Homemade Tagalong Girl Scout Cookies ~Copycat~

I do love my girl scout cookies, and I love the organization. I have nothing but positive memories spent as a Brownie and a Junior Scout. I learned so much, made friends and best of all ate my share of Samoa and Tagalong Cookies.
Those of you not familiar with Tagalongs, they are a shortbread type cookie, topped with a sweet peanut butter filling then covered in milk chocolate. They are pretty much the bomb, and I may or may not be able to eat an entire box on my own in under 24 hours. 
I developed this copycat recipe for a number of reasons, one being these cookies are only available part of the year... and sometime I get a craving before our local scouts take their orders. Two, some of my blog readers have dietary restrictions and can not eat the cookies, this homemade version might make it possible for them. And lastly, there was some political feminist stuff happening last year with the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood.... I do not know the details, nor do I care too. However I know from many discussions on my Facebook fan page last year, tons of my fans were boycotting the organization. While I may not agree with their reasons, they are entitled to their own opinions... so for those not buying cookies this year, here is a recipe you can make at home!
Copycat Tagalong Girl Scout Cookie Recipe

For the shortbread:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs water (more if needed)
For the peanut butter filling:
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
For the coating:
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips 
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in flour, powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract.
  3. The mixture should appear crumbly and dry, while mixer is mixing on medium low speed, add 1 tbs water. 
  4. Allow the dough to come together in the mixer, this can take a minute or so. If it still appears too dry, add a few drops of water at a time until the dough comes together. If you add too much water, and it is too stick, don't worry! Just add a tbs of flour at a time until the dough is perfect. 
  5. Place dough in plastic wrap and form into a log about 8 inches long.  
  6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 
  7. Meanwhile, prepare filling. Mix peanut butter with a 1/2 cup powdered sugar, refrigerate until ready to use. 
  8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350.
  9. Take shortbread out of the refrigerator, and slice cookie dough into 1/4-1/8 of an inch thick slices. 
  10. Bake on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet for about 10 minute or until the sides slightly brown.
  11. Place cookies on a cooling wrack and cook completely. 
  12. Once cooled, roll peanut butter filling into small balls place on each cookie. Flatten balls, covering entire cookie. 
  13. Melt milk chocolate in a bowl in the microwave. 30 seconds at a time and stir until smooth. 
  14. Dip cookies in chocolate, or spread chocolate with a spoon over the cookies which ever works best for you. 
  15. Allow cookies to harden on a drying wrack. Then enjoy!
(Don't mind my non-manicured hand in the photo! Busy moms aint got time for that. ) 


  1. I love that you made a homemade version. And believe me, my manicure was messed up on day two. Great looking cookie, can't wait to try

  2. I have a huge appreciation for copycat recipes and I love girl scout cookies! These looks so delicious! Must try.

  3. Also great for us overseas readers who don't get Girl Scout cookies! These look lush.

  4. Um yes, I will take all of these cookies, please! LOVE!

  5. My favorite girl scout cookie, and yours look amazing!

    1. OH my gosh these and Samoas.... I demolish an embarrassingly large amount every winter.

  6. Yours looks better than theirs, just sayin! My hubby's favorite so perhaps a great Valentines Day option! Yum!

    1. You could totally do these heart shaped too.... Just roll the dough instead of slicing.

  7. You just made all my dreams come true! No more waiting. Pinned.

  8. Oh man, I love these!! Definitely need to try this recipe :)

  9. Damn girl these look AMAZING! MUST try!

  10. I didn't hear anything about all that Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood stuff either. . would much rather focus on these homemade-tagalong-girl-scout-cookies!!! which are my FAVE girl scout cookies!!! uh, love!!!!

  11. My cousin was just talking about how she really, REALLY wanted some Girl Scout Cookies! I may have to make these for her!

  12. I am so ready for Girl Scout Cookie season - but really I don't want to wait for a "season", I want them all year LONG!!

  13. Can I use Strawberry jam instead of a peanut butter, because if a nut allergy?

    1. No it would not work the same. Try something like Biscoff spread or sun butter.