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      Girl Scout cookies on sale now

      The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois officially kicked off its annual cookie sales Friday.

      All your favorite cookies are back with boxes going for four dollars a box.

      75 percent of the proceeds stay here locally to help support troop activities and programming.

      And for the third year in a row the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois are trying to send a little bit of home overseas to U.S. troops.

      Erica Douglas with the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois said, "It's called operation cookie share and so when a girl scout approaches you to buy cookies, tell them you want to support the troops and we will make sure they get there."

      The sale ends on February 5 and delivery will began in the beginning of March.

      You can also utilize Girl Scout cookies in recipes. See below.

      Click here to watch how to make Chocolate Thin Mint Pizza on our YouTube page.

      Click here to watch how to make Lemon Double-Dipped Strawberries on our YouTube page.

      Also, don't forget that girl scout cookie sales begin on January 21 in Missouri.

      Tasty Lemon Double-Dipped Strawberries


      1 cup (8 oz.) white chocolate morsels1 tablespoon shortening1 pint medium strawberries, rinsed and well dried6 Lemonades Girl Scout Cookies, coarsely crushed

      Melt white chocolate morsels and shortening in microwave-safe bowl on Medium-High (70%) power for 1 minute. Stir just until morsels are melted. If necessary, microwave at additional 10-second intervals and stir until melted. Dip strawberries into melted chocolate; roll in crushed cookies. Place on wax paper-lined plate; refrigerate until set. Store in refrigerator no longer than 24 hours.

      Kitchen Tip: Strawberries should be dried very well. Pat with paper towel before dipping to remove excess moisture.

      Makes: 6

      Submitted by: ABC Bakers

      Chocolate Thin Mint Pizza Supreme


      1 pkg. (18 oz.) refrigerated chocolate chunk cookie dough1/2 pkg. (19 cookies) Girl Scout Thin Mints1/2 cup white chocolate morselsVanilla ice cream, optional


      Press cookie dough evenly in the bottom of an ungreased 12-inch pizza pan or a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. (Dough will barely cover the pan.) Break Thin Mints into halves or thirds; press cookie pieces into dough, covering evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Place white chocolate morsels into a small self-closing bag. Microwave the bag of morsels on MEDIUM HIGH (70% power) for 40 to 50 seconds or until melted. Snip one corner (about 1/8 inch) off the bottom of the bag. Hold bag tightly at top and drizzle white chocolate stripes over top of pizza. When cool, cut pizza into 8 or 10 wedges. If desired, top each serving with a scoop of ice cream.

      Makes: 8 to 10 servings