In The Seattle Times, Rebekah Denn writes for the All You Can Eat blog that Thin Mints stand pretty well on their own, as do most Girl Scout cookies. But when you start considering them as an ingredient instead of a dessert, you're definitely thinking outside the box.
When the Girl Scouts of Western Washington asked local food bloggers to do just that, the participants got as creative as if the contestants on Chopped had donned green sashes and merit badges.
One of the five finalists chopped up caramelly, coconutty Samoas cookies, combined them with Szechuan peppercorns and panko, and used the mixture to coat chicken tenders, which she served on top of a noodle salad.
Samoas went savory again for a concoction called Samoa Curry Arancini, a winning recipe from Seattleite Siiri Sampson of A Half Cup. Those same Samoas were the first thought of a third finalist, the cooking teacher who runs Talk of Tomatoes, but she decided in the end to push the envelope and use lemon cookies instead to create a savory lemon-shrimp ravioli.