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FAQ of Girl Scout Cookies.

Updated on January 8, 2015

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Girl Scout cookies
Shortbread Girl Scout cookies | Source

What are Girl Scout Cookies?

Girl Scout cookies have been around in some form for nearly 100 years. Their objective is to help girls have fun, learn life skills and raise funds for their projects and community work. Currently there are 2 licensed bakers producing girl scout cookies, so the type of cookie available in your area and the name a cookie is called depends on the individual baker supplying the girl scout troops in that area.

Cranberry Crisps come in Environmentally Friendly Packaging


Cookie History

The first cookie sale was in 1917 when Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee Oklahoma baked their own cookies and sold them in their high school cafeteria as a service project. In the 1920s and 30's girls baked their own sugar cookies which they wrapped in wax paper and sold door to door for 25-35 cents for a dozen.

The Girl Scout Federation of Greater Philadelphia became the first council to sell commercially baked cookies. The website states that

"in 1933, Girls Scouts of Greater Philadelphia baked cookies and sold them in the city's gas and electric company windows. . . . . . . A year later they took their sales to the next level."

By 1935 "the national Girl Scout organization began the process to license the first commercial baker to produce cookies that would be sold nationwide by girls in Girl Scout councils."

During the 1940s local councils sold Girl Scout cookies. During the World War Two years Scouts sold calendars instead due to the food shortages. Selling had resumed by 1948 and 29 bakers were baking cookies.

In the 1950s there were 3 types of cookies available: peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread and Chocolate Mint. Scouts began selling cookies at tables in malls.By 1956 the flavors available increased to 4: vanilla-based cookie, a chocolate-based one, shortbread and a chocolate mint.

The 1960s saw an increase in Girl Scout membership and cookies sales rose. There were fourteen licensed bakers who began wrapping the cookies in foil or cellophane to protect and preserve the cookies. By 1966 the variety of cookies had increased.

The 1970s saw the number of bakers drop to four to ensure continuity in quality, packaging and distribution. All the cookies sold had the same boxes and designs. in 1979 the Girl Scout logo appeared on cookie boxes.

In the 1980s the bakers produced a maximum of seven varieties with three being mandatory and four optional.

In the beginning of the 1990s two licensed bakers produced cookies. At this time eight varieties of cookies were available. In 2000 two bakers produced a maximum of eight varieties. The three mandatory ones being Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwich and Shortbread.

Thin Mint Cookies


Girl scout Cookie recipe circa 1922

1 cup butter
1. Cream butter and the cup of sugar, add well-beaten eggs, then milk, vanilla, lour, salt and baking powder.
1 cup sugar
2. Refrigerate for at least and hour.
additional sugar for topping(optional)
3. Roll dough, cut into trefoil shapes, and sprinkle sugar on top.
2 eggs
4. Bake in a quick oven (375 dgrees) for approximately 8 - 10 minutes.
2 tablespoons milk
Makes 6 - 7 dozen cookies.
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
Cookie recipe published in an article by Florence E Neil (in July 1922 )in The American Girl Magazine

There are twelve types of cookies currently being sold, although not every type is available in every area.

Cookie Type
Cookie Description (
Mnit Thins
Crispy chocolate wafers dipped in a mint chocolaty coating
Samoa/Caramel DeLites
Vanilla cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and laced with chocolaty stripes.
Peanut Butter Patties/Tag a Longs
Crispy vanilla cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolaty coating.
Traditional shortbread cookies
Do-Si-Dos/Peanut Butter Sandwich
Crisp and crunchy oatmeal cookies with creamy peanut butter filling.
Savory slices of shortbread with a refreshingly tangy lemon-flavored icing.
Savannah Smiles
Crisp, zesty lemon wedge cookies dusted with powdered sugar
Thanks a Lot
Shortbread cookies dipped in rich fudge and topped with an embossed thank you message in one of 5 languages.
Dulce de Leche
Bite sized cookies with milk caramel chips
Cranberry Citrus Crisps
Crispy cookie, made with whole grain, full of tangy cranberry bits and zesty citrus flavor
Chocolate Chip Shortbread
Chocolate Chips nestled in a bite-size, gluten free shortbread cookie.
Thank U Berrymuch
Hearty cookies with premium cranberries and white fudge chips
Information and descriptions from Little Brownie Bakers ABC Bakers

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Peanut Butter Patties Box

Peanut Butter Patties box
Peanut Butter Patties box | Source

Where can you buy cookies?

Girl Scout Cookies can only be sold by girls participating in Girl Scouts and only during your local council's cookie season. This information can be found by going to the girl scout website and entering your zip code in the Find Cookies search box. Use the zip code locator to learn when cookies go on sale and where booth sales may be happening. There is also a cookie finder app that can be downloaded and local malls may have cookie sales listed on their events section. Most sales occur from January to April.

So whatever your favorite flavor be sure to find out when they go on sale in your area, a year is a long time to wait for your cookies!

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    4 years ago

    When I come to America I always like my granddaughters to get me some my favourites are mint and shortbread


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