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It's Girl Scout Cookie Month in Baltimore

The 501 Blog, Baltimore, MD  Get your Girl Scout Cookies this month! Be sure to buy extra to stash in your apartment's freezer for later!

Welcome back to The 501 Blog! It’s that time of year again, time for Girl Scout Cookies! Get your Samoas, Thin Mints, Trefoils, or Tagalongs from your favorite girl scout, a cookie selling booth, or maybe even online through the end of the month. Getting Girl Scout Cookies each year is a tradition for many members of our apartment community, and in today’s post we’ve got some info about their history, what kinds are available, and where you can find a cookie booth in the Baltimore, MD area.


What Are They

Delicious is the short answer — addicting, flavorful, and fun, is a longer answer. And the more factual answer can be found here at the Meet the Cookies page, where each type is highlighted, from Thin Mints, to Trefoils, to the new Girl Scout S’mores flavor and the gluten-free Toffee-tastic or Trios cookies.  If you haven’t tried them before, do it soon. You’ll be glad you did.


Cookie History

The official Girl Scout website includes a decade-by-decade history of Girl Scout Cookies, from their beginnings in the early 1900s in Muskogee, Oklahoma, when the cookies were baked and sold at the high school cafeteria as a service project, to 2017, when Girl Scout Cookies are sold across the nation, featuring a dozen different cookies.


The original Girl Scout Cookie Recipe from 1922, is a fairly basic sugar cookie recipe, combining butter, sugar, milk, eggs, vanilla, flour, and baking powder together to create the dough then rolling it thin, cutting the cookies, and sprinkling sugar on top. It makes six to seven dozen cookies. The cookies were placed in wax paper bags, a dozen cookies to a bag, then stickers were used to seal the bags, which were then sold door-to-door for 25 to 30 cents per bag. Invite some friends to your apartment and make a batch of cookies using the original recipe! There will be plenty to share.


What about the Money

Selling Girl Scout Cookies does more than just fund local troop activities and programs (although that is an integral part of the program), it helps girls learn life skills, which can be a transformative experience. The Girl Scouts have identified Five Skills for girls to learn through the cookie selling process: 1) Goal Setting, 2) Decision Making, 3) Money Management, 4) People Skills, and 5) Business Ethics. You can learn more about the Five Skills on the Where the Money Goes page.


Where Can I Get Them

If you personally know a girl scout, you can of course order directly from her, or you can purchase cookies from a booth. This page provides the dates, times, locations, and events where Girl Scout cookie booths will be operating in the Baltimore area, so you can find one near your school, apartment or office. You may also be able to purchase Girl Scout Cookies online; check here to find out if this service is available in our area.


What are your favorite Girl Scout Cookies? Did you know you can use Girl Scout Cookies in other recipes? Try one of these recipes at your 501 Apartment after you get your cookies! Thanks for reading today’s post.