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8 Restaurant Treats Made with Girl Scout Cookies

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People just can't get enough of Girl Scout Cookies. Not only are they great on their own, but they can be used as ingredients in fancy desserts, too.

1. SAMOA COOKIE COCONUT CHEESECAKE

The Shores restaurant in La Jolla, California, participated in San Diego Restaurant Week last month, in which dozens of restaurants made dishes with Girl Scout Cookies. The Shores's chef de cuisine, Percy Oani, contributed his Samoa Cookie Coconut Cheesecake, which is made with Samoas (the cookies known as Caramel deLites in some areas).

2. SAVANNAH SMILES ICE CREAM

Phoenix's Churn ice cream shop is participating in Arizona's 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge, in which chefs create treats using an assigned Girl Scout Cookie flavor. Last year's winner, pastry chef Jada Shiya of Churn, was assigned the Savannah Smiles this year, so she blended the lemon shortbread cookie into an ice cream base and added raspberry jam swirls to create Savannah Smiles ice cream.

3. TOFFEE-TASTIC CHOCOLATE PUDDING

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Phoenix's Flower Child concocted their Toffee-Tastic Chocolate Pudding with Toffee-Tastic Girl Scout Cookies. It's gluten-free and available at any of their Arizona locations for just $1.

4. MINT CHEESECAKE

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Chompie's, a New York-style deli that's been serving up fresh-baked goods in Arizona since 1979, makes a mean cheesecake. Their special Mint Cheesecake is made with classic Thin Mint cookies in all their minty, chocolatey glory, and $1 from each slice sold will go to the Cactus Pine Girl Scout Council.

5. DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTERFLY

Drexyl Modern American in Scottsdale, Arizona, used Tagalongs (a.k.a. Peanut Butter Patties) and peanut butter mousse filling to create its Dark Chocolate Peanut Butterfly, which is as tasty as it is pretty.

6. CARAMEL DELIGHT CUPCAKES

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Ooh La La Dessert Boutique in Katy, Texas, made Girl Scout Caramel Delight (Samoa) Cupcakes for the San Jacinto Council dessert competition, in which restaurant chefs create new desserts with Girl Scout Cookies.

7. SAMOA CUPCAKES

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Papa's Cupcakes in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, will be participating in next week's Girl Scout Cookie Crunch in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with their Samoa Cupcakes. They come in your choice of chocolate or vanilla cake with Samoa caramel filling, and are topped with caramel buttercream frosting and toasted coconut, then finished off with a caramel and chocolate drizzle. Papa's is also featuring a Thin Mint Cupcake during Girl Scout Cookie season.

8. GIRL SCOUT LEMONADE RICOTTA GNOCCHI

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Centro, an Italian restaurant in Allentown, Pennsylvania, will also be at the Girl Scout Cookie Crunch with their Girl Scout Lemonade Ricotta Gnocchi, made with Savannah Smiles cookies and ricotta cheese. They even shared their recipe with local TV station WFMZ. 

If you can't get to one of these restaurants, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate your own Girl Scout Cookies into other dishes. Here are recipes from the Girl Scouts.

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According to the ASPCA, 3.3 million dogs enter shelters each year in the United States. Although that number has gone down since 2011 (from 3.9 million) there are still millions of dogs waiting in shelters for a forever home. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month; here are 25 benefits of adopting a shelter dog.

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How Urban Legends Like 'The Licked Hand' Are Born
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If you compare the scary stories you heard as a kid with those of your friends—even those who grew up across the country from you—you’ll probably hear some familiar tales. Maybe you tried to summon Bloody Mary by chanting her name in front of the mirror three times in a dark bathroom. Maybe you learned never to wonder what’s under a woman’s neck ribbon. Maybe you heard the one about the girl who feels her dog lick her hand in the middle of the night, only to wake up to find him hanging dead from the shower nozzle, the words “humans can lick too” written on the wall in the dog’s blood.

These ubiquitous, spooky folk tales exist everywhere, and a lot of them take surprisingly similar forms. How does a single story like the one often called “Humans Can Lick Too” or "The Licked Hand" make its way into every slumber party in America? Thrillist recently investigated the question with a few experts, finding that most of these stories have very deep roots.

In the case of The Licked Hand, its origins go back more than a century. In the 1990s, Snopes found that a similar motif dates back to an Englishman’s diary entry from 1871. In it, the diary keeper, Dearman Birchall, retold a story he heard at a party of a man whose wife woke him up in the middle of the night, urging him to go investigate what sounded like burglars in their home. He told his wife that it was only the dog, reaching out his hand. He felt the dog lick his hand … but in the morning, all his valuables were gone: He had clearly been robbed.

A similar theme shows up in the short story “The Diary of Mr. Poynter,” published in 1919 by M.R. James. In it, a character dozes off in an armchair, and thinks that he is petting his dog. It turns out, it’s some kind of hairy human figure that he flees from. The story seems to have evolved from there into its presently popular form, picking up steam in the 1960s. As with any folk tale, its exact form changes depending on the teller: sometimes the main character is an old lady, other times it’s a young girl.

You’ll probably hear these stories in the context of happening to a “friend of a friend,” making you more likely to believe the tale. It practically happened to someone you know! Kind of! The setting, too, is probably somewhere nearby. It might be in your neighborhood, or down by the local railroad tracks.

Thrillist spoke to Dr. Joseph Stubbersfield, a researcher in the UK who studies urban legends, who says the kind of stories that spread widely contain both social information and emotional resonance. Meaning they contain a message—you never know who’s lurking in your house—and are evocative.

If something is super scary or gross, you want to share it. Stories tend to warn against something: A study of English-language urban legends circulating online found that most warned listeners about the hazards of life (poisonous plants, dangerous animals, dangerous humans) rather than any kind of opportunities. We like to warn each other of the dangers that could be lurking around every corner, which makes sense considering our proven propensity to focus on and learn from negative information. And yes, that means telling each other to watch out for who’s licking our hands in the middle of the night.

Just something to keep in mind as you eagerly await Jezebel’s annual scary story contest.

[h/t Thrillist]

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