The Best and Worst Girl Scout Cookies

Pause               1 of 7

The Best and Worst Girl Scout Cookies

Written by Melinda Hershey, Health Educator

It's that time of year again: those adorable little Girl Scouts will be around any day now, and their colorful cookie boxes are bound to show up at your office--or maybe even your front door! Sure, Girl Scout cookies aren't the healthiest snacks around, if you do decide to indulge in these seasonal, nostalgic treats, here's how the cookies crumble.

Image source: Flickr

Lowest-Fat Girl Scout Cookie: Shortbread (Trefoils)

Shortbread (called Trefoils in some regions cookies) contain just 4.5 grams of fat for a four-cookie serving. As a bonus, the Shortbread variety is also the lowest-sugar Girl Scout cookie, containing just 1 gram of sugar each.

Highest-Fat Girl Scout Cookie: Tagalongs are the worst with 9 grams of fat in just two cookies. While eating dietary fat doesn't make you fat, processed treats like cookies generally use less-than-healthy fat sources that you should try to limit.

Image source: Flickr

Lowest-Carb Girl Scout Cookies: Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties)

Girl Scout cookies aren't exactly "low-carb," but if you're counting carbs for diabetes management, Tagalongs (called Peanut Butter Patties in some regions) weigh in with the lowest carbohydrate count: 13 grams of carbohydrate per two-cookie serving.

Highest-Carb Girl Scout Cookie: Its peanut-buttery cousin, the Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies, contain twice the amount of carbs for a three-cookie serving: 26 grams!

Image source: Flickr

Highest-Fiber Girl Scout Cookie: Samoas (Caramel deLites)

Samoas (called Caramel deLites in certain regions) are among the highest-calorie, highest-sugar, and highest-fat Girl Scout cookies available, but if they are your all-time favorite, take comfort in this: they contain the most fiber thanks to the coconut.

But wait! Before you start ordering these chewy, coconutty delights in bulk, take heed--they are not exactly "high" in fiber. Two Samoas contain just 1 gram of fiber, which accounts for a measly 5% of your Daily Value. Clearly, you'd be much better off getting your fiber from healthier sources, like bran cereals (10 grams per serving!) or veggies.

Lowest-Fiber Girl Scout Cookies: All other Girl Scout cookies contain 0 grams of fiber.

Image source: Flickr

Cookies Lowest in Saturated Fat: Savannah Smiles and Do-si-dos

If you're keeping an eye on your saturated fat intake, the Savannah Smiles and Do-si-dos are your best bets. Each contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat per two- or five-cookie serving, respectively.

Girl Scout Cookie Highest in Saturated Fat: Steer clear of the Caramel deLites, two of which will set you back 6 grams of saturated fat--that's 29% of your Daily Value!

Image source: Flickr

Shortest Ingredients List: Shout Outs! and Shortbread

If you're looking to minimize your intake of unpronounceable ingredients or highly processed foods, then looking to the length of the ingredients list is one way to find something more wholesome. Both the Shout Outs! and Shortbread cookies contain just 10 ingredients.

Longest Ingredients List: Samoas, which list 20 ingredients on the box!

Image source: Tumblr

Get our full list of Girl Scout cookie nutrition facts.

Lowest-Calorie Girl Scout Cookie: Shortbread

You probably want to eat the most cookies you can for the least amount of calories, right? So which Girl Scout cookie will give you the biggest bang for your calorie buck? Shortbread is the winner! You can indulge in five cookies for a reasonable 120 calories.

Highest-Calorie Girl Scout Cookie: If you're looking to maximize your cookie volume, you might want to stay away from the Thanks-a-Lot cookies; you'll down 150 calories in just two crumbly, chocolaty discs.

Image source: Flickr

See more nutrition slideshows Click here to to redeem your SparkPoints
  You will earn 5 SparkPoints

Member Comments on this Slideshow

(scroll to end to leave a comment)


3/1/2012 1:28:21 PM

MICHELELYNN777's SparkPage
Thanks for sharing this. I am always glad when Girl Scout Cookie season is over! The girls are so cute and the cookies so tempting! I often buy them and then send them to the office with my husband or else I could possibly eat the entire box!


3/1/2012 10:42:30 AM

We buy the cookies, give them to my friend who sends them to her son overseas. He shares them with his military group.
This way we help both groups and don't gain weight.


2/29/2012 7:20:44 PM

I have indulged a time or two. My favorites are the lemonheads, if any of them are low in fat I wloud guess they are. I also would like to see a break down but to be perfectly honest I would still have bought them, which I did. I also like the carmel delights. Here's a little helpful hint. You can freeze them all. They last a really long time and then we can enjoy one or two in moderation. I was a girl scout years ago and feel abligated to purchase them each year. I have donated also.


2/29/2012 6:09:53 PM

BECCA315's SparkPage
I don't really care for Girl Scout cookies, as I don't think they're a good bang for my buck. But I still donate a few dollars to the girls, as I know they work hard.



2/29/2012 4:53:45 PM

SAHUNTER99's SparkPage
Love the Thin Mints frozen!!!


2/29/2012 2:39:10 PM

Girl scouts get such a tiny amount of money for their sales. I am going to donate the cost of the cookies I would have bought to the girl scouts that way they get to keep 50% of the money. The rest has to go to the council, but is better then the less than 10% they usually get.


2/29/2012 1:53:02 PM

EASH5M's SparkPage
Love TagALongs


2/29/2012 12:56:51 PM

I'd like to know where thin mints stand also . They're far too yummy frozen (have you tried?) to give up! :)


2/29/2012 12:33:10 PM

BABY77A's SparkPage


2/29/2012 11:42:46 AM

An d as we girl scouts say there are no calories i our cookies!! lol


2/29/2012 11:34:09 AM

HOSTESS3's SparkPage
I love the shortbread cookies...but I'm staying away from them.


2/29/2012 9:36:02 AM

ANTHONYF's SparkPage
I find it funny(?) that some are the worse in some areas and the best in others like the delights. Best for fiber worse for sat fat. You can't win these cookies! they will get you one way or the other.


2/29/2012 9:24:42 AM

LANAHAUTH21's SparkPage
Glad to learn that the trefoils are the lowest in fat since they are my favorite.


2/29/2012 9:11:47 AM

NPRIFF's SparkPage
When we buy Girl Scout cookies, we usually wind up taking them to work to leave in the break room. People really seem to enjoy them.


2/29/2012 9:11:25 AM

Great article but a breakdown of each cookie would be great

Comment Pages (8 total)

x Lose 10 Pounds by April 9! Sign up with Email Sign up with Facebook
By clicking one of the above buttons, you're indicating that you have read and agree to SparkPeople's Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy and that you're at least 18 years of age.