Original Girl Scout Cookies

In the early days, Girl Scouts raised money by baking and selling cookies—a sugar, shortbread cookie usually cut in the shape of a trefoil. Today there are two bakeries that supply all the cookies that are sold by Girl Scouts in the United States, but you can try one of the original recipes for cookies in your kitchen. Original Girl Scout Cookies are the sixth of my 25 Cookies of Christmas.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Sugar for decoration


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar.
  3. Beat eggs and then add to butter and sugar.
  4. Add milk and vanilla, mixing well.
  5. Stir in the remaining dry ingredients.
  6. Chill at least 1 hour.
  7. Roll ⅛” thick on floured board.
  8. Cut into trefoil shapes with a cookie cutter.
  9. Place on ungreased baking sheet, sprinkle with sugar.
  10. Bake for 8 to10 minutes, or until edges are brown.


  • If you don’t have a trefoil cookie cutter, use whatever you have on hand. Traditionally, a round cookie cutter would be the best substitute.
  • Decorative sugar is the traditional topping, but any sugar or decorative sprinkle can work. Try cinnamon sugar or colored sugar if you prefer..

Time Required: 75 minutes

Servings: 6–7 dozen

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