Spread a generous amount on top of each cookie and let it set. This is also a chance to get creative—why not add a little honey or a dash of vanilla to your peanut butter mix?
Dipping in Chocolate
Now for the grand finale: the chocolate coating. Melting chocolate can be tricky, but take your time and keep the heat low. You want a smooth, shiny finish. Dip each cookie into the chocolate, covering them completely or just halfway for a different look. Then, lay them on a sheet to harden. If you’re feeling fancy, you could even drizzle extra chocolate on top for a professional touch.
Enjoying Your Creations
Once your homemade Tagalongs are ready, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Share them with friends, pack them for a picnic, or keep them all to yourself—we won’t tell! The best part is biting into that perfect blend of flavors and textures, knowing you made it happen.
Making your own version of Girl Scout Tagalong cookies is a delightful experience that results in a treat as special as the original. It’s a chance to put your own spin on a classic and enjoy the process along the way. So, tie on your apron, preheat your oven, and get ready to create some cookie magic!
Copycat Girl Scout Tagalong Cookies
- Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or a (aff link). Lay out all the shortbread cookies in a single layer. Set aside.
- 9 shortbread cookies
- In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Using a hand mixer (or stirring by hand with a mixing spoon), beat until completely combined.
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
- 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Spoon 1 heaping teaspoon of peanut butter mixture on top of each shortbread cookie. Distribute any remaining peanut butter mixture among the cookies, then use a knife or icing spatula to smooth out the mixture evenly across each cookie top.
- Using a candy dipper or a fork, submerge each cookie into the melted chocolate until completely coated, then lift out and gently tap the fork against the edge of the bowl to remove excess dripping chocolate. Transfer the coated cookies back to the parchment paper to set.
- Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to cool and set, then enjoy!