Make Your Own Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookies (Recipe)

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Do-si-dos -- safe for Celiacs!
The little hustlers, also know as Girl Scouts, have left their perches in front of Walmart and retreated into their human caves.

You know what that means, right? No more girl scout cookies until next year.

If you're a celiac -- and you can't consume gluten -- then this is no big loss for you. But we'll take bets that you've tasted a thin mint at least once in your life.

While everyone else is lamenting the 20 pounds they've gained and wait in careful anticipation for the next season of delicious cookie boxes, you're sitting back wondering where you can get your fix.

We apologize for past years, but this time we've got your back.

Instead of spending our weekend enjoying the sunshine, we decided to slave away in the kitchen - just for you readers.

We chose two girl scout cookie recipes, do-si-dos and thin mints, and converted them to gluten-free goodness. So celiacs, feel free to gorge yourself silly.

Check after the jump for two recipes. If we didn't make them we'd swear they were real. 

Thin Mints

This recipe came from our friends at Seattle Weekly. All we did was substitute the gluten-full ingredients like the flour for gluten-free options. This recipe shows the gluten-free ingredients we used.

1/2 cup of butter (softened)
1/4 tsp of salt
1 cup of white sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cups Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour
1/2 tsp of mint extract
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
3 squares of semisweet chocolate (chopped)
1/4 cup of butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Stir together the sugar and softened butter until combined, beat in the egg, and add the mint extract. In a separate bowl mix together the gluten-free flour, cocoa, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture.

This is when it becomes difficult if you don't have a automatic mixer. The dough will be very dense (like the cookies themselves). We took the easy route to mix the flour and liquid ingredients and just used our hands.

Put the dough in the fridge - how long is really up to you. Seattle Weekly's recipe recommended refrigerating the dough for four hours, they did 40 minutes. Us? We left it to sit in the cold for 2 hours.

Roll the dough out onto wax paper and use a shot glass to form the cookies. Once done they'll be the perfect thin mint size. Put them in the oven for 12 minutes and let them cool once they're done.

While cooling melt the 1/4 cup of butter together with the chocolate in the microwave or on the stove. To make the cookie more legit add another splash of mint extra to the chocolate mixture.

Dip the cookies into the chocolate mixture and set them on a fresh sheet of wax paper to dry. This recipe makes between two and four dozen cookies.

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Curious - this recipe has no gums in it, xantham or guar, does it require one of these to hold it together? I would think that it would - but I've never made this particular recipe so I thought I'd inquire since you don't have it listed in the ingredients.

Claire B
Claire B

In case anyone is really on a roll, I also posted my own recipe for gluten-free Samoas (also known as Caramel Delights, I think). You can find it here:


Enjoy! Thanks for these recipes; I will definitely be trying them out!Claire


Hi Devin,Shared these receipes with PNOGRAINERS our Gluten Free support group--who doesn't love those Girl Scout Thin Mints!!! Now we can eat them gluten free.Glad to see you are still blogging!!Dr Marianne

Claire B
Claire B

Hi there, it doesn't have any gums in it, but I'd be interested in seeing if and how the texture would change much if they were included. Shortbread is kind of crumbly even in its gluten-ful form, so I don't think these were too far off the mark in that regard, but I don't think it would hurt to add maybe 1/4th - 1/2 tsp. of xanthan gum to see how it works. Thanks for your comment!

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