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Short Takes: The First Girl Scout Cookie Was Surprisingly Boring

It was very simple: a cup of butter (or “substitute”) mixed with sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk, and flour. Baking the mix in a “quick” oven produced super simple sugar cookies.


First Lady Grace Coolidge, eating a Girl Scout cookie in 1923.

But simplicity was likely necessary, as the scouts baked the cookies themselves. According to the Girl Scouts, this recipe was distributed to 2,000 scouts in the Chicago area who likely needed something quick, simple, and inexpensive to sell. The ingredients for a batch of six to seven dozen cookies clocked in at 26 to 36 cents, which in today’s money is less than six dollars. The scouts could sell a dozen cookies for about the same amount, making a tidy profit. – Gastro Obscura

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  • John A. Fleming February 6, 2018, 4:28 PM

    Seen from the remove of near a century, those are some very odd not-uniforms uniforms. Caught between worlds they are.

  • aporitic February 6, 2018, 10:03 PM

    That lady in the middle better call Captain America, ’cause the Red Skull is sneakin’ up behind her to steal her cookies.

  • rabbit tobacco February 7, 2018, 7:50 AM

    may have given rise to the cookie monster

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