GENERAL INFORMATION

Currently, two commercial bakers are licensed by Girl Scouts of the USA to produce Girl Scout Cookies: ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers.

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Every Girl Scout Cookie package is stamped with a seasonal "Use or freeze by" date. That date corresponds with the end of each cookie season. This means that Girl Scout Cookies with a date of September 2016 would be baked for the 2015–16 season.

The licensed bakers may offer up to eight varieties of Girl Scout Cookies. Only three types are mandatory: Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-Si-Dos, and Shortbread/Trefoils. Girl Scouts of the USA reviews and approves the varieties proposed by the bakers. Any of the five optional cookies can be changed every year.

 

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Each Girl Scout council chooses a licensed baker, either ABC Bakers or Little Brownie Bakers. Each baker uses different names for some cookies. So a cookie may be called Trefoils when baked by one baker and Shortbread when baked by the other. The two cookies look and taste similar, but the name of the cookie and the recipe are dependent on the baker. The exception is Thin Mints, which is the name both bakers use to describe their chocolate-mint cookie.

Cookie ingredients, nutritional information, and allergen information are clearly listed on both the cookie package and the cookie order form. This information can also be found in the Meet the Cookies section of the Girl Scout website. With special regard for allergen concerns, our bakers bake Girl Scout Cookies in state-of-the-art facilities, and consumers can be assured that every required safety protocol is adhered to in order to prevent cross-contamination of ingredients. Consumers with additional questions can find out more by visiting the baker websites: www.abcsmartcookies.com or www.littlebrownie.com. To find out which licensed baker supplies your council with cookies, please contact your council. Ingredients may differ slightly by baker.

Half of the Girl Scout councils served by Little Brownie Bakers are taking part in the "Super Six" initiative and selling the core five favorite Girl Scout Cookies (Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, and Trefoils), plus Savannah Smiles. Research shows that these core varieties appeal to the vast majority of customers. This initiative has been very successful and well received by both Girl Scout members and cookie consumers. The primary benefits to the participating Girl Scout councils are better management of cookie inventory and a streamlining of the sales process for girls and volunteers.

Check out our new recipe page featuring great recipes—all made with Girl Scout Cookies as an ingredient! Also visit www.pinterest.com/GSUSA to find and share recipes.

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