April 13, 2009 --
A sure sign of spring is Girl Scouts selling their popular cookies. The annual Scout fund-raiser continues through the end of the month. If you're like many of us, you may find you have more cookies than you can handle. Chicago Pastry Chef Malika Ameen can help. She's come up with some delicious dessert ideas using Girl Scout cookies, including Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Samoas and Shortbread cookies. While her Girl Scout-inspired recipes are not on her pastry menu at Aigre Doux Restaurant, (www.aigredouxchicago.com
) Malika's desserts have been praised by The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Time Out Chicago and many more. Her Sticky Toffee Pudding and homemade ice cream have been lauded by critics and customers alike and she even counts First Lady Michelle Obama as a fan of the exquisite food at Aigre Doux, which was recently selected as one of only four restaurants to wine and dine the Chicago 2016 International Olympic Committee. Opened in 2007 and owned by famed husband and wife team - executive chef Mohammad Islam and executive pastry chef Malika Ameen, Aigre Doux is one of the leading restaurants, revolutionizing Chicago cuisine. Aigre Doux fare is a careful balance of sweet and sour (Aigre Doux's literal translation) and incorporates the owners' South Asian backgrounds (he is Bangladeshi, she is Pakastani) into their farm-fresh, lightened up Midwest cuisine.
If you'd like to buy Girl Scout Cookies, call the 24-hour cookie hotline at 312-416-2500 ext. 256 or visit www.girlscoutsgcnwi.org.
Cookies are $4 per box and they sell these varieties:
Lemon Chalet Crèmes
The height of lemon flavor! Uniquely designed to feature one of the Girl Scouts World Centers, Our Chalet, this delicious vanilla sandwich has a hint of cinnamon-ginger spice and a refreshing zesty lemon creme filling.
Light and delicious! Delicate-tasting shortbread that is simple and satisfying.
Peanutty excitement! "Naturally Good!" Crisp and crunchy oatmeal cookies with creamy peanut butter filling.
Chewy and Rich! Tender vanilla cookies, covered with caramel, rolled in toasted coconut, and striped with a rich, chocolaty coating.
NEW Dulce de Leche
As fun to say as they are to eat! Inspired by the classic confections of Latin America, these sweet, indulgent cookies are rich with milk caramel chips and stripes.
Sugar Free Chocolate Chips All the taste, none of the sugar! A classic favorite with real chocolate chips-now sugar free!
Wildly popular! Tasty cookies topped with creamy peanut butter and covered with a luscious chocolaty coating.
Perennial favorites. Extra thin, extra minty! A thin wafer covered with a smooth chocolaty coating. Made with natural peppermint.
Peanut Butter Trail Mix Treats
Samoa Chunk Blondies
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with shortbread crust
If you don't have Girl Scout cookies, Chef Malika recommends these substitutions in the dessert recipes: Girl Scout Thin Mints / Keebler Fudge Shoppe Grasshopper Girl Scout Caramel De-Lites / Little Debbie German Chocolate Cookie Rings OR you can just add coconut and chopped up pieces of caramel square candies to the blondies. Girl Scout Shortbread / Lorna Doones Girl Scout Do-Si-Dos / Keebler Fudge Shoppe Peanut Butter Filled Cookies - OR - Nutter Butter