Girl Scout Cookies – Originally made by Girl Scouts

Posted on February 20, 2012


Girl Scout CookiesToday, I realized I haven’t written anything in almost three weeks — 18 days to be exact.  Except for the week or so I was really under the weather, I should have been more diligent.  There are, of course, a myriad of distractions that can sideline good intentions or divert attention.  One of those is the pursuit of Girl Scout cookies.

I have a long history with Girl Scout cookies.  As a child I sold them with my friend, Cheryl.  We would load up the wagon and drag around boxes of cookies, taking turns selling at every other house.  We did okay, and except for the time we almost lost all the cookie money we had collected,we emerged from our cookie sales unscathed.  In college, I lived next to the cookie chairman for the district.  That was lucky.  Over the years I have always made it a point of knowing exactly where to locate Girl Scout cookies when they went on sale.  Now, all I have to do is walk out of a grocery store to get my fix of the fabulous baked goods.

So this afternoon, when I was sampling Thin Mints and chatting with my family, the history of the Girl Scout cookie came up.  Also on the table were Do-Si-Dos (peanut butter sandwich cookie) and Samoas (also called Carmel Delights).  Of course we went to The Google.

History of Girl Scout Cookies
It was amazingly easy to locate a brief history of the Girl Scout Cookie.  The Girl Scouts of America actually have several pages dedicated to the subject.  Most interesting was how the sale of cookies began as it wasn’t a national effort but a localized effort that really took off.  In fact, the site actually lists a recipe for one of the very first Girl Scout cookies ever baked and sold.

An Early Girl Scout Cookie® Recipe
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar plus additional amount for topping (optional)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder

Cream butter and the cup of sugar; add well-beaten eggs, then milk, vanilla, flour, salt, and baking powder. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Roll dough, cut into trefoil shapes, and sprinkle sugar on top, if desired. Bake in a quick oven (375°) for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Makes six- to seven-dozen cookies.

Did Girl Scouts ever actually bake the cookies?Girl Scout Cookies 1950s
In case you are wondering, yes.  Those early cookies were actually baked by Girl Scouts in their own kitchens while supervised by their mothers.  The girls then packaged them up in wax paper bags and sold them at shopping malls.  This bit of information was a revelation since I was under the impression that Girl Scouts had always gone door to door.  Well, door to door that is until recent years when the convenience of approaching unsuspecting shoppers as they leave the store became a preferable method.

Really, as long as Girl Scout cookies are easily accessible, it’s all good.  In fact, I’m not the only one who loves Girl Scout cookies enough to write about them.  Chris Durso at Foodiggity ponders about the ones we wish existed.  Oh yes, the Samoa Roll.

By the way, the cookies based on the recipe above were delicious.