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Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!

It is one of my favorite seasons- Girl Scout Cookie Time! And, along with enjoying the delicious treats, it is also the time to celebrate the birthday of the Girl Scouts.  On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Lowe registered the first Girl Scouts in Savannah, Georgia.  (For more about the history of the Girl Scouts see here.)  

Did you know that the Girl Scouts actually baked the first cookies that they sold? As a former Brownie Leader, I am really thankful that tradition died out in the 1930s, but the original recipe still exists and can be found on the Girl Scout website here.  

In the spirit of "Girl Scout Week", I thought that I would give that recipe a try.  Here is my updated (and I think, improved!) recipe for that original cookie. Unfortunately, I did not have a trefoil shaped cookie cutter, but I liked the spring flower and of course, some of them are sprinkled with Girl Scout green sugar ! 

Updated Original Girl Scout Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons of milk (I used low fat)
2 eggs, well beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a medium sized bowl mix together flour and baking powder. Set aside.  With a mixer, cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs, then milk and vanilla. Mix until just combined. Slowly add flour mixture until dough forms.  Roll dough into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.  

Roll out dough to preferred thickness.  The original recipe called for a thin cookie, I rolled mine out to 1/4 inch.  Cut into preferred shape and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake for approximately 8 -10 minutes.  

This recipe is a very simple sugar cookie recipe that is an excellent accompaniment to coffee or milk.  As good as it is though, I still prefer a Samoa or a Thin Mint! 

Did you know that there is an App for locating Girl Scout cookies?  You can install the Official Girl Scout Cookie Finder App in the App Store or in Google Play.  I might have to use it this weekend- my Samoa stash is already a little low! 

As you can see, my history with the Girl Scouts goes way back.  Here I am as a Brownie back in the (gasp!) 1970s! 

I hope that wherever you are this week, you can enjoy your favorite Girl Scout Cookie and some beautiful spring weather! 

Thanks for stopping by! 



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