These vegan girl scout cookies are a homemade, plant-based version of tagalongs! Made with just 3 main ingredients, they are quick, easy, and highly addictive.
Vegan Girl Scout Cookies
When it comes to popular Vegan Girl Scout Cookies, my favorite recipes are Levain Bakery Cookies, Double Chocolate Cookies, and these Vegan Girl Scout Cookies.
During my first few months in America, I was lucky enough to try a large number of cookies that I hadn’t grown up with. I remember the first time I tried an Oreo and was immediately obsessed, followed by the newtons of figs. However, it was love at first sight when I tried the famous girl scout cookies.
I remember when I saw a stand at the local mall selling all these boxes of cookies with a variety of flavors. And I tried each and every one of them and couldn’t pick a favorite; I loved all of them. It wasn’t long after I started on a plant-based diet and had to rethink some of my food choices.
Which girl scout cookies are vegan?
Currently, various Girl Scout cookie flavors may be suitable for vegans to consume. However, depending on your supplier, most of them are NOT suitable for vegans as they contain eggs and/or dairy. Luckily, here’s an easy recipe for a homemade version of the most popular: Tagalongs (aka peanut butter patties!).
I’ve been meaning to share a vegan girl scout cookie recipe for quite some time. They are a copycat version of Tagalong cookies, but even better. No fancy kitchen ingredients or mixers are needed, but you’d never tell. The cookie texture is thick and crumbly, and the peanut butter filling is smooth. The cookies are sweet, buttery, slightly salty, and with hints of chocolate and peanut butter throughout!
My two friends just tried my homemade version of Vegan Girl Scout Cookies and now both are OBSESSED. They thought they tasted better than real Tagalong cookies!
How do you make vegan girl scout cookies?
Shortbread cookies: make up the base of cookies. They’re firm, dense, and buttery, perfect for containing filling.
Peanut butter: smooth and creamy peanut butter. If you’re not a fan of the sweet and salty combination, you can use sweetened peanut butter.
Chocolate chips – To cover the cookies. Vegan chocolate chips or a chopped vegan chocolate bar can be used.
Start by making your shortbread cookies, but instead of pressing them down with a fork, form a deep well in the center. Then, bake them in the oven for 15-17 minutes, until they start to brown around the edges. Take them out of the oven and let them cool completely.
Now add tablespoons of peanut butter to fill the center of each cookie, before refrigerating for 30 minutes, so that the peanut butter hardens. Once firm, melt the chocolate (or chocolate chips). Moving quickly, use two spoons to dip each cookie into the melted chocolate until completely covered. Place them on a lined plate and refrigerate them until the chocolate is firm.
Tips to make the best girl scout cookies
Do not overbake the base of the shortbread cookies as they continue to harden as they cool.
If you have a nut allergy or don’t want to use peanut butter, you can replace it with almond butter, cashew butter, or tahini. Like peanut butter, make sure they have a creamy, drippy consistency.
Only use chocolate chips if you don’t have access to chocolate bars. Don’t spend money on expensive vegan baking chocolate – Lindt chocolate bars that are over 70% cocoa content are vegan friendly AND melt wonderfully.
Storing and freezing tagalongs
To store: Cookies will keep at room temperature in a sealed container, up to 4 weeks.
To freeze: Place cookies in a zip-top bag and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.