When it comes to me and ooey, gooey, chocolately, carby delicious treats, I will find any justification I can for wolfing it down. (She says as picks away at a Zucchini Cranberry muffin…) This morning, case in point, I woke up extra early and took Huck on a nice walk before work. So, in my head a 25 minute walk justifies a 400 calorie muffin. Like I said, the champ of justifications. Then there are the times that treats need no justification.
But really, I just use anything to justify doing something else. And I’m not talking anything bad – really, I’m too boring to be bad. I work full time, blog full time, and then have a house to attempt to keep. So I will gladly use that as a justification for wearing yoga pants all weekend long, and not washing my hair.
Ben is a really lucky man, can’t you tell?
Let’s use Target for instance – by now I should really know that even though I only have one thing on my Target list, ONE, I should really just plan on spending no less than $50 in there. The dollar bins at the front of the store are my downfall, along with anything in their travel size toilettre section. I can’t tell you how many half used packs of eye makeup remover wipes cloths, or different mini bottles of dry shampoo I have from there. They’re taking up half the space under the sink in our bathroom. It’s a sicknes.
My justification for Girl Scout cookies, particularly Samoa – well, that one is where the wheels really fall off the wagon. I have absolutely no self control and will either use every justification under the sun to buy those cute little Girl Scouts out of their stock of Samoas, and donate a box or two to Operation Cookie Drop (of course), and then immediately crap open a box in my car to hold myself over for that long five minute slog from the store to home. Like I said, justification.
But my love of the Girl Scouts, goes beyond their cookies. I grew up participating in Girl Scouts all the way through middle school and loved the adventures, skills and time to being a kid. So many valuable lessons were learned and memories were made that I treasure to this day.
To help promote this cause and organization I believe in, I’m participating again this year in the Girl Scout Cookie Contest and this year’s recipe are these Samoas No Bake Cheesecakes. Last year I came in Second with my Samoas Brownie Parfaits – but this year – I’m aiming to bring it home!! From February 28-March voting will open and I hope that you will give these Samoas No-Bake Cheesecakes some love. Of course – winning means I’ll get to whip these up special, live on TV!
And be sure to come back tomorrow for the last day of Samoas Week – it’s another frosting, freezing, caramel covered confection – don’t miss it!
Try these other Girl Scout Cookie Confections
Samoas No-Bake Cheesecake
1 box Samoas Girl Scout Cookies, Chilled
2 Tbsp Butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 8-oz. brick Cream Cheese, softened or room temperature
½ tsp Coconut Extract
½ tsp Vanilla Extract
1/3 cup Sugar
½ cup Caramel, for garnish
In a food processor, pulse the chilled Samoas cookies until finely crumbled. Pour butter over the crumbled cookies and stir to combine. Divide the crumbles into dishes and press into the bottom.
In a stand mixer with a whip attachment, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Scrape into a separate bowl and set aside, ensure to reserve 1 cup of whipped cream for the topping of the cheesecakes. In the same bowl the whipping cream was whipped with, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Mix in the sugar, vanilla and coconut extracts and mix until dissolved. Fold the whipped cream into cream cheese mixture until smooth and evenly mixed. Spoon the cheesecake mixture into the dishes and smooth the tops. Let the cheesecakes chill for 2 hours. Top with reserved whipped cream, and additional caramel. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Tagalong No Bake Cheesecakes Country Cleaver