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Cookies for dessert

Chris Dorst
Ninah Woolridge (left), 7, a Daisy Scout from Troop 1833 in Alum Creek, and Brownie Scout Floee Napier, 7, of Troop 8357 in Cross Lanes, make mini cheesecakes with Dulce de Leche Girl Scout cookies with help from Marriott hotel baker Ruth Johnson.
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Brownie Scouts Keirsten Kessell (left) and Brooke Rhodes, members of Troop 1760 in Hurricane, sample mini mint brownies with whipped cream, which they made with Thin Mints Girl Scout cookies.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Girl Scout cookies have been delivered, but that doesn't mean Girl Scout cookie season is over. That was the message at the annual Girl Scout Cookie Taste Off, hosted Monday afternoon at the Charleston Marriott Town Center by the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council.Scouts from around the area came to show off their culinary skills and maybe earn a merit badge.Joe Stevens, a BDGSC media coordinator, said, "A lot of people think that once you've ordered your cookies and picked them up, that's it, you're done. But there are still cookies out there. The Scouts are still selling them."To emphasize that point, local media personalities, along with Marriott cooking staff, supervised Scouts as they whipped up elaborate-looking desserts using the cookies as a main ingredient.Many of these dishes bore little resemblance to the tasty treats longtime cookie fans would recognize, but according to Susan Thompson, the council's CEO, most of the recipes used in the taste-off are available at, the website of the official Girl Scout cookie makers.The desserts were a huge hit with the crowd of parents, friends and supporters. The Scouts themselves seemed pleased to get the attention.
Lauren Lewandowski and Madilyn Stewart, Scouts from Troop 1762 in Mount View, said they were excited to take part in the taste-off and seemed a little surprised at what they were able to come up with using the peanut-butter-and-chocolate Tagalongs.Under the supervision of Oksana Gray, a baker at the Marriott, the pair created Chocolate Cookie Pudding, using crushed Tagalongs, instant pudding and whipped cream.Both thought the pudding was "really good.""But I think we're going to place third," Lewandowski added uncertainly.Her worry turned out to be needless. Samples for the public quickly disappeared, and the three-judge panel pronounced that there was no third place and no second place. All of the Girl Scouts were winners.Reach Bill Lynch at or 304-348-5195.
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