We Tried the New Girl Scout Cupcakes and Brownies

How do the cupcakes and brownies hold up to the original cookies?

When Pillsbury recently announced they were bringing Girl Scout Cookie-inspired baking mixes to grocery store shelves, the Internet exploded with excitement. We couldn’t wait to bring back the childhood memories that come with our favorite cookie flavors. So a few Real Simple staffers grabbed a box of Thin Mint brownies and cupcakes, as well as blondies and cupcakes inspired by Samoas (the caramel and coconut treat known to some as Caramel Delights). Here’s what we thought:

The mixes were really simple to make, but the outcome didn't quite live up to the legendary cookies. Some mixes were better than others–we thought the Thin Mints varieties were the best stand-in overall to the original. If you’re looking for a fill of your favorite flavors until that order form floats by, these will do the trick. Put a couple of boxes in your cart for an easy, crowd-pleasing bake sale contribution.

Thin Mint Brownies

Photo by Pillsbury

You’ll miss the crispy crunch of the dark chocolate cookies, but the dense, cakey brownies still had the hint of cool mint to make them extra yummy. This was our favorite.

Samoa Blondies

While baking, the kitchen smelled exactly like samoas. But when coming out of the pan, they didn’t hold their shape. Compared to your standard brownie, these were crumbly and chewier. The coconut flavor comes across very strong, overpowering the delightful mix of gooey caramel and dark chocolate that makes the cookie what it is. But comparisons to the cookie aside, this is a nice take on blondies.

Thin Mint Cupcakes

The mix made the kitchen smell exactly like how the cookie tastes. It was magical. But the chocolate ganache was runny and didn’t set, making these really, really messy. The cake itself was a little dry, but the ganache helped to add some moisture. The strong mint taste lingered in your mouth, feeling like you just brushed your teeth. Like the brownies, the cupcakes did have the same taste of the thin mints, though the texture wasn’t as pleasing.

Samoa Cupcakes

These were the least favorite of our Real Simple staffers. There was no connection between the texture and taste of the cupcake and the original cookie. If you’re looking for a samoa stand-in, we say go with the blondies.