There comes a special time each year when grocery store lobbies and neighborhood sidewalks become filled with Girl Scouts peddling their famous cookies. While everyone has their favorite morsel of the bunch, one of the most popular is undoubtedly the Tagalong.
You donít have to wait until cookie season to indulge in a Tagalong, though. If you want to bite into the delicious taste of creamy peanut butter and crispy wafer at any time, you can make your own Tagalong cookies for far less money and with fewer preservatives.
Tagalong cookies consist of three basic components: a round shortbread cookie, a layer of peanut butter and a chocolate coating. Each of these portions requires a different set of ingredients, so make sure that you gather everything you need beforehand.
According to Today.comís recipe for homemade Tagalongs, which these directions will be following, the cookies require the following:
2 sticks of unsalted butter
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1/8 teaspoon of almond extract
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Moving onto the filling, itís important that the peanut butter be extra sweet and creamy, so in addition to 3/4 cup of peanut butter, you will need these ingredients:
The chocolate coating is the last component and calls for the following:
6 ounces of milk chocolate
6 ounces of semi-sweet or dark chocolate
1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
First, you must prepare the dough. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and powdered sugar together until smooth, then pour in the vanilla and almond extract. After sifting the flour and salt together in a separate bowl, sift that mixture into the mixer until the entire compound is doughy. Let the dough set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
In the meantime, you can begin preparing the rest of your components by chopping up the chocolate into smaller pieces, wiping clean your electric mixer and beating together the peanut butter, powdered sugar and salt.
Once youíre ready to start making the cookies, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and melt the chocolate in a double boiler, stirring in the vegetable oil.
Removing the dough from the fridge, roll it out and flatten it until youíre able to cut it into small, round circles. Place the unbaked cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place them in the oven for 12 to15 minutes or until you see the edges turn golden.
After letting the cookies cool, scoop a half-teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture and place it on top of the cookie, using a knife to spread it. Then, dip the cookie into the warm chocolate, turning and flipping it until coated. The easiest way to do this is by piercing the cookie with a fork.
Finally, let the dipped cookies cool on parchment paper.
A simpler version
If you donít want to go through the effort of baking your own cookies and whipping up all the ingredients following Today.comís recipe, then you can make simplified tagalongs with three simple items: pre-packaged vanilla wafer cookies, a jar of creamy peanut butter and a bag of chocolate chips to melt.
While the real recipe for the Girl Scoutsí Tagalongs is undoubtedly locked up in a secret vault, you can create your own version to satisfy your sweet tooth any time of the year.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.