Do-si-Dos and Don’ts

The ultimate guide to Girl Scout cookies

Do-si-Dos and Donts

1. Samoas: The soft caramel, chewy coconut, and decadent dark chocolate come together in what, for me, is the perfect cookie. This combination of toppings could make even the blandest of cookies delicious. The Samoa is a classic for a reason.
2. Thin Mints: “Crisp, chocolate cookies dipped in a delicious mint chocolatey coating.” You’re getting exactly what you expect in these cookies, and the Girl Scouts nailed it. The mint is refreshing, but not overpowering, and who can dislike a chocolate cookie. Thin Mints can do no wrong.
3. Raspberry Rally: The Raspberry Rally is a new addition to the Girl Scout Cookie lineup this year, and although a box of these could sell for upwards of $300 on Ebay, that’s more because of their limited supply and not their exceptional taste. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed these and am putting them in third place, but I wasn’t blown away. They are essentially just a raspberry version of the Thin Mints.
4. Trefoils: I was shocked by how much I liked these. I didn’t expect much from the Trefoils, but they pleasantly surprised me for a shortbread cookie. They’re fairly simple, but the Girl Scouts have mastered this cookie.
5. Tagalongs: You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter, but the flavors aren’t quite balanced in this cookie. I can’t tell if there’s too much peanut butter, or not enough chocolate, but the Girl Scouts need to step it up.
6. Adventurefuls: “Indulgent brownie-inspired cookies topped with caramel flavored crème with a hint of sea salt.” The Girl Scouts make these cookies sound a lot more decadent than they are. For a “brownie-inspired” cookie, I’m confused why these are crunchy. These cookies just taste like chocolate-covered Teddy Grahams.
7. Lemon Ups: To me, these cookies were similar to the trefoils, but lemon flavored. Not bad, but nothing special. They get an extra point for the inspirational messages on each cookie.
8. Girl Scout S’mores: Although these weren’t bad, they lacked a s’more flavor. I can tell they put effort into the appearance, but I think that effort should be redirected to taste.
9. Do-Si-Dos: Girl Scouts, why are your cookies so crunchy?!? I think these might be better classified as biscuits, not cookies. These “peanut butter sandwich cookies” are 95% cookie, 5% peanut butter, and I couldn’t even bring myself to finish one.
10. Toffee-Tastic: Unfortunately, the Toffee-Tastic cookies earned last place. The cookie was bland, and the toffee bits were too sticky to be enjoyable, not to mention, the texture made me feel like I was eating sand. I appreciate the attempt to include a gluten-free cookie in their lineup, but hopefully the Girl Scouts can come up with something better next year.

Cookies I did not have the pleasure of trying:
Gluten Free Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies