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Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Tagalongs

By Jaime |

What’s not to love about the Girl Scout cookies Tagalongs? They first came out when I was a Brownie and are basically a round Peanut Butter Twix bar. What’s better, Girl Scouts have never stopped selling them since they first came out—that’s more than we can say for Peanut Butter Twix.

To make your own at home, you simply need to start by baking small round cookies, then place a sweet peanut butter concoction on top, and then cover in chocolate.

Homemade Tagalongs

for the cookies:

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar. Beat until smooth. Add in egg and beat until well incorporated, scraping down the bowl, if necessary. Add in vanilla. Beat until smooth. With mixer on low, add in salt and flour. Mix until completely incorporated and dough is uniform. Shape dough into a cylinder with a diameter of about 2-3 inches. Wrap in parchment paper and freeze for at least 25 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice dough into 1/8 inch disks and place on baking sheets, about a half inch apart. Once you have made 30 cookies, wrap up the cookie dough, freeze, and save for another time. Bake for 8 minutes. Place on a cooling rack and let cool completely.

3. Mix together peanut butter and powdered sugar. Form into small disks and press onto cookies. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 30 second intervals, and mix well after each interval. Coat cookies completely in chocolate and lift out with a fork. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and let set, or freeze to speed up the process.

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Jamie Richardson is an author and blogger at Sophistimom. She contributed several delicious recipes to Babble, and continues to do so on her personal blog.

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24 thoughts on “Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Tagalongs

  1. Bee says:

    Hi,

    My friend makes the easiest version of Tag-A-Longs

    2 Ritz Crackers with peanut butter sandwiched in between.
    Dip in melted chocolate over a double boiler.

    I can’t tell the difference!

  2. Nicole says:

    We make something that takes VERY close to these and we just use ritz crackers, instead of cookies. Then we add PB and dip in chocolate, and vwhala!

  3. MELISSA says:

    THE RITZ CRACKER RECIPE IS SIMPLE AND GOOD BUT DOES NOT COMPARE TO THIS RECIPE. THE SHORTBREAD-LIKE COOKIES MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE TASTE. BUT I WOULD EAT EITHER :)

  4. Rhonda says:

    I make the Ritz cookies too . . . but there is a difference . . . Ritz are saltier and have a slightly saltier taste . . . still really good though.

  5. Heather says:

    I have also used vanilla wafers… Super yummy!

  6. megan says:

    try putting peanut butter on top of a Oreo and eat it. it taste just like it.

  7. Roberta says:

    I’ve made these with UNSALTED Ritz crackers and fill with equal parts powdered sugar and peanut butter. The powdered sugar makes the peanut butter taste like the inside of a Reese’s PB cup.

  8. Cheri says:

    The secret to the Ritz version is to use low-salt Ritz crackers. We’ve been making these for 20 years! Yum!!

  9. susan says:

    Hi I live in the Caribbean I’ve never had Girl Scots Cookies. They look interesting though.

  10. Kristen says:

    Thanks for the recipe…I will definately try!!

  11. Vicky says:

    I also make these w/Ritz crackers and PB; but I dip them in white chocolate. So Yummy!

  12. Kzolias says:

    I understand peoples frustration and saying it takes away from Girl Scouts. Simple and easy solution, make a direct donation to your local troup so that they aren’t making a big company money, instead more is going to them, and in the mean time those of us who enjoy recipes get to try our hand at these. Safer for the girls instead of going door to door with possible pedophiles, and I don’t have to deal with the guilt of walking past them at the grocery store. I don’t shop to feel guilty, I shop to get food for my family and enjoy making things in my own home.

  13. Ellen says:

    I put rice crispies in the peanutbutter mix. Oh yummm!

  14. momof4 says:

    BY THE TIME YOU BUY THE STUFF TO TRY TO MAKE A GIRL SCOUT COOKIE WELL YOU MIGHT AS WELL HELP THE GIRL SCOUTS!!!!!!!!!

  15. BETH says:

    If you knew how little of the cost of the GirlScout cookies actually go to the troop selling you would donate your cash to any Girl Scout you know for her camp fees and use this recipe to make your own cookies…….at least that way the girls do not have to stand there and beg you to buy cookies so they can get their 15 cents per box to help pay for their summer camp.

  16. sam says:

    also with the ritz version you can usually buy brown sugar cinnamon ritz (at least around christmas time) and those are way better, no salt factor at all : )

  17. Angie says:

    These are sooooooooo dang good!!!!!! Delicious. Forget the ritz crackers. These are EASY and just as good as the real thing.

  18. Liz says:

    I am totally going to make these, and I will still continue to support my addiction to cookies and my love of Girl Scouts by buying cookies when they are on sale.

  19. Yvonne says:

    These sound great. I am going to have my troop do a taste test.

    As a scout leader I wanted to let you know the break down of the cost of a box of cookies:

    The price of $3.50 per box does so much!
    Every box of cookies directly supports local Girl Scouts.
    $1.02 Troop program and services
    $0.70 Camp program and services
    $0.40 Troop proceeds
    $0.20 Activity credits and incentives
    $0.05 Service Unit proceeds
    $2.37 Goes to Girl Scouting in our state
    $0.865 Cost of cookies
    $0.265 Administration
    $3.50 Total
    My troop sells about 5000 boxes per year which funds camping trips, cultural events and service projects for all our girls.

    Thank you for loving Girl Scout Cookies.

  20. Meagan says:

    I hate to say this but girl scout’s cookies up here in massachuetts cost 4.00 a box these days. I can understand why people wouldnt buy the cookies for one box costing 4.00. The people would rather spend 4.00 or more towards groceries then a box of cookies (which last maybe a couple of days unlike the groceries). I used to be in the girl scouts a longtime ago and boxes only cost like $2.something back then they were selling like hot cakes! Its just getting really stupid making the prices go higher every what couple or few years from now! Then the girl scouts are going to have to find other ways to raise the money for their troops if the box price gets any higher hopefully not to 10 dollars a box!

  21. sarah says:

    these cookies were super super difficult to make, then they didnt even turn out good D: and they tasted far too chocolatey. definitely not worth the hassle :(

  22. Casey says:

    I just made these today!. The hardest part was coating them in chocolate but overall they were super easy and definitely worth the effort

  23. Erica says:

    Girl Scout cookies are $4.00 a box and the weight is under a half pound. I would not even consider buying them. I was a Girl Scout in my youth and a leader for years so am not unsympathetic to the program but they need to find another fund raiser. The actual troop members make next to nothing per box. Fund raisers at school ar eequally ridiculous. I would much prefer to see young people earn their money with a service that helped them and the people who are donating. Snow shoveling, leaf raking, car washes, dog bathes or walking are all activities which would serve both parties.

  24. Bradley says:

    People, if you’re going to experience personal struggles with ethics and morality while making tagalongs, you probably need to rethink your priorities. If you really want to donate to the Girl Scouts, give them money and make the cookies for yourself…. srsly…

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