Girl Scout Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch


4 dozen (2-1/2-inch cookies)

Updated: Aug. 17, 2023
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first nationwide sale, the Girl Scouts shared the original sugar cookie recipe used when the troops made their own cookies. —Girl Scout Council
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Decorator's sugar, optional


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in milk and vanilla. Whisk together flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. 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 decorator's sugar if desired.
  3. Bake until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Girl Scout Cookie Tips

What other copycat Girl Scout cookie recipes can I try?

Satisfy your deepest Girl Scout cookie cravings with these homemade Girl Scout copycat recipes that are just as good, if not better, than their original counterparts! Thin Mint fans will go crazy for mint chocolate wafers. If you like citrus, give lemon shortbreads a try. Love peanut butter? Dipped peanut butter sandwich cookies are a tasty riff on peanut butter patties.

Can you make these cookies ahead of time?

Yes. These cookies can be made a day or 2 in advance if you store them in an airtight container at room temperature. If you plan to freeze them, they can be made up to 3 months in advance.

How do you store copycat Girl Scout cookies?

Whether you want to store them at room temperature or in the freezer, make sure you allow cookies to cool completely after baking. If you plan to freeze them, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place the sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes or until the cookies are frozen solid. Then, layer the frozen cookies in airtight containers, with a piece of parchment or waxed paper separating each layer. This will help prevent the cookies from sticking to each other. Freeze for up to 3 months. When it's time to enjoy the cookies, let them thaw at room temperature or heat them in the microwave for a few seconds before serving. Here are some more tips when it comes to how to store cookies.

Amy Glander, Taste of Home Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 78 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.