Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Girl Scouts celebrate 99th anniversary! Have a cookie recipe!

Girl Scouts
Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low
The Girl Scouts will celebrate their 99th anniversary on March 12.  Indeed, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Scouts in 1912 with the motto "The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are the makers."

I hope you enjoy the photos, memories and Girl Scout cookie recipes which follow.  Happy anniversary to all the Girl Scouts, past and present, and happy Wordless Wednesday too.

Do you have a Wordless Wednesday post of your own?

Girl Scouts Billboard
Today Girl Scouts have become synonimous with cookies
Chris Wilson, 11, sold 20 cartons of cookies to Vietnam War soldiers
How would you like 20 cases of Girl Scout cookies for $100?
These Vietnam soldiers and their buddies said they could have
gotten orders for 9,000 more boxes "if he asked around."
State Museum 30
Original Girl Scout Cookie Recipe (See also recipe text below photos)
1960 article and recipe for a new dessert, the Minted Brownie Pie
(See also recipe text below photos)

How Girls Can Help Their Country [facsimile] cover How Girls Can Help Their Country [facsimile] title page
Facsimile of the 1913 Handbook for Girl Scouts tells girls how they can help their country.

Girl Scout Cookies!

Original Girl Scout Cookies
(This large quantity recipe is great for cookie exchanges if you have access to an industrial size mixer, otherwise either mix in batches or cut down the recipe.)

3 pounds flour (12 cups)
1 3/4 pounds butter (3 1/2 cups)
1 3/4 pounds sugar (3 1/2 cups)
3 eggs
1/4 pound grated almonds
1 teaspoon vanilla
Grated rind of one lemon
1 teaspoon ammonium carbonate dissolved in a little rose water (1 ounce)

Cream butter and sugar.  Add remaining ingredients.  Chill.
Roll out and cut with cookie cutters.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Girl Scout Cookies Minted Brownie Pie Recipe
14 chocolate mint cookies (1 1/2 box in 1960)
3 egg whites (or 1 envelope meringue mix)
dash of salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nut meats
sweetened whipped cream (1/2 to 1 cup cream)

Chill cookies in refrigerator a few minutes.  Break, cut or roll between folds of waxed paper to even crumbs.  Beat egg whites and salt together until soft peaks form.  Gradually beat in sugar, beating until still peaks form.  Fold in cookie crumbs, nut meats and vanilla and spread in buttered 9-inch pie plate.  Bake in slow oven, 325 degrees, for 35 minutes.  Cool thoroughly.  Serve with sweetened whipped cream on each wedge and garnish with curls of shaved unsweetened chocolate.


  1. Sounds like a yummy recipe. I was a girl scout a very long time ago and I love seldling the cookies. Oh and eating them too.

  2. I have never had a girl scout cookie, so shall have to make them!

  3. the Minted Brownie Pie recipe sounds DELISH!
    my auntie makes something similar with oreo cookies but i'm a huge fan of the mint girl scout cookies, so i will for sure have to try this one.

    @pippad (comment above) you have NEVER had a girl scout cookie? you poor door. for sure try to make them yourself. they are a real treat.

  4. sounds yummy and thanks for sharing your recipe! btw, i love that girl scout 100th anniversary pin...visiting you thru Wordless Wednesday! :) have a great day!

    PinayMum - Mommy's Life Around...


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