Girl Scout cookies have been around more than 90 years. It’s been quite a wild — and delicious — ride!
The Earliest Girl Scout Cookies Were Homemade
Girl Scout Cookies started out in the kitchens of the girl scout members with mothers volunteering as technical advisers. The sale of cookies as a way to raise money for troop activities began as early as 1917, on the brink of the first World War and just five years after Juliette Gordon Low created the Girl Scouts.
Sensing a good thing, in 1922 the official Girl Scouts magazine, American Girl, included a cookie recipe that was given to the council’s 2,000 Girl Scouts. It put the cost of ingredients for six- to seven-dozen cookies at 26 to 36 cents. The cookies could then be sold by troops for 25 or 30 cents per dozen to raise money.
Through the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scout cookies continued to be made in the homes. These cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker, and sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.
From the Girl Scout’s Website here is one of those early recipes:
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.
- 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.
Out of the Kitchens
In 1933 Philadelphia Girl Scouts baked cookies and sold them in the city’s gas and electric company windows. This proved so successful that in 1934 Greater Philadelphia became the first council to sell commercially baked cookies.
In 1935 the Girl Scout Federation of Greater New York followed suit. Buying its own die in the shape of a trefoil, the group used the words Girl Scout Cookies on the box.
In 1936 the national Girl Scout organization began to license the first commercial bakers to produce cookies that would be sold by girls in Girl Scout councils. The love of Girl Scout Cookies soon spread nationwide.
During World War II, when sugar, flour and butter were in short supply, Girl Scouts sold calendars to raise money for their activities.
After the War the scouts went back to the beloved cookies and by 1948 a total of 29 bakers throughout the nation were baking Girl Scout Cookies. At this time they came in just three varieties: Sandwich, Shortbread and the every popular Chocolate Mints (now known as Thin Mints). The 1950’s and 60’s brought the suburb and shopping malls giving the girls a new venue to sell their cookies.
Baby boomers swelled the Girl Scout membership in the 1960’s as well as cookie sales. In 1960, bakers first began wrapping Girl Scout Cookie boxes in printed aluminum foil or cellophane to protect the cookies and preserve their freshness and in 1966 Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies were added.
Girl Scout Cookies are Still Delicious Today
In the fall of 2000 new box designs were introduced which show girls having fun and growing strong. A maximum of eight varieties are made by each baker including three mandatory ones (Thin Mint, Peanut Butter Sandwich, and Shortbread).
When you see the girls outside a grocery, at the mall or at you door, buy a box or three. It supports a good cause and carries on a proud — and delicious — tradition.
From Wikipedia — The best selling Girl Scout cookies are:
- Thin Mints (25% of total sales)
- Caramel DeLites or Samoas (19%)
- Peanut Butter Patties or Tagalongs (13%)
- Peanut Butter Sandwiches or Do-si-dos (11%)
- Shortbread or Trefoils (9%)
Mark Hester’s favorite Girl Scout Cookie is Samoas. He runs the St. Augustine Animal Removal Company where you can find his office staff selling make-at-home recipes for Samoas and Thin Mints for those months after you run out out the real deal. Buy the cookies when they are available and help out the girls but then, when you need a fix and the last Thin Mint is gone, visit http://bestcopycatrestaurantrecipes.blogspot.com/2008/03/cookies-cookies-and-more-cookies.html
Well, of course, Girl Scout Cookies are not the only Secret Restaurant recipes we feature. There are also make-at-home recipes from all your favorite restaurants including Applebees, KFC, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Olive Garden and Macaroni Grill. So you may not want to wait.
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