Kelly Peterson spent five years as a Girl Scout. She had fun with her friends and learned about confidence and community. She sold Girl Scout cookies, too, and her mom was the troop’s “cookie mom.”
But what has stuck with Peterson years later are the lessons she learned. “It was a lot of leadership and working as a team and ingenuity,” she said.
Today, Peterson, mom to a 4-year-old with another on the way, runs Velvet Cream Bakery (velvetcreambakery.com), which specializes in cake truffles, cake pops and cupcakes. She also has taken a job as a Cocoa Dolce chef. Lessons she learned as a Girl Scout helped inspire her to give back and make donations when she can.
One way Peterson did that was by providing a cookie-inspired dessert for the 2012 Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Cocktails and Cookies fundraising event, which features decadent desserts, drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres and an auction.
Peterson’s entry, Girl All Grown Up, was a cookie truffle topped with limoncello curd. Per contest rules, Peterson had to incorporate a Girl Scout cookie, and she decided to bypass the chocolate offerings and use the Lemonade variety. She prepared 400 servings of Girl All Grown Up for the event, not even fully realizing that there was a contest involved.
A cookie truffle topped with limoncello curd
“I was kind of nervous because they kind of looked like over-easy eggs,” Peterson said. While many 2012 attendees commented on their appearance or said they looked like eyeballs, it certainly didn’t stop them from coming back for more.
Lo and behold, Peterson’s Velvet Cream Bakery ended up winning both the Judges Award and People’s Choice.
For this year’s event, Peterson will help the Cocoa Dolce team with its entry. Peterson says the plan is to recover from the Christmas season and get the Valentine chocolate making taken care of first, but then the Cocoa Dolce crew will ruminate on this year’s Cocktails and Cookies dessert and which Girl Scout cookies to incorporate.
Local Girl Scouts are selling eight cookie varieties this year, one of them new. Mango Crèmes are the new offering, joining Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Caramel deLites, Lemonades, Shortbread and Thanks-a-Lot varieties in the girls’ arsenal. The sale starts Feb. 2 and ends March 10. For the first time locally, Girl Scouts will have cookies on hand when they go door to door – meaning instant gratification for their customers, who previously had to place an order and wait three weeks or so for delivery.
With all that stock available earlier than ever, Peterson encourages cookie connoisseurs to experiment with creating other dessert options, for example mashing up a Girl Scout cookie variety and mixing it with cream cheese.
Still, Peterson acknowledges, it’s tough to beat the deliciousness of a Thin Mint straight out of the freezer.
COCKTAILS AND COOKIES | Friday
Feb. 22 at Wichita Scottish Rite Center
Tickets are $100 each; must be 21 or older to attend.