Updated for 2017! ~ Some of you may try to argue me (read on for the reasons why), but yes, there actually are dairy-free Girl Scout cookies. In fact, these gems are labeled as egg-free and vegan, too.
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, piqued 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.
The Dairy-Free Girl Scout Cookies Line-Up
At last check, the following Girl Scout cookie varieties were made without milk and egg ingredients:
- Girl Scout S’mores (chocolate-covered from ABC only – see notes below) – “We took a crispy graham cookie and double dipped it with a yummy creme icing and a scrumptious chocolatey coating …” (vegan; contain wheat and soy)
- 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 – “The Girl Scout Cookie Sale’s number one seller” (vegan; contain wheat and soy)
Notes from our Dairy-Free Girl Scout Cookies Annual Updates
- 2017 – The Cranberry Citrus Crisps were discontinued, but vegan Girl Scout S’mores were introduced.
- 2016 – All of the dairy-free Girl Scout Cookie options remained unchanged.
- 2015 – The Little Brownie Bakers manufacturer changed their Thin Mint formula to be kosher pareve. This makes Thin Mints the first nationwide dairy-free Girl Scout Cookie offering. The Girl Scouts added a new gluten-free cookie too, but alas, it isn’t dairy-free.
- 2014 – To make room for new Cranberry Citrus Crisps in the dairy-free Girl Scout cookies 2014 line-up, the Mango Crèmes were discontinued.
- 2013 – The Mango Crèmes replaced the short-lived Belgian-style Shout Outs!
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 all produced by ABC Smart Cookies. Interestingly enough, the core corporation behind ABC Smart Cookies also runs a company called Norse Dairy Systems, but that is another story.
The other manufacturer, Little Brownie Bakers, changed the formula of their Thin Mints for 2015, so that they are now dairy-free! That said, there have been reports of old inventory in circulation, so read the packaging carefully. As of our most recent review, Thin Mints are the only dairy-free Girl Scout cookies made by Little Brownie Bakers. Do not mistake their Tagalongs, which do contain dairy, for the Peanut Butter Patties made by ABC Smart 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’re craving more than Thin Mints, check online. I did spot a few troupes selling them on Ebay (is that in the rules?). Also, I’ve heard rumor that troupes may be able to request who the cookies are ordered from.
The above mentioned cookies produced by ABC Smart Cookies are all certified kosher OU-D. They are made without milk ingredients, but the “D” likely means that they are processed on shared equipment with other milk-containing cookies. 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 must double check with the company to see if their processes are “safe” for your needs. Milk Allergy Mom weighed in on her own experience several years ago, but every person could be different and processes can change.
The Thin Mints made by Little Brownie Bakers are certified kosher pareve, but that still doesn’t guarantee safety if potential cross-contamination with dairy is a concern for you. Always contact the company!
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 Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies Recipe (optionally vegan)
- Dairy-Free Samoa (or Caramel DeLites) Girl Scout Cookies Recipe (also vegan)
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 and most contain high fructose corn syrup and some artificial ingredients. While I hesitate to actually recommend them from a health perspective, I do recognize the importance and symbolism of Girl Scout cookies for millions of people!