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Celebrating 100 years of cookie sales

100th Anniversary Sale 1917-2017
            -Cookies were first baked by girls and their mothers (volunteering as technical advisors) to help finance troop activities.
            -An article published in The American Girl magazine in 1922 contained a recipe for simple sugar cookies. It was estimated by Florence E Neil that the ingredients for six to seven-dozen cookies was 26-36 cents. She suggested to sell cookies for 25 or 30 cents per dozen.
            -Girls throughout the country continued to bake simple sugar cookies with their mothers and package them in wax paper bags.
            -Cookies were sold for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.
            -By 1933 girls were learning how to develop their marketing skills. In Philadelphia, cookies were sold 44 in a box for a whopping 23 cents or 6 boxes for $1.24.
            -In 1934 the Greater Philadelphia Girl Scouts were the first council to sell commercially baked cookies.

            -The Girl Scout Federation of Greater New York raised enough money to purchase a die in the shape of a Trefoil in 1935.
            -In 1936 the national Girl Scout organization began the process to license the first commercial bakers to produce cookies to be sold nationwide.
            -By 1937 more than 125 Girl Scout councils had cookie sales.
            -During 1944 the country saw shortages of sugar, flour, and butter. Ever resourceful, Girl Scouts sold calendars to help finance their troop activities.
            -1951 brought a variety of cookies: Sandwich, Shortbread, and Chocolate Mints.
            -It was also during the 1950’s when girls began selling cookies at tables in shopping malls. (Cookie booths)
            -By 1956 there were 4 basic types of cookies: a vanilla based filled, chocolate based filled, shortbread, and chocolate mint. Some bakers offered an additional flavor.
            -In the 60’s there were 14 licensed bakers making Girl Scout cookies.
            -By 1978 the number of bakers was scaled back to four. This was in part to help lower prices and ensure uniform quality and distribution. This year all boxes of cookies contained pictures of Girl Scouts in action.
            -By the end of the 70’s the flavors included Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwiches/Do-si-dos, and Shortbreads/Trefoils plus four additional choices.
            -In the 80’s three flavors of cookies became mandatory: Thin Mints, PB Sandwich/Do-si-dos, and Shortbreads/Trefoils.
            -In the 90’s the bakers were scaled back to only two. The varieties of cookies included low-fat and sugar-free options.
            -In 2000 new cookie box designs were introduced. Both bakers were limited to eight varieties, including the mandatory three.
            -During the 2000’s, Daisies were allowed to start selling cookies.
            -In 2014 cookie sales went online with Digital Cookie
            -In 2016 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend was announced.

What’s new?
            -This year Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons has partnered with Little Brownie Bakers (LBB) as our cookie baker.

Getting to know LBB

Little Brownie Bakers is one of two bakers licensed by Girl Scouts of the USA and has been baking Girl Scout Cookies since 1973. Little Brownie Bakers’ mission is to provide cookies and support services of the highest quality to Girl Scout councils to help teach girls a wide range of life skills and generate income for Girl Scout troops and councils via the annual Cookie Program. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.*


Meet the cookies:
Thin Mints:
-Crisp wafers covered in chocolaty coating. Made with natural oil of peppermint.
            -Best-selling cookie
            -Over 4.5 million cookies are made during peak baking season.
            -One of the required flavors to be baked each year.
            -Allergy info: Wheat and Soy

            -Crisp cookies, coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and striped with a dark chocolaty coating.
            -Second best-selling cookie

            -Also known as Caramel Delites (ABC Bakers)
            -caramel is made in old-fashioned copper kettles heated to 234 degrees.
            -Allergy info: Wheat, Coconut, Milk, and Soy

            -Crispy cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with chocolate.
-Also known as Peanut Butter Patties (ABC Bakers)
            -Allergy info: Peanuts, Wheat, Soy, and Milk

            -Crunchy oatmeal sandwich cookie with creamy peanut butter filling.
-Also known as Peanut Butter Sandwiches (ABC Bakers)
            -2,800 cookies are covered with peanut butter in a minute.
            -Allergy info: Peanuts, Wheat, Milk, and Soy

-Delicate-tasting shortbread that is delightfully simple and satisfying.
            -Also known as Shortbreads (ABC Bakers)

            -5,100 Trefoils are produced per minute using a rotary die.
            -Allergy info: Wheat, Milk and Soy

Savannah Smiles:
-Crisp, zesty lemon wedge cookies dusted with powdered sugar.
            -Allergy info: Wheat, Milk, Soy, may contain Tree Nuts.

-Rich, buttery cookies packed with golden toffee bits.
            -Allergy info: Milk and Soy

Girl Scout S’mores:
-Crunch graham sandwich cookies with creamy chocolate and marshmallow filling.
            -New for 2017
            -Introduced to highlight the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies and the Girl Scouts’ connection to s’mores and the outdoors.
            -Allergy info: Wheat, Milk, and Soy


*’Toffee-Tastic Girl Scout Cookies available in all councils’ 12/2/15

 All cookie history is taken from the Girl Scout website: