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The Best & Worst Girl Scout Cookies

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

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(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

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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)

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(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

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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)

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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)

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(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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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(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

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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.

The Best and Worst Girl Scout Cookies

The sweetest time of the year has officially kicked off; Girl Scout Cookies have gone on sale. That means temptation comes knocking in the form of uniformed girls at your doorstep armed with a clipboard and expectant eyes (or perhaps a co-worker pleading with you to buy some of her kids’ treats).

Whether you’re a sucker for an adolescent peddler of sweets or you’ve just polished off the last of your Thin Mint stash, saying no to these cookies can be difficult.

However, saying yes doesn’t have to mean a guilty conscience or a marathon workout session. The key, according to Everyday Health nutritionist Maureen Namkoong, RD, is to watch how many you eat. “Don’t forget, this is a treat and not something to indulge in daily,” she advises. “To avoid eating the entire box and keep your portions in check, place the serving size on a nice plate and return the box to the cupboard.”

Even though the cookies were famously reformulated in 2006 to be labeled trans-fat free by U.S. government’s standards (meaning each serving has to contain less than 0.5 grams), some varieties still contain trace amounts of trans fat. So if you indulge in multiple servings, you could be consuming more of this cholesterol-raising fat (also called partially hydrogenated oil) than you realize.

To make your choices easier, we’ve highlighted the best and worst Girl Scout Cookies for your waistline.

Samoas®

Crisp cookies with caramel, coconut, and dark chocolaty stripes.

All of our cookies have:
NO High-Fructose Corn Syrup
NO Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs)
Zero Grams Trans Fat per Serving
RSPO Certified (Mass Balance) Palm Oil

To learn more, see the FAQs.

Nutrition Facts

About 7 servings per container
Serving size: 2 cookies (29g)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 150
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 11g
Includes 10g Added Sugars 20%
Protein 1g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0% Calcium 10mg 0%
Iron 0.6mg 2% Potassium 45mg 0%
*The % Daily Value(DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a &nbsp daily diet. 2000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

INGREDIENTS
Sugar, vegetable oil (palm kernel, palm and soybean oil), enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, vitamin B1 , vitamin B2 , folic acid), corn syrup, coconut, sweetened condensed milk (milk, sugar), contains 2% percent or less of sorbitol, cocoa, glycerin, invert sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, cornstarch, salt, caramel color, dextrose, natural and artificial flavors, soy lecithin, sorbitan tristearate, leavening (baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), carrageenan.

ALLERGY INFO
CONTAINS WHEAT, COCONUT, MILK, AND SOY INGREDIENTS.

DIET EXCHANGE
1 Carbohydrate, 1.5 Fat

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