The Best & Worst Girl Scout Cookies

By: Charlotte Fisher

We looked at the nutrition facts on all of your favorite cookies to see how they stack up.


It's that time of year: Girl Scout Cookies are here! It can be hard to escape the temptation of these delicious annual treats, they seem to be everywhere. While you don't need to deprive yourself, it can't hurt to educate yourself a bit on the cookies we all love.

We've compiled a list of all the cookies that will be offered this year to help you choose. We sized up the nutrition information and picked out the healthiest and least healthy cookies. And whether you are vegan or gluten-free, there are cookies that can fit into your diet too. Just remember, one sleeve or one box is not a serving of cookies—portion control is key here.

One important note, a few of the cookies are made at two different bakeries. Because of this, the names may vary and there can be a slight difference in the nutrition information based on where they were made. For the most accurate information on nutrition and ingredients go to GirlScouts.org.

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The Healthiest Choice: Trefoils

Shortbread

(similar to Shortbread.)

Serving size = 5 cookies
Nutrition Information per serving: 160 calories (30 calories per cookie), 7 g total fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 110 mg sodium, 21 g total carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 7 g sugars, 6 g added sugar, 2 g protein.

This cookie won the title of healthiest for a few reasons: per cookie, the calories are pretty low. One serving also delivers the least amount of sugar, less than 2 teaspoons in 5 cookies. There are only 10 ingredients in the ingredient list—and sugar appears a mere two times. Also, did we mention a serving is five whole cookies?

The Least Healthy Choice(s): ABC Baker's Girl Scout S'mores

Smores

Serving size = 2 cookies
Nutrition Information per serving: 180 calories (90 calories per cookie), 9 g total fat, 7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 90 mg sodium, 25 g total carbohydrate, <1 g fiber, 16 g sugars, 1 g protein.

Although these are a newer addition to the cookie lineup, they come in with the highest amount of saturated fat with 7 grams per serving thanks to vegetable shortening. They are also quite high in sugar with 16 grams for just two cookies. Plus, we break down the rest of the girl scout cookies and provide nutrition information and see which ones fit on special diets or if you have allergies. There are two very different versions of this new s'mores cookie. One is from ABC Bakers and the other from Little Brownie Bakers. This version is vegan.

Caramel deLites (Least Healthy)

Cookies

(similar to Samoas)

Serving size = 2 cookies
Nutrition Information per serving: 140 calories (70 calories per cookie), 7 g total fat, 6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 55 mg sodium, 19 g total carbohydrate, <1 g fiber, 11 g sugars, 1 g protein.

Although it's labeled as containing 0 grams of trans fat, there may be hydrogenated oils in these cookies. And the first ingredient on the list? Sugar. 

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The Vegan Cookies: Thin Mints

Thinmint

Serving size = 4 cookies
Nutrition Information per serving: 160 calories (40 calories per cookie), 7 g total fat, 5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 105mg sodium, 22 g total carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 11 g sugars, 2 g protein.

The Thin Mints ingredient list does not include any animal products which makes it an option for vegans or anyone following a dairy-free or egg-free diet. But these cookies are the second highest in terms of saturated fat, coming in at 5 grams per serving, which may be a concern if you're worried about heart health. 4 cookies is a pretty generous serving size too. 

Thanks-A-Lot (vegan)

Thanks a lot

Serving size = 2 cookies
Nutrition Information per serving: 150 calories (75 calories per cookie), 6 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 95 mg sodium, 21 g total carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g sugars, 1 g protein.

Thanks-A-Lots are also vegan but calorie wise, they are on the higher end of all the cookies. One cookie has  75 calories (but who eats just one?). These cookies, along with Lemonades ditched the box to help save more than 300 tons of waste annually.

Peanut Butter Patties (vegan)

Peanut patties

(similar to Tagalongs.)

Serving size = 2 cookies
Nutrition Information per serving: 130 calories (65 calories per cookie), 7 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 90 mg sodium, 15 g total carbohydrate, <1 g fiber, 8 g sugars, 2 g protein.

These nutty patties list sugar as the first ingredient, unlike most of the other cookies which list flour. Note that Tagalongs, although similar, are not vegan.

Lemonades (vegan)

Lemon

Serving size = 2 cookies
Nutrition Information per serving: 150 calories (75 calories per cookie), 7 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 60 mg sodium, 20 g total carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 9 g sugars, 1 g protein.

A 2–cookie serving of Lemonades offers the lowest amount of sodium of all the cookie options.

The Gluten-Free Cookies: Toffee-Tastic (gluten free)

Toffee

Serving size = 2 cookies
Nutrition Information per serving: 140 calories (70 calories per cookie), 7 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 90 mg sodium, 19 g total carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 7 g sugar, <1 g protein.

Rice flour replaces wheat flour, making these a great choice for those who follow a gluten-free diet. They are also right with the shortbread cookies for lowest amount of sugar per serving.

Caramel Chocolate Chip (gluten free)

Trios

Serving size = 3 cookies

Nutrition Information per serving: 170 calories (57 calories per cookie), 8 g total fat, 7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 120 mg sodium, 23 g total carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 12 g sugars, 2 g protein.

This cookie starts off with a whole grain. Gluten-free oat flour is the first ingredient listed. The ingredients on this cookie are similar to one you would make at home, with brown sugar and chocolate chips and butter following the oat flour. 

The Rest: Do-si-dos

Dosidos

(similar to Peanut Butter Sandwich.)

Serving size = 3 cookies
Nutrition Information per serving: 160 calories (53 calories per cookie), 7 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 100 mg sodium, 22 g total carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 11 g sugars, 3 g protein.

These peanut butter filled cookies come in at 160 calories per serving, not bad when you considered you technically get to eat two cookies in one.

Savannah Smiles

Savannah

Serving size = 5 cookies
Nutrition Information per serving: 150 calories (30 calories per cookie), 5 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 130 mg sodium, 24 g total carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 2 g protein.

This cookie was a close second to being the healthiest choice. Per cookie, they are very similar in calories, but these lemon cookies have more sugar (and four types of sugar are listed in the ingredient list) than shortbread.

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