The Original Home-Baked Girl Scout Cookie Recipe -
The Original Home-Baked Girl Scout Cookie Recipe
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The Original Home-Baked Girl Scout Cookie

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"This is the original Girl Scout Cookie from back in 1922. They are a sugar cookie cut into trefoil shapes (like the Girl Scout emblem), and sprinkled with sugar crystals."

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Original recipe makes 3 dozen cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    30 mins


  1. Combine the cream, butter, and sugar. Next, add well-beaten eggs, then milk, vanilla flavoring, flour and baking powder.
  2. Roll thin, make trefoil cutouts, sprinkle sugar crystals on top, and bake at 350 degrees F for about 8 minutes, or until just golden brown.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 18, 2006

Good little recipe. Trefoils aren't my favorite but this is a nice recipe to have. If the dough is too sticky for you just make sure you are working with a floured pin and surface.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 09, 2003

This recipe made a very sticky dough that was the consistency of most drop cookies. Even after sitting in the freezer for over an hour, there was no way to roll it out. The cookies taste rather bland and flat.


10 Ratings

Jan 18, 2007

I omitted the milk due to comments about it being too sticky. Doubt if it affected the flavor. I'm guessing flour was denser/less refined in those days and the extra moisture was needed then. I refrigerated the dough in small portions, then refrigerated the cutout cookies on the sheet before baking. Worked fine. I thought the flavor was good. Sweeter than most sugar cookie recipes I've tried.

Feb 01, 2010

Cookies tasted good, but the first line says add cream to butter and sugar. There is no cream in the ingredient list.

Nov 22, 2011

As a Girl Scout Leader, we created a Sweet Shoppe workshop for over 25 Girl Scouts. This was so much fun and the girls were able to experiance Girl Scout History. They loved them.

Mar 10, 2003


Jan 24, 2013

This recipe does create sticky dough. What helps is to refridgerate the dough and then roll it out with flouring the roller and the dough continually. Carefully cut out each tremoil, and use a strong stiff pie server to place each cookie on the cookie sheet. I also baked them for 11 minutes in my oven. Then they look perfect. This is a recipe 90 yrs old, so I think of how they were originally made in a wood stove oven. Girl Scouts take on any challenge and over come them. I did.

Jan 18, 2014

This recipe was a disaster, I don't even want to show a photo of how flat and run-together these cookies look. I wanted to be true to the recipe, but as nataliemac said, it was too sticky. I rolled them up in plastic wrap, and froze for a couple hours, but still sticky. If I had followed my instincts, I would have added a 1/2 tsp. of salt, and 1/2 cup more flour. They broke into a million pieces when I tried to scrape them off the cookie pan. Taste is okay, needs salt. islandteal, typo in recipe means cream the butter and sugar together (mix until creamy).


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  • Calories
  • 102 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.4 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 5.5 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 61 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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