The VegNews Guide to Girl Scout Vegan Cookies

Like the PSL season, the Girl Scout Cookie season starts earlier and earlier. Of course, we are not complaining. From January to March, we keep an eye out for girls in green scarves selling their deliciously addictive (and increasingly vegan) cookies. These treats aren’t just for us, though. Each box sold helps a Scout learn essential skills in entrepreneurship, compassion and communication. To keep up with the times, The Scouts are also implementing new delivery and pre-order methods to get cookies into your hands safely.

The story of two bakeries

Girl Scout cookies are made by one of two bakeries: ABC Bakers (which offers four vegan cookie options) and Little Brownie Bakers (which offers one vegan cookie option). The bakeries each serve different regions, so depending on your location, your vegan options will be different. To check which bakery makes the cookies sold by your local troupe, check out this map from Wide Open Eats. Got limited vegan options and looking to buy more? Check the Girl Scouts Council Finder to find a troop served by ABC Bakers and ask about their Digital Cookie platform for shipping options. Read on to find out which flavors are vegan-friendly and how they help a Scout.

Toast Yay

Watch out, Thin Mints, a new favorite cookie may be spoofing you. These toast-shaped treats are buttery, cinnamon-flavored, and deliciously sweet without an ounce of animal-derived ingredients. Made exclusively by ABC Bakers with vegan ingredients, Toast-Yays are always vegan, so you’re in the clear! The only question of the season will be: do you eat your Toast-Yays iced down or right side up?
How you help: Every box of Toast-Yays translates into real-world sales and customer service training. Scouts gain sales savvy, team spirit and confidence to become their true #girlboss identity.
How VegNews editors eat them: Like cinnamon French toast cereal, floating in a bowl of cashew milk. Do not judge.
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Peanut butter patties

If the peanut butter cup could be improved, the peanut butter patties are. Crispy vanilla cookies are topped with sweet and creamy peanut butter and coated in vegan chocolate. Make sure you don’t confuse them with Tagalongs though. While peanut butter patties made by ABC Bakers are vegan, their cousins, tagalongs, made by Little Brownie Bakers, contain milk.
How you help: In a world of endless options and paths sparked by marketing and social media, these crispy-but-creamy cookies focus on teaching a life skill we’d like to master better: decision-making. Scouts learn to plan, problem solve, engage in action and think creatively. At least we can be decisive about one thing: we want these cookies.
How VegNews editors eat them: Sandwiched with Dandies vegan marshmallows to make a peanut butter s’more.
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fine mints

These Chocolate Mint Eat Whole Cookies remain bestsellers year after year. They’re great crumbled into dairy-free ice cream, dipped in hot chocolate and, of course, nibbled straight from the box! Pro tip: Take it easy: ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers bake these cult favorite cookies with vegan ingredients.
How you help: These popular cookies help teach a skill we could all improve on: money management. Scouts learn to follow orders, keep records and develop essential skills needed by any young entrepreneur.
How VegNews editors eat them: Straight from the freezer for a fresh mint treat.
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lemonades

Get cracking! These citrus shortbread cookies balance tart and sweet with a tangy lemon glaze and a sweet, crumbly base. Don’t confuse them with Lemon-Ups, as this cookie, made by Little Brownie Bakers, contains milk.
How you help: When you turn in your five bucks for a box of these citrus candies, you’re contributing to a Scout’s goal-setting skills. The girls learn how to organize a sale, set goals and follow through.
How VegNews editors eat them: Crushed, mixed with melted Miyoko butter and pressed into a pie crust for a lemon meringue pie made with fluffy aquafaba.

Prefer to make your own cookies? Check out these delicious vegan versions.

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