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GENERAL INFORMATION

Who bakes Girl Scout Cookies?

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

How can I be sure my Girl Scout Cookies were baked for the current season?

Every Girl Scout Cookie package is stamped with a seasonal "use or freeze by" date. Girl Scout Cookies with a 2023 date would be baked for the 2022—2023 season.

Who selects Girl Scout Cookie varieties?

GSUSA reviews and approves the varieties of Girl Scout Cookies. Councils select the varieties offered in their area.

To see a listing of all current varieties of Girl Scout Cookies along with pictures and descriptions go to Meet the Cookies.

Why are my Caramel deLites now called Samoas? Why are my Trefoils now called Shortbreads?

Each Girl Scout council chooses a licensed baker either ABC Bakers or Little Brownie Bakers. 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 may be different. The exceptions are Thin Mints® and Girl Scout S’mores® which are names used by both bakers. Even if cookie names are the same the recipes may differ.

Is my Girl Scout Cookie box/package recyclable?

Girl Scout Cookie packages are intended to be recyclable but they may or may not be accepted by your local recycling service depending on the types of materials it processes.

Several Girl Scout Cookie varieties are produced in soft-pack packaging only without a carton. The film overwrap is similar to the protective wrapping found inside the boxes of all cookie varieties and is recyclable. Film overwrap packaging is currently the "greenest" packaging available for Girl Scout Cookies eliminating thousands of pounds of paperboard from the waste stream.

How do I find out the ingredients nutritional value and allergen information for Girl Scout Cookies?

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.

Why is my local Girl Scout council only selling six varieties of cookies while the neighboring council is selling eight?

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.

Where can I find recipes using Girl Scout Cookies?

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.