7 Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

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2/28/2013 9:00 AM   :  59 comments   :  103,853 Views

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I was a Girl Scout all the way through high school graduation. My grandmother and mother were troop leaders, and my mom earned a 25 year award for her commitment to scouting. We love the Girl Scouts in my family.

One of my least favorite parts of scouting was also one of my favorites: the cookies! I detest selling things to this day, so I never won any cookie awards. But I sure did love eating them! Now that I have the metabolism of a 30-something woman rather than a kid, I'm not going to be downing sleeves of Thin Mints like I did back then, but I do still enjoy them.

I just moved to rural North Carolina, where I don't know any Girl Scouts, so there will be no cookies for me this year. I might instead whip up a batch of these Girl Scout clone recipes (with some healthy ingredient swaps, perhaps?). We've rounded up seven homemade Girl Scout cookie recipes!


Early Girl Scout Cookie Recipe (Trefoil swap)
Tagalongs Girl Scout Cookies
Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
Homemade Thin Mints
Homemade Lemon Coolers
Fijis (Samoas)
Left-Behinds (Tagalongs)

If you have extra Girl Scout cookies (is there ever such a thing?), here are some recipes that use them as an ingredient:
Decadent Recipes that Use Girl Scout Cookies
Thin Mint Cupcakes
Girl Scout Cookie Tagalong Cake Bars
Girl Scout Samoas Waffles Recipe With Coconut Caramel Sauce
 
How do your favorite Girl Scout Cookies measure up?

You might also like:
SLIDESHOW: The Best and Worst Girl Scout Cookies
How the (Girl Scout) Cookies Crumble
 


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  • 59
    This is the first time I've ever commented on an article, and I'm only doing it because some of the other comments here are so stupid. To the people complaining about temptation I say this: nobody forced you to click on this article. Nobody is jumping out of the computer screen with a package of cookies and trying to shove them down your throat. If you don't eat cookies, good for you. We all know they're unhealthy, but some people like to splurge every now and then. You guys should all just unbunch your panties and calm the heck down. - 7/11/2014   2:26:31 PM
  • SKYLARGREY
    58
    Gosh! To all those people complaining about how this is inappropriate content fo this site, are you actually telling me that reading about this is going to actually make you right now, right this minute get up, go to your car, go to the store, go and buy the ingredients, come back, bake them and then eat them? Seriously? - 2/18/2014   11:54:23 AM
  • 57
    This is really not going to help me lose weight. Why in the world would Spark People being sending a link to this kind of temptation out in mass email? Moderation? if i was capable of eating homemade cookies in moderation, i wouldnt have a weight problem. Even my thin friends tend to have regrets when cookies are involved. Better suggestion: Make a donation to the Girl Scouts and let them keep the cookies. I'm not even going to take my five points for reading this. - 2/12/2014   12:11:12 AM
  • 56
    I appreciate these recipes to use our extra Girl Scout since both my girls are in Girl Scouts and I buy a ton of cookies to support them and if we run out of our favorites we can make them! - 2/11/2014   2:59:43 PM
  • 55
    I just sold 22 cases of the chocolate mint GG cookies to help my granddaughter she also lives in the country so hard to sell door to door. We actually did that this year instead of just friends and people were so happy to see us it is part of the community and people enjoy the once or twice a year treat. In Ontario we have the chocolate mint ones in the fall/winter season and the original choc/vanilla package in the spring those are the only 2 options we have up here.
    Recipes are good to try if you want something similar at the different times of the year. I agree with most people it is a fundraiser and with things the way it is now they need to raise money to help keep the GGs active. I know in my granddaughters area a couple of the groups have closed because of the lack of participation. Video games, computers and getting children involved in too many activities I am sure all play a factor in this. It is a great institution to get your children involved in. Cookies or not I know it costs up here over $100 a year to register to be a GG so without fundraising how much would it cost?????? - 2/11/2014   12:55:22 PM
  • MOONGLOWSNANA
    54
    Girl Scout cookie sales are going on right now in western Ohio, from Toledo to Cincinnati. I bought cookies again this year as I have for oh, about 50 years. For some troops it's their only fund raiser. If they choose not to sell cookies then they are not allowed to have any other fund raisers. How else would they earn money and learn about business if they didn't have some kind of fund raisers? A cookie now and then is a good thing especially as a treat unless it is medically not advised. And yes, you can buy a box or case to support the Girl Scouts and then donate them to send to the troops, thus supporting them too. They aren't going to get overweight doing the work they do for all of us, and G.S. cookies are a taste of home. I suggest to the author that to pick on Girl Scout cookies might be a mistake. How is that a positive comment? If you want to make your own go for it, but support the Girl Scouts in your neighborhood!!! Be nice. I imagine Spark Guy would eat a Girl Scout cookie if he was offered one. He would just play a little more that day with his cute little boys! - 2/11/2014   12:11:35 PM
  • SUEASCOTT
    53
    you only get the cookies once a year, unless you buy a huge amount, once a year treat isn't going to hurt but this article hurts the Girl Scouts in their fundraising efforts. I agree with most of the posts, it doesn't belong on SparkPeople - 2/11/2014   10:20:10 AM
  • THEGIVINGSHE
    52
    Add me to the many, who believe this article does not belong here. It doesn't even start out saying, "these are not dietetic, and they include sugar, no calorie or content details given." So you read through this wondering how they can be OK, you start thinking of having them. Then SLAM. They aren't good for you, they don't help your health, and they can even harm those who must avoid sugar. Wrong wrong wrong. If you think this is OK here, you don't belong. Those of us who work so hard to avoid these things and live healthier don't deserve or need the cruel temptation put right in our faces when we come here for reenforcement. I also say shame on Sparkpeople. This comment has nothing to do with the integrity of Girl Scouts; I was one, too. Don't confuse the two subjects. This site is about healthy food and exercise. Anything else belongs elsewhere. - 2/11/2014   10:12:46 AM
  • 51
    I support both the Boy and Girl Scouts, if they sell popcorn or cookies most of the money go to back to the groups. Yes! You can write your long letters about weight loss if you want.. You do not eat the entire sleeve of cookies? If you want to eat those nock offs go ahead, I want the real ones.it will be extra time in the gym. - 2/11/2014   8:40:02 AM
  • VAINVT
    50
    But, how do the Girl Scouts earn money if you make your own? And how do you connect with young scouts in your community? If I have trouble eating Girl Scout cookies slowly, then I'll have trouble eating reduced-calorie Girl Scout cookies slowly. This is one place I disagree with Spark People and plan to continue to support a group that was a very important part of my life as a girl and young woman. - 2/11/2014   7:37:08 AM
  • 49
    I like the peanut butter and oatmeal recipe, and yes the girls are right a great chance to try and revise some of them . They seem a bit out of my realm of foods, I do not like to eat them with butter and one cup is definitely no for me.. I will possibly try others if they are lacking butter. :D - 1/27/2014   11:55:27 PM
  • 48
    Thanks, I love knock-off recipes and the challenge to substitute healthier ingredients. I've never been that crazy about GS cookies but the lemon coolers look interesting; might give those a try. - 3/25/2013   1:36:29 AM
  • PBROWN5110
    47
    It took my daughter four weeks to sell the 200+ boxes of cookies I had sitting in the house, and I didn't eat one that whole time. My choice -- abstinence works better for me. We sold the cookies to a bunch of thin people, most of whom bought one box each. Looks like moderation works for them. - 3/8/2013   9:34:47 PM
  • RABONN45
    46
    OMG People please! I have made my own "thin mints" for years, I can hardly afford the price of GS Cookies and when I REALLY want them is not generally when they are for sale. With six of us I find improvision a necessity. That said, my family is not on any special diets. I am diabetic and have to watch how much I eat of anything, its all bout SELF CONTROL! Whether you purchase, donate or make your own that is what it comes down to. Nothing inappropriate about this post, the recipies nor the opinions of our fellow sparks...whatever cookies you choose (if any) enjoy them and enjoy life, we have too many other things to gripe about and food is to be enjoyed within reason. Power to the sparks! :) - 3/7/2013   9:31:04 PM
  • MERCEDES2013
    45
    Where are the counts for calories, etc? Or do I want to know? lol! - 3/7/2013   12:50:13 PM
  • BLESSMAN
    44
    Was a GS leader and involved for about 20 years. Cookies are a legend. One box of samoas are going to make you obese?????Oh please....Or do like one lady did---Don t buy but give a donation!!!!! - 3/6/2013   5:19:42 PM
  • ELECTRALYTE
    43
    I just came to this article so I could LOL at the comments! - 3/5/2013   7:21:17 PM
  • AANDERSON89
    42
    First, as a long time former Girl Scout, (up to age 31!!) I fully suport the Girl Scout organization. We buy cookies and my husband and son eat most of them. I am learning to eat in moderation. Second, maybe SparkPeople should have lessons on reading food lables. After looking at these recipes, you are better off eating the Girl Scout versions!! Sure, there are no preservatives in the homemade versions, but there are more calories, fat and salt! Sorry SP, i am going with the box this time!! - 3/5/2013   5:07:10 PM
  • 41
    Yum! - 3/5/2013   3:41:03 PM
  • 40
    As a mother of a Girl Scout Cadette and troop leader/advisor, my house is filled with Girl Scout cookies right now. It used to be that I will eat an entire box of Samoas without much thought just a cup of coffee or cold milk. Today I can say I eat them, along with every type of food, within moderation. I am so looking forward to my first bite in 2013 of a Girl Scout cookie (gave them up for Lent). - 3/5/2013   12:27:04 PM
  • ZIARUT
    39
    I always buy girl scout cookies. I support the girl scouts and buy American. My son, who is in the service, loves the chocolate covered peanut butter cookies. I have sent them to Afghanistan on several occasions and this year will be sending them to Bahrain. It is such a wonderful treat for him, totally American, and he really appreciates this gift from home. - 3/5/2013   7:30:22 AM
  • 38
    I support Girl Scouts, both as a former Scout and the mother of a Brownie. But I so wish that GS didn't push sugar to raise money. And I wish that SP would stop running blogs and recipes promoting sugar consumption.
    Sugar is a toxic drug and we are all addicted. I tried to post a link to an article here, but SP won't let me. Send me a Sparkmail if you want to learn more.
    - 3/4/2013   8:01:26 PM
  • 37
    I was under the mistaken impression that Sparkpeople was a site about fitness and healthy eating and was supposed to be a support system for people struggling with weight issues. Of course, that means this site has many, many members who are struggling with food addictions of various degrees, some quite severe. Granted not all Sparkpeople have such a problem, and if you are among the fortunate ones, then thank God for such a blessing. However, those who do struggle are our brothers and sisters who are laden with the hardest row to hoe and are most in need of Sparklers' compassion and support. Maybe those who think this article is OK, and don't understand or care about those who must struggle the hardest, need to grow a heart and try offering some support to those with the most difficult addictions and weight problems, instead of finding it funny to tease and tempt the hurting. Whatever benefits Ms. Romine is gaining out of posting this blog, is it worth the cost of shoving even one of these, the most vulnerable and hurting of Spark Members, off the wagon? For those who think I need to lighten up, I assure you food addiction and morbid obesity are not "light" problems--they are life and death issues for the precious people who suffer and their loved ones. - 3/4/2013   1:11:10 PM
  • 36
    I need these now. - 3/4/2013   12:42:18 PM
  • LAURANCE
    35
    I don't buy Girl Scout Cookies because I don't need to gain the weight from eating cookies. So when I passed the Girl Scout table I whipped out a five dollar bill and said, "Here's a donation to the Girl Scouts! We're busy losing weight, so no cookies for us!" - 3/3/2013   7:43:10 PM
  • 34
    Oh c'mon people! This blog is not inappropriate. Sparkpeople doesn't teach abstinence. Sparkpeople is all about moderation. - 3/3/2013   11:05:26 AM
  • 33
    I'm inclined to agree with the folks who say inappropriate. I'm sure there must be plenty of Girl Scout cookie recipes on other sites for those who must have them. "Decadent recipes that use Girl Scout cookies"? SparkPeople, this one doesn't belong here. - 3/3/2013   7:38:17 AM
  • 32
    I'm to frugal to waste money on GS cookies. Walked by the table today going into the grocery store. - 3/3/2013   6:31:22 AM
  • 31
    I saw the Girls Scouts at Walmart today selling cookies, so it's funny to me that I came across this article. I was SOOO tempted, but I am committed to eating very well (at least for the next 2 weeks). - 3/2/2013   11:26:06 PM
  • 30
    Coach Stephanie- WELCOME to rural NC- I live in Jacksonville, NC and will be trying out the recipes since I try to avoid buying the cookies but the family has a sweet tooth so it being a healthier version will make up for the snacking.
    My favs were : Samoas and Tagalongs - 3/2/2013   9:09:30 PM
  • 29
    I love Girl Scout Cookies but I need to leave them alone. This article only makes me want them even more. - 3/2/2013   3:38:39 PM
  • 28
    No matter how carefully you word it, I think this blog is inappropriate for Sparkpeople, which is supposed to be about healthy lifestyles. Really how different is sugar and food addiction from alcohol addiction? Can you imagine articles about wine and beer home-brewing on an AA website? What about about how to build a still in your backyard? How about if the Betty Ford Center posts an article on how to build your own home meth lab? Absurd? No more so than an article about how to bake totally unhealthy cookies on Sparkpeople. - 3/2/2013   9:43:06 AM
  • 27
    I always liked the trefoils. I wish the Girl Scouts would bring them back - 3/1/2013   10:38:41 PM
  • 26
    If you can't be around GS cookies--don't go to these recipes! I was a leader for many years, was the "head cookie" person in our area and raised 3 Gold Award Scouts. I don't miss selling them--or eating so many--but I did buy 4 boxes to support the girls. - 3/1/2013   9:36:20 PM
  • 25
    I think the whole point of your blog was to point out recipes that were similar to the Girl Scout cookies and not to encourage members of SP to go out and eat a bunch of fattening Girl Scout cookies. Some people don't get the point no matter how you try to word something. Great blog!
    - 3/1/2013   1:12:27 PM
  • AJCUNDIFF
    24
    I agree, this blog was not appropriate for Sparkpeople. I would liken it to posting a "Make your own alcohol at home!" blog on an AA site. Not cool. - 3/1/2013   12:22:25 PM
  • 23
    Saving this to make some of the cookies later. My family loves GS cookies. - 3/1/2013   11:11:56 AM
  • 22
    Thanks posting this article! It's fun to read them,look at the recipes & decide if it's something I want to make. You bloggers who post here must have good backbones with all the negative comments. Kudos to you! To all the naysayers out there----no one is making you read this article or eat the cookies. If it's not for you that's fine. - 3/1/2013   11:05:37 AM
  • 21
    I too love Girl Scout Cookies. Moderation, folks! I can't believe all the negative comments about how they aren't good for you! We know that, but we also know that you do need to incorporate a tiny bit of decadence into your diet, or you are doomed to fail.

    Love these recipes! - 3/1/2013   10:40:22 AM
  • 20
    Just looked at the recipe for Samoas... if those are your favorited, BUY the cookies! Nothing healthier about the recipe, very time consuming, and I don't think they'd be any cheaper, either! - 3/1/2013   10:25:42 AM
  • CHERYLHURT
    19
    My husband just bought 4 boxes....they are in the freezer... - 3/1/2013   9:11:40 AM
  • 18
    I don't buy Girl Scout cookies since I have no restraint, especially with the thin mints. I do make a donation so they can send cookies to the troops. - 3/1/2013   9:07:16 AM
  • STARPLEWIS
    17
    I was a Girl Scout from Brownie to Senior. Mom was not only the leader of my Cadette troop but also my sister's Junior troop. Those are some of my most favorite memories. Course cookies were 50 cents a box back then. And it was safe to sell door to door after school with only my little sister along. I cannot wait to try some of these recipes. - 3/1/2013   7:55:27 AM
  • SHELLYLOLLAR
    16
    Really? Shame on you, SparkPeople! After reading countless articles on what we shouldn't eat, you post this article?? I am so disappointed!! I do understand everything in in moderation, but this is a nightmare for anyone trying to do the right thing. - 3/1/2013   7:18:48 AM
  • 15
    The homemade thin mints link went to a malicious page.... - 3/1/2013   4:56:43 AM
  • 14
    I, too, schlepped GS cookies all the way through elementary, junior high, and high school. I hated it, but I loved to eat them. Back in my day there were no rewards for selling cookies and they were only 50 cents a box (the troop got about 5 cents). I always buy from the kids because I remember how frustrating it was to go door to door. Now that the GS troops in my area allow me to "donate" to the military overseas, I'm a happy camper. I even convinced a neighbor boy to charge me what his athletic team would get from buying candy, but not give me the candy. It was a win-win day for both of us. - 2/28/2013   11:21:40 PM
  • 13
    Thanks For The Blog! I've Been A Supporter Of The Girl Scouts When I Could. I Was A Camp Fire Girl And We Sold Candy lol. These Recipes Will come In Handy. I Eat In Moderation And Have Not BANNED Any Food And I've Still Lost 84 lbs. I'm Blessed And I Don't Judge What Others Choose To Eat Or Not Eat. God Bless You! :))) - 2/28/2013   9:57:46 PM
  • 12
    I only see 11 posts, so I don't know where all the outraged posts are. I was going to suggest if you don't want to eat Girl Scout cookies due to healthiness you can buy them and ask them to donate them. All troops (in my area at least) pick a designated charity that they will give donated boxes to--very frequently it is US troops stationed overseas. Or just donate some money directly to a troop if you see them selling cookies and don't want to have them around to tempt you--they will take cash donations also! : ) - 2/28/2013   6:45:27 PM
  • 11
    I appreciate this blog. In order to make "healthy alternative" recipes, you have to start somewhere. This gives a nice jumping off point to those of us who might enjoy tweaking a recipe to make a healthier version. Plus, when you make things yourself, you're leaving behind the preservatives and crazy ingredients that might add to the less-than-spectacular nutrition of these boxed goodies.

    Since when have treats and cookies been off limits at SparkPeople that so many people are outraged about this post? As far as I'm aware, moderation & potential substitution has always been the tagline here. - 2/28/2013   6:24:05 PM
  • 10
    What's the big deal? Temptation is an everyday reality for most of us, as is learning whether you function better applying moderation or abstinence. "Health" encompasses more than just getting exercise and eating nutritiously: having a reasonable emotional and psychological relationship with food (e.g. not having a fit at the mere suggestion of a sugary, fatty treat) is part of being well. - 2/28/2013   6:17:39 PM

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