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Homemade Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties)

Homemade Girlscout Tagalong Cookies

You’d think that come girl scout cookie season, there is not much you can do to avoid buying a box or two. I’m sure in most neighborhoods, brownies run rampant, and it’s not like you can say no to a sweet face and the promise of even sweeter treats.

But if you live in a building where the children are scarce, and the few that are around are still far too young to be hocking cookies, then getting your hands on a box or two of Tagalongs is no easy task. To get a box, we’d have to make the extra effort to scout a girl scout. So instead of braving the neighborhood mega mart on a Saturday afternoon (that is where they all congregate, isn’t it?) I figured, why not just make my own?

Tagalongs/Peanut Butter Patties

The final result is quite delicious. Although it’s been two solid years since I’ve had a real Tagalong, I can honestly say I don’t really care anymore. These are a damn good substitute for the real thing. And this chocolate covered peanut butter and shortbready goodness will satisfy your tagalong cravings all year round.

They are surprisingly easy as well, so don’t let the multiple-step process fool you. Yes, you bake cookies. Yes, you make a filling, and yes, you then dip the entire thing in chocolate. It may be messy, but that only adds to the fun.

I couldn’t figure out how to dip the ENTIRE cookie in chocolate. So I grabbed the very edges of the cookie, inverted it, and submerged as much as I could (including the fingers holding the cookie) in the melted chocolate coating. You can’t linger in the chocolate too long or the peanut butter will melt. Dip it and get out quick. I just barely had enough coating for all the cookies, otherwise I probably could have come back after and done a second dip or spread of chocolate on the bottom.

Peanut Butter Patties

Makes about 3 dozen. Recipe adapted from Baking Bites.

Ingredients:

Cookies
1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk

Filling
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter (natural or regular)
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
generous pinch salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Coating
about 8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
2 oz cocoa butter OR 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt at a low speed, followed by the vanilla and milk. The dough should come together into a soft ball.

Take a tablespoon full of dough and flatten it into a disc about 1/4-inch thick. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough. Cookies will not spread too much, so you can arrange them fairly closely together.

Bake cookies for 11-13 minutes, until bottoms and the edges are lightly browned and cookies are set.

Immediately after removing cookies from the oven, use your thumb or a small spoon to make a depression in the center of each cookie. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make filling, whisk together peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, salt and vanilla in a small microwave-safe bowl. When the mixture has come together, heat it in the microwave (in short intervals, stirring frequently), until it is soft. Working carefully with the warm filling, transfer it to a pastry bag (or plastic bag with the tip cut off) and pipe a generous dome of the filling into each cookie’s “thumbprint”.

Chill filled cookies for 20-30 minutes, or until the peanut butter is firm.

Melt the chocolate and cocoa butter in a small, heat-resistant bowl placed over a small saucepan filled with simmering (not boiling) water.

Dip chilled cookies into chocolate, let excess drip off, and place on a sheet of parchment paper to set.

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  1. 1
    vanessa
    Posted On February 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    love it! i can’t wait to try it.

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  2. 2
    Posted On February 15, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Mmm..tagalongs are my favorite Girl Scout cookies…

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  3. 3
    Posted On February 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    um. yes please.
    thank you for sharing!!!!

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  4. 4
    Posted On February 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    YUM! I don’t live near any girl scouts, and out of the 3 employees I work with that used to sell them; 2 changed jobs, and the other’s daughter aged out of girl scouts! So no cookies here.

    Oh, once when I actually had some cookies, I came home from work, and Nathan had eaten an ENTIRE SLEEVE of Trefoils in one day. I was NOT happy to say the least!

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  5. 5
    Posted On February 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    These look great! I’m still on my Valentine’s Day chocolate binge!

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  6. 6
    Posted On February 15, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    WOW!! I am so excited to try this!! Thank you!

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  7. 7
    Posted On February 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    I must add these to my growing number of peanut butter and chocolate recipes!

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  8. 8
    Posted On February 15, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    tagalongs are my fave!

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  9. 9
    Posted On February 16, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Yum, these sound amazing. Can’t wait to try them out – thanks for the recipe!

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  10. 10
    Posted On February 16, 2010 at 11:20 am

    can’t wait to try these :)

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  11. 11
    Rheannon Van Cleef
    Posted On February 16, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! My family is currently living outside of the U.S. and every year at Girl Scout cookie season we really miss those yummy cookies. We will be making these this week, hopefully they will hold us over for our last year away from home!

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  12. 12
    Posted On February 16, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    HOW much do I love you for this? It seems like every girl scout cookie recipe I can find is for thin mints, or samoas. Those are all fine and good, but my favorite GS cookie of all time is the tagalong.

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  13. 13
    Posted On February 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    These look DELICIOUS! I’ll admit I never had the Girl Scout cookies… but I’m not even interested after seeing this. I can’t imagine them looking any better than these!

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  14. 14
    Posted On February 16, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve never heard of such a thing, but they look seriously great! I can see the appeal!

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  15. 15
    Posted On February 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    They aren’t called tagalongs around here (did you know they have different names based on region?) but peanut-butter patties are my husband’s fave! He keeps them in the fridge.

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  16. 16
    R.M. Koske
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Squee! I’m gluten-intolerant so actual Girl Scout cookies are a thing of the past for me. With a recipe like this, I can find a way to adapt and make the cookie gluten-free. Tagalongs for me, hooray!

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  17. 17
    Posted On February 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Popped in to say hi! I’ve never had one of these, and I must remedy that immediately.

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  18. 18
    Posted On February 18, 2010 at 8:57 am

    LOVE your site especially the photos! I really enjoy Tagalongs and these look very simple. Something even I might be able to bake. I am going to try them this weekend. Thanks!

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  19. 19
    Posted On February 21, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Ooooh, I have a box of these in the fridge. But when that runs out, I can’t wait to make these. Dangerous though; being able to eat Tagalongs all year.

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  20. 20
    Posted On February 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    This was my favorite Girl Scout cookies, YUM. These look delicious!

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  21. 21
    Calinda
    Posted On February 22, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    A way to dip the entire cookie would be to hold the cookie with a pair of tongs and dip it all in the chocolate. You let the excess drip off and you put it to dry. Hopefully, while the chocolate dries, it’ll fill in the spots where you held it with the tongs.

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  22. 22
    Jenn
    Posted On February 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    These look fabulous and I had been excited to make them but was actually very disappointed with the end result. Next time I will just find a girl scout instead. :(

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  23. 23
    Posted On February 24, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    you can also find a local girl scout selling cookies and support programs that teach girls marketing, sales, communication, money handling, financial literacy, goal setting, and other life skills that help them become more awesome women.

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    • anna
      Posted On March 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      Unfortunately, the Girl Scouts refuse to make healthy cookies, so my family and I cannot eat them. All varieties of their cookies have BHT in them, and most also have artificial coloring. These things make my children’s behavior intolerable and they give me headaches and stomachaches. For an organization that talks about healthy choices, it really doesn’t walk the walk. And, BTW, my girls and I have been active in Girl Scouts for the past 6 years, most of them I have been a leader. I know all about where the money is spent. You could always give a donation to your local GS troop and make these delicious and healthier cookies at home. Besides only .50 of each box goes to the troop itself!

    • Jules
      Posted On March 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Seconded. On making a donation to a troop, or spending my designated GS cookie money on some of the other varieties of cookies. The real tagalongs have become a rip-off, because every year they shrink the box, or increase the plastic, to decrease the number of cookies you get. When I was a kid, the peanut butter patties actually stuck to each other like thin mints if you didn’t keep the box cold, because the box was actually full. Since they’re only giving .50 a box to the troop, they could darned well afford to make a full box of cookies. The corporate interests are using people’s sympathy for cute kids’ extracurriculars to rip off the customers–the tagalong box isn’t full because there isn’t a close knock-off on the supermarket shelves to compete. Part of it’s the expense of peanut butter, but most of it is corporate or central organization greed. I’ll buy the flavors that aren’t deceptively packaged, though.

      Nobody says anything because it’s considered rude and cheap to say the emperor has no clothes when the salespeople are cute little girls.

  24. 24
    Rose
    Posted On March 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Warning….I made these and while they may not taste exactally like Tag A Longs….they are like crack….addictive!

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  25. 25
    Posted On April 20, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    thank you for sharing this. I made them dairy free and my boys were in absolute heaven!

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  26. 26
    Posted On April 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Love your blog, love and olive oil. And I love these cookies and have to make them. Love your names too,,,

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  27. 27
    Sheryl
    Posted On April 29, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I made these last night. I ended up using about 16 oz of chocolate chips (ran out) and it only covered 15 of them. I used almond bark for the rest. I think the almond bark tastes more like the real thing. At first I was thinking maybe it would be better to just cover the top like you did but this morning they are even better than they were last night. 3 squares of almond bark covers 7-8 cookies. These were also quite a bit bigger than GS cookies. I used a T measuring spoon (leveled) and it made 31. Also – after following your instructions to chill I put them peanut butter down into the chocolate, flipped them over with a spoon and they were perfectly covered after making sure I got all the spots.

    Thanks for sharing! These are my favorite GS cookies.

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  28. 28
    Emily
    Posted On January 30, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Should I keep these in the fridge? Or just room temperature? Thanks!!!! Sounds yummy!

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