How the (Girl Scout) Cookies Crumble

By , SparkPeople Blogger
In January, charming little girls came to your door to ask if you would support them and purchase some cookies. Their poise and confident sales approach won you over. Your idea was to give the cookies away or hide them in the freezer when they arrived. Now that the cookies have been delivered, it isn't as easy as you thought it would be. On top of that, the energetic girls are at tables all over the city offering additional opportunities to purchase cookies to show your support. (Check out our slide show of the best and worst Girl Scout Cookies.)
Annual cookie sales provide Girl Scouts with a wonderful opportunity to learn sales and marketing skills. The better the girl's skills, the more cookies we typically purchase which can really derail our weight loss goals. Since no foods are off limits in a healthy lifestyle, mastering Girl Scout cookie portion control will be your key to successfully staying on track during this time of year.

Here are the best Girl Scout cookie choices and the recommended serving size.

Trefoils (5-cookie serving) or Shortbread Cookies (4-cookie serving)
Calories – 160 (Shortbread – 120)
Fat – 8 grams (Shortbread – 4.5 grams)
Sodium – 115 mg (Shortbread – 105 mg)
Carbohydrate – 22 grams (Shortbread – 19 grams)
Protein – 2 grams (Shortbread – 1 gram)
Savannah Smiles (5-cookieserving)
Calories – 140
Fat – 5 grams
Sodium – 125 mg
Carbohydrate – 23 grams
Protein – 1 gram
Shout Outs! (4-cookie serving)
Calories – 130
Fat – 5 grams
Sodium – 130 mg
Carbohydrate – 18 grams
Protein – 2 grams
Dulce de Leche (4-cookie serving)
Calories – 160
Fat – 8 grams
Sodium – 70 mg
Carbohydrate – 20 grams
Protein – 1 gram
Thin Mints (4-cookie serving)
Calories – 160
Fat – 8 grams
Sodium – 120 mg
Carbohydrate – 22 grams
Protein – 1 gram
Here are the cookie choices that you will want to pay close attention to serving sizes when enjoying.

Lemonades (2-cookie serving)
Calories – 150
Fat – 7 grams
Sodium – 80 mg
Carbohydrate – 22 grams
Protein – 1 gram
Thanks-A-Lot (2-cookie serving)
Calories – 150
Fat – 6 grams
Sodium – 110 mg
Carbohydrate – 22 grams
Protein – 2 grams
Peanut Butter Sandwich (3-cookie serving) or Do-Si-Dos (2-cookie serving)
Calories – 160 (Do-Si-Dos – 110)
Fat – 6 grams (Do-Si-Dos – 5 grams)
Sodium – 135 mg (Do-Si-Dos – 70 mg)
Carbohydrate – 26 grams (Do-Si-Dos – 16 grams)
Protein – 2 grams (Do-Si-Dos – 2 grams)
Samoas or Caramel deLites (2-cookie serving)
Calories – 140
Fat – 7 grams
Sodium – 55 grams (Caramel deLites – 85 mg)
Carbohydrate – 19 grams
Protein – 1 gram
Tagalongs or Peanut Butter Patties (2-cookie serving)
Calories – 140 (Peanut Butter Patties – 130)
Fat – 9 grams (Peanut Butter Patties – 8 grams)
Sodium – 95 mg (Peanut Butter Patties – 110 mg)
Carbohydrate – 13 grams
Protein – 2 grams (Peanut Butter Patties – 1 gram)
Thank U Berry Munch (2-cookie serving)
Calories – 120
Fat – 5 grams
Sodium – 75 mg
Carbohydrate – 18 grams
Protein – 1 gram

Which Girl Scout cookie is your favorite? Are you able to follow recommended serving sizes when enjoying them?

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HEDSTS58 5/10/2019
Thank heaven they are only sold once a year. Tag a longs from the freezer are my favorites Report
GEORGE815 3/16/2019
Great slice of Americana. Report
KITTYHAWK1949 2/9/2019
Good to know but I'll still get a box for the freezer of my favorites Report
TAMMYAND 2/3/2019
Why is the sugar content not provided?? Report
I managed to avoid the temptation the past two years, but in the past, my favorite was Samoas, followed by "All-Abouts" (which aren't available anymore.) I CAN'T buy them because I WILL eat the WHOLE BOX! But maybe I'll try those "Thanks-a-lots" if I see them; they don't look too bad. Report
I donate boxes to the troops. That way I have helped the Scout and I am not tempted by cookies Report
Glad to see the serving size break down. My faves are the caramel delights. Report
My granddaughter sells them, too. I didn't know till just recently, that there is the option to donate the cookies to USO. Report
My favorite is Thin Mints! Yummy! Report
I love Tagalongs! Of course they're some of the most unhealthy. Report
I give the little sweeties some money (ten bucks, usually) and ask them please to keep the cookies. I don't give money to the Boy Scouts--too many scandals, and I have no faith that these are being dealt with properly--so I plead "on a diet" which is true, and wish them very good luck in the neighbourhood. I give regularly to children's charities, choosing very carefully for maximum benefit and integrity, and give my refundable bottles to the local soccer program. I really don't need to buy junk food in order to support children in my community!!! Report
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I have not bought GG cookies for years for my OWN reasons, which I do not care to disclose here. Report
I never even had a girl guide cookie and try to stay away from such sugars why do we dwell on this Report
Do what I do! Write a check for $5.00 and the troop has clear profit - NOT the Keebler Company!!!
Yesterday I wrote a check for Boy Scouts who were selling popcorn, which is way overpriced also!!! Report
Just.Say.NO. to processed foods of any and all kinds. Report
My favorites are the Thin Mints and the Trefoils. They are so good. My niece is a cadet now, so I have learned over time how to stick to just one serving! Report
Sounds delicous Report
Thin Mints are my favorite. Glad that I only get one box per year. Report
Thin Mints, ever since I sold them door to door! And so disappointing to see how small the boxes have become. Just a couple at a time, and they're no harm and a memory in a box. Report
Good idea Heidimikey... Report
As a Canadian, we don't have "Girl Scout" cookies. We do have "Girl Guide" cookies but not nearly as many flavours (3). I feel a little deprived. ;) Report
I have not seen a Girl Scout for many years. Would like to try the cookies sometime soon. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Report
When I open a box of cookies - girlscout or other, I check the serving size, then put them in a cookie jar in snack bags one serving per bag. They are ready for my son to grab for his lunch or a snack, and being in a bag helps me stop at a serving - I do that with lots of snacks where it is hard to stop at a serving!
Heidi Report
My three favorites are Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs. Now Keebler sells their versions of them in the stores year-round, and it's been good for me...I don't get the feeling that they are only available NOW, NOW, NOW, so I have to buy them NOW. and I usually don't buy them during the year anyway. Report
My favorite cookies are the thin mints! And I can definitely stick to the recommended servings! Report
I always look at the box to see if the nutrition has changed. I like the trefoils. They are great with ice cream and hot chocolate. Ohhh, I wonder if PB would be good on them. I look at cal., fiber and protein. My daughter is a Brownie now so I support her. Report
I have always loved the Thin Mints. Fortunately so do the other people in my house. I got 4 cookies so far and I think there may be 4 left in the box Maybe I'll hide them in the freezer and enjoy them next week. Report
I am a former Girl Scout. I used to sell cookies, but I wasn't very good at it. My favorite were the Scot-Teas, but they don't make those any more. I find all the current cookies very resistable! Report
If everyone wrote a check for $5.00 like I do, the troops would have a lot more money. Who really benefits the most??? Keebler, or whatever company is making them.
PS When I was a Scout, the price went from $.25 to $.35 and we made 5 cents per box. (I'm really old!!!) Report
Thank you so much for addressing this subject. I have 3 granddaughters that are in Girl Scouts so I feel obligated to buy cookies. I love the Thin Mints. I put them in my freezer and only take out 3 at a time. I often forget that I have them so the cookies last for months. Report
The weight management program I follow uses protein shakes and has recipies for Samoa, Tagalong and Thin mint shakes so I can have all I want of these delicious tastes and NOT gain an ounce... probably lose some pounds... YES!!!!! Report
Carmel delights are my favorite, but I gave mine all away when I received them this year. Report
The shortbread cookies are my favorites. But I haven't bought any for the past few years. My personal opinion is they're horribly overpriced and they don't taste as good as they used to. Report
Cookies are not a trigger food for me so I will eat the recommended serving size and ENJOY! I did do my homework before ordering to get the ones with the lower calorie counts. Report
I just figure the calories into my daily plan. I have them about 3 or 4 days in a week and thats it. I make sure to share or freeze some for the next month. I am not going to limit myself to one serving , that one time. Having a few cookies once in a while is no different than having a granola bar. Everything in moderation, thats my motto. Report
My favorite is the Thin Mints! Report
My favorite is Samoas, however, since I'm the only one in my house who likes them, I don't buy them. I let the kids choose which ones they want and buy those for them. Since my daughter is a Girl Scout, you know we buy lots!! I do like me some Thin Mints from the freezer!! Yum, yum! Report
The Girl Scouts sell the cookies outside select grocery stores in the Seattle area. I generally treat myself to two boxes - 1 Thin Mints and 1 Samoa. I have no problem with serving size - I frequently eat just one cookie. I used to be a Girl Scout and earned badges for selling the cookies. Report
funny, I just blogged about this on facebook. Never notice the count until this year! Report
I bought Samoas and, in a rare instance of clarity of thought, decided I will take them to a potluck Sat. night. Report
I am one of the few that do not care for the cookies. Maybe because they are so hard. I like the soft, fresh out of the oven kind. lol. As a mom of two Eagle Scouts, we sold popcorn for 12 years and so I do buy to support the scouting program. I let the boys take care of them. Every once in a while I will try one to see what all the fuss is about, and each time I find myself going, "eh". lol Report
I tend to follow WW point system. I love all the flavors and end up buying a couple boxes of each. I immediately go through and mark the "point value" on the top of each box so I am aware each time I grab a cookie. Report
Girl Scout cookies are like potato chips... you can't eat just one... I usually end up buying boxes to support the girls. Being a former Girl Scout, i actually only buy from the older Cadette or Senior troops because their cookie money usually goes for Wider Opportunities. I don't eat the boxes though. I take them to church or work & set them out for everyone else to eat & then walk away. Report
Tagalongs for the win!! My boyfriend loves Thin Mints. I buy a box of each, and we eat a serving or sometimes even half a serving every 2 or 3 days. Last year, my Tagalongs just sat in the snack drawer (full of mostly healthy snacks) for months before I even opened them. I used to eat entire rows of cookies in one sitting! Report
My dad's favorites were the peanut butter cookies, so I'm partial to those. I can't remember the last time I ate Girl Scout cookies! Report
I was always taught that cookies bought for charitable purposes have no calories. LOL !!!!

I have a box of Thanks a Lot at home. I haven't opened it yet because I gave up chocolate for Lent. However, when I am ready to eat them, I'll just portion control my servings. that's all. All things in moderation.

I don't buy them. Makes life easier. Report
My neighbor bought the slim mints cookies. I ate ONLY 1!!! I used to eat the whole box in one sitting! Report