WATCH: Carla Hall Whips Up a Girl Scout Cookie Ice Box Cake

02/07/2014 at 06:00 AM ET

Another reason to buy Girl Scout cookies—you can turn them into delicious desserts.

In honor of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, which kicks off the cookie-selling season on February 7, The Chew host Carla Hall uses the newest flavor, Cranberry Citrus, to create a scrumptious ice box cake.

A former Girl Scout, Hall shows PEOPLE in a step-by-step video how to prepare the no-bake cake. First, she whips heavy cream and sugar, folding in mascarpone, then adds lemon curd to half of the creamy Italian cheese and lemon zest to the rest. After spreading the mixtures in alternating layers between the cookies, Hall sprinkles a blend of lemon zest, candied ginger and sugar on top. “All flavors I love,” she says. “If you ever have me over for dinner [and served this], I’d be very happy!”

Next step is refrigerating the cake overnight to let it set, but Hall is all for breaking the rules.

“Honestly, nobody is going to be mad if [your kids] get in there and eat it before it’s ready.” (Hmmm, we think Hall may be guilty of this. And who could blame her?)

For an extra kick, she suggests adding dried or dehydrated cranberries to the pan.

Hall’s recipe is so good, it should earn her a baking badge!

Cranberry Citrus Ice Box Cake

2 cups heavy cream
5 tbsp. sugar (divided)
2 (8 ounce) containers mascarpone
12 oz. lemon curd
Zest of 2 lemons (divided)
1 box Cranberry Citrus Girl Scout cookies
2 tbsp. candied ginger

1. Whip the heavy cream and 3 tablespoons sugar until it holds peaks. Fold in mascarpone.

2. Divide the mascarpone-cream mixture in half. In one half, fold in lemon curd, and in the other half, fold in the zest of one lemon.

3. In a food processor, pulse together the remaining sugar, lemon zest and candied ginger.

4. In a 9×13 glass baking dish, layer the cookies and alternate between the lemon curd mixture, lemon zest mixture and candied ginger mixture, creating at least three layers of cookies.

5. Sprinkle candied ginger mixture over the baking dish. Refrigerate until set, or overnight.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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