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The Delicious History Of Girl Scout Cookies

  1. 1. ==== ====Order Girl Scout Cookies Now :) ====Girl Scout cookies have been around more than 90 years. Its been quite a wild -- and delicious --ride!The Earliest Girl Scout Cookies Were HomemadeGirl Scout Cookies started out in the kitchens of the girl scout members with mothers volunteeringas technical advisers. The sale of cookies as a way to raise money for troop activities began asearly as 1917, on the brink of the first World War and just five years after Juliette Gordon Lowcreated the Girl Scouts.Sensing a good thing, in 1922 the official Girl Scouts magazine, American Girl, included a cookierecipe that was given to the councils 2,000 Girl Scouts. It put the cost of ingredients for six- toseven-dozen cookies at 26 to 36 cents. The cookies could then be sold by troops for 25 or 30cents per dozen to raise money.Through the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scout cookies continued to be made in the homes. Thesecookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker, and sold door to door for 25 to35 cents per dozen.From the Girl Scouts Website here is one of those early recipes:AN EARLY GIRL SCOUT COOKIE RECIPEIngredients1 cup Butter1 cup Sugar plus additional amount for topping (optional)2 eggs2 tablespoons Milk1 teaspoon Vanilla2 cups Flour1 teaspoon Salt
  2. 2. 2 teaspoons Baking PowderDirections:Cream butter and the cup of sugarAdd well-beaten eggs, then milk, vanilla, flour, salt, and baking powder.Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.Roll dough, cut into trefoil shapes.Sprinkle sugar on top, if desired.Bake in a quick oven (375°) for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin tobrown.Makes six- to seven-dozen cookies.Out of the KitchensIn 1933 Philadelphia Girl Scouts baked cookies and sold them in the citys gas and electriccompany windows. This proved so successful that in 1934 Greater Philadelphia became the firstcouncil to sell commercially baked cookies.In 1935 the Girl Scout Federation of Greater New York followed suit. Buying its own die in theshape of a trefoil, the group used the words Girl Scout Cookies on the box.In 1936 the national Girl Scout organization began to license the first commercial bakers toproduce cookies that would be sold by girls in Girl Scout councils. The love of Girl Scout Cookiessoon spread nationwide.During World War II, when sugar, flour and butter were in short supply, Girl Scouts sold calendarsto raise money for their activities.After the War the scouts went back to the beloved cookies and by 1948 a total of 29 bakersthroughout the nation were baking Girl Scout Cookies. At this time they came in just threevarieties: Sandwich, Shortbread and the every popular Chocolate Mints (now known as ThinMints). The 1950s and 60s brought the suburb and shopping malls giving the girls a new venue tosell their cookies.Baby boomers swelled the Girl Scout membership in the 1960s as well as cookie sales. In 1960,bakers first began wrapping Girl Scout Cookie boxes in printed aluminum foil or cellophane toprotect the cookies and preserve their freshness and in 1966 Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies
  3. 3. were added.Girl Scout Cookies are Still Delicious TodayIn the fall of 2000 new box designs were introduced which show girls having fun and growingstrong. A maximum of eight varieties are made by each baker including three mandatory ones(Thin Mint, Peanut Butter Sandwich, and Shortbread).When you see the girls outside a grocery, at the mall or at you door, buy a box or three. Itsupports a good cause and carries on a proud -- and delicious -- tradition.From Wikipedia -- The best selling Girl Scout cookies are:Thin Mints (25% of total sales)Caramel DeLites or Samoas (19%)Peanut Butter Patties or Tagalongs (13%)Peanut Butter Sandwiches or Do-si-dos (11%)Shortbread or Trefoils (9%)Mark Hesters favorite Girl Scout Cookie is Samoas. He runs the where you can find make-at-home recipes forSamoas and Thin Mints for those months after you run out out the real deal. Buy the cookieswhen they are available and help out the girls but then, when you need a fix and the last Thin Mintis gone, visit, of course, Girl Scout Cookies are not the only Secret Restaurant recipes we feature. Thereare also make-at-home recipes from all your favorite restaurants including Applebees, KFC, RuthsChris Steakhouse, Olive Garden and Macaroni Grill. So you may not want to wait. Join us forYOUR restaurant favorites you can make at home at today.Article Source:
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