Girl Scout cookie-selling season is a delicious time of year. Fans of the organization's delicious baked goods wait with bated breath until their colorful boxes arrive. While some old standbys have long been on the menu like Trefoils and Thin Mints, new flavors of Girl Scout cookies pop up every year, and some varieties are regional.
If it's not Girl Scout cookie season, you don't have a nearby troop, or your favorite flavor isn't offered in your area, try making a homemade version. You can tweak the recipe to make them exactly how you like and enjoy copycat Girl Scout cookies anytime.
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Also known as Caramel DeLites, Samoas are some of the most popular Girl Scout cookies of all time. And for good reason: vanilla shortbread cookies are covered in caramel, rolled in coconut, and then striped with chocolate. Be sure to chill the dough before rolling, and use a doughnut cutter or two different sized circle cutters to achieve the signature shape.
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Do-Si-Dos are sometimes called peanut butter sandwiches, and they are just that—crispy, buttery peanut butter oatmeal cookies sandwiching a sweet peanut butter filling. They're an adorable treat that kids will love. You can customize these treats by swapping out the filling for a chocolate frosting or even adding a dollop of jam.
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When most people think of Girl Scout cookies, they think of Thin Mints. They've been offered for decades and are one of the most popular cookies in their lineup. These skinny mint cookies are nearly identical—a thin and crisp chocolate-peppermint cookie coated in chocolate. Just like the real thing, they taste great straight from the freezer.
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Most of us remember Trefoils from years past since they feature the Girl Scouts logo prominently on each one. The buttery, sweet shortbread cookies melt in your mouth, ideal for pairing with tea and coffee. This classic shortbread is strikingly similar and can be flavored with citrus, nuts, or dipped in chocolate. All they're missing is the signature logo.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Girl Scout S'mores are a relatively new addition, featuring graham cracker cookies sandwiched with layers of chocolate and marshmallow filling. These homemade s'mores cookies are easier to make at home. Featuring graham cracker crumbs and a topping of melty chocolate and toasty marshmallow, they're a more portable and less messy version of the campfire classic.
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Girl Scout Lemonade cookies taste like a tall glass of sweet-tart lemonade in the form of a tender cookie. These homemade lemonade cookies are made using actual lemonade concentrate, giving them the same sharp flavor. Topped with a thin icing just like the Girl Scout version, they're the ultimate balance of sour and sweet. To make them look a little more like the original, color the icing light yellow.
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Tagalongs, also known as Peanut Butter Patties, are somewhere between a cookie and a candy bar. A crispy cookie base is topped with creamy peanut butter and a coating of rich chocolate. For a much simpler but equally delicious take, sandwich buttery Ritz crackers with peanut butter and drench them in milk chocolate. Salty, sweet, crunchy, and creamy, they are sure to be a big hit. Switch up the chocolate to suit your tastes—white or dark chocolate are also good choices.
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The Girl Scouts offer a couple of gluten-free options (depending on your location), including Caramel Chocolate Chip and Toffee-tastic. These gluten-free almond flour cookies have a similar texture and can be easily customized with handfuls of chocolate chips and/or caramel or toffee chips. They're just as easy to make as your standard cookie recipe and can be enjoyed on a gluten-free diet.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Crispy, crunchy, chocolatey, and minty, Thin Mints are a Girl Scout cookie fan-favorite. This homemade version has the texture and flavor you look for but with white chocolate instead of a dark chocolate coating. Make them festive for Valentine's by cutting them into heart shapes and decorating them with pink and red sprinkles.
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While this recipe is a copycat of Pepperidge Farm's Chessmen Cookies, it's also a good stand-in for Girl Scout Trefoils. The butter cookie dough is easier to shape and manipulate than most shortbread doughs and can be used with a cookie stamp or springerle mold. Make your own specially-shaped Trefoils for your next teatime or dessert platter.