Gluten Free Layered Choco-Coco-Nut Bars

I’m one of those mommies.  You know, the “mean” ones.  The ones that won’t buy girl scout cookies on principle.  I don’t like that most of their flavors include funky chemical ingredients. And I’m not a fan of the fact that their pushers don’t make much of a profit in the process.  I’d rather just make a donation to the troop, go home, and eat cookies whose ingredients I recognize (or bake my own).

Homemade alternative to Girl Scout Cookies

Homemade Gluten-free layered cookie bars

My daughter is a huge fan of Samoas – the girl scout cookies that are layered with caramel, chocolate and coconut.  When I saw a recipe for layered cookie bars in this month’s issue of Everyday Food, I thought of her.  I could make our own treat and they would resemble the cookies (that my father buys but hides from my mom).

layered gluten-free cookie bars

ps.  While I won’t buy girl scout cookies,  I don’t stress if my kids eat them occasionally (at their friend’s house, for example) – I am teaching them to read ingredients and make good choices most of the time.  It’s the best most of us can do :-)

What’s your take on girl scout cookies?

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5 Responses to Gluten Free Layered Choco-Coco-Nut Bars

  1. Kris says:

    I happen to love them but steer clear because I will eat the entire box. If I make a treat I know I am spending my calorie intake in a knowledgeable way. Store bought cookies are just empty calories.

  2. Sara says:

    I like that you offer gluten-free recipes, as I know several families that need this, but since our family does not, could you also show how to make this NOT gluten-free? I assume I could use regular flour, but I may need baking powder or soda? THANKS!

    • Michelle Stern says:

      Great question – simply replace the GF baking mix with all-purpose flour (or a mix of all purpose and whole wheat). Hope this helps!

  3. Angie Halten says:

    I think I’ll be taking this recipe to my next pot luck. This will certainly be the hit of the party. Thanks!
    Angie :)

  4. Becki Noles says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this awesome gluten free recipe. I always seem to find it extremely difficult to find gluten free recipes that taste good. I am so glad that I found your site!

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