Copycat Girl Scout Tagalong Cookies

Those cute little girl scouts have it out for me. No, correction, they have it out for everyone! With their ever-so-cute sales pitches and delicious bites of heaven. I simply can’t resist. I love sponsoring them, helping them earn badges, raise money for their troop, and go to camp. But what about the rest of the year?
Come on, what’s a girl going to do when she runs out of here favorite Girl Scout cookie? Well this desperate girl had to make hers.
This year I didn’t even buy my favorite cookie, thinking I would 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. I thought, I will buy the ones the kids like and save myself… WRONG! On a busy afternoon, I found that I had eaten a ½ row of Thin Mints (I consequently began cursing the cute little girl from Jordan’s dance class that sold me it). So if I’m going 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. The result is essentially identical, if not better. It tastes fresh, and you can tell the difference. The buttery cookie, the fresh and natural peanut butter, and the smooth milk chocolate was the answer to my Girl Scout prayers and has since continued to feed my growing sugar obsession.
So here it is, another recipe to add to my cookie addiction repertoire.
XOXO San

Copycat Girl Scout Tagalong Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 24-30

Copycat Girl Scout Tagalong Cookies

Homemade Copycat Girl Scout Tagalong Cookies

Ingredients

  • Peanut Butter Filling:
  • 1 ¼ cup all natural peanut butter, like Adam’s All-Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup powder sugar, sifted
  • Shortbread Cookie:
  • 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
  • Chocolate Coat:
  • 1 lb. Milk Chocolate dipping candy, I like Chocomaker

Directions

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.

Shortbread Cookie:

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.

Chocolate Coat:

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.

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Kids review: They all loved these and said they tasted exactly like the Girl Scout Cookie!!! YAHOO!

Comments

  1. says

    San, these look so so so amazing. I love girl scout cookies and they never come to my house. Tagalongs, thin mints and samoas are my favorite. So I can’t wait to try these ones and then some homemade thin mints (I’ve got a recipe for samoas already!) Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    Truthfully, I would have cooked the shortbread cookies and stopped there. I LOVE shortbread cookies. Can I exchange the sugar for agave or something else? I can’t eat white sugar. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post.

  3. says

    Even though I have the Girl Scout Tag’s in the back of my van (we have 2 girl scouts) I will be making these! I love homemade cookies! And I bet my kids will enjoy helping me make these and claim they are 10 times better than the GS. :) That’s why I love making treats. I always get told they are so much better than store bought.

  4. says

    I am pinning this right now. These are my favorite cookies. I never buy them because I eat the whole box and and want more, but at $4 a box, that is tough.

  5. says

    Ok, Sandra, these are my FAV Girl Scout cookies. And I don’t know any GS so I didn’t know that you now have to “place and order”. Therefore, I have no said order. (Yes, I’m a little bitter but moving on..)

    Anywhoo ~ I am very happy to have found you over at Twirl and Take A Bow party and I’m pinning this.
    I’d LOVE for you to share these over at my Brag About It link party on VMG206 if you get the chance!

    ~ Megin of VMG206
    http://www.vmg206.com/2014/02/brag-about-it-link-party-no-43-vmg206.html

  6. says

    We usually buy a lot of girl scout cookies, but didn’t this year. (I’m eating Thin Mints as I leave this comment!) I am going to add this to my to do list with the kids…yum!

  7. says

    Yum tagalongs are my favorite too. I have to try this recipe sometime. Thanks for sharing this with us at Great Idea Thursdays. I’ll be featuring this.

  8. Jake says

    It’s surprised me how identically tasting these were, just minus the artificial taste that the real ones have. Bravo.

  9. says

    What a great recipe for all of us Tagalong Cookie fans. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. says

    I so need to make these! Last time I bought a box of these cookies from the Girl Scouts there were like only 10 cookies in the box. Totally ridiculous for the price.

  11. Cynthia says

    Tagalongs are my favorite Girl Scout cookie. I’m so happy I can have them all year-round now! Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next time.

    • Sandra says

      Julia – Thanks so much for the feature! Sorry I am just now sending you a thanks! I was in the Bahamas last week with the family and just got back! See you this week again! XO San

  12. Cathy says

    Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! I am featuring your post at this weeks party! I can’t wait to see what you link up this week! http://wp.me/p466oG-18B
    Have a terrific weekend!
    Cathy
    APeekIntoMyParadise.com
    #TastyTuesdays

    • Sandra says

      I love you Cathy – thanks so much for featuring this recipe!! I love your blog and parties, as always XO your biggest fan! xo San

  13. Linda P. says

    These look great! Just curious, why wouldn’t you make enough peanut butter spread to cover all of the cookies? Is the 1 1/4 cup equal to one jar?

    • Sandra says

      Linda – I have a few kids at my house that I watch during the week that hate peanut butter, I saved the cookie for him. If you do the recipe and add another halve of the same recipe, you will have more than enough for all the cookies. How many ounces is your peanut butter jar? Sorry for the late delay, I was in the Bahamas last week and jut got back. Enjoy!! XO San

    • Sandra says

      Alexis, thanks for the pin! Sorry to hear you missed out on the cookies!!! Although you saved some $, with them now costing $4 a box for maybe 10 cookies. You’ll love this recipe! XO San

  14. Lauren says

    Thank you so much for the recipe! I just made these with GF flour and coconut palm sugar and they were divine!

  15. Sandy says

    I just wanted to let you know that your recipe doesn’t say to use a round cookie cutter, although according to your pictures you did.
    “Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut with a 3 by 1-inch finger-shaped cutter.”

  16. Alyssa Ross says

    These are amazing!! The only thing I had to change was I used a little under 1/2 cup of confectionary sugar in the frosting because when I used 1 whole cup it turned the peanut butter too doughy. These are to die for. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  17. Shawn says

    Made these last night, theyre amazing !

    Be careful which kind of butter you use though, mine didn’t have a high enough moisture content and i had to add about 1\4 stick more. You’ll be able to tell if your dough is too crumbly. Also, be conscious of the chocolate, you don’t want them tasting cheap and overly sweet !

  18. Leah C says

    Delicious! My only complaint was that the cookies were a little heavy and buttery. However, everything else matched exactly with the Girl Scout cookies.

    I made these quite a bit smaller than the recipe said, trying to make them closer to the actual size of the Girl Scouts version, and I ended up with just the right amount of peanut butter to cover all of them. So that was nice. I did need a little extra chocolate, though.

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