Baking Up a Girl Scout Legacy

Okay ladies, gearing up for the 2014 launch of the Girl Scout Cookie Program got me researching the history of selling them. I’ll be honest, I have uncovered what I think is some pretty cool information!! I always knew that Girl Scout Cookies began on a small scale, with a troop in Oklahoma baking cookies and selling them as a service project, what I didn’t know is that they made a very specific recipe…a recipe that was eventually given to councils across the country. During the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scouts all around the U.S. made these cookies, packaged them, sealed them with a sticker and sold them door to door for between .25 and .35 cents a dozen. Say what?! How awesome is that? Obviously, our girls have become increasingly market savvy over the years and so selling cookies is a lot different these days.  I love learning about our history and thought I would pay homage today to our Girl Scout sisters from the past.

Here are some lovely ladies baking up some batches! This photo is circa 1932:

Something pretty cool about the whole thing is that they still have the recipe (try these at home!):

Girl Scout Cookie, circa 1922
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
Additional sugar for topping (optional)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder

< What they would have looked like! So awesome.

Cream butter and the cup of sugar; add well-beaten eggs, then milk, vanilla, flour, salt, and baking powder. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Roll dough, cut into trefoil shapes, and sprinkle sugar on top, if desired.

Bake in a quick oven (375°) for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Makes six- to seven-dozen Girl Scout shortbread cookies.

Pretty amazing stuff girls and women do when they get together in a united front!! I’m really looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces in the next couple of weeks selling cookies, honing your business savvy and having FUN!

Yours in Girl Scouting,


Erin Huerter is an outreach specialist with Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska and head blogger. 

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