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8 Restaurant Treats Made with Girl Scout Cookies

La Jolla Shores Hotel & Restaurant via Facebook
La Jolla Shores Hotel & Restaurant via Facebook

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

Ooh La La Dessert Boutique via Facebook

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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Stradivarius Violins Get Their Distinctive Sound By Mimicking the Human Voice
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Italian violinist Francesco Geminiani once wrote that a violin's tone should "rival the most perfect human voice." Nearly three centuries later, scientists have confirmed that some of the world's oldest violins do in fact mimic aspects of the human singing voice, a finding which scientists believe proves "the characteristic brilliance of Stradivari violins."

Using speech analysis software, scientists in Taiwan compared the sound produced by 15 antique instruments with recordings of 16 male and female vocalists singing English vowel sounds, The Guardian reports. They discovered that violins made by Andrea Amati and Antonio Stradivari, the pioneers of the instrument, produce similar "formant features" as the singers. The resonance frequencies were similar between Amati violins and bass and baritone singers, while the higher-frequency tones produced by Stradivari instruments were comparable to tenors and contraltos.

Andrea Amati, born in 1505, was the first known violin maker. His design was improved over 100 years later by Antonio Stradivari, whose instruments now sell for several million dollars. "Some Stradivari violins clearly possess female singing qualities, which may contribute to their perceived sweetness and brilliance," Hwan-Ching Tai, an author of the study, told The Guardian.

Their findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. A 2013 study by Dr. Joseph Nagyvary, a professor emeritus at Texas A&M University, also pointed to a link between the sounds produced by 250-year-old violins and those of a female soprano singer.

According to Vox, a blind test revealed that professional violinists couldn't reliably tell the difference between old violins like "Strads" and modern ones, with most even expressing a preference for the newer instruments. However, the value of these antique instruments can be chalked up to their rarity and history, and many violinists still swear by their exceptional quality.

[h/t The Guardian]

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