Friday, January 07, 2011

Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Trefoils, oh my!

So one of my resolutions was to avoid eating too many sweets this year - especially ones that are NOT sugar-free. And yet, here we are on Jan. 7, and I’ve already broken that resolution. But how am I supposed to say “no” to America’s favorite group of cookie sellers? That’s right, y’all..‘tis the season for Girl Scout cookies. I think I received three e-mails from friends this week, asking me to purchase cookies to support their daughter’s troop. Not to mention there are multiple order forms currently cluttering the lunchroom in my office.

Sadly, the sugar-free and more nutritious Girl Scout cookie offerings unveiled in recent years did not last and we’re now back to only the full-calorie versions. But some are less rich than others. For example, Do-Si-Dos rank lowest in calories and saturated fat. Slightly higher in calories is Thank You Berry Much, while Trefoils, Thin Mints, Samoas, Dulce de Leche and Tagalongs all pack more of a calorie punch. OF COURSE. My two favorites just happen to be Tagalongs and Samoas. However, comparing by the calories is somewhat misleading, since the numbers reflect differing serving sizes and cookie weights. So take a good long peek at each cookie's nutritional information before making your purchase.

And if you want to find some sugar-free cookie alternatives, here are some Splenda-sweetened recipes to tide you over until the Girl Scout cookies arrive in the mail.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies

No-Sugar Sugar Cookies

And for Friday giggles, here's a funny snippet of The Addam's Family movie featuring Girl Scout cookies. Enjoy!

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