All About Girl Scout Cookies

Understanding the Mystique

Girl Scout Cookies
Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar /Flickr

It's Cookie Time!

It's that time of year again. Well, at least it is in my part of the United States anyway. Yes, it's cookie time. For those of you who don't know, cookie time is referring to that special time of year when you can buy Girl Scout cookies. There is a special mystique to Girl Scout Cookies. I believe part of that is due to the fact that you can only buy Girl Scout Cookies once a year and you can only get them from cute little girls in brown (Brownies), green (Junior Girl Scouts) or khaki (Girl Scouts) uniforms.

I believe the cutest Girl Scouts are the Daisy Scouts, who wear blue.

If you're a life-long Girl Scout fan like me, you can still find the "Celebrate Scouting Stamps", which are Forever (current first class postage) stamps from USPS.COM. The stamp was issued in 2012 in celebration of the 100th Girl Scout Anniversary.

In the Beginning...

Under Juliette Gordon Low, the woman who brought the Girl Scouts to the United States, cookie sales began back in 1917 to help finance troop activities. At that time, the cookies were homemade by the scouts. It wasn't until 1934 that Girl Scouts began selling commercially baked cookies. By 1937 there were 125 Girl Scout Councils nationwide selling cookies. Today there are over 300 councils selling cookies at different times all year long.

What's in a Name?

Ever wondered why the same cookie may have two different names? And why can't you get the same cookies everywhere?

The answer is simple. Girl Scout Cookies are baked in two different bakeries, ABC/Interbake Foods and Little Brownie Bakers. Although there are some differences you should always be able to find Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos (Peanut Butter Sandwiches) and Trefoil (Shortbread) cookies.

Complete List of Girl Scout Cookies

Most Popular Girl Scout Cookies, with photos

Which Flavor is Your Favorite?
According to the Girl Scouts of the USA, Thin Mints are the favorite closely followed by Samoas®/Caramel deLites, then it's Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs®, Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos™ and then the rest. Thin Mints were my favorite for the longest time. I just love the fact I can eat a chocolate cookie and cleanse my breath at the same time. Animal Treasures were a favorite for a while. I just loved that shortbread cookie on top with chocolate on the bottom. They don't make it anymore. For a while, Caramel deLites (Samoas) had just the right caramel, coconut and chocolate combination for me. This year my favorite is the Do-Si-Dos. I'll always be a huge peanut butter fan.
Be sure to SHARE your favorite Girl Scout Cookie or the one you miss.

What Do You Do With the Leftover Cookies?
My usual answer to that question is "What leftover cookies?" Yes, the first year my daughter sold them I bought too many boxes. She just had to have that t-shirt. By her third year of selling, she built up a good clientele and we only bought what we'd eat. If you do have leftover cookies, I've been told they keep well in the freezer.

Another way to use those leftover cookies would be to use them in cooking. I've found that the recipes are all pretty much the same. They only seem to change with the cookie type. 

In the past, each area would offer eight types of cookies. This year you may get the full eight, or like in our area, we're only getting the Super Six: Samoas®, Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos™, Trefoils, Lemon Chalet Cremes™ and Tagalongs®.

Most Popular Girl Scout Cookies with Photos

According to Interbake Foods, LLC Girl Scout Cookies Are Made

  • Without trans fats
  • With 100 percent real cocoa
  • With only pure peppermint oil in Thin Mints®
  • Without preservatives

Without artificial colors


Chocolate Chip Shortbread - (gluten-free chocolate chip shortbread cookie) - 20 cookies* per 5 ounce box.

Cranberry Citrus Crisps - (made with whole grain, cranberry bits and citrus flavor) - 20 cookies* per 6-ounce box.

Do-Si-Dos™ - Peanut Butter Sandwiches - (peanut butter cookie with peanut butter filling) - 20 cookies* per 8-ounce box.

Dulce de Leche - (made with milk caramel chips) - 15 cookies* per 6-ounce box.

Lemonades™ (shortbread cookie with a tangy lemon icing) - 16 cookies* per 8.5-ounce box.

Rah-Rah Raisins™- (Oatmeal cookies made with whole grain oats, Greek yogurt-flavored chunks, and raisins)

Samoas® - Caramel deLites™ (vanilla cookies covered with caramel on top and bottom then rolled in coconut and striped with chocolate) - 15 cookies* per 7-ounce box.

Savannah Smiles™ (crisp, zesty lemon cookies named in honor of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting) - 25 cookies per __ ounce box.

Tagalongs® - Peanut Butter Patties® (Regular cookie with soft Peanut Butter and coated with chocolate) - 15 cookies* per 7-ounce box.

Toffee-tastic™ - Gluten-free buttery cookie with crunchy golden toffee bits.

Thanks-A-Lot™ used to be known as Animal Treasures and All Abouts (all same type shortbread cookie with chocolate on the bottom) - 16* per 8.5-ounce box

Thank U Berry Munch (A cookie made with premium cranberries and white fudge chips.) - 14 cookies per 6.17-ounce box.

Thin Mints (thin chocolate-peppermint cookie coated in chocolate) - 32 cookies* in a 10-ounce box.

Trefoils - a.k.a. Shortbread - (a shortbread cookie) - 44 cookies* per 10 ounce box.

Trios - (gluten-free peanut butter-oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips) -

* All cookie counts and package sizes are approximate.

**Remember not all cookies are available is all areas.

Café Cookies (crispy cinnamon cookie caramelized with brown sugar) - 45 cookies per 10-ounce box. (No longer available.)

Cartwheels (a reduced fat cinnamon-oatmeal cookie.) - 30 cookies* per 7-ounce box. (No longer available.)

Cinna-Spins™ (crispy cinnamon snack swirls that come in 100 calorie packs.) - five .85oz. packs with net weight of 4.25oz.

Daisy Go Rounds - (small reduced fat cinnamon cookies) - 5 individual serving sacks in 4.2-ounce box

Double Dutch (chocolate - Chocolate Chip) - 17 cookies* per 7 ounce box.

(No longer available.)

Ice Berry Piñatas (reminds me of raspberry-filled Danish) 14 cookies* per 7-ounce box. (No longer available.)

Lemon Coolers (powdered sugar-covered cookies with lemon chips in the inside) - 33 cookies* per 7-ounce box. (No longer available.)

Lemon Chalet Cremes™ (rectangular cinnamon-ginger lemon-filled cookies) - 14 cookies* per 8 ounce box.

Lemon Pastry Cremes (low fat) (lemon sandwich cookie with lemon filling) - 16 cookies* per 7-ounce box. (No longer available.)

Mango Crèmes with NutriFusion™ - (vanilla and coconut cookies filled with a tangy mango-flavored creme enhanced with nutrients derived from fruits) - approximately 21 cookies per box.

Reduced Fat Daisy Go Rounds™ (crispy cinnamon cookies) - 5 servings* per 4.2-ounce box.

Shout Outs!™ (Light and crisp, Belgian-style caramelized cookies) - 40 cookies* per 9-ounce box.

Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips (chocolate chip cookies) - 15 cookies* per 5.5-ounce box.

Sugar-Free Little Brownies™ (chewy chocolate cookies with chocolate chips in them) - 20 cookies* per 5.5-ounce box. (No longer available. Good thing, too as these were not well liked.)