All about Girl Scout cookies

Perhaps I’m drawn to this event as a former Girl Scout; then again, maybe it’s just that I love cookies. But on March 12, pastry chefs will descend on the Hotel Commonwealth with the charge to create new desserts from Girl Scout cookies.

Proceeds from the annual Cookie Creations event will fund leadership and community service programs run by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. The competition and silent auction take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the hotel’s Esplanade Room. Tickets are $30 each, or two for $50; call Heather Clyne-Hughes at 617-482-1078, Ext. 272, or e-mail her at hclyne@girlscoutseasternmass.org. Find more information at http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/cookies or call 800-33MINTS.

In the meantime, if you’re like me and you have no relatives or neighbors selling said cookies, you can still get them. On the Web site is a list of towns and where in that town you can find a cookie booth. Unfortunately, there’ s only three booths in Quincy, and one of them happened this weekend. The second one is today, Jan. 19, 3-9 p.m. at the Stop and Shop on Newport Ave.; otherwise, you can wait until Feb. 18 and head to Quincy President’s Place, 1250 Hancock St., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

And it was good timing on their part, but this just in: The Girl Scouts say ABC Bakers’, the maker for cookies in this area, is not affected by the peanut butter recalls. The company says its peanut butter does not come from PCA or King Nut, which are the focus of the investigation, and that all incoming peanut butter shipments are tested for salmonella.

Little Brownie Bakers, another Girl Scout cookie baker, also says it is unaffected by the recall.

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