Girl Scout Cookies Recipe

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To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first nationwide sale, the Girl Scouts are pleased to share the original sugar cookie recipe used when the troops made their own cookies.—Girl Scout Council, Girl Scout Council
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Decorator's sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 154 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 117 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add milk and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with trefoil cookie cutter or cutter of your choice. Place cookies on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with sugar if desired.
  3. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 4 dozen (2-1/2-inch cookies).
Originally published as Girl Scout Cookies in Taste of Home February/March 1996, p65

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Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"Our favorite sugar cookie recipe!"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"This is my favorite sugar cookie without frosting."

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"This recipe tasted nothing like the girl scout cookies I remember.nweyer"

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"I baked these with my granddaughter and was very dissappointed. They didn't taste anything like the original girl scout cookie ."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2009

Did you know that you can pay for the cookies but not take delivery yourself?  What you buy can be shipped to our military in Iraq or Afganastan by the manufacturer. You pay nothing extra. Sales are going on now. Please consider buying some for our military members if you don't want them yourself.

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