Tagalong Cupcakes are delicious pound cake covered in peanut butter buttercream and dipped in chocolate. A perfect cupcake version of the Girl Scouts’ best cookie.
It’s Girl Scout Cookie season! Were you a Girl Scout? I was a Girl Scout. This time of year always brings back fond memories of that period of my life: riding a bike without training wheels for the first time during a meeting, making SWAPS, watching troop leaders chase a flaming paper towel across a campground during a multi-troop camping trip…
I loved being a Girl Scout as a girl, so I thought it would be fun to create a series of Girl Scout-inspired cupcakes as an adult.
I had SUCH a blast coming up with these. I thought long and hard about how to interpret each aspect of the cookies. Some of them were literal, chocolate coating for chocolate coating, but for some I had to really think about what the cupcake equivalent would be.
For example, two of the cookies have a shortbread-like base and one of them is literal shortbread, so I figured buttery classic pound cake would be the best sub in for buttery classic shortbread.
We are starting today with my favorite cookie, Tagalongs. Why these aren’t everyone’s favorite will forever elude me (see more of my complaining when we get to Samoas), but what evs. More Tagalongs for me!
Tagalongs are a cookie base covered in sweet peanut butter and dipped in chocolate. So my Tagalong Cupcakes are the aforementioned pound cake base, with a layer of sweet peanut butter buttercream, and then dipped in chocolate.
And surprise, Tagalong Cupcakes are amazing. They actually taste quite a bit like Tagalongs, but fluffy and soft rather than crunchy. The peanut butter pairs shockingly well with the pound cake and obviously, peanut butter and chocolate is a no-fail combo.
Stay tuned for the next three Fridays as we make our way through the other three most popular Girl Scout Cookies, in order from least to most popular, ending with the cookie that accounts for the largest percentage of total Girl Scout cookie sales (you can probably guess which one that is).
And if all this talk of cookies has given you a hankering for some, you can use the cookie locator to find your nearest troop selling them! Support some young ladies so they can grow up and run a food blog that… makes cupcakes based off of Girl Scout Cookies.
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More Girl Scout Cookie Cupcakes…
- 12 Pound Cake Cupcakes cooled*
Peanut Butter Buttercream
- 3 tablespoons (42g) unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/2 cup (135g) creamy peanut butter*
- 2/3 cup (80) powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream divided
- 1 cup (6oz) semi-sweet chocolate chopped (high-quality chips or baking chocolate are fine)
- 1 tablespoon and 1 1/2 teaspoons canola or vegetable oil
Peanut Butter Buttercream
- Combine butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of heavy cream in a medium bowl and whisk together. Add up to 1 more tablespoon of heavy cream if needed so you have a smooth and spreadable frosting.
- Spread a fairly thick layer of frosting over the cupcakes, stopping about a quarter inch from the edges. Run your knife or spatula over it once or twice to ensure that it is as smooth as possible.
- Combine chocolate and oil in a small microwave-safe bowl just large enough for dipping. Microwave at medium power for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until all lumps disappear. Stir vigorously until chocolate is smooth and glossy.
- Dip cupcakes in the chocolate and allow excess to run off before setting aside to dry. If your cupcakes baked up below the wrapper, you can spoon the chocolate on and tilt the cupcake until the entire surface is covered. The chocolate on the cupcakes will set within about 15 minutes in the refrigerator or an hour on the counter.
Peanut Butter Buttercream Adapted From: Food.com
Chocolate Coating Adapted From: Martha Stewart
Dawn at Girl Heart Food says
OMG! These look amazing. Love the peanut butter in them!! Who needs girl scout cookies when you can have these 🙂
Ha, thanks, Dawn!
Chris @ SimpleFood365 says
What a great idea! The flavor combination sounds wonderful and they look good too!
Tania @ COOKTORIA says
I am ready to eat these cupcakes off the computer screen! They looks absolutely irresistible! Pinned for later!
Thanks, Tania, and thanks for pinning!
I’m drooling! I want all of these cupcakes now!
Thanks, Priya. If you were here, I would share!!!
Kylee @ Kylee Cooks says
What a great way to make a favorite cookie into CAKE!
Kylee, you have excellent taste in cookies. 😉
Sara @ Life's Little Sweets says
What a great idea! Pinning and sharing, I love Tagalong cookies, why not have them in a cupcake!
My thinking exactly! Thanks for sharing!
Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction says
These look incredible! I love Tagalong cookies, and these cupcake versions look absolutely delicious!
Sam | Ahead of Thyme says
These look amazing and such a good idea!! Can’t wait to try it!
Thanks so much, Sam!
Sanita Riker says
Hi Tracy, I am totally hooked on your blog. Love it!! Today I’am going to make
Tag-a-long for my son Cliff’s birthday. He is going to love these!! Thanks, Sanita
Thanks, Sanita!! I hope he enjoys them!
These look great! If I wanted to make this into a cake (instead of cupcakes) in a loaf pan or another size of rectangular pan, what size would you suggest? Any tips on what the new baking time would be?
Hi, Ashley, a loaf pan would probably work (just not sure how tall the loaf would be). I’d check on it at 35 minutes and go from there. Hope that helps!
These came out delicious. The edges of the cupcakes we’re a little crispy and they sank in the middle a bit, and that just made them more like the cookies…yummee..these are wickedly delicious. Dare I say dangerous! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I will definitely be trying some of the others. I am going to try to recreate this for my keto diet, I’m on a break right now and I need to bring these back with me!!
Thanks, Kelly. Definitely agree that these are a little dangerous! 😉 I bet you could actually make a great keto version of them with keto pound cake and dark chocolate… Hope the new year’s treating you well so far!
I made these for a New Year’s Eve party and they were amazing. One person ate 3. Definitely will make agi.
This makes me so happy, Sara! Thanks for taking the time to let me know!