Perhaps the most iconic part of Girl Scouts are the cookies. Almost everyone knows about Thin Mints, but what about the other cookies? This is the Girl Scout cookie timeline, featuring any and all cookies, even the discontinued cookies.
Thin Mints are perhaps the most well known cookie Girl Scouts have ever sold. And it’s also a fan favorite. Thin Mints made their official debut as a Girl Scout cookie in 1974. Thin mints are round, chocolate covered cookies. The insides of the cookies used to be a white, chewy mint patty, but since the bakery decided to go vegan during the 2017-2018 cookie season, the insides have since become a darker, biscuit-like cookie.
Samoas are the second most popular cookie. These cookies came out in 1974, and have surpassed every cookie except Thin Mints in sales. Samoas consist of a cookie shaped like a ring topped with dried coconut shavings and caramel drizzle. And of course, the cookie is dipped in chocolate.
Trefoils are a staple Girl Scout cookie. They were introduced in 1974, and have continued to be in every cookie sale since. Trefoils are buttery shortbread cookies with the Girl Scout logo stamped on them. They are a classic, go to cookie that still sells out today.
Do-si-dos are a crucial addition to the peanut butter family of Girl Scout cookies. They were first introduced in 1974, and have continued to be a consistent cookie in sales. Do-si-dos are sandwich cookies, with a filling between the two cookies. The two outside cookies are oatmeal cookies, and on the inside is peanut butter,
These cookies made their debut in 1976, and have been thriving ever since. These cookies also belong in the peanut butter family. Tagalongs are made by covering a flaky cookie in peanut butter and then coating the whole thing in chocolate.
In 1974, the Van’chos were introduced. They were discontinued in 1983, but while they lasted, they were a fan favorite. Van’chos came in two flavors: chocolate and vanilla. The sandwich cookies were either chocolate or vanilla and both flavors had a vanilla cream center.
Forget-Me-Nots came out in 1979, but were discontinued in 1981. These cookies were slightly controversial; they were granola oat and raisin cookies. The controversy over oatmeal raisin cookies carried over to Forget-Me-Nots, and consumers either loved them or stayed far away from them.
Chocolate Chunk cookies began their debut in 1979 and were taken away in 1981. These were classic chocolate chip cookies, and apparently, the best way to eat them was to microwave them in order to have melty chocolate chips and a soft cookie.
To commemorate fifty years of Girl Scouting, the 1983-1984 cookie sale seasons consisted of Medallions. These limited edition cookies were thin shortbreads dipped in either pecan-praline or fudge.
The 1984-1985 cookie seasons were the only season to include Juliettes. Named after the founder of Girl Scouts, these were daisy shaped shortbread cookies dipped with either pecan-praline or lemon coating.
These cookies lasted from 1985-1987. Pecan Shortees were shortbread cookies with pecan chunks baked into them. They were crunchy, flaky and tender.
Echos were discontinued cookies. They started selling in 1987 and stopped selling in 1989. These cookies were similar to Oreos. Echos were dark chocolate sandwich cookies with a vanilla cream in the center.
In an effort to make a healthier cookie option, Country Hearth Chocolate Chips were introduced. They made their debut in 1988 and stopped selling in 1990. Country Hearths were oatmeal chocolate chocolate chip cookies made with honey. These cookies were lower in fat, sugar, salt, sodium, calories and cholesterol.
Cabana Cremes were only available for the 1989 cookie season. These sandwich cookies came in two flavors. For both favors, the cookies were vanilla, but the cream center was either lemon or vanilla flavored.
Some of the most unique cookies ever introduced were the Trail Mix cookies. These cookies were available in 1990 and 1991. These cookies had all the ingredients of trail mix inside each. Trail Mix cookies consisted of chocolate chips, oatmeal, sesame seeds, raisins, sunflower seeds, almonds, and even chunks of apple.
Chalet Cremes were sold from 1990 to 1995. These cookies were sandwich cookies that had pictures of the “Our Chalet” Girl Scout International World Center in Switzerland on each cookie. These sandwich cookies came with sorted creme centers, either lemon or vanilla flavored. In 1995-1997, a new rendition of these cookies were released, and they claimed to have 30% less fat than the original. These cookies started out rectangular, but in 2009, they became round.
From 1991-1993, Golden Nut Clusters were sold. These cookies resembled nuggets. Each cookie was topped with a heaping of caramel and pecan, and then the whole thing was dipped in maple coating.
A second version of Juliettes was introduced in 1993, and was discontinued in 1996. This new version of Juliettes consisted of a caramel pecan cookie covered in fudgey chocolate coating.
Girl Scouts took on the task of oatmeal raisin cookies in 1994. These cookies were called Snaps, and they were oatmeal raisin cookies covered in a light icing. These cookies only lasted until 1997.
In 1997 and 1998, the first ever sugar free cookies were introduced. Sugar Free Chalet Cremes were naturally flavored lemon creme cookies.
Le’Chips were brought to cookie sales in 1996, but were discontinued in 1997. Le’Chips were basic chocolate chip cookies but with hazelnuts mixed in and the cookie bottom was coated in fudge.
The Striped Chocolate Chip and Pecan cookies were on sale from 1997 to 1999. These cookies were oatmeal chocolate chip and pecan cookies with chocolate coating the bottom.
In 1997, Apple Cinnamon cookies were brought on board. These cookies were apple flavored and even shaped like an apple. The whole cookie was then dusted with cinnamon sugar. Apple Cinnamon cookies were even reduced fat.
The first of many lemon flavored cookies were the Lemon Drops, which were available from 1998 to 1999. Lemon Drops were lemon flavored cookies with lemon chips mixed in.
In 2004, Aloha Chips came into play. They were discontinued in 2004, but they were modeled after the distinct flavors of Hawaii. These cookies had macadamia nuts and white fudge chips mixed into them.
Ole Oles were first introduced in 2001, but were soon discontinued in 2003. Ole Oles were vanilla cookies with pecans and coconuts. The whole cookie was coated in powdered sugar, and they were even reduced fat.
For the 90th anniversary of Girl Scouting, the All Abouts were introduced. These cookies were introduced in 2001 and were discontinued in 2008. All Abouts were shortbread cookies engraved with Girl Scout messages, and dipped in fudge.
Lemon Coolers were put up for sale from 2003 to 2006. These vanilla cookies were filled with a lemon filling and lemon chips, and then covered in powdered sugar. Lemon Coolers were the predecessors of the infamous Savannah Smiles.
From 2004 to 2005, Double Dutch cookies were sold. This cookie was packed with chocolate. This chocolate cookie was filled with both semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips, which gave this cookie it’s brownie-like taste.
The Cafe Cookie first began selling in 2005, and was discontinued in 2007. These cookies were made to dip in warm beverages, thus the “cafe” cookie. Cafe Cookies were caramelized with brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon spice.
Another version of the Chalet Cremes came out in 2007 and stopped selling in 2011. This time, they were branded as Lemon Chalet Cremes. The new sandwich cookies were dusted with cinnamon-ginger spice, and the filling became a lemon creme.
Little Brownies came out in both 2008 and 2009. These cookies were sugar free, square shaped chocolate cookies.
Also in 2008, Dulce De Leches were introduced. These cookies were inspired by the classic Latin American treat, so they consisted of tons of milk chocolate, caramel chips, and stripes of caramel. However, these cookies were discontinued in 2014.
In 2009, Girl Scouts attempted another sugar free cookie. Thus, Sugar Free Chocolate Chips were born. These cookies were a classic staple, just sugar free and a lot healthier.
Thank You Berry Munch cookies came out in 2009 and stopped selling in 2014. These cookies were loaded with toppings, including cranberries, white fudge chips, and rice crisps.
As mentioned earlier, Savannah Smiles were very similar to Lemon Coolers. Savannah Smiles came out in 2011 and were discontinued very recently in 2019. Savannah Smiles are lemon flavored wedge cookies covered in powdered sugar. These cookies are named after Savannah, Georgia, where Girl Scouts first began.
In 2014, Rah Rah raisins were brought out to play, but were discontinued in 2016. Rah Rah raisins were oatmeal cookies filled with raisins and Greek yogurt chunks.
Toffee-Tastics first came out in 2014, and have continued to be a part of cookie sales since. These cookies are the first to be gluten free. Toffee-Tastics are buttery cookies packed with crunchy toffee bits.
Girl Scout S’mores cookies first came out in 2016, and have continued to be a consistent seller. S’mores cookies are sandwiches. The crackers are graham, and the filling is chocolate and marshmallow. The designs on the crackers are assorted randomly, and can be one of five different designs.
Very recently in 2020, Lemon Ups were brought in to replace Savannah Smiles. Lemon Ups are crispy lemon cookies, and each cookie is engraved with a special inspirational message. There are eight different customized messages.
Another lemon flavored cookie that came out in 2020 are Lemonades. Lemonades are lemon shortbread sandwich cookies with a lemon icing center. As a fun touch, the cookies are shaped like lemon slices.
Toast-Yay cookies will be coming out in the 2021 cookie season. Toast-Yays are shaped like mini toasts, and are sandwich cookies. Each cookie will supposedly taste like French toast, and they will be filled with icing.
2021 cookie sales are coming up soon, so if any of the cookies that haven’t been discontinued interest you, make sure to flag down any Girl Scouts in your neighbourhood to try them out. Happy cookie tasting!
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By ~ Alice