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:


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

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

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