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We tried the Girl Scouts Cookie Oven—and this is what happened

Tested by our littlest expert

Updated December 21, 2016

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To some, it’s a real racket. To others, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

No, we’re not talking about Christmas. We’re talking about Girl Scouts Cookie season, that most glorious time when we gorge ourselves on as many boxes of Thin Mints and Samoas we can carry.

But the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) have put such a tight leash on distribution that a vibrant cottage industry of unofficial online resellers has cropped up to fill the cookie-shaped void in the off-season. Short of contributing to this nefarious black market, what’s a cookie enthusiast supposed to do for the rest of the year?

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Wicked Cool Toys has a solution: a toy oven that allows kids (and, yes, adults) to bake their own versions of the cookies at home. Are they anything like the boxed versions? Nah, not really. Do you still get a naughty thrill from bypassing the official GSUSA schedule? Heck yeah you do.

Meet our resident toy oven expert, Zoe.

Much to our surprise, Wicked Cool sent us a Girl Scout Cookie oven to test. That left us in a bit of a pickle. After all, we don’t test toys here at Reviewed.com, and our motto is “Tested by Experts.” What to do?

We needed to find the right expert for the job, and who better than a member of the oven’s target demographic? That’s why we asked our littlest tester, Zoe, to come to our labs and take the oven for a spin.

Design

The tiny oven is constructed almost entirely of a sturdy plastic. It feels tough and looks like it could handle a few tumbles—a certainty for a kids’ toy. It’s a color that we can only describe as “Thin Mint green,” with purple and white accents and a pink on/off switch.

Aside from the oven itself, the package includes a tiny cookie sheet, a spatula, and a syringe for measuring water. There’s an LED light to indicate that the oven is on, but it’s almost impossible to see in any kind of well-lit room—you’re better off relying on the on/off switch, instead.

The Girl Scout Cookie Oven

One notable omission is any kind of timer. With the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets, that’s probably not a big deal. Still, an old-school “ding!” for done would have added some charm.

Design

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The on/off switch Credit: Reviewed.com / Kyle Looney

The slider pushes the tray into the oven cavity. Credit: Reviewed.com / Kyle Looney

The cookie tray is hand-wash only. Credit: Reviewed.com / Kyle Looney

The oven’s insert slot Credit: Reviewed.com / Kyle Looney

The oven comes with a tray, spatula, and measuring syringe. Credit: Reviewed.com / Kyle Looney

In Use

Actually making a batch of cookies in this thing is a fairly involved process, so don’t think you can just put the oven in front of your kids and hope for the best.

From start to finish, it took Zoe about an hour, and the majority of that time was spent waiting. Indeed, each step involves seemingly interminable periods of waiting. Waiting for the oven to heat, waiting for the cookies to bake, waiting for the cookies to cool, waiting for the chocolate to melt, etc. We recommend finding a more interesting side activity to kill the time in between steps. Accounting lessons, perhaps?

Our cookie expert puts the oven through its paces.

Waiting aside, the process of making and baking the cookies is quite fun. You’ll need some baking spray for the pan, but other than that, everything you need is in the package. The cookie mix is pre-prepared, only requiring the addition of a small amount of water. Zoe found that she needed to add a little more water than the recipe asked for, so feel free to adjust your measurements accordingly.

After mixing, you place the batter on the greased pan and insert it into the side of the oven. A slider around front moves the pan from the opening into oven. When baking is finished, the same slider moves the tray back out, and you can grab it with the included spatula.

The top of the oven has a recessed area that can be used to melt chocolate. Zoe was making Thin Mints, so we had the perfect opportunity to put it to the test. Unfortunately, it was a total failure. Even after 15 minutes, the chocolate chips still weren’t melting. We had to put the tray in the oven to finish the job, which the manufacturer does not recommend.

The Girl Scouts Cookie Oven from Wicked Cool Toys is every Thin Mint fan's dream, but can it deliver on its promise?

Girl Scouts Cookie Oven Review: Get Your Thin Mints Fix Anytime, Anywhere

For years the only way to get your hands on authentic Girl Scouts Cookies was to find a troop perched outside a mall, or hope they came knocking at your door. But that’s all about to change now that the Scouts have licensed their brand, and addictive cookies, to a tiny oven that lets you bake your own.

Thanks to the shrewd negotiators at Wicked Cool Toys , now anyone (although probably mostly kids) can bake up their favorite Girl Scouts treat in a miniature appliance that’s reminiscent of Hasbro’s iconic Easy-Bake oven. And not just the Scouts’ addictive Thin Mints, either. Do-it-yourself mixes are available for Peanut Butter Sandwich, Caramel Coconut, Lemon, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Trefoils, and Oatmeal too.

However, you’ll need to keep reminding yourself that the Girl Scouts Cookie Oven is a toy, designed for kids with well-fuelled imaginations. Because if you have dreams of churning out an endless supply of Girl Scouts Cookies on your drive to work, or toppling the Scouts’ vast cookie empire, you’re going to be a little disappointed.

What Is It?

It’s a tiny toy oven designed to work with a collection of Girl Scouts-approved cookie mixes that let anyone—be they a member of a troop or not—whip up a batch of those famous treats. It works exactly like the toy ovens that kids have been playing with for decades, but with improved and safer electronics on the inside so there’s no risk of kids getting burned or hurt while they’re baking.

For years the only way to get your hands on authentic Girl Scouts Cookies was to find a troop perched outside a mall, or hope they came knocking at your door. But that’s all about to change now that the Scouts have licensed their brand, and addictive cookies, to a tiny oven that lets you bake your own.