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The Best Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

Homemade Thin Mints

Girl Scout cookie season is just around the corner. As usual, I’m not really planning to buy any of the Girl Scouts’ offerings – although I am happy to support local troops in other ways – because I know that I can make cookies that are as good or better at home. Girl Scout cookies still contain partially hydrogenated oils, even if they have decreased the amount to come in under the FDA’s definition of “zero trans fats per serving” (no more than .5g per serving). Homemade cookies are made with real ingredients – butter, sugar, flour, chocolate – and really do have zero trans fats. They’re still indulgent treats, but treats you can feel good about eating!

You can find recipes for four of the Scouts’ best sellers here, including an easy to make version of Thin Mints that you don’t need a cookie cutter to shape:

If you prefer your cookies gluten free, I’ve got that covered, too:

And if you’ve had enough of the cookies on their own, try using them in another way:

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98 Comments
  • Double electrical musik
    April 29, 2010

    Lovely and tasty…wow

  • Cooking games
    April 30, 2010

    cookies look great. I would like eating as free from calories until satisfied.

  • SaiOMJWX
    May 17, 2010

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  • cookiehound
    June 13, 2010

    thanks so much…any chance you could post a lemon coolers recipe? I think the GS even stopped making them.

  • Steve
    July 22, 2010

    I think these are a great idea. My fiancee’ has nut allergies and so we are not able to buy the cookies from the scouts. This forces me to make many things from scratch, which I do not mind. She has been wanting scout cookies and I stumbled across this website. I look forward to trying these cookies out .

    I have also enjoyed your website. There are some really good recipes on and I look forward to trying many of them out. This site is quickly becoming my go to for recipes.

    Thank you

  • Lily
    August 10, 2010

    another great post! the photos are great! now…i’m a little bit hungry….

  • Gianna
    January 11, 2011

    I wish they still made the aloha chips cookies.. I would settle for a really good homemade recipe though 🙂

    The thin mints have always been my #1.

  • Jennifer Kelly
    January 14, 2011

    I’ve been scouring the internet to try and find a recipe or someone who makes a Girl Scout cookie from the 70’s in IL. I think they were made by the Salerno company. They were a cookie that had a layer of fudge on them and the entire thing was dipped in chocolate. They may have been called Fudge Royals? I’m not sure of the name. They were to die for! They were similar to the Tagalong cookie but fudge instead of peanut butter. Yummy!

  • Missy
    January 24, 2011

    Thank you so much for sharing these recipes. The Girl Scout cookies seem to get smaller, as well as the package yet the prices go up.

  • Katrina
    January 29, 2011

    AHHH!!! Making thee too!!!!!!!

  • Sandy Bontly
    March 7, 2011

    If the GS sell Thin Mints and peanut butter tagalongs, why can’t they sell the mint cookies with the white filling? They are just like the peanut butter tagalongs, except with a mint filling and chocolate cover? They’ve become more difficult to find in the grocery stores.

  • Girl Scout Dad
    March 17, 2011

    FYI – This year you can donate money to the Girl Scouts to buy cookies for troops. A few of you mentioned you weren’t interested in the cookies, so that would be a great alternative! Ask your local troop!

  • amber
    March 24, 2011

    THIS IS AWSOME TO BE ABLE TO GET GURLL SCOUT COOKIEEESSSSS RECIPIESS OFFLINEEEE!!!:)

  • Melanie
    March 26, 2011

    I am so excited to try your Girl Scout cookie recipes. I also added you to my blog roll so others can enjoy some of your wonderful recipes.

  • Christine
    May 25, 2011

    Girl Scout cookies at your fingertips? Who can resist! Sugar cookies are my speciality, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try these at home to feed my hungry boys!

  • Shanae
    January 5, 2012

    Awesome recipes and site. I can’t wait to try these! I hope you don’t mind me sharing your site link to these on my personal food blog..I will def be back here..totally great!

  • Kelley
    January 16, 2012

    Thank you for sharing these recipes. I too love Girl Scout Cookies, but the price is too steep and the boxes have gotten much smaller. As for the complainers, no one cares if we share a Jamba Juice or a PF Chang recipe. Let’s face it, it is all about the money, if you provide a good product at a reasonable price, you don’t have to worry about copy cat recipes. Thank you Nicole for sharing your amazing skills!

  • Rebecac
    February 2, 2012

    Oh my goodness, people are protective of their girl scouts cookie sales. My daughter is a GS and I’d like to say thank you for posting these great recipes and giving those with allergies an opportunity to still have the treats they love. This will by no means take away from the sales of GS cookies. “…taking money away from girl scouts…….violating copyright laws…” People are just being silly. Keep those amazing recipes coming!

  • danielle
    February 3, 2012

    I agree with Rebecac ^^^ these recipes won’t, in any way, hinder girl scout cookie sales.

    People who cannot eat the cookies, due to allergies, certain reasons for avoiding the food products in the cookies, trans fat issues, etc.. I have found to be COMPLETELY willing to donate a buck or two (or MORE) to my daughter’s efforts. Those donations DO.IN.FACT. count towards a girl’s sales goal, they DO in fact get used to purchase cookies that the bakery drop-ships overseas to our troops, and if there is another Gift of Caring (a troop-led community service project of whatever sort) the money goes to fund that as well
    My daughter tonight sold 50 boxes at a booth, 20 of which are allocated from donations, and will go overseas to our servicemen and women

    The majority of the donations were from folks who cannot eat the cookies.

    so = I say, post these recipes. Perhaps folks that have food sensitivities, don’t want to spend several dollars per box, whatever, will make the cookies as posted, donate money to a local GS troop, and everyone is happy

  • Joey
    March 27, 2012

    Thank you for posting these! Since moving to Canada, I can’t get Girl Scout cookies anymore. Granted, my niece down in NJ sells them, but they have to go in the freezer until my next trip, which could be months from the time they come in, so I need something to hold me over!

    And to the people griping about taking money from GS, did they NOT read what you posted, mentioning that you support the GS in other ways? People get WAY too overprotective. And it’s not like a lot of the girls are selling the cookies, anyway. Their parents bring the order sheets to work, put them on a desk or table for a week, and then have their daughter bring the filled in order form back. When i was young, I was in the Boy Scouts, and around Christmas we sold candles. I went door to door in my neighborhood, asking for people to buy them. My parents didn’t bring the form to work for me, I had to do it myself. The girls today, they’re just learning that they can get other people to do the work for them.

  • jenn
    July 2, 2012

    To Joey, your comment must be about some other girlscout. My daughter went to 16 site sales to sell her 500 boxes of cookies which was about 80hrs. thanks for the support. by the way i love this site. gs cookies are only available oncev per year.

  • vrhouston
    August 17, 2012

    Thanks so much for posting! I can’t wait to try out the recipes. YUM!

  • vjones
    February 28, 2013

    There is a large market for girl guide cookies in Canada and it goes nation wide, Joey you might want to check into the local girl guide branch in your area and ask them when they go on sale. i know they are usually sold out in Canada rather quickly.

  • Daisy dee
    June 19, 2013

    thanks fgor the perfect cookie recipe. It’s worth trying for. I think my daughters are gonna love it.

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