Category Archives: Cookies

Cookie updates – Feb. 24

We hope your chilly booth sales over the weekend were successful! Today’s update is brief, as we shared the latest information we have with our volunteers on Friday in the GSCO blog. If you missed it, here’s a link

http://gscoblog.org/category/cookies/cookies-volunteers/

Quick reminders/news:
Wednesday, Feb. 25 is the deadline for returning any cookies you don’t want to be responsible for selling or purchasing.

There are 3.5 million packages of cookies in the field and 1.9 million packages recorded as sold, so we have every reason to believe there will be some additional inventory available later this week.

All Hometown Heroes and customers who ordered cookies will get them – they just may have to wait until additional inventory is available.

We will provide a rough estimate of how returns are looking on Thursday, Feb. 26 and a distribution plan for cupboards on Friday, Feb. 27.

Keep promoting Digital Cookie, as those orders are not filled with our Colorado inventory. Hometown Heroes are also always a great way to support Girl Scouts!

Thank you for your patience as we all shuffle cookies to meet the unusually high demand this season and thank you for continuing to make the experience positive for girls!

Upcoming  Q&A sessions:

Feb. 24 6-7 p.m. (phone participant code: 6457806544)

*Note: the link will take you to a web based application, some systems will need a quick download of additional software to run the application. You will need an internet connection, and computer speakers and microphone. If you cannot hear the meeting through your computer, please use the 866-232-8977 conference phone number and enter the participant code provided above.

Voting begins in cookie contests

Thank you to everyone who entered our contests for “Best Cookie Video” and “Bling Your Booth.” We received dozens of entries and are so impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of all of these cookie-bosses. Now, it is time to rally your friends and family to vote!

Best Cookie Video

All of the entries have been uploaded to our YouTube Channel and are part of the playlist: Best Cookie Video Contest 2015. If you like a video, simply click the “thumbs up” icon beneath it. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by Wednesday, March 4 at 9 a.m. wins!

 Bling Your Booth

All of the entries have been uploaded to our Flickr page and are part of the album: #BlingYourBooth Challenge 2015. If you like a photo, simply click the star to the right beneath it. The photo that receives the most stars by Wednesday, March 4 at 9 a.m. wins!

 

The prizes for both contests are:

 First: $100 in cookie credits

Second: $50 in cookie credits

Third: $25 in cookie credits

If you have questions, please email Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.

 

Do You Wanna Buy Some Cookies?

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Submitted by Amelia Hupke

Sterling

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Hi, my name’s Amelia! I am 7 years old and this is my first year in Girl Scouts. I am a Daisy and I was so excited to go out and sell cookies for the first time! I can’t wait to continue my journey through Girl Scouts with volunteering and fun activities. Girl Scouts has helped me learn responsibility, how to be respectful, helpful and friendly. I can’t wait to see what else I learn in Girl Scouts…and the badges are really cool too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJE_mGvwBzA

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Do you want to build a snowman…or maybe just buy some Girl Scout Cookies?

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Submitted by Emily Fernandes

Erie

Denver Metro

This is a story about determination. Selling Girl Scout Cookies in Colorado can sometimes be a challenging feat. With only 45 boxes away from my personal goal, I was determined today to make things happen! Here is a video of a new, clever way to buy cookies from me, even on a cold and blustery day like this.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies: Chocolate Samoa Cupcakes

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Submitted by Katherine Weston

Berthoud

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Chocolate cupcakes-

2cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil (or applesauce)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 boxes of samoas

1.) Preheat oven to 350F
2.) Mix the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Then add the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla, and water, mix for 2 minutes.
3.) Spray the cupcake pan, I had to use 2, and I still had extra batter
4.) Put just enough batter in the bottom of the cupcake pan to cover the bottom. Then press a cookie into the batter.
5.) Finish covering the cookies, each cupcakes spot should be about 3/4 full.
6.) Put the cupcakes in the oven, and bake for 30 minutes.

Frosting-

I used caramel frosting, but when I make these again, I’m going to use vanilla frosting.

Then toast some coconut and sprinkle it on top. Cut one of the samoas into quarters, and put it on the top.

Enjoy your chocolately treat. 🙂

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

This was submitted as part of the “Cooking with Cookies” recipe contest. To find out how you can enter, click here.

 

Would You Like to Buy Some Thin Mints? song catches lots of attention

Submitted by Ashley Lampe

Eaton

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Dani, Jadeyn, and Zoe of Troop 70586 had a blast creating a cookie song to the tune of Frozen’s “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” Singing at their booth today caught a lot of attention and many compliments!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies: Rah Rah Raisin Banana Bread

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Submitted by Dawn Evans

Loveland

The 3 older girls of our troop in Loveland 2 Cadettes and 1 Ambassador decided to create a Rah Rah raisin banana bread

We used 1 box Rah Rah Raisins
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

They creamed the butter & sugar
added the eggs and crushed bananas and combined them together well. They then sifted together the flour, soda & salt and added to the creamed mixture and then added vanilla and crushed rah-rah raisins.

They poured mixture into a greased & floured loaf pan and baked at 350 for 1 hour

The older girls worked well together, taking turns, being on task and getting their mixture mixed with all ingredients and into the pan and baking quite well.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

This was submitted as part of the “Cooking with Cookies” recipe contest. To find out how you can enter, click here.

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies: Trefoil Crusted No Bake Samoa Cheesecake

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Submitted by Dawn Evans

Loveland

We have a multi-level troop so our 3 brownies decided to make a cheesecake. We made the crust using 1 box trefoils, 1/3 cup butter and 1/3 cup of sugar. We preheated the oven to 350, we crushed the cookies and then mixed all the ingredients together and baked it for about 10 minutes. While it was baking we made the cheesecake. We used 1 package Philadelphia cream cheese, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, a splash of lemon juice and a box of crushed Samoas. We mixed the cream cheese, the sweetened condensed milk and the lemon juice together. Then we mixed in the crushed Samoas, spread it out evenly on the Trefoil crust and used another box of Samoas as a topping. Our 3 Brownies were so excited to do this cooking adventure and they can’t wait to do more

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

This was submitted as part of the “Cooking with Cookies” recipe contest. To find out how you can enter, click here.

Colorado Cookie inventory

Girl Scouts of Colorado is so proud that the girls in Colorado have been on track to have the best cookie sale ever this year. Our girls are determined entrepreneurs, our volunteers are amazingly dedicated and we have a hard-working staff that wants nothing but success for all the girls.

And, we recognize how frustrating the inventory situation has been this year. We would move heaven and earth if we could to make more cookies to help the girls achieve their goals. We appreciate our girls, families and volunteers beyond words, and we are sorry that Little Brownie Bakers (LBB) has failed to deliver our needed inventory.

In short, LLB is not able to fill reorders for Colorado and other states. They projected lower demand because of lower numbers of girls selling, despite the high goals we asked for inventory to fulfill. The inventory shortfall is nationwide, and that’s what makes it even harder – we can’t drive to another council and get cookies for your girls because they don’t have them to give – we’ve asked, and we would drive anywhere to pick up cookies in a heartbeat. GSCO ordered and deployed cookies based on multiple business-driven data points and could not have logically foreseen this unprecedented demand for cookies from our troops. We ordered more cookies from LBB the day after the sale started to help our girls to keep their incredible momentum going.

The good news is LBB has said we should get a partial reorder today, Feb. 20, and we are hopeful that we will have some more cookies in inventory after the return date next Wednesday, Feb. 25, but we don’t know how many troops will return.

The bad news is that yesterday LBB informed us that they do not know if, when or how many reorder cookies they can send to Colorado. April is their projection, which is of course, after our sale is scheduled to be over.

What are we going to do?

To give girls a chance to fulfill orders with late arriving cookies, we have decided to extend the council sale through March 27, with girls using existing inventory.

  • All cookies sold by March 27 will count toward council rewards and earning Cookie Credits and troop profits.
  • If unexpected inventory becomes available, girls will be able to take more orders or do more My Sites.
  • Girls should use existing inventory for booth sales scheduled through Wednesday, Feb. 25.
  • After Feb. 25, the focus will shift to fulfilling existing girl orders.
  • We will see where we are at the end of next week before we can make a recommendation about booth sales past the return date.
  • We do not recommend taking new orders unless inventory becomes available.
  • The best way that customers can support Girl Scouts who do not have cookies is to make a donation to their Hometown Hero. This is a win-win-win for the girls, the heroes and the council.
  • The other way customers can continue to support girls is through their Digital Cookie personal sites. Fulfillment of these orders is from national. Shipping costs are reasonable for 3-day shipping, and the processing charge for Hometown Heroes is minimal.

We have a new cookie deadline schedule as a result of the extension:
March 27 — Sale ends
March 29 — Final troop data (Including rewards orders) due in eBudde
March 31 — SUCM review and submission of orders due
April 21 — Final debit

This is an evolving situation, and GSCO will continue to share information with you as soon as we have it. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we work to make the best of our challenges together.

 

Try the Cookies, Buy the Cookies

Submitted by amy Hawkins-Keeler
Colorado Springs
Pikes Peak

The girls created this song with claps, snaps, and stomps for our cookie rally. Then, they are performing it here at our meeting where we are learning about Netiquette.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

This video was submitted as part of the Best Cookie Video Contest, learn more (http://gscoblog.org/2015/02/best-cookie-video-contest/)