Supposedly, the cookie booths begin on February 25th, but I just saw one at a Publix last week in Clermont, FL. (Maybe some troops are allowed to start selling earlier than others?)
If you don't have a smart phone, fear not, because you can visit www.gswcf.org and search for a Girl Scout Cookie Booth by zip code using the cookie booth locator system. The database is constantly updated with booth locations, so if your area isn't listed, keep checking back.
Details: The application, which is available for iPhones and Android devices, uses either GPS or manually entered zip codes, cities, or states to find cookie booths near the customer. The app can be downloaded free by simply calling **GSCookies (**472665437) from a mobile phone, or by searching for Cookie Locator in the iPhone App Store or Android Marketplace.
Once you've got your hoard of cookies, here are some to-die-for recipes for inspiration that use Girl Scout cookies:
Thank Heaven for Little Girl Scouts Samoa Cheese Tart - CL Food contributor Susan Filson created this decadent cheesecake-like tart using crushed Samoas as the crust.
Thin Mint Brownies (The Food Librarian) - Brownies made from scratch with crushed Thin Mints in place of chocolate chips.
Girl Scout Cookies Recipe Cards - The Girl Scouts of NorCal have these fun recipe cards on their site that you can print and download. Recipes include: Do Si Dos Peanut Thai Chicken, Tagalongs Milkshake, Berry Bread Pudding and more!
Thin Mint Julep (Hedonia) - Okay, so it doesn't use actual Thin Mints in the recipe, but it sure tastes like them! This cocktail recipe (for adults only) uses crème de cacao, peppermint schnapps and bourbon. Genius.
Photo: bandita via Flickr.