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Girl Scout cookie upside down cake

It's spring, and that means Girl Scout cookie season. If you can resist long enough, save a sleeve of your favorite cookies and use this cake recipe to create a special treat.

By Eat. Run. Read. / April 3, 2013

If, either by chance or incredible self control, you have some extra Girl Scout cookies, this moist, rich, chocolate cake would make them an excellent companion.

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When I was growing up, the cookie tin in the corner of my family’s kitchen was rarely empty and usually full – chocolate chipbiscottimolasses ginger, or oatmeal raisin were our favorites. But of course, to my elementary school self, there was nothing cool about homemade anything. In my silly little head, my wildest dream lunch included a lunchable, or those yogurts with the sprinkles in them, “store-bought” cookies, and a soda. All I wanted was to open my lunch box to a package of Oreos, or Nutter Butters or Girl Scout cookies.

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Mollie Zapata lives in Boston, where she is a graduate student by day and bakes for her friends, roommates, and classmates by night. She balances her decadent baking creations with healthy "real" meals, and loves creative flavor combinations, epic layer cakes, and exploring new ingredients.  Mollie blogs at

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By now my lunch fantasies have matured. At this point I would be psyched out of my mind if anyone packed me any kind of lunch. And cookie-wise, well, well well, I can eat any kind of cookies I want!

So since it's the season, let’s talk Girl Scout cookies. I did not grow up with them, and therefore have far less experience than most, but I know that people get crazy excited the second spring rolls around and little girls all over the city sit at tables covered in tantalizingly colorful boxes.

My roommate SpeedyKate volunteers with the Girl Scouts, so now I have direct access. We have a very safe and controlled three boxes to eat (Thin Mints, Samosas, and Tagalongs), but then she also produced a couple boxes leftover from last year. What do you do with a surplus of stale Girl Scout cookies? You bake with them!

On Saturday I went to yoga, which is the ideal time to daydream up delicious treats to try. So I pondered my options (Do-Si-Dos), and what I was in the mood for (chocolate), and came up with this Girl Scout cookie upside down cake.

This would work with any Girl Scout cookies, stale or otherwise. It’s a Texas sheet cake recipe, which is super-moist and much less crumbly than regular cake, plus a sleeve of Do-Si-Dos. The cookies rose into the cake while baking, so it wasn’t quite as upside-down-y as I anticipated, but then I covered it all in frosting and trust me, no one is complaining!


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