In honor of Girl Scout week and the end of the Girl Scout Cookie Program here is the original Girl Scout Cookie recipe.
- 1 Cup butter(margarine not used then)
- 1 Cup sugar
- 2 eggs well beaten
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups bread flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
Cream butter and sugar. Sift flour, salt and baking powder together. Add flour mixture to butter and sugar along with eggs, milk, and vanilla, mix well. Chill dough about 1 hour. Roll very thin and use a tin can to cut out cookie shapes. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes. sprinkle cookies with a little sugar. Makes 6-7 dozen.
Girl Scout Cookies had their earliest beginnings in the
kitchens and ovens of our girl members, with mothers volunteering as
technical advisers. The sale of cookies as a way to finance troop
activities began as early as 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low
started Girl Scouting in the United States. The earliest mention of a
cookie sale found to date was that of the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee,
Oklahoma, which baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria
as a service project in December 1917.
In July 1922, The American Girl magazine, published by Girl Scout national
headquarters, featured an article by Florence E. Neil, a local director in Chicago,
Illinois. Miss Neil provided a cookie recipe that was given to the
council's 2,000 Girl Scouts. She estimated the approximate cost of
ingredients for six- to seven-dozen cookies to be 26 to 36 cents. The
cookies, she suggested, could be sold by troops for 25 or 30 cents per
In the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country
continued to bake their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers.
These cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker,
and sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.