Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cookie Program Kickoff Events!

Cookie Program Kickoff--Lehigh Valley!
Mark your calendars to attend the Cookie Kickoff in Lehigh Valley!  

          What: Rock Climbing, Cookie Box Sculpture Building, Roller Skating, and more!
          Where: Independence Family Fun Center, 4345 Independence Dr, Schnecksville, PA 18078
          When: January 14, 2011  
          Time: Anytime between 11:15 AM and 2:15 PM  
          Cost: Free and no pre-registration! Please note that if you’d like to participate in roller skating, there is a small fee for skate rental: $2.50 for roller skates and $3.50 for inline skates.

Participate in at least two activities at the kickoff and receive a Cookie Rally patch! The Independence Family Fun Center asks that you not bring any food into their building, but they will be offering concession food for purchase.

Cookie Program Kickoff--Reading! 
Mark your calendars to attend the Cookie Kickoff in Reading!  

          When: Saturday, January 21, 2012  
          Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm  
          Cost: Free admission for Girl Scouts in uniform and no pre-registration; 
          Regular Museum  admission for other visitors

Join the Reading Public Museum and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania as we help kick-off the 2012 Cookie Season! You will have the chance to enjoy creative activities, the collections and special exhibits at The Museum all with a “girl power” theme.

We’ll start with a story called Katie Meets the Impressionists. This tells the story of a young girl who visits a museum, steps inside a painting and discovers the wonders of art. We’ll take you a special tour highlighting the important women artists involved in the Impressionist style of painting and who are displayed in our exhibit American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony. We will show you that not only men at this time created beautiful and important artwork, but women also. One of the most important, famous and influential impressionist painters was a women. Her name was Mary Cassatt. Girl Scouts will also get the chance to participate (and recycle!) in a Girl Scout Cookie box art activity based on the storybook. Listen to the story reading at 11:30; take the special tour at 12:00; and make your art project at any time during the day.

This is a great time at the Museum for celebrating girls and the women they will become. Not only are women featured in the art but women made the art too! And while you are here, don’t forget to visit our most popular resident, our mummy Nefrina….she is also a woman! Find out about her life in Ancient Egypt.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cookies in the Kitchen!

Girl Scout Cookies are not only delicious to eat on their own, but are also offer spectacular flavors to entrees and desserts! Below are some fun recipes to try and share. 

Caramel DeLite Battered Shrimp
Recipe from Culinary Cookie Creations by The Art Institutes.

4-6 Servings

6 each Caramel DeLites crushed
1/2 cup All-purpose flour
1 cup Milk
1 Tbs Onion, finely chopped
2 tsp Garlic, finely chopped
2 each Eggs
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Chipotle
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 cup Cooking oil
1/2 lb Raw shrimp, 21/25 CT, peeled and de-veined

Cut each peeled and de-veined shrimp in half. Set aside. Scrape off some of the chocolate from the bottom of each Caramel DeLite. Crush cookies into smaller pieces using blender. Place in a medium sized bowl. Add milk, flour and eggs. Continue mixing until the cookies are well incorporated. Season with salt, pepper, chipotle and cayenne. Add chopped onions, garlic and parsley into the batter mixture.

In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Dip chopped shrimp into the batter and fry until lightly brown (approximately 2-3 minutes). Drain on paper towels.

Lemon Crunch Cheesecake with Caramel Apple Topping
Recipe from ABC Bakers

6 Servings

8 Lemonades, 5 crushed, 3 broken into small pieces
4 tsp melted butter
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup finely chopped apple
1/3 cup caramel flavored topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place 6 foil baking cups in muffin pan. Combine crushed cookies and butter. Press crumb mixture into bottom of each foil cup. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Add egg;beat on low speed until just blended. Stir in cookie pieces. Spoon batter evenly over lemon crunch crust. Bake 20 minutes or until centers are almost set. Cool.  Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight. Just before serving, remove cheesecakes from foil cups. Top each cheesecake with chopped apple and drizzle caramel topping over cheesecakes. Serve immediately.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Editing Troop Information in Snap

As Troop Cookie Managers, it is very important that your correct contact information is listed in Snap. If a member of the Product Program team is trying to contact you, this is the first place they'll look.  

If you're unsure how to update your information in Snap, please review the video below.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How to Stay Connected

Newsbytes: During the Cookie Program, any volunteer can elect to receive our Newsytes newsletter. Just visit and click on the eNews sign up on the bottom of the home page. You'll be prompted to enter your email address. Make sure to check “Newsbytes: Product Program Newsletter.”

SUCM Memos: During the Cookie Program, Service Unit Cookie Managers can expect emails to come to them directly from their respective Product Program Manager. These emails will contain information that is not necessarily pertinent for anyone outside of this position. 

Facebook: GSEP Thin Mints: This is our Facebook group where you can post photographs from the 2012 Cookie Program and communicate with other volunteers! Just login to Facebook and add “GSEP Thin Mints” as a friend.

Twitter: @GSEPThinMints: Are you on Twitter? So are we! Receive updates on the Cookie Program by following @GSEPThinMints. Find forms, links and resources for the 2012 Cookie Program under “Cookies and More.” You can also check out our “Cookie Alerts” page to find out about reorder station closings.