A Girl Scout/ Boy Scout Or Earth Day Dessert – A Kid Friendly Thing To Do
After Juliette Lowe witnessed Boy Scouts, and Girl Guides in Scotland, she decided to start her own! Back in the United States, Juliette Lowe, born in Savannah, Georgia, held the first official Girl Scout meeting on March 12, 1912. In 1913 the first handbook contained housekeeping tips, but it also contained instructions on how to tie a burglar up with 8 inches of rope! Impressive!
Today, Girls Scouts are celebrating 100 years. When Juliette Lowe passed away there were over 100,000 Girl Scouts, now there are millions! Not all of the United States Girl Scouts are in the United States. Some girls are overseas with military families, or have a family that moved due to corporate positions. They still form Girl Scout troops within their new communities!
That is why, I thought it was perfect to have a World Globe in the middle of little girls – some with blonde hair and blue eyes, some with brown hair and blue eyes, some with brown hair and brown eyes, etc…- all celebrating their diverse backgrounds, and world-wide locations. They are coming together in a circle as friends with a common theme – Girl Scouts!
Here’s What You’ll Need To Make This Dessert:
I divided this into 2 days. I made the cookies, and cupcakes on one day. The next day, I made the globe, & decorated everything. It helps to break this one up.
- Popsicle Sticks (24)
- 1/2 cups of softened butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup of 2% milk – I have no idea why it is specifically 2% – I followed that just to be sure they came out right, but I have to think you could substitute this.
- 2 ts. vanilla extract
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 ts. baking soda
- 1/2 ts. salt
- vanilla frosting – divided and tinted with yellow, brown, black, and blue.
- parchment paper
- In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, soda, and salt.
- Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture, and mix well.
- Roll into 1&1/2 inch balls. – I just eye this. No time to measure, in this house. Connor might wake up from a nap at any moment! Yikes!
- Set a ball, on the parchment lined cookie sheet & here is where a picture will come in handy – place a Popsicle stick in the center of the cookie – not upright – in the center bottom – so the stick in lying flat on the cookie sheet – it will look like a lolly pop! You see that mine have the stick exposed – cover that by pushing some of the dough over it. This way you will have support behind the stick.
- Place about 2 inches apart on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove, and cool.
Decoration of Cookies:
- You’ll want to set the cookies all down on a plate or platter, so you can decorate them all at once. Have them all out and ready.
- Using your brown frosting, and any tip you like with your frosting bag, draw brown hair on 1/3 of the cookies, add brown eyes to 1/2 of the cookies, and add a brown nose to some of your cookies.
- Using your yellow frosting, and any tip you like with your frosting bag, draw yellow hair on 1/3 of the cookies, add a yellow nose to those with yellow hair, and some with brown hair.
- Using your black frosting, add black hair to 1/3 of the cookies. You could even use this for some eyes, as well!
- Using your blue frosting, give some girls blue eyes! You could even go on with green for green eyes – to really cover everyone!
- Now, if you want to add lots of detail, and you have time, you could draw Girl Scout Vests, and Sashes on the sticks! Not at all required – they are cute enough, as is!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Box of white or vanilla cupcakes – or your child’s favorite flavor! Or – if you prefer homemade cupcakes – by all means.
- Cupcake Wrappers – I used green to go with the frosting.
- Vanilla Frosting – tinted green
Instructions on Baking Cupcakes:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Follow the instructions on the box for cupcakes – using the oil, eggs, and water.
- Place your batter into 20-24 cupcakes – I never have enough for 24.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean.
Decorating the Cupcakes:
- You are going to need a sizable platter or plate.
- Arrange the cupcakes with one in the center, and 6 around that to look like a flower. Place the rest in an oval shape around the flower shape.
- With your green frosting, cover the flower as one cupcake. – this isn’t necessary – I spread it over as one to give the globe a solid looking foundation, but you could just frost them individually.
- Pick up each outside cupcake, and frost individually, placing it back where you found it.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- 1/2 box of Oreo Cookies
- 3 oz. of cream cheese
- Wax Paper
- 1/4 of a bag of Blue Chocolate melts – melted
- 1/4 of a bag of Green Chocolate Melts – melted
- Small paint brush
Instructions for the Globe:
- Roll the ball in the melted blue chocolate
- Place it on wax paper, and pop it in the freezer for a few minutes
- Now, using your melted green chocolate, and a paintbrush – with a picture of the globe as your guide, try to outline the different countries – No need to be too particular with details – just get the general shape.
- Pop it back in the freezer to dry.
Pulling it all together!
** Don’t place the girls into the cupcakes until you get to the display location! I took my assembled one to a Girl Scout Meeting, and I was a nervous wreck! People behind me were no doubt yelling as I took turns at 5 mph!
- Place your globe in the center of your green flower.
- Place the girl cookies in the outer circle of cupcakes – facing inward!
- You’re Done! Enjoy!
I took the idea of little cookie people from Taste Of Home – They were decorated to be silly with red, blue, and green hair. I modified that idea into little girls! Fun!
**If you ever get a chance to go to Juliette Lowe’s home in Savannah, GA, you are in for a treat. Savannah is absolutely beautiful, and Juliette’s home is amazing. My oldest daughter is a Girl Scout, and I am a member, as well. At one time, I even helped lead the troop. One day, as the kids mature – a lot!!!, I will head over to Savannah, so they can see gorgeous Spanish Oak Trees, huge estates, haunted graveyards, and the rich history there. FYI – Forest Gump with Tom Hanks was one movie that took advantage of Savannah’s beauty – That’s where Tom Hanks sat on the bench to tell the story! 🙂
~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.Com – Providing kid friendly recipes, crafts, ideas, and things to do with kids! Also, if you live near Connecticut – fun things to do are reviewed by mom, dad, and kids!