Copycat Girl Scout Cookie Recipes for When It's Not Cookie Season

You will, of course, want to buy cookies from the Girl Scouts in your local troops, but when the sales are over and you've devoured the last crumb, we're here to help! Our copycat Girl Scout Cookie recipes let you enjoy these cherished treats any time of year.

The window for buying Girl Scout cookies lasts six to eight weeks, and each local council decides when their cookie season begins. Generally, that's sometime between January and April, though some Scouts sell as early as September. So, what's a Girl Scout cookie lover to do when hit by cravings, but it's not cookie season? Count on our copycat Girl Scout cookie recipes to see you through. Here are a few popular choices, so you can savor your favorites even when they're not being sold.

Caramel Coconut Cookie Bars
Carson Downing

Samoas Remake: Samoas Bars

One of the most requested of our copycat recipes is Samoas Bars, which is a bit surprising, since these cookies go by a couple of names—Samoas or Caramel deLites—depending on your region. While the Girl Scout Cookies are round, we've transformed everything you love about them into a bar that's easy to bake. That's right: The tender, buttery crust, the gooey coconut mixture, the chocolate drizzle—it's all here.

Copycat Chocolate-Mint Thins
Matthew Clark

Copycat Chocolate-Mint Thin Cookies

You'll be surprised and delighted at how easy it is to make copycat Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies. Just be sure to chill the dough until it's firm enough to slice, so the cookies keep their classic circle shape (though ovals will taste just as wonderful). Serve the crisp, chocolaty, cool-mint cookies after dinner with simple ice cream sundaes for a dessert that will make everyone smile.

Copycat Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies on red surface
Blaine Moats

Copycat Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Our taste panel (yes, we taste-test every BH&G-approved recipe) deemed these copycat Girl Scout Peanut Butter Cookies "dangerously good." Of course, when you top a buttery wafer cookie with creamy peanut butter and encase the whole thing in chocolate, how could they be anything but dangerously good? To keep your family from downing these all in one day, stash some in the freezer.

Copycat S'mores Cookies
Blaine Moats

Copycat S'mores Cookies

For these copycat Girl Scout cookies, crisp graham cracker-like squares get coated in marshmallow cream, then again in a melty coating of milk chocolate. As a bonus, you don't even need an electric mixer to make these—a simple pastry blender (Walmart) will do the trick.

Copycat Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies laid out in a grid on blue surface.
Blaine Moats

Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies Remake: Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

In your hunt for Girl Scout Cookie recipes to make at home, how about trying something new(ish) alongside the longstanding favorites? The Scouts' Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies debuted in 2019, and quickly turned a lot of heads in the food world—including ours. Here's our take, which taps into the salted caramel appeal of the originals. And because the Girl Scouts version of this cookie is gluten-free, we offer a gluten-free bar version.

There you have it, five copycat Girl Scout cookie recipes to get you through the dark days before the next cookie sale starts. Make them any time of year the craving strikes.

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