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

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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. 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.

All Dairy-Free Girl Scout Cookies with Vegan Options!

The Dairy-Free Girl Scout Cookies Line-Up

At last check, the following Girl Scout cookie varieties were made without milk and egg ingredients, and were also vegan by ingredients. Please see the next section for full ingredient lists, allergen notes, and more.

  • Girl Scout S’mores (ABC Bakers only) – “We took a crispy graham cookie and double dipped it with a yummy creme icing and a scrumptious chocolatey coating …”
  • Lemonades – “Savory slices of shortbread with a refreshingly tangy lemon icing”
  • Peanut Butter Patties – “Crispy vanilla cookies layered with real peanut butter and blanketed with a chocolaty coating”
  • Thanks-a-Lot – “Heart-warming shortbread cookies dipped in rich fudge”
  • Thin Mints – “The Girl Scout Cookie Sale’s number one seller”

Notes from our Dairy-Free Girl Scout Cookies Annual Updates

  • 2018 – Same cookies, but we added ingredients and allergen notes here and the ABC corporate name and website changed.
  • 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 Bakers. Interestingly enough, the core corporation behind ABC Bakers 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! 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 and Girl Scout S’mores, which do contain dairy, for the Peanut Butter Patties and Girl Scout S’mores 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.

Ingredients & Allergen Labeling

Girl Scout S’mores (by ABC Bakers) – Sugar, enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine, monoitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), vegetable oil shortening (palm kernel and palm oils), cocoa (processed with alkali), cornstarch, molasses, high fructose corn syrup, leavening (baking soda, ammonium bicarbonate, sodium acid pyrophosphate), salt, defatted soy flour, soy lecithin, artficial flavor. 

  • Contains: Wheat, soy
  • Allergen Information: This product is manufactured on equipment that processes products containing milk, egg and peanut. 

Lemonades (by ABC Bakers) – Enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, vegetable oil shortening (palm kernel and palm oils), cornstarch, corn syrup, natural and artificial flavor, salt, ammonium bicarbonate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, soy lecithin, annatto color, citric acid, malic acid.

  • Contains: Wheat, soy
  • Allergen Information: No cross-contamination warning shown online, but according to the ABC website, all of their cookies are certified kosher OU-D.

Peanut Butter Patties (by ABC Bakers) – Sugar, peanut butter (peanuts, corn syrup solids, palm oil, salt), enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), vegetable oil (palm kernel and palm oils), cocoa (processed with alkali), high fructose corn syrup, baking soda, soy lecithin, salt, monocalcium phosphate, ammonium bicarbonate, natural and artificial flavor.

  • Contains: Wheat, soy, peanuts
  • Allergen Information: This product is manufactured on equipment that processes products containing coconut and milk. Certified kosher OU-D.

Thanks-A-Lot (by ABC Bakers) – Enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mono-nitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, vegetable shortening (palm kernel and palm oils), high fructose corn syrup, cocoa (processed with alkali), salt, modified corn starch, ammonium bicarbonate, baking soda, artificial flavor, soy lecithin, sodium acid phosphate, corn starch, mono-calcium phosphate.

  • Contains: Wheat, soy
  • Allergen Information: No cross-contamination warning shown online, but according to the ABC website, all of their cookies are certified kosher OU-D.

Thin Mints (by ABC Bakers) – Enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, vegetable oil shortening (palm kernel and palm oils), cocoa (processed with alkali), caramel color, high fructose corn syrup, salt, baking soda, soy lecithin, peppermint oil, natural and artificial flavor.

  • Contains: Wheat, soy
  • Allergen Information: No cross-contamination warning shown online, but according to the ABC website, all of their cookies are certified kosher OU-D.

Thin Mints (by Little Brownie Bakers) – Enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, vitamin b1 [thiamin mononitrate], vitamin b2 [riboflavin], folic acid), sugar, vegetable oil (palm kernel, palm, and soybean oil), cocoa, caramel color, contains 2% or less of cocoa processed with alkali, invert sugar, leavening (baking sode, monocalcium phosphate), cornstarch, salt, sorbitran tristearate, soy lecithin, natural and artificial colors, oil of peppermint.

  • Contains: Wheat, soy
  • Allergen Information: No cross-contamination warning shown online and certified kosher parve.

Cross-Contamination Potential

The above mentioned cookies produced by ABC Bakers 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 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!

Dairy-Free Girl Scout Cookies - Now including ALL Thin Mints (also vegan)!

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.

76 Comments

    • Not with the ABC Cookies manufacturer. See the “Very Important Notes” section in the post for clarification.

      Chocolate is often dairy-free (particularly semi-sweet and dark)

  1. I have heard this. I also looked at a box of thin mints and they labeled milk in it. I think this is very misleading and in very poor judgement that anyone especially girl scouts would promote otherwise!! You have been the only one that I have heard explain the situation. No matter what the situation is girl scouts should be 100% reliable for misleading and false advertisement! I will no longer buy girl scout cookies.

  2. I hate to burst your bubbles, but technically there aren’t any truly vegan Girl Scout cookies. They all contain sugar which is bone-char processed. I highly doubt the manufacturers would spend extra money just to buy vegan sugar.

  3. This article is marginally out of date. According to information which I am fairly certain is correct (and am looking to verify (read a few months ago and looking for source), ALL thin mints are now dairy, regardless of the bakery.

    • Hi Jeff, according to both manufacturers websites, this information is still correct. I updated it last year, and the status/ingredients have not changed – at least they aren’t reporting a change as of yet.

  4. While I know this discussion happened a couple of months ago, I thought I would add some info…

    Which bakery is used varies from council to council. In my state, there are two primary councils and a third council which is mostly in another state but covers a couple of towns in my state. My council uses ABC Smart Cookies (thankfully). The other primary council uses the other bakery.

    I can say that my dairy (and several other allergies including peanuts/tree nuts) has eaten the Thanks-A-Lot and Thin Mint cookies for the past few years and has had no issues.

    Also, I just wanted to add for the previous commenter – Tagalongs are on the list. They are known as Peanut Butter Patties from ABC Smart Cookies. 🙂

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  6. Each girl scout council should have a website. The council in my region lists information for their cookies on the council website. It lists the nutrition information and ingredients for each type of cookie. It appears as if all of the cookies listed by my region’s council are not the ABC cookies. There are no dairy free cookies listed. So, I would think that individual troops probably have no say in where they order the cookies from. The whole council is most likely the same.

  7. Allison. Buchholz on

    Where can I buy them? My siblings are allgeric to milk and we heard of these cookies and we wondered where we can order some. This would make my siblings very happy to eat Girl Scout cookies

  8. I am a Mother of a Girl Scout and a co leader for 2 years now. We live in MI and our state is split by which company bakes our cookies. I also know that our area switched bakers a few years back, and have done so several times in years past. Because of this I recommend asking/checking each year you order cookies. Better safe than sorry! 🙂

  9. Thank for this info! Now if they’d only make some or all of them vegan, gluten and soy free, a lot more would be sold!

  10. This is good news! A few cookies now and then won’t hurt, especially if you are exercising regularly. I never understood why the thin mint was a best seller. I’d rather have a mint chocolate (hard to find vegan, but not impossible). The other flavors sound great, so I’d probably have to try at least 2 or 3 boxes. I do dislike all the plastic packaging, however, so that might help me control my spending and consumption!

  11. I found out about the different bakers a few years ago. What I have done is calling the closest state with the correct baker and order them directly. They will ship them to you if you pay shipping. Nevada head office is who I have used, they are fantastic!

  12. I believe it is by either state or region that they are divided by. I live in Iowa and when I questioned dairy in Girl Scout cookies, I was directed to the Girl Scouts of Iowa website where I found that we have the vegan Thin Mints. Not sure if all states have their own website, but it’s worth a look. And if you can’t pass up the display at the store, you can, of course, check the ingredient label.

  13. Thank you! Thank you for this post! My order just arrived. I didn’t think I would be able to try them but lo and behold I have ABC Bakers Peanut Butter Patties.

  14. Is there any way by looking at a box to be able to tell which Manufacturer it came from?
    I am lactose intolerant, and have been craving girl scout cookies, but I don’t want to risk a reaction. Thank for the informative post!

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