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- Girl Scout cookies are beloved by many who look forward to purchasing them each year.
- To prepare for cookie season,I tasted and ranked 12 varieties available this year.
- The lemon cookies surprised me, while I thought the peanut butter sandwiches were disappointing.
I put my taste buds to the test to determine the ultimate ranking, from worst to best, of Girl Scout cookies.
Yes, I was once part of the Girl Scouts organization myself. When I was a child, I was part of my local Brownies troop, which accepts kids in second and third grade, according to the website. While it was a short-lived scouting career for me, my love for the cookies I sold still lives on today.
Representatives from the organization told me that the cookie season generally takes place from January to April, depending on the local market and Girl Scout council decisions (some start in December).
So in order to taste and rank as many as possible at the start of the season, Girl Scouts sent me 12 boxes of cookies (the 13th cookie, Caramel Chocolate Chip, was not received in time).
I reviewed the cookies to help you decide which ones are worth buying and which are worth skipping. Since we don't all have the same flavor preferences, I ranked the varieties based on how well I thought the tastes matched up with the descriptions on their boxes, and how well I thought the flavors worked together.
Typically, if someone offers me a Thin Mint, Samoa, or Tagalong, I'm not going to turn it down. But after tasting these 12 flavors available this year, I might have a tougher time deciding which cookie to reach for.
I thought the Girl Scout S'mores sandwich cookies were worthy of last place in this ranking.
These are "graham sandwich cookies with chocolatey and marshmallowy flavored filling," according to the package.
I thought the flavor profile was a miss here in both the cookie and the filling.
In my opinion, the cookie component itself tasted like a bland graham cracker, and I don't know that I would have picked up on any hints of that classic s'mores vehicle if "S'mores" wasn't the name of the cookie.
Similarly, I didn't think the white creme tasted like marshmallows, and the brown creme didn't give me any hints of chocolate. Instead, it just tasted like sugar to me.
The texture of the cookie also threw me off. It felt like there were bits of something inside, like the oatmeal cookie that's part of the Peanut Butter Sandwiches (which ranked No. 10), but it didn't make sense to me since this was supposed to be a graham-flavored cookie. I did enjoy the texture of the filling, though, since it was soft like an Oreo.
Adventurefuls are crunchy, chocolatey cookies that landed in 11th place.
Adventurefuls are "indulgent brownie-inspired cookies with caramel flavored crème and a hint of sea salt," according to the package.
While I thought the flavors reminded me of a brownie, the texture was off to me and other components were missing.
These cookies are supposed to be inspired by brownies, so I expected them to be somewhat soft and chewy. Instead, they were hard (I couldn't break them with my hands) and crunchy. Flavor-wise, though, I thought the cookie component reminded me of the crispier edges of a brownie, which I liked.
The saltiness hit me at the end, which felt like a nice finish here. However, I didn't pick up on the caramel at all, and I thought the caramel-colored circle tasted more like white chocolate that had been dyed with food coloring.
The Peanut Butter Sandwich is a combination of the iconic spread and oatmeal, and it ranks at No. 10 on my list.
These little sandwiches are "crisp and crunchy oatmeal cookies with creamy peanut butter filling," according to the box.
In certain areas around the country, these are called Do-si-dos.
I love oatmeal cookies and peanut butter, but the flavor profile here was too faint to enjoy, in my opinion.
I didn't really pick up on the peanut butter until I opened up the cookie and scraped off the filling with my teeth. The double cookie was a bit overwhelming to me, as it was thick, dry, and crunchy.
The filling wasn't soft and creamy like I thought it would be after reading the box. Instead, it was firm and dry, in my experience.
The entire eating experience reminded me a bit of eating Ritz peanut butter sandwich crackers, but without that iconic cracker flavor.
Raspberry Rally is a new cookie on offer this year, and I ranked it at No. 9.
These Thin Mint look-alikes are "thin, crispy cookies infused with raspberry flavor, dipped in chocolatey coating," according to the box.
Don't expect the tart, bright flavors of real raspberries from this cookie.
I was hit with the scent of artificial raspberries as soon as I opened the box. After giving these cookies a try, I thought they tasted more like a raspberry-flavored lollipop or mixed-berry fruit snacks gummies than actual berries you get from the produce department. But, that's not necessarily a bad thing as long as you like that flavor profile. Personally, I didn't love it.
The chocolate coating didn't really add much by way of flavor, in my opinion, as I couldn't really taste it.
However, the cookie was definitely thin and super crunchy, which made it texturally satisfying and true to its description.
Coming in at No. 8 in this ranking are Tagalongs.
According to the box, these are "crispy cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolatey coating."
While I loved the texture of these cookies, I thought the chocolate flavor was missing.
On my first bite, I was able to pick up on the peanut butter. It was definitely the main flavor of this cookie, which I personally loved. The texture of it was much creamier and silkier than the layer of peanut butter in the sandwich cookies.
The cookie itself was simple and tasted like a regular biscuit. It had a nice crunch to it, but it wasn't too thick and overpowering. I think this biscuit acts as a great vehicle for the peanut butter.
I love a peanut butter and chocolate flavor profile. Unfortunately, the chocolate on this cookie didn't taste like anything to me. Its texture is creamy and that adds value, but there was no flavor, in my opinion.
I really enjoy these cookies for the peanut buttery flavor and silky texture, but I thought the miss on the chocolate had to push Tagalongs down to No. 8.
This large bread-shaped cookie, Toast-Yay, took the No. 7 spot.
They're "French Toast-inspired cookies dipped in delicious icing," according to the package.
These cookies were good, in my opinion, but they tasted more like cereal than french toast.
I opened the package and, much like when I opened the Raspberry Rallys, the scent of cinnamon and sweetness hit me instantly.
After taking just one bite, I was transported to a kitchen table with a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch in front of me. I used to eat the Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal bars growing up (they had this layer of "milk" icing on the bottom) and that's exactly what this cookie tasted like to me. A colleague said he thought it tasted like the Eggo cinnamon toast waffles. So, if you like the cinnamon toast flavor profile, you'll enjoy these cookies.
The biscuit itself was crunchy but not dry or crumbly, which I thought was a good thing.
I ranked these at No. 7 because, while I think they're delicious, they taste less like the advertised french toast and more like cinnamon toast.
The Toffee-Tastic cookies earned sixth place in this ranking.
These are "rich, buttery cookies with sweet, crunchy toffee bits," according to the box. They're also gluten-free.
While I thought the flavors were spot on, the texture knocked these down to No. 6.
I smelled these cookies and thought they were pleasantly plain with a hint of toffee scent, which was spot on for their description.
I thought the toffee flavor was pretty consistent throughout, even though the sticky substance itself got stuck in my teeth.
My only hangup on this cookie was its texture. I hoped it would be crumbly when I took a bite, but instead it was more of a dusty texture, which was dry and felt unpleasant, in my opinion. Other than the texture, this was a fairly straightforward snack, which I appreciated.
Samoas, a childhood favorite of mine, take fifth place in this ranking.
Samoas are "crisp cookies with caramel, coconut, and dark chocolatey stripes," according to the box.
In certain areas around the country, these are called Caramel deLites.
Nearly all components on this cookie were a home run, with the exception of the chocolate.
Much like some of the other cookies, I smelled the familiar toasted coconut once I opened the interior packaging.
These cookies are chewy on the top and crunchy on the bottom, and I thought both textures complemented each other well. Some of the toasted coconut pieces were a little hard, but it wasn't enough to ruin the eating experience, in my opinion.
In terms of the flavor profile, it was almost entirely toasted coconut and caramel. While I could see and feel the chocolate, I could barely taste it.
I decided that the two lemon-flavored cookies available this year tied for third place.
Lemon-Ups are one of two lemon-themed cookies in this year's collection.
According to the packaging, they are "crispy lemon-flavored cookies with inspiring messages to lift your spirits."
I appreciated the true citrus zing coming from the Lemon-Ups.
After tasting this cookie several times, I was able to tell that the lemon flavor — which really tasted like citrus rather than just artificial lemon flavoring — was coming from the actual biscuit rather than the ultra-thin layer of icing underneath it.
That icing is kind of sugary and shell-like, and reminded me of a glaze on top of a lemon loaf. Unlike a loaf, though, the texture of the cookie was hard and crunchy, but not in an unpleasant way — I thought it worked well here.
While they don't add to or detract from the flavor or eating experience, I thought the uplifting messages like, "I am a leader," and, "I am strong," felt very in line with the Girl Scouts brand to me and were a nice touch.
Lemonades were the other No. 3 cookie, in my opinion.
According to the packaging, these cookies are "savory slices of shortbread with a refreshingly tangy lemon-flavored icing."
While offering a different take on lemon than its third-place partner, I thought these were equally as well-executed.
The first thing I noticed was that these cookies were super tangy and bright in flavor. I also definitely got a shortbread flavor and texture profile from the cookie as well, though I thought the flavor mostly came from the icing.
These made my glands pucker like biting into a lemon would. And while the flavor was coming from the sweet icing, it wasn't overwhelming. It was a super thin layer that gives a lot in terms of flavor, and it was soft like the chocolate on the Tagalongs.
I thought the Lemonades were much sweeter than Lemon-Ups, but both tasted great.
The classic, plain Trefoils ranked as my pick for the No. 2 best Girl Scout cookie.
Trefoils are "iconic shortbread cookies inspired by the original Girl Scout recipe," according to the box.
I've tasted these many times over the years, and I think they're still a classic.
I think Trefoils have a similar flavor profile to a sugar cookie with the consistency and texture of a shortbread cookie.
They're plain but buttery in flavor, and crumbly but not sandy like the Toffee-Tastics.
As someone who loves shortbread cookies, I think these would be great to enjoy alongside a cup of tea or milk.
Thin Mints land the No. 1 spot in this ultimate ranking.
These classics are "crisp, chocolatey cookies made with natural oil of peppermint," according to the box.
While they're super simple, I also think these cookies are perfectly executed.
If you read the description of these cookies, that's exactly what you get when you eat them. They are spot on in both flavor and texture, in my opinion, with just a hint of minty flavor and a thin, crispy, crumbly cookie that's light and easy to consume.
I think the chocolate cookie adds to the flavor profile, while the chocolate coating adds to the textural experience, which kind of reminds me of eating mint chip ice cream.
What are the most popular Girl Scout cookies in 2022? ›
According to The Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., these are the top-selling cookies: Thin Mints. Caramel deLites/Samoas. Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs.What's the least popular Girl Scout cookie? ›
One in 10 Americans says their favorite Girl Scout cookie is Peanut Butter Patties (which you might also know as Tagalongs), while fewer chose Shortbread/Trefoils (7%), Caramel Chocolate Chip (6%), or Do-si-dos (5%).What is the most liked Girl Scout cookie? ›
I'll start with everyone's favorite. Thin Mints are by far the most popular flavor of Girl Scout cookies, outselling every other variety by the millions.
The best-selling Girl Scout Cookies are: Thin Mints®What is the 2nd best selling Girl Scout Cookie? ›
Samoas/Caramel deLites are the second most popular Girl Scout Cookies. About 38 million boxes of Samoas were sold in 2013. Samoas contain about 15 cookies per box.What is the new Girl Scout Cookie for 2023? ›
The 2023 Girl Scout cookie season starts Feb. 1. and with it comes the new Raspberry Rally cookie. The Raspberry Rally cookie is described as a sister cookie to Thin Mints.What is the most underrated cookie? ›
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Juliettes were decadent fudge cookies named for Juliette Low, who founded the Girl Scouts. They were a fitting tribute with pecans and caramel on top. Juliettes appeared in 1984 and were discontinued a year later.What is the oldest Girl Scout cookie? ›
In July 1922, Girl Scout national headquarters published an edition of The American Girl magazine for all Girl Scouts. The issue contained a recipe for a sugar cookie that could be baked and sold to raise funds for local councils. Thus, the simple sugar cookie was arguably the first true Girl Scout Cookie.What is the number 1 cookie? ›
1 Chocolate Chip Cookie (No Further Description Necessary)
America's favorite cookie and the one dubbed “the American cookie” is the Chocolate chip cookie. Chocolate chip cookie is simply tantalizing both in flavor and in texture.
What are the most popular cookies 2022? ›
America's most popular Christmas cookies for 2022 are sugar cookies, gingerbread and peanut butter blossoms, according to Google Trends data. Driving the news: Google released a map Thursday of uniquely searched Christmas cookies by state based on searches between Dec.What Girl Scout cookie has the least amount of sugar? ›
But the Shortbread or Trefoils come pretty close; they have only a couple of more calories and are lowest in sugars, with 1 gram per cookie.What was Elvis Presley's favorite cookie? ›
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
There was a lot of butter and chocolate in the King's favorite cookies, but there were also oats and walnuts. His County Fair Cookies would appeal to cookie lovers everywhere.
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Throughout the decade, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country continued to bake their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers and with help from the community. These cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker, and sold door-to-door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.Are Walmart Girl Scout cookies the same? ›
Science has shown that both Aldi and Walmart offer superb knockoffs of our favorite Girl Scout cookies.What is the most successful cookie? ›
Chocolate Chip Cookies. Is it really any surprise that the most iconic cookie in the US is #1? In fact, when all US states were polled about their most popular cookie, nearly 75% had some variation of the classic chocolate chip.What is the most popular Girl Scout Cookie in California? ›
So which of the delicious Girl Scout cookies are favored by Californians? According to the survey, it's Thin Mints! Californians aren't the only ones who can't get enough of the cookies. In fact, Thin Mints received the highest number of votes and was the top choice in most states!How much did a box of Girl Scout cookies cost in 1975? ›
They hit a half-million boxes sold in a year by 1967. In 1975, the average cost of a box of Girl Scout cookies in Houston was $1.25 a box.How much are the 2023 Girl Scout cookies? ›
How much do cookies cost? The Adventurefuls, Caramel deLites, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Thin-Mints, Toast-Yay! and Trefoils cookies are $5 a box. The Caramel Chocolate Chips cookies are $6. The new Raspberry Rally cookies are available to purchase online only at girlscouts.org.
What is the newest cookie from Girl Scouts? ›
Raspberry Rally is an online-exclusive cookie that can only be purchased online and shipped directly to your home. Be sure to find a Girl Scout you know to place your order. Offering Raspberry Rally online allows Girl Scouts to learn new skills and build their ecommerce business.What is Taylor Swift's favorite cookie? ›
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These Buckingham Palace Shortbread Cookies are rich, tender, and buttery. They were among the late Queen Elizabeth's favorite sweets for her afternoon tea. This recipe is from the Buckingham Palance Pastry Chef, John Higgins.What is Snoop Dogg's favorite cookie? ›
I prepared the Rolls Royce PB-Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from Snoop Dogg's “From Crook to Cook” as mentioned below.What kind of cookies are Girl Scouts selling in 2022? ›
Of course, in addition to ordering your old favorites, you'll want to try the Girl Scouts' new cookie for 2022: Adventurefuls. The new cookies, officially described as “Indulgent brownie-inspired cookies topped with caramel flavored creme with a hint of sea salt,” were announced in August.Did Girl Scout cookies get smaller 2022? ›
Have the cookies gotten smaller? No, Girl Scout Cookies are the same size and weight per package.Are Girl Scout cookies just Keebler? ›
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Today, Girl Scout cookies are produced by two bakeries: ABC Bakers (a subsidiary of Interbake Foods, which is owned by George Weston Limited) and Little Brownie Bakers (a subsidiary of Keebler, which is owned by Kellogg's).
They can choose their additional flavors from the 11 current varieties of Girl Scout Cookie: Thin Mints, Samoas (Caramel deLites), Do-Si-Dos (Peanut Butter Sandwiches), Trefoils (Shortbread), Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties), Savannah Smiles, Dulce de Leche, Thank You Berry Munch, Lemonades and Shout-Outs!What were the 1970's original Girl Scout cookies? ›
Girl Scout Cookies for sale during the 1970s included Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos®, and Shortbread/Trefoils® cookies, along with four additional choices.What is the oldest cookie? ›
Pizzelles are the oldest known cookie and originated in the mid-section of Italy. They were made many years ago for the “Festival of the Snakes” also known as the “Feast Day of San Domenico” in the village of Colcullo in the Italian region of Abruzzo.
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According to Google Trends data, first published by Axios, a lot of people took to the internet between December 3 and December 9 to hunt down different cookies (to buy or to bake, we don't know, but either way, it's a tasty search). However, there was one cookie that topped them all: gingerbread.What desserts are trending in 2022? ›
Desserts like pineapple upside-down cake, strawberry cream cake, and smores are becoming increasingly popular, and chefs are starting to put a new twist on them. Consider offering smores with an interesting flavor of chocolate or unique toppings or traditional cakes in a fun, new form.Are Girl Scout cookies junk food? ›
Are you looking at the nutrition labels and having buyer's remorse? Well, don't panic. Girl Scout cookies are treats; they're not meant to be healthy staples in your diet. “You're not hitting any nutritional home runs with Girl Scout cookies,” says Samantha Cassetty, a registered dietitian in New York City.What Girl Scout cookies are good for diabetics? ›
Both the Tagalong(R) and Peanut Butter Patties(R) varieties of peanut butter cookies with a chocolaty (not chocolate) coating keep both sugars and total carbohydrate relatively low compared to other flavors. Even better: The peanut butter adds a pop of protein, up to three times what you find in other varieties.What was Elvis breakfast? ›
Note for his future wife: Elvis loves enormous breakfasts complete with sausage, bacon, eggs, fried potatoes, home-baked rolls, and coffee.What is Elvis Presley's favorite dessert? ›
Elvis's favorite cake. He usually at a whole loaf. Back in 1997, Maida Heatter adapted a recipe she happened to see in an issue of TV Guide titled “Elvis Presley's Favorite Pound Cake.” She goes on to say the story revealed Elvis loved a certain pound cake and consumed it with abandon.What was Elvis Presley's favorite sandwich to eat? ›
While Elvis is primarily known for being one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century, we can't ignore his namesake sandwich—the one with peanut butter, banana, and bacon all smashed together.What are American cookies called in England? ›
Biscuit (UK) / Cookie (US)
In the US, cookies are flat, round snacks made of sweet dough. In the UK, these are generally called biscuits, although people do call the bigger, softer kind cookies, too.
They're much sweeter than other gourmet brands, with a sugary sweetness as opposed to a decadent dark chocolate. (Think more milk chocolate, buttercream frosting and sugar cookie flavors.) They're chewy on the inside with slightly crisp edges, giving them a good snap when you bite into them.
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The best-selling Girl Scout Cookies are: Thin Mints®How much for a Girl Scout cookies in the 60s? ›
I remember they were 50 cents a box in 1966. Girl scout cookies booth, Girl scout cookies, Girl scout leader.How much does a Girl Scout troop make off of each box of cookies? ›
According to the Girl Scouts FAQ page, they actually make 65-75% profit, which means that about $3 from each $4 box goes to the Girl Scouts. Here is it, laid out in graphical form (hmm ...What is the 2022 flavor Girl Scout cookies? ›
The New 2022 Girl Scouts Cookie Is Raspberry Rally | FN Dish - Behind-the-Scenes, Food Trends, and Best Recipes : Food Network | Food Network.What is the best cookie in 2022? ›
- Pumpkin Pie.
- Dark Cacao.
- Black Pearl.
- Clotted Cream.
What is the best-selling cookie in the world? Oreo cookies. Since the brand's inception in 1912, more than 450 billion Oreo cookies have been sold around the world, and are now available in more than 100 countries.What is the #1 cookie in the US? ›
1 Chocolate Chip Cookie (No Further Description Necessary)
America's favorite cookie and the one dubbed “the American cookie” is the Chocolate chip cookie. Chocolate chip cookie is simply tantalizing both in flavor and in texture.
All Girl Scout Cookie Program participants must abide by our council's established retail price of $5 for the core cookies (Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Trefoils, Lemon-Ups and the NEW Adventurefuls) and $6/box for specialty cookies ( S'mores and Toffee-tastic).What is the newest flavor of Girl Scout Cookies? ›
Meet Raspberry Rally™, the thin, crispy cookie infused with raspberry flavor and dipped in chocolaty coating*.
Why did Girl Scouts change the name of Samoa? ›
You, curious reader, have probably already Googled and now know that no such name change occurred, because there are two Girl Scout Cookie companies. Little Brownie Bakers make Samoas, Tagalongs, and Thin Mints. ABC Bakers make Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, and Thin Mints.Which Girl Scout Cookies have no eggs? ›
Egg-free. Great news for those who don't or can't eat eggs: all Girl-Scout cookies except for Caramel Chocolate Chip come together with egg-free dough. Hungry for more diet-friendly bites?Which cookies do the most damage? ›
Eclair Cookie is a Support who actually does more damage than he does support. After bursting enemies and giving them a “weakness” debuff, he'll shield your allies every time a weakened enemy dies, making him a must-have. Eclair Cookie is currently one of the strongest Epic Cookies in the game.Who is the most loved cookie in cookie run? ›
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