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Girl Scouts and Cookies

Some of the most iconic cookies in American culture are the famous Girl Scout cookies. Girl Scout cookies were first baked as a way for the girls to fund-raise the money that they needed to go to camp. As early as 1917, the Girl Scouts were baking cookies in their own homes to sell. In 1922, a Girl Scout leader in Chicago named, Florence E. Neil, published the first official Girl Scout cookie recipe for sugar cookies in the American Girl magazine and Girl Scout cookies were born.

By the 1950s and 1960s, Girl Scout membership had increased and the official baking and selling of Girl Scout cookies had moved over to two bakeries in America. These two bakeries are still the only bakeries that make Girl Scout cookies each year. So many Girl Scout cookies are sold every year now that the Girl Scout cookie initiative is now the biggest girl-lead entrepreneurship endeavor.

The types of Girl Scout cookies have changed over the years too with new ones constantly being tried out. The old favorites are always around though and the line up Girl Scout cookies includes such favorites as Samoas, Peanut Butter Sandwichs, Tagalongs, Lemonades, Trefoils and Thin Mints.

Here is a great clip about the history of Girl Scout cookies!

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