There are a lot of cookies in this world. BUT there is one type you can only get once a year!
We wait, and wait, and when they arrive we buy them from our co-workers’ kids, our neighbors kids, from our own nieces, daughters and granddaughters, in front of the grocery store – anywhere and everywhere we can get them! – many of us stockpiling them in pantries and freezers for the long “non-cookie” season ahead.
But what to do with that overabundance of yumminess? Why, think “out of the box”, of course!
We know they are terrific right from the package. But The Girl Scouts of Western Washington hope to show you just how versatile these cookies are by once again hosting their cookie recipe contest. And they have invited local bloggers to submit their original creations.
Frankly, I can’t think of anything more fun than playing around with cookies in my kitchen!
Last year I went savory and made these delicious chicken fingers with lemon-flavored Savannah Smiles.
But my favorite GS cookie of all time has always been the Somoas. So this year I chose them to work with, and decided to go sweet. And sweet it is!
I added a bit of savory with the bacon to balance it all out (and make it a complete breakfast all in one pan) but this is still one dish that will satisfy your sweet tooth 🙂
Who says you can’t have cookies for breakfast?
Baked Samoas French Toast with Bacon
- 1 Loaf French or Italian bread (challah would be good too.)
- 8 eggs
- 1-1/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 box chopped Somoas Girl Scout cookies
- 4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter cut in cubes
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 6 slices bacon
Cut up loaf of bread into rough cubes of various sizes.
Spray 9″ x 13″ baking pan with non-stick spray and layer bread cubes into it, filling in as much space as possible.
In a bowl mix eggs, milk, cream, salt, cinnamon and vanilla together. Pour egg mixture over bread and cover pan with foil. Refrigerate overnight so that the bread can soak up the moisture.
In the morning cook bacon to a crispy texture and chop it into small pieces.
Chop cookies into small pieces.
In a small bowl, cut butter into the brown sugar to make a crumble.
Top French toast evenly with chopped cookies first – pushing them down into crevasses, then sprinkle the bacon over this. Top the entire thing with the crumble mixture (brown sugar and butter.)
Bake at 375 degrees for 40 – 45 minutes.
Serve with pure maple syrup.
Whether you’re craving Thin Mints, dreaming about Samoas, or want to get your hands on some Savannah Smiles, your wait is almost over. Mark your calendars!
The cookie sale to the public is happening March 1-17! There is an awesome cookie locator, as well as an app, that tells you exactly where girls are selling cookies in your neighborhood! Very good to keep handy!
What is your favorite GS cookie? How do you like to eat them? Do you cook with them or just enjoy them as is?