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Homemade Tagalongs

3/26/11

(also check out my homemade samoas)


I did something remarkable, people. Extraordinary, astounding and supernatural. Here's the story:

About a month ago I bought a box of Tagalongs, my favorite, from some girl wearing a bright green jumpsuit. I opened the box in the car I was so excited, but they didn't taste as good as I remembered. Bummed, I broke off a small piece and gave it to Jack. 5 minutes later he had chocolate covering his body and a grin plastered on his face that I had never seen before. The cookies lasted us a long time in the freezer, as we used them only for dessert or to bribe Jack to do something like sit on the potty or take a shower with mommy (it's the only way I stay clean!). When the cookies were all gone, I searched the usual spots for the girls in green... churches, markets, dark alleys... but nary a Girl Scout I found. I was panicked. I hadn't showered in (4) days. Finally Carson says, why don't you make your own? He is a brilliant man person.

So I spent about an hour researching recipes for shortbread cookies, peanut butter fillings, chocolate coatings, etc. And I developed my own. And I did good. I'm sirious people, these taste exactly like the real thing only so, much, BETTER!! You can taste the buttery, crisp shortbread and the sweet/savory peanut butter and the creamy combo of dark and milk chocolate. Nothing tastes processed, or stale, or like it came from a box. I hear angels singing.

Homemade Tagalongs
(Makes approx. 3 dozen)
Printable Recipe

Cookies:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt

Filling:
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt

Coating:
6 oz. milk chocolate, chopped
6 oz. semi-sweet or dark chocolate, chopped
1 tsp vegetable oil


With an electric mixer, cream butter and powdered sugar until smooth. Add vanilla and almond extract and mix. In a separate bowl, sift together flour and salt. Slowly add sifted ingredients to butter/sugar and mix until combined. Shape dough into a disc, cover in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.


Preheat oven to 350. Take chilled dough, and roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thick.


Using a small circular cookie cutter (also lightly floured), cut out cookies and place on parchment lined baking sheet.


Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until edges just begin to turn golden. Let cool.


While cookies are cooling, with mixer combine peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt.


Once cookies have cooled, scoop approx. 1/2 tsp of filling on top of each cookie.


Using a knife, place the tip in the middle of the peanut butter, and spread down to the side of cookie.


Repeat that motion as you go around the cookie. It should look slightly domed in the middle.


In a double boiler (or place a heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water, making sure the water does not touch the bowl), melt all chopped chocolate. Add vegetable oil and stir until you have a glossy chocolate.


Using 2 forks, dip cookie into chocolate. Make sure to flip over and cover cookie completely. Lift cookie out of chocolate with one fork, using the other to scrape excess chocolate off the bottom.


Repeat with each cookie and place them on foil or parchment paper.


Let cookies cool at room temp and then peel off paper or foil.

31 comments:

Go. Be. Do said...

These look incredible! I must make them immediately!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Normally I refuse to go through this much trouble and effort for a cookie. but dude, they look so good that I might have to break my own rules and make some of these. You are an evil temptress Siri! :)

Christine said...

What? WHAT??!? I am making these. Today. Can you please make a miracle Samoa next?

Paige said...

This is GENIUS!

Dennis said...

Yikes, and I thought I'd start my diet today.....

iamchasingthirty said...

For the love of GOD please pleeeeasee save me one. And, may I request thin mints next?

Cindy said...

WOW!!!! I can't wait - those are my favorite cookies ever! And may I second the request for thin mints next!

Gretchen said...

I guess those years wearing the brownie uniform did you some good...amazing cookies!

Linda said...

I am impressed these look GREAT !!!
Those little girls in green better watch out !!!

aligross said...

You are a ridiculously brilliant woman. I'm making these ASAP. And Samoa/Caramel Delights next please!!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Not only do I hear angels singing but I also hear the sound of my pants expanding. These look too good to exist. Well done sister!

agalandherdog said...

You are amazing -- siriously. Please do samoas next!

Andi said...

These looks so delicious! I think I'm going to have to try it this weekend!

Eva said...

Amazing! These are Denny's and my fave as well - may have to try this on a day when I'm feeling extremely confident in my baking skills (these days are rare). Thansk Siri!

BAM said...

Drool!

Being Ingrid said...

Are you KIDDING ME? These look AMAZING! Yum. I would risk eating chocolate to eat one of these. There. I said it.

andrews901 said...

I made these....and they were delicious!! Thanks Siri!!!

Shenanigans said...

that is amazing!

very married said...

mmm. what about those coconut and chocolate ones??

Siri said...

very married - I made those too!

http://siriouslydelicious.blogspot.com/2011/04/homemade-samoas.html

Sylvie said...

Yeah, I'll never buy another girl scout cookie again.

The Hidden LIst said...

Totally amazing! I've got to share this with my readers with link love back to you! Thanks and keep those amazing recipes coming!!

Sydney said...

Wow. These look good! And probe so much healthier than the real version. What is it about girl scout cookies that leaves you unable to put the freaking box down?! I have to try these now that I live in France and can't get them here :(

http://thetastysidetolife.blogspot.com/2011/02/champagne-tasting-trip-chateau-viewing.html

pease porridge pdx said...

You are a saint for figuring this out! I love these cookies and tried to make them at home once. Big Fail. But now I have this delicious tutorial. Thank you Thank you.

red ticking said...

seriously... these are insane... i think i am happy to have found you... but my hips, thighs... not so sure!
really... fabulous.... xx pam

julie.bissinger said...

Those look amazing! Peanut butter and chocolate are two of my favorite things. Now I don't have to wait until Girl Scout cookie season to enjoy these treats.

Now all I need is a recipe for Samoas, and then I'd be set for life.

Heather said...

Thanks so much for the recipe. For those of us who can't have gluten, it's just as tasty. For a gluten free version, all you have to do is substitute the shortbread portion. This can be done with the Bob's Red Mill mix, or with the following:

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour blend*
2 eggs

flour blend: 3/4 c white rice flour, 4 cups potato starch, 5 tbsp guar gum, 1/2 cup Albumen.

Again, thanks! No one even knew the cookies I made were gluten free- a true testament to the deliciousness of the recipe.

Cheers!

Siri said...

Thanks for all the nice comments! And thank YOU Heather for the gluten-free alternative. My sister will thank you!!

Amber said...

Hello, just wanted to let you know that I followed this recipe and there are a few little typos. There isn't a measurement listed for salt...I assumed 1/2 tsp. Also, in the directions (after you cream the sugar/butter & add vanilla/almond) it says to add flour and sugar. It should say to add flour and salt. Otherwise, all good. These were fun, thanks!

Siri said...

THANK YOU Amber! So embarrassed that I had typos. Fixed the blog post and will fix the printable recipe as soon as I am not stuck in an airport : )

SORRY!

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