Homemade Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties)

I just love a good Girl Scout Cookie, but since the season is so short I am always looking for recipes to recreate my favorite cookies in my own kitchen. It is hard to choose a favorite Girl Scout cookie, but if I had to narrow it down it would be Samoas, followed by thin mints, then Tagalongs. Since I have already found a great Samoas cookie, I went on the search for a Tagalong, or Peanut Butter Pattie, recipe. After only a two second search on Pinterest I found one! Buttery shortbread topped with a peanut butter filling and covered with a layer of chocolate glaze. This is a Tagalong on steroids! Just look at that gooey peanut butter filling, you won’t find that much peanut butter in a regular Tagalong! 🙂

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Homemade Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties)

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For the Cookies:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

For the Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • generous pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Coating:

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bow, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in flour mixture followed by the vanilla and milk.
  4. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a 1½-inch ball and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 1 inch apart. Using your thumb, dowel or a melon baller, make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
  5. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven. Using your thumb, dowel or a melon baller, press into the cookies again. Cool cookies for 5 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To make the filling, In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, salt and vanilla. Place in freezer for 10 minutes, or until slightly firm. Roll a heaping teaspoon of filling into a ball and place in the middle of the indented part of the cookie, pressing down so that it sticks. Place cookies in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, or until firm.
  7. To make the chocolate coating, melt shortening and chocolate together in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat. Dip chilled cookies into chocolate, let excess drip off, and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.

Yields: 3 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 13 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour and 50 minutes

Source: adapted from the Novice Chef, originally from Baking Bites

Looking For More Girl Scout Inspired Desserts? Check Out a Few of my Favorites! 😀

 Samoas (Caramel DeLites) Cookie Bars 

 Samoas (Caramel DeLites) Cupcakes 

 Chocolate Chip Thin Mint Cookies

Thin Mint Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

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18 Responses to Homemade Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties)

  1. ChgoJohn says:

    Believe it or not, I’ve not seen any Girl Scout Cookies in years! I understand that parents wpn’t let the kids go door-to-door anymore. But I can’t find them anywhere! Well, thanks to you, I don;t need them anymore. These homemade tagalongs look perfect!

  2. Yum!! These look amazing!

  3. These look so much better than the original!

  4. Wow. These look INCREDIBLE! the tagalongs and samaos were always my favorites growing up. Who doesn’t love girl scout cookies? Even better if they are homemade. yum!

  5. Michael Ann says:

    Oooo, these looks wonderful, thank you!

  6. Yummm… These look amazing…
    Delicious and Adorable…

  7. Yes, PLEASE. Those look awesome!!

  8. Sara says:

    Mmmm… these look awesome! Tagalongs are my favorite. Well, and the Do-si-dos. What can I say, I love peanut butter. I made a homemade version of these last year – http://lifeinbeantownusa.blogspot.com/2011/03/who-needs-girl-scouts-anyways.html . I wish I would have loaded up on the peanut butter like you did! I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to dip them very well. I’ll have to try your version. 🙂

  9. Reblogged this on alisueonthemove and commented:
    Oh my GOSH!! I just have to share! I am so excited this is going on next week’s baking list!

  10. Erin says:

    I think these are even better than the real ones – look at all that peanut butter!

  11. kat says:

    oh yum! you have me craving girl scout cookies now! those and thin mints are my all-time favorites! :0)

  12. Love This! Tagalongs are my absolute fave when the Girl Scouts come along – what a fun slew of recipes to try out with the kids.

    Thanks for sharing.

    ~ Cookery for Two


  13. Shame on you! These look too naughty to be Girlscout cookies! LOL!
    My hubby and I donated our order of cookies this year, since we’re trying to keep the sugar to a minimum. Well, I have to say that I do miss them! I look forward to GS cookies every year, but your homemade recipe may have me saying goodbye to GS Tagalongs! I like the fact that you can choose as much peanut butter as you want, and you were quite generous with yours! Yeah, I’m making these for sure! Great job on highlighting the Girl Scouts, and thanks … I was one myself. One big “YUM” for homemade Tagalongs!!!

  14. I am tempted to try your peanut butter filling in my cocoa shortbread cookies, which I make as thumbprints when I am too lazy or pressed for time to roll and cut.

  15. Tagalongs are my favorite Girl Scout Cookie!! Dang it, I MUST try these! I love the idea of controlling how much peanut butter goes in it. Mine will be completely stuffed.

  16. Nancy says:

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. That looks dangerously good.

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