Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookies

By | Jan 13, 2014

The wait is over; gluten-free Girl Scout cookies have arrived!

The Girl Scouts are pilot testing their first-ever gluten-free cookie in select areas across the U.S.  Luckily, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is located in one of the pilot test areas and we were able to get our hands on the new bite-size Chocolate Chip Shortbread.

Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookies: Package

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies from the Girl Scouts

The cookies are certified gluten-free and have the perfect amount of chocolate chips – not too many, but not too few.  The texture is comparable to some other gluten-free cookies on the market, but these do crumble a bit.  While these cookies are considered bite-size, I think they’re actually the perfect size.  Four of the shortbread cookies are 150 calories – not bad for cookies at all.  They’re a great way to satisfy that sweet tooth!

Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookies: Chocolate Chip Shortbread

The gluten-free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookie

If you’re in one of the test areas, I highly recommend giving these cookies a try.   (You can locate troops selling the gluten-free cookies here.)  According to the Girl Scouts’ website, ABC Cookies (the makers of the gluten-free cookie) will conduct research following the cookie sale season to determine if they’ll roll the products out nationwide.

Which type of gluten-free Girl Scout cookie would you most like to see?  If you’ve tried the Chocolate Chip Shortbread, leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

17 Comments so far
  1. Kara Sweet-Navratil January 13, 2014 3:25 pm

    My 10-year old daughter is a Girl Scout with Celiac disease and was VERY excited to sell the gluten-free cookie. Then we received this information from her troop leader:

    Please note that the GLUTEN FREE cookies ARE NOT FOR GENERAL SALE!! They had to be ordered pre-sale in October last year. It is something new they are trying, and did not put them on the order form. Please do not tell your customers about them! We cannot get them now.

    My daughter is now heartbroken. She has refused to sell Girl Scout cookies since her diagnosis and now she will miss out another year on all of the activities and prizes simply because of her Celiac disease.

  2. Michelle January 13, 2014 3:33 pm

    I’m sure they aren’t safe for me as my gluten-free includes corn, which does the same damage to me (and many other celiacs I have talked to) as the current list of glutens to avoid. I react to soy now since my celiac diagnosis too. (I didn’t before being gluten-free.) I’m sure these cookies contain both. My daughter is only gluten-free so far though. Is there a list somewhere of where the test markets are?

    Oh, and I’m sure the top of everyone who could eat them’s wish list would be gluten-free thin mint cookies. My daughter would buy a case of those!

  3. Debbie Coppens January 13, 2014 4:07 pm

    I’ve been hearing for the past 2 years that Girl Scouts have come out with a gluten free cookie but so far they are not available in our area of Northeast Wisconsin. How can I get some? I think the thin mints in gluten free version would be a big hit. I know that was my favorite one besides the peanut butter sandwich ones. I really miss Girl Scout cookies! It’s been 8 years since I had to go gluten free.

  4. Alicia January 13, 2014 5:06 pm

    Thanks for the heads up, Kara! I am sorry to hear your daughter was upset by not being able to sell the cookies. Hopefully she’ll be able to next year!

  5. Camilla Kidd January 13, 2014 5:39 pm

    Alot of people are lactose intolerant, so why not dairy free cookies and sugar free cookies too because many people are diabetic as well

  6. Michelle January 13, 2014 5:58 pm

    I can make gf chocolate chip at home that are better than any gluten ones. What I would really live for the three celiacs in our house is the Thin Mints. Oh how I miss them! C’mon Girl Scouts, cant believe you didn’t know that!

  7. Dana January 13, 2014 6:34 pm

    @Michelle, no corn, but the flour blend used in the cookies contain cornstarch. We didn’t get them in our council, but they also contain dairy, so they were out for my son and I as well, but I did make the dairy free suggestion to the bakery, as they are always open to suggestions. In the meantime, I’ll continue to make my own thin mints (pamela’s has several recipes) and sell to the masses that can eat the cookies!

  8. Dana January 13, 2014 6:35 pm

    Sorry, that last comment was suppose to say “No Soy, but does contain Cornstarch”

  9. allison chapman January 13, 2014 7:53 pm

    I would love to try these but would like to know the rest of the ingredients. We buy and sell several hundreds of packages of GS cookies every year.

    I know cookies are not healthy but I would like to see some made without: wheat, corn or soy…and made with unprocessed coconut oil and organic coconut sugar…no high fructose corn sweetners and no heat processed vegetable oils.

    If they could come out with a paleo cookie, I would be all over it. :-)

  10. nancy January 13, 2014 8:24 pm

    If that is what the cookie looks like. No thanks. We can bake are own that are NOT crumbly and have color to them. I appreciate that the girl scouts are trying though.

  11. Carol January 13, 2014 8:27 pm

    My niece has celiac disease, and is excited to hear that girl scout cookies are now gluten free. Our zip code is 02747. Where in our area can we purchase them. Thank you. CAROL

  12. Heather Lynne January 13, 2014 9:12 pm

    I Would LOVE to be able to have Thin Mints Again!!!! And TagALongs!!
    I was diagnosed with celiac 4yrs ago and had been a girlscout as a kid..
    you can believe ive missed these cookies!
    Please try to make those gluten free too and you can be sure id buy ‘em all! lol

  13. Danielle January 13, 2014 10:03 pm

    Hi I am a GS leader in Massachusetts if someone is looking for these please let me know I have a limited amount.

  14. Nikole January 14, 2014 9:28 am

    NWFL does not have them

  15. Karen Thorne January 14, 2014 12:23 pm

    As a former Girl Scout for 11 years, who is gluten sensative. where would i purchase some in the Lewiston Auburn area of Maine??
    Thank you,
    Karen

  16. Shira Berk January 14, 2014 2:01 pm

    Wow Wow…Look no further – Girl Scout Cookie lovers rejoice! Goodie Girl Tribeca makes gluten free THIN MINTS! “OMG – A gluten free Thin Mint people!” says Glamour magazine. Better than the original is the typical response…And I love girl scout cookies.
    Our cookies are made in a dedicated gluten free facility and they have no trans fats or artificial ingredients. They are carried by Whole Foods in NY and meet all their standards for ingredients and safety. We are going national soon, but you can buy them on our website http://www.goodiegirl.com. We have made many girl scouts happy!

  17. Lorien Boia January 14, 2014 5:19 pm

    I am a leader in MD. The cookies are tasty. If you have lactose or casein issues, these cookies are not for you, however. The first ingredient is butter. I understand wanting a paleo cookie, but baby steps, folks. These cookies are really yummy, for both gf and non-gf customers alike. Perhaps they will roll out a paleo cookie in the future, just not this year. Economics says if they taste awful (like many of their previous low sugar or low fat varieties) or are only appealing to those who can’t eat the main product line, the bakers won’t make them. If the cookies sell well, more specialty items may be offered in the future. Patience.

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