Disclosure: Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Council provided the Girl Scout S’mores Cookies and Melissa’s Produce provided the dried fruits and nuts for this recipe. I was not compensated in any other way and all the opinions stated are mine.
It’s Girl Scout Cookie time again, and I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Council and Melissa’s Produce to create new desserts! This year marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies – that is to say, the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts (the branded cookies we are familiar with weren’t sold until the 1930’s). One of this year’s new cookies is S’mores – crunchy graham sandwich cookies with creamy chocolate and marshmallow filling. The flavors take me back to fun times around the campfire with my daughter’s troop, which is how my Glampfire Bark came to be!
Why Glampfire Bark, you ask? Well, you’ve heard of Glamping – camping with a little more luxury and a little less roughing it. I think our troop was on the forefront of glamping before it was even a “thing”…but not because we were princess campers (well, maybe a little!). My co-leader was an experienced camper, as was our Camping Grandma, who organized everything when the girls were young and taught them to be proficient campers as they matured. (Me? I’m the one who brought the handheld milk frother for lattes on those chilly mornings and will be forever grateful for the little camping heater my co-leader had in our tent!)
From the beginning, Girl Scout Cookies have been the ultimate feel-good treat because of what you support when you buy them. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-run business in the world, where girls gain leadership and business entrepreneurial skills. Our troop always made big plans for the cookie sale as they set their goals and decided together what they would do with their earnings, part of which was always allocated to a service project in the community. Our troop purchased tents with their proceeds from the cookie sale when they were in 5th and 6th grade, and used those tents until they graduated from high school.
Our girls planned and implemented several large events over the years, including weekend campouts for more than 400 Girl Scouts, leaders and volunteers. As you can imagine, running all the activities for such an event is all encompassing – and one of our amazing moms who loved camping would come and cook all the meals. She cooked the most fantastic food for the girls, and made sure they were well-nourished and energized through all the activities from set-up on Friday to break-down on Sunday. I’d say that having our own personal chef at camp constitutes just a touch of glamping, wouldn’t you? No doubt about it, our girls worked so hard on these events, they totally deserved some glamp in their camp!!
No matter what, though, s’mores around the campfire were always on the menu! So, when I had a chance to cook with the new S’mores Cookies, I wanted to honor those campfire memories with something easy but delicious, with amazing extras to glam them up a bit.
I used chocolate and vanilla candy melts, and added dried strawberries, coconut chips and hazelnuts from Melissa’s Produce to give this Glampfire Bark amazing flavors that compliment the S’mores Cookie perfectly.
Other than a little bit of prep work, this recipe is easy-peasy. To crush the cookies and nuts, I used a zip-top bag and my marble rolling pin, and chopping the strawberries and coconut is a quick task.
Melt the candies in the microwave and pour onto a prepared baking sheet (I mixed some of the crushed cookies into the melted chocolate, swirl them together and top with the crushed cookies, fruits and nuts.
When it’s set, break into pieces and enjoy! It’s so pretty too – it would make a delicious gift for someone special ~ like a Girl Scout volunteer!
It’s s’more fun with you!
- 2 lbs. milk or dark chocolate melts
- 1 lb. vanilla melts
- 1 cup chopped (from 2 – 5.oz. pkgs.) Melissa’s Produce Hazelnuts
- 1 cup chopped (from 2 – 3 oz. pkgs. Melissa’s Produce Sweetened Dried Strawberries
- 1 cup Melissa’s Produce Dried Coconut Chips
- 1 – 8.5 oz. package Girl Scouts S'mores Cookies
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large zip-top bag using a heavy rolling pin, finely crush half of the cookies and place in a bowl. In the same bag, crush the other half of the cookies to larger crumbs and chunks; place in a separate large bowl.
- Put the hazelnuts in the bag and crush them into small pieces (they won’t be all the same size and that’s okay), then add them to the large bowl with the cookie chunks.
- On a cutting board, chop the strawberries and coconut and add them to the cookies and hazelnuts.
- In separate bowls, melt the chocolate and vanilla candies. Microwave 1 minute, stir, and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until melted and smooth.
- Add the finely crushed cookies to the milk/dark chocolate melts and stir.
- Working quickly (before the chocolate sets), spread the chocolate out evenly over the parchment paper.
- Drizzle ⅔ of the melted vanilla candies over the chocolate and use a butter knife to swirl gently, creating a marbled effect.
- Sprinkle ⅔ of the strawberry-cookie-nut mixture over the chocolate, pressing lightly.
- Drizzle the remaining melted vanilla over the chocolate and toppings, then sprinkle more of the strawberry-nut-cookie mixture on top. (You may have some topping left over – sprinkle it over ice cream, oatmeal, etc…).
- Chill in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes, until firm and set.
- Remove and let sit at room temperature for a few minutes, then break into pieces.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature – in the fridge if the weather/your house is warm.
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