Girl Scouts host cookie recipe challenge contest

Staff Report

Everyone knows Girl Scout Cookies are amazing right out of the box. But did you know they also work well as ingredients in many recipes?

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) is hosting a contest via Pinterest collecting recipes featuring Girl Scout Cookies as ingredients. Anyone can enter by:

1. Following GSNI on Pinterest at;

2. Creating a board called “The Great Girl Scout Cookie Challenge”;

3. Pinning photos of food made using Girl Scout Cookies;

4. Making sure recipes are included in the comments or linked in some way; and

5. Including #GSNICookieChallenge in the post.

The grand prize is a Baking Basket valued at $100. Each recipe counts as one entry into the contest. GSNI reserves the right to use photos and recipes collected during this contest in other printed and digital materials. Credit will be given to people who submit recipes.

To be selected as a winner, participant Pinterest profiles must be connected to Facebook for notification purposes. Entries will be accepted through March 31. The winner will be chosen April 1.

For more information, contact Marissa Garza at

Looking for cookies?

It’s not too late to locate Girl Scout Cookies for ingredients or for eating straight out of the box! Girls will be selling cookies at booths inside area locations until March 24.

Cookie Booths are the final phase of the Girl Scout Cookie Program and allow customers to buy Girl Scout Cookies through direct sales. All locations accept cash and checks payable to Girl Scouts. Six varieties of cookies will be on sale for $4 a box.

Fans can find nearby Girl Scout Cookie Booths with the free Cookie Locator mobile app. Searching by GPS location or ZIP code, customers can find booths in their neighborhoods, map the locations, and even add them to their calendars.

The Cookie Locator App can be downloaded for free by calling **GSCookies (**472665437) from a mobile phone or by searching for “Cookie Locator” in the iPhone App Store or Android Marketplace.

GSNI also recently introduced “5 for Five.” In honor of the five skills girls learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program (goal-setting, decision-making, money management, business ethics and people skills), customers who purchase five boxes of cookies will receive a coupon with a unique code. Once they enter the code online, they will be entered into a drawing to win 25 boxes. The contest runs until March 29, with the winner being announced that day via social media. Visit GSNI’s website at for more information and to enter your unique coupon code.

If you’re not approached by a Girl Scout or can’t visit a local cookie booth, you can e-mail, and your cookie order will be passed on to a local Girl Scout. Customers can also visit and use the cookie locator on the homepage.

GSNI serves nearly 18,000 girls and 5,500 adult volunteers in parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties. Visit or call 1-800-242-5591 for more details.

From the March 20-26, 2013, issue

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