Macedonia, Ohio,— Inside her Canton kitchen, Janet Gill whipped up a Do-Si-Do of a winner. Her Peanut Caramel Thumbprint No Bake Cookies earned top place in the Taste of Home's 2016 National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest cookies, brownies and bars category.
A home baker with more than a few prized culinary creations to her name, Gill says she was shocked when she received the news of her winning recipe. After all, she entered last year’s contest and knew she faced stiff competition. As Gill does with all of her recipes, she tweaked the truffles she submitted in 2015, turned them into thumbprints and ta-da.
A combination of crushed Do-Si-Dos, salted peanuts, creamy peanut butter, caramel, chocolate chips and a few other ingredients, Gill’s treats blend sweet and salty flavors.
“They have a nice contrast, which I like,” says Gill, a part-time staff nurse at Mercy Medical Center.
Before she entered the contest, Gill took a batch of her cookies to work for her co-workers to sample. They passed the taste test with rave reviews. “I heard a lot of positive comments,” she says.
Gill says she usually has a hunch for good recipes, but they don’t come without trial and error. Gill altered her Taste of Home recipe at least a half-dozen times before she “got it right,” she says.
“One idea leads to another. If I keep at it, I will find something t...