The Girl Scouts share their original 100-year-old cookie recipe

Girl Scout Cookie season has officially arrived with its girls in green outfits selling Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties (you might remember them as Tagalongs) and the new S'mores flavor, which the organization developed for the 100th anniversary of Girl Scout Cookies. But long before those flavors existed, Girl Scouts sold simple sugar cookies baked at home—and to help celebrate the occasion, the organization has shared the recipe with People.

The tradition started in 1917 when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked a few batches to sell at a local high school. Five years later, Florence E. Neil, a Girl Scouts director in Chicago shared a recipe with the American Girl magazine, which was published by the Girl Scouts at the time. The recipe was given to the 2,000 Scouts who started to bake the cookies and sell them as a fundraiser for 25 or 30 cents a dozen. That tradition held until 1934 when one chapter in Philadelphia started working with a bakery to produce the cookies commercially.

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Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

Experience the classic goodness of your favorite Girl Scout cookies in all new forms with these inspiring recipes.

Caramel deLites Donuts

If you've never made donuts from scratch, don't worry! This simple caramel, coconut treat is made from cake mix, which makes it simple. Like Caramel deLites cookies (also known as Samoas), top each donut with a chocolaty drizzle.

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Tagalong Cake Bars

For an extra burst of chocolate-peanut butter flavor, these cake bars are topped with a layer of chocolate chips, followed by a creamy peanut butter mixture and finished with chopped Tagalong cookies.

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Thin Mint Cream Pie

Turn 24 Thin Mint cookies into an absolutely dreamy crust for a chocolate-mint cream pie in this simple recipe!

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Homemade Gluten-Free Do-Si-Dos

Peanut butter reigns supreme in these gluten-free cookies that taste delicious! Best of all, you can make the peanut butter-filled peanut butter oatmeal treats in less than half an hour.

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Apple Trefoil Crumb Squares

Trefoil shortbread cookies meet fresh apples in this apple pie-inspired treat. Simply break down the Trefoil cookies in a food processor and use them as part of the buttery dough.

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Caramel deLites Popsicles

A truly unique use of leftover Girl Scout cookies, this recipe merges coconut pudding, crumbles of Caramel deLites (also known as Samoas), chocolate and toasted coconut in a special frozen treat.

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Deep-Dish Thin Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

This easy-to-make dessert requires only two ingredients: Thin Mint cookies and chocolate chip cookie dough. Use a whoopie pie pan for deep-dish cookie perfection.

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Tagalong Peanut Butter Parfaits

These mini trifles are unbelievably decadent with chocolate fudge, peanut butter cream cheese mousse and Tagalong cookies crumbled throughout.

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These days, there are two commercial producers for the cookies—and hot debate over which producer and flavor is best. For a brutally honest review of all the cookie flavors, check out what one Girl Scout has to say:

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