Every Girl Scout Cookie package is stamped with a seasonal “use or freeze by” date. This date corresponds with the end of each cookie season. Accordingly, Girl Scout Cookies with a 2019 date would be baked for the 2018–19 season.
Girl Scout councils contract with one of two licensed bakers, whose recipes and ingredients may differ slightly. Contact your local council to find out which baker they partner with.
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.
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.
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.
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.