In the foreign land known popularly as the United States, there is a class of biscuit-cookies like no other. These delicacies cannot be purchased in stores or shops. They are only for sale during spring and can only be had by dealing with young girls in uniform. Are you curious yet? Do you know what these might be? What product would use underage females in such a way in this day and age of child protection laws and helicopter mothers? This is something with which I have the most intimate knowledge for I was at one time not only the leader of such a group of young ladies, aged eight through twelve years of age, but a leader also of the cookie-biscuit sales force, the Cookie Mom.
The organization is called the Girl Scouts in the states, the under ten year olds are called Brownies. How appropriate. My two female offspring were heavily involved in these goings on and I was their troop leader. The largest fund raiser for the troop activities is the cookie-biscuit sales. Each troop was required to sell a certain number of these sweet treats and prizes were awarded to the girls who sold certain quotas. Order sheets were to be taken door to door for neighbors, friends and relatives to fill out how many boxes of each kind of several varieties they would like, to be delivered and paid for at a future date. The numbers would be tallied, the boxes assembled and distributed by the Cookie Mom and the money collected by the girls. Sounds like a piece of cake, doesn’t it?
Young girls collecting money, personal checks taken only as a last resort, door to door. What could be more wonderful? The cookies themselves vary from year to year with a couple of regulars, Thin Mints and Shortbreads always offered. The price steadily rises while the number of cookies per box steadliy shrinks. Surprisingly there are still many folks who will cheerfully pay for these sugary tooth breakers, remembering when their own little darlings were selling them or even when they themselves were part of this height challenged sales force.
Looking back through jaded eyes, it all seems outrageous now, if not some kind of child abuse. But for several years we had cupboards filled to the brim with boxes of Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Thin Mints and Shortbreads, my personal favorite for dunking in tea or coffee. There are cookbooks with recipes to use the cookies as basis for other desserts. They also freeze well. For anyone who was affiliated with this enterprise knows that the parents of the girls end up buying the majority of boxes.
The list of cookies was obtained from the all knowing Wikipedia.
Thin Mints: Thin, mint-flavored chocolate wafers dipped in a chocolate coating.
Peanut Butter Sandwiches/Do-si-dos: Peanut butter filling sandwiched between crunchy oatmeal cookies.
Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs: Crispy vanilla cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolate coating.
Shortbreads/Trefoils: A traditional shortbread cookie made in the shape of the Girl Scout trefoil logo.
Samoas are also called Caramel deLites.Caramel DeLites/Samoas: Vanilla cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and laced with chocolate stripes.
All Abouts/Animal Treasures/Thanks-A-Lot: Shortbread cookies dipped in fudge and topped with an embossed thank-you message in one of five languages, including English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Swahili.
Lemon Chalet Cremes: Cinnamon sandwich cookies with lemon creme filling.
Cinna-spins: Introduced in 2008 by ABC Bakers, Cinna-spins are cinnamon-flavored cookies that come in 100-calorie packs. Cinna-spins are shaped like miniature cinnamon rolls. Retired and replaced by Daisy Go Rounds.
Daisy Go Rounds: Very similar to Cinna-spins, this cookie replaced them for the 2009 sale. They are advertised as low fat and also come in 100 calorie packs. They are cinnamon flavored and shaped like daisies. These cookies are only available from ABC Bakers.
Sugar Free Chocolate Chips: Introduced in 2008, they are small sugar free cookies.
Dulce De Leche: Introduced in 2009, these are Latin caramel cookies.
Lemonades: Round shortbread cookie with lemon icing.
Do any of these sound like the English type biscuit?