Dairy-Free Girl Scout Cookies: Yes, They Do Exist!

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No Dairy No Eggs Girl Scout CookiesUpdated for 2014! ~ Some of you may try to argue me (read on for the reason why), but yes, there actually are dairy-free Girl Scout cookies. In fact, these gems are labeled as egg-free and vegan too (with the exception of one flavor, see the notes below).

I know what you are thinking, “Sure, they have one measly tasteless wafer cookie, right?” Au contraire, this infamous cookie collection now has five cookie varieties that are made without milk or egg ingredients!

An email from my sister soliciting purchasers for my nieces’ girl scout troupe, peeked my curiosity and prompted me to do a little research (By the way, since when did Girl Scout Cookie season start as early as January?). For years I have been able to politely turn down those cute little requests to purchase cookies in front of the grocery store without a pang of guilt, but it seems my milk-free excuse might have run dry …

Vegan and Dairy-Free Girl Scout Cookies

The following Girl Scout cookie varieties are made without milk and egg ingredients (But read on after the list for some important information!):

  • Cranberry Citrus Crisps - “Crispy cookie, made with whole grain, full of tangy cranberry bits and zesty citrus flavor.” (contain wheat and soy; not sure why they aren’t labeled as vegan)
  • Peanut Butter Patties® – “Crispy vanilla cookies layered with real peanut butter and blanketed with a chocolaty coating” (vegan; contain wheat, soy and peanuts)
  • Thanks-a-Lot™ – “Heart-warming shortbread cookies dipped in rich fudge” (vegan; contain wheat and soy)
  • Lemonades™ – “Savory slices of shortbread with a refreshingly tangy lemon icing” (vegan; contain wheat and soy)
  • Thin Mints (Not All! See Note Below) – “The Girl Scout Cookie Sale’s number one seller” (vegan; contain wheat and soy)

To make room for the Cranberry Citrus Crisps in the dairy-free Girl Scout cookies 2014 line-up, the Mango Crèmes were discontinued. The Mango Crèmes replaced the short-lived Belgian-style Shout Outs!, which were discontinued in 2013. Note that the gluten-free cookie introduced in 2014 (Chocolate Chip Shortbread) does contain dairy ingredients.

Very Important Notes on the Dairy-Free Girl Scout Cookies:

Different Cookie Manufacturers!!!

There are two Girl Scout cookie manufacturers, both of which list the cookie ingredients on their websites. The above mentioned cookies are produced by ABC Smart Cookies (interestingly enough, the core corporation behind ABC Smart Cookies also runs a company called Norse Dairy Systems, frozen dairy dessert equipment and manufacturing, but that is another story).

The other manufacturer, Little Brownie Bakers, does not produce any Girl Scout cookies without milk ingredients – this includes the Thin Mints! Both companies produce Thin Mints, but only the ones manufactured by ABC Smart Cookies are made without dairy ingredients. Also, this is a relatively new development. All Thin Mints (by both companies) used to contain whey, but “a recent change removed whey from ABC’s Thin Mint cookies.”

Since my sister’s list of cookies available included all of the Little Brownie Bakers selection and none from ABC, this leads me to believe that the two companies split up who they supply to either by region or troupe. Sadly, this means your local troupe may not have ABC’s dairy-free Girl Scout cookies selection. If you absolutely must partake in the Girl Scout cookie frenzy, check places like Ebay – I did spot a few troupes selling them on Ebay (is that in the rules?). Also, I am not sure, but perhaps if your child is in a troupe you may be able to request who the cookies are ordered from or at least which cookies you would like them to sell; just a thought.

Cross-Contamination Potential

The above mentioned cookies, produced by ABC Smart Cookies, are certified kosher OU-D. They are made without milk ingredients, but the “D” typically means that they are processed on shared equipment with other milk-containing cookies (the producer notes that peanut cross-contamination is also a concern). If you are dealing with a severe milk allergy or intolerance (or if you are concerned about cross-contamination of ingredients during the manufacturing process for any reason), then you should certainly double check with the company to see if their processes are “safe” for your needs. Milk Allergy Mom weighed in on her own experience, but every person could be different.

There’s Always Homemade

As another option, you can bake your own Dairy-Free Girl Scout Cookies! Here are two delicious recipes from my kitchen:

Dairy-Free Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Healthy

Unfortunately these boxes of “American tradition” contain some not-so-traditional ingredients.  All of the varieties mentioned above contain hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, and some sort of artificial ingredient. While I hesitate to actually recommend them from a health perspective, I do recognize the importance and symbolism of Girl Scout cookies for so many!

ABC Dairy-Free Girl Scout Cookies

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

32 Comments

  1. I am looking at a box of Thin Mints from “Little Brownie Bakers LLC” (out of Louisville, Kentucky) right now, and whey is listed in the ingredients. Is it that they did not change their packaging? Or that different lots were prepared differently? The box I have has “Sept 01 2015″ printed on the top. My vegan potential customers will not buy/eat them is whey is in the ingredients list.

    • Hi JJ, the rumor is that the new Thin Mint formula is without dairy- I’ll be looking into it soon – but I’m sure there is a lot of old inventory out there still! Those cookies have a generous shelf life :)

  2. This year the Thin Mints from Little Brownie Bakers are vegan. Although it is the only one that is vegan from this baker. They took the whey out. Box will not be labeled vegan, but you can check the ingredients.

  3. I have been 100% Allergy to Dairy all my life. So all these Dairy Free foods are a great thing. The only trouble is some of them taste terrible and they are much more expensive. I will now try the Girl Scout cookies.

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