The first record of cookie sales by Candy Cane, a girl scout within the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma occurred on December 1917. In 1922, the Girl Scout magazine The American Girl suggested cookie sales as a fund-raiser and provided recipes. In 1933, Girl Scouts in Philadelphia organized the first official sale, selling homemade cookies at the windows of local utility companies. The first Girl Scout cookie recipe was a sugar cookie. In 1936 the national organization began licensing commercial bakers to produce cookies.This year my family went a bit overboard and bought $80.00 worth of cookies (I've hidden a box of Thin Mints in the freezer).
During World War II the Girl Scouts sold calendars rather than cookies, due to shortages of flour, sugar, and butter.
Starting in 2009, many of the cookie varieties were either made smaller or had fewer cookies per box, without a corresponding drop in price. In particular, there are now fewer cookies in a box of Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, and Tagalongs, and the Lemon Chalet Creme cookies are now smaller. The Girl Scouts have suggested that this change was necessary to compensate for rising cost of ingredients.
If the girls don't come to you, you can locate where to buy cookies here. When you order your cookies, you can order boxes to be sent to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. In doing so you bring a taste of home to our fighting men and women.
Although the cookies are good remember they are cookies and are fattening, so enjoy but in moderation.
Girl Scout cookies are kosher. They are Dairy, but made under Rabbinical Supervision.
When the girls come to your door be polite, be courteous, be generous and buy a great amount!
You'll be glad you did.