Niagara Gazette — pieces
4 teaspoons butter, melted
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup finely chopped apple sprinkled with lemon juice to prevent browning
1/3 cup caramel-flavored topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 6 foil baking cups in muffin pan. Combine crushed cookies and butter.
Press crumb mixture into bottom of each foil cup. Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Add egg; beat on low speed just until blended.
Stir in cookie pieces. Spoon batter evenly over lemon crunch crust.
Bake 20 minutes or until centers are almost set. Cool.
Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight. Just before serving remove cheesecakes from foil cups. Top each cheesecake with chopped apple. Drizzle caramel topping over cheesecakes.
Fudgy Peanut Butter Balls
1 1/2 boxes (24 cookies) Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2/3 cup salted peanuts, finely chopped
Place cookies in food processor or blender; process until fine crumbs.
Combine crumbs and butter; mix until well blended. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls. Place peanuts in small narrow bowl. Roll each ball in peanuts, gently pressing peanuts into balls. Store in covered container in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Lemonades Yogurt Parfait
8 Lemonades or Mango Crèmes with NutriFusion Girl Scout Cookies coarsely crushed
1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
4 6 ounce containers flavored yogurt
1 cup chopped mixed fruit such as bananas, grapes, mandarin oranges, kiwi, mango or blueberries
4 Lemonades or Mango Crèmes with NutriFusion Girl Scout Cookies for garnishing
Combine crushed cookies and fruit of your choice. Divide cookie mixture.
Spoon half of cookie mixture into the bottom of four tall and narrow dessert glasses. Top with half of yogurt and half of mixed fruit pieces. Repeat layers.
Garnish each dessert with 1 whole cookie. Makes 4 servings.
Trina Tardone is vice president of public relations and community engagement for the Girl Scouts of WNY.