Girl Scout cookies become something sweeter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Black Diamond Council says the scouts will be out at booths across West Virginia in the coming weeks, working to make additional cookie sales.

“Our sales have been down through the initial sales and so we’re hoping that it’s going to pick up through booth sales where you can find girls at local stores on the weekends,” said Beth Casey.

Pre-orders of Girl Scout cookies have already been delivered.  “The weather in January, we think, strongly affected the girls’ initial orders,” she said.

Casey joined Daisies, Brownies and Girl Scouts from Kanawha County and surrounding areas at the Charleston Marriott on Wednesday to mark National Girl Scout Day with the Annual Girl Scout Great Cookie Tasteoff.

During the event, the girls work in teams with a Marriott chef to make desserts utilizing Girl Scout cookies.  The menu included Thin Mint brownies, Southern peanut butter pie made with Tagalongs and a Savannah Smiles lemon parfait.

“We made Samoa sweet rolls,” said Brownie Emma Simmons from Cross Lanes of her team’s concoction.  “It’s cream cheese with Samoa bits.”  She said the dessert, rolled into crepes, was “really, really good.”

MetroNews’ Jennifer Smith worked on a team with Girl Scouts from Troop 2285 in Elkview to make Dulce de Leche cheesecake.  Nikki Bowling and Sara Lilly, who both attend Elkview Middle School, were also part of that team.

Lilly admitted cookie sales have been tough this year.  She said she sold close to 300 boxes of cookies.  “Usually, I sell almost over 1,000 (boxes of cookies) but, this year, it was kind of down.”

A full list of Girl Scout cookie sale locations is available at

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