A new spin on an old favorite

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois hold Cookie Bake-Off competition

ROCHELLE — Talk about kicking it up a notch. Girl Scout Cookies are now an ingredient in some tasty recipes thanks to some innovative young bakers.

Inspired by a Girl Scout suggestion, GSNI is offering a cookie bake-off during this year’s cookie sales program. Kings Girl Scout Troop 3520 hosted the first round of competitions in the Southern Ogle Service Unit, which was represented by troops from Oregon, Mount Morris, Rochelle, Lindenwood, and Kings.

Troop 3520 Leader Faith Hayenga, along with co-leader Michele Hardcastle, said the girls were challenged to create their own original dessert using one or more of the Girl Scout cookies sold during the 2017 Cookie Sales. Some of the girls did the activity all on their own, while others teamed up to come up with dessert ideas.

“The girls made cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, and brownies with different varieties of Girl Scout cookies,” Hayenga said.

The girls were judged on originality, use of cookies, presentation, appearance, and taste.

The winner of the bake-off was Rochelle resident Isabella Nauman from Girl Scout Cadette Troop 3217 with her entry, “Bella’s Samoa Brownies.” Nauman received a basket filled with baking utensils and supplies and will advance to the second round of judging.



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