iced berry piñata knock off
back in the day, i was a girl scout and i proudly sold girl scout cookies each and every winter. i had a few favorites, including peanut butter patties, but my absolute favorite girl scout cookie didn’t come out until i was no longer in scouting. they were called “iced berry piñatas” and they were absolutely delicious! they have been discontinued, so i decided to make up my own recipe for them. the secret to these delicious cookies is the toasted oatmeal, which gives them an unexpected crunch.
- 2 1/2 c old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 c butter, softened
- 1/2 c shortening
- 1 c brown sugar, firmly packed
- 3/4 c granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- seedless raspberry (or strawberry) jam
- 2 squares white almond bark
- to toast oats, preheat oven to 325° and spread oats in a thin layer over a jelly roll pan. bake 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently until a pale golden color and a nutty aroma is distinct.
- in a large mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. when oats are cool, add them to the dry mixture, stirring well to combine.
- cream the shortening and butter with the sugars until the mixture is creamy and fluffy. add the vanilla, then the eggs one at a time while beating at medium speed.
- gradually add dry ingredients to the mix.
- roll dough into golfball size pieces, flattening each slightly, and place them on a non-stick cookie sheet about 2″ apart. they will not spread a great deal during baking.
- bake for 13-15 minutes in a 325° oven with baking racks centered. cool one minute and then transfer to a wax covered surface.
- while cookies are slightly warm, drop 1/4 tsp of raspberry jam on cookie and spread around with a pastry brush. allow cookies to completely cool.
- melt almond bark according to directions and drizzle over cookies. allow to harden, and pack in a cookie container separated by layers of wax paper.