Saturday, January 21, 2012

Girl Scout cookie recipes and trivia

We in Eastern Missouri will begin ordering Girl Scout cookies on Saturday the 21st of January. Did you know that every state has a different time of the year that they sell the cookies?

Peanut Butter PattiesShortbreadThin MintsThanks-a-lotCarmel Delites

Here is some info about the cookie sales:
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world. Through the cookie program, Girl Scouts have fun while developing five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

All proceeds from the cookie sales stay within our community to benefit local girls. Girl Scout troops use the money for field trips and community service projects. These funds help Girl Scouts deliver programs for girls, provide training for adult volunteers, and maintain local Girl Scout camps.

The biggest sellers are:
  • 25% Thin Mints®
  • 19% Samoas®/Caramel deLites®
  • 13% Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs®
  • 11% Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos®
  • 9% Shortbread/Trefoils®
The other varieties combined account for the remaining 23%. imitated but never duplicated, Peanut Butter Patties­ have been in the Girl Scout Cookie line for over 30 years. They are the 3rd best selling Girl Scout Cookie and are among the top 10 best selling cookies in America. 
Currently, two commercial bakers are licensed by the national Girl Scout organization, Girl Scouts of the USA, to produce Girl Scout Cookies: ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers. Did you know that Girl Scout cookies do not contain any preservatives?Over 200 million boxes of cookies are sold every year, a tradition that started in 1917. The cookies then were made by each troop. It wasn't until1934 that they became commercially baked cookies. 
Girl Scout Councils choose their licensed baker, either Little Brownie Bakers or ABC Bakers. Each of the bakers owns its cookie names, except THIN MINTS® and TREFOILS®, which GSUSA owns. So a cookie like the Trefoil / Shortbread may look and taste similar, but your local Girl Scout council determines which one will be on the market when they select their baker.
Girl Scout cookies are also Kosher.
By eliminating the carton on Thanks-A-Lot cookies this year, Girl Scouts® of the USA
and ABC Bakers are taking over 150 tons of paperboard out of the waste stream.
Saves enough paperboard to fill 14 garbage trucks*. Yields energy savings equivalent
to 30,000 gallons of gasoline.
If you really do not want the cookies, you can choose to take advantage of their cookie Share.
You can purchase the cookies and the troop will decide where they would like to donate you cookies. This is the only way you are elligable for a tax deduction from the cookies!

I personally can not resist them, but wanted to know if there was anyway I could gorge on them bake with the left over cookies. I found some recipes here.

ABC Baker (girl scout cookie baker)

Here are some I found on the Internet

Thin Mint chocolate cupcakes from Little Miss Cupcake Bakes

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(I personally think these would be just as good if you baked them)

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So now that you know all you ever want to know about Girl Scout cookies, be on the lookout for one of these coming to you soon!!


  1. Have you ever had the Samoa cookie ice cream? OH do NOT start if you haven't! I could seriously eat the whole carton by myself, it is SO good. I won't even have it in the house this year since I'm trying to lose weight for a wedding and it's just too tempting!

  2. I know, I am a girl scout leader and I can't get away from them! I have seen the ice cream, just never tried it!n't get away from them!!



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