How the (Girl Scout) Cookies Crumble

By , SparkPeople Blogger
In January, charming little girls came to your door to ask if you would support them and purchase some cookies. Their poise and confident sales approach won you over. Your idea was to give the cookies away or hide them in the freezer when they arrived. Now that the cookies have been delivered, it isn't as easy as you thought it would be. On top of that, the energetic girls are at tables all over the city offering additional opportunities to purchase cookies to show your support. (Check out our slide show of the best and worst Girl Scout Cookies.)
Annual cookie sales provide Girl Scouts with a wonderful opportunity to learn sales and marketing skills. The better the girl's skills, the more cookies we typically purchase which can really derail our weight loss goals. Since no foods are off limits in a healthy lifestyle, mastering Girl Scout cookie portion control will be your key to successfully staying on track during this time of year.

Here are the best Girl Scout cookie choices and the recommended serving size.

Trefoils (5-cookie serving) or Shortbread Cookies (4-cookie serving)
Calories – 160 (Shortbread – 120)
Fat – 8 grams (Shortbread – 4.5 grams)
Sodium – 115 mg (Shortbread – 105 mg)
Carbohydrate – 22 grams (Shortbread – 19 grams)
Protein – 2 grams (Shortbread – 1 gram)
Savannah Smiles (5-cookieserving)
Calories – 140
Fat – 5 grams
Sodium – 125 mg
Carbohydrate – 23 grams
Protein – 1 gram
Shout Outs! (4-cookie serving)
Calories – 130
Fat – 5 grams
Sodium – 130 mg
Carbohydrate – 18 grams
Protein – 2 grams
Dulce de Leche (4-cookie serving)
Calories – 160
Fat – 8 grams
Sodium – 70 mg
Carbohydrate – 20 grams
Protein – 1 gram
Thin Mints (4-cookie serving)
Calories – 160
Fat – 8 grams
Sodium – 120 mg
Carbohydrate – 22 grams
Protein – 1 gram
Here are the cookie choices that you will want to pay close attention to serving sizes when enjoying.

Lemonades (2-cookie serving)
Calories – 150
Fat – 7 grams
Sodium – 80 mg
Carbohydrate – 22 grams
Protein – 1 gram
Thanks-A-Lot (2-cookie serving)
Calories – 150
Fat – 6 grams
Sodium – 110 mg
Carbohydrate – 22 grams
Protein – 2 grams
Peanut Butter Sandwich (3-cookie serving) or Do-Si-Dos (2-cookie serving)
Calories – 160 (Do-Si-Dos – 110)
Fat – 6 grams (Do-Si-Dos – 5 grams)
Sodium – 135 mg (Do-Si-Dos – 70 mg)
Carbohydrate – 26 grams (Do-Si-Dos – 16 grams)
Protein – 2 grams (Do-Si-Dos – 2 grams)
Samoas or Caramel deLites (2-cookie serving)
Calories – 140
Fat – 7 grams
Sodium – 55 grams (Caramel deLites – 85 mg)
Carbohydrate – 19 grams
Protein – 1 gram
Tagalongs or Peanut Butter Patties (2-cookie serving)
Calories – 140 (Peanut Butter Patties – 130)
Fat – 9 grams (Peanut Butter Patties – 8 grams)
Sodium – 95 mg (Peanut Butter Patties – 110 mg)
Carbohydrate – 13 grams
Protein – 2 grams (Peanut Butter Patties – 1 gram)
Thank U Berry Munch (2-cookie serving)
Calories – 120
Fat – 5 grams
Sodium – 75 mg
Carbohydrate – 18 grams
Protein – 1 gram

Which Girl Scout cookie is your favorite? Are you able to follow recommended serving sizes when enjoying them?

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My neighbor bought the slim mints cookies. I ate ONLY 1!!! I used to eat the whole box in one sitting! Report
I love Tag-a-longs, which is why I am avoiding girl scout cookies like the plague this year. I find one is never enough and I keep eating them until they are gone. Report
Samoas are my favorite~ but I just have half a serving, which is one cookie. I savor it, & it's enough. Keeping them in the freezer helps.
Luckily, they don't last long since they're the fave of my hubby & daughter, too! Report
We bought10 boxes. We got 6 Thin Mints, 2 Samoas (for me) and 2 Tagalongs (for husband.) I have no problem eating just one serving. In fact, last night I had just 1 Samoa (half a serving) for dessert. Report
Why does every person that has left a comment , say how bad they are for you? Something you may like is not bad for you as long as you don't sit and eat a whole box or two! Even 2 servings once a year isn't gonna kill you. Girl Scout cookies are only around once a year. You people are depriving yourself and unless you're planning on NEVER eating a cookie or anything good the rest of your life-GREAT! But the truth is you don't have to quit eating things you like. Just don't over it whatever it is. In moderation, everything is OK now and then. If you deprive yourself, you're just gonna want it that much more and when you do let go, you're gonna eat a whole box! If you do eat 2 servings, just walk or exercise a little longer and burn them off, or cut down on your next meal. Don't deprive be alive! Report
Oh how I miss Girl Scout Cookies! (feel free to send some my way in the UK!)
*cries* :P Report
So glad that none of the smiling little girls came to our door this year. I forget it was even "Cookie" time. I always froze my tagalongs but that just made them yummier!!! None at my house this year. WOOHOO!!! Report
I never buy them, since they are to expensive, plus my DD was never interested in being in GS. Report
I love the Somoas and the short bread but I didn't purchase any because I don't have control I would eat the whole row!!!!!! You have to know your limitations and I'm not ready to have a whole row of cookies. Report
Trefoils are my favorite! But I love the Savannah Smiles too--they're hard to eat only a serving of, unless I put the box away right away! Report
Samoas have always been a weakness. Report
LOL...don't see the trans-fats listed! Report
I don't buy them anymore but when I did...........Dulce de Leche were my favorite. My kids love the Peanut Butter Patties. Now I've found other options. Report
Thin Mints - especially frozen!!!!! I figure once a year I can splurge! Report
*sigh*, im always torn when this time of year rolls round i feel the need to purchase them because when i was younger I WAS a girl scout, so i want to support them, BUT i dont want the things around, i dont even buy cookies anymore (cept for alex lunch and he only gets 3), theres the ole "give em away" but then i feel guilty because i feel like im handing bad eating habits over to someone else, its a NO WIN situation for me!!! Report
I'm a good girl/dieter I only eat2and dose does r my faves Report
I love Girl Scout cookies. Thin Mints and Samoas are my favorites. Luckily for me 2 cookies is enough for one sitting. And I usually allow for a treat each day in my calorie count. Report
I believe in having any treat I want in moderation...except for Girl Scout cookies. For me and Samoas, there is no such thing as moderation. One cookie leads to one box. Period. I have successfully avoided little girls (and their mothers) in my church and in my neighborhood and now I dodge them at grocery stores.

Maybe one day I'll be able to stick to a 2-cookie serving of Samoas. I don't see that happening in the near future, but I'm sure there's always hope for such a thing. So I will indulge in other treats, the ones I can handle in York peppermint patties, graham crackers, Weight Watchers desserts, even cinnamon Mentos...but cookies?, thank you. Report
Growing up Samoas were my favorite, but now I'm all about Trefoils.

I'm terrible with Girl Scout cookies. I was a Girl Scout growing up (technically still am, as I have a lifetime membership), and after several particularly slow site sales, I pledged I would always buy at least one box any time I saw a stand up outside a grocery store. So far, I've lived up to that pledge, and then some. I always buy a box when I see them, and I always buy at least a dozen boxes directly from my old troop (which my BFF now leads). I freeze them and make them last, but it's so hard not to binge...okay, I usually succumb and end up binging on them, too. At least cookie sales are only once a year! I don't beat myself up over it if I go overboard. Report
I love Samoas!!!! Report
8 boxes purchased, as usual. Thankfully I have two very active teenagers, and their friends to eat the majority of them. I reserve one row of thin mints just for me :) Report
We got 2 Samoas and 1 thin mint. Love those Samoas. Serving size is 2 and that is what I eat. One box lasted 3 weeks. Report
I like either of the peanut butter cookies, the dulce de leche, and the shortbread. I bought one box of each this year and promptly gave all 8 boxes to my parents. I still have cookie dough that I bought from another fundraiser last fall. I don't need all of these cookies in my house. Report
Samoas are my favorite and I don't buy them because I would eat the whole box, so I just give them a donation and say give them to someone else or sell the box again. Report
Love the idea of sending to our military - did not know that was an option. But, have a friend who is retired military and is now fighting cancer - so think I may pick up a couple of boxes and send to him.
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I can't resist, I tried, but I just have in my head that those thin mints are ONLY available now and I feel deprived if I don't eat them - bottom line I snarfed 3 boxes during February and didn't lose a pound! Next year I'll buy and tell them to deliver them to someone else! Report
I chase off every door-to-door sales person unless it's a Girl Scout. If I see them outside and they've missed my house, I *will* chase them down to order! haha

I wish though that they'd start making healthier cookies. I used to buy 10 boxes at a time, but now only 2 at a time (one for me, one for my honey). My favorite is the peanut butter one, which I have to savor each bite slooooowly due to its being a calorie bomb. Love them though! and love supporting the growth of strong young ladies even more. Report
My niece's troop is offering "cookies for a cause". We can buy cookies that will be donated to local homeless shelters and other needy locations. Some troops are sending cookies to those serving in the military. The troop gets much-needed support, the recipients get cookies, and we've done a good deed AND kept the cookies out of our reach. Report
My youngest daughter is a Girl Scout and she had so much fun selling cookies! I like that you can order cookies and have them shipped to US military troops overseas. A lot of my friends who are cutting calories, but still wanted to support my daughter, did that instead of just buying them to have for themselves. It's a great solution. :) Report
I absolutely LOVE this blog post!! Of course, I have devoured the box of Do-Si-Dos and now it's too late. I will keep this in mind for the future. The list of best cookie choices is excellent! Thanks! Report
So far I bought 5 boxes I got three cookies total. sometimes my family is more useful than others. : ) I was heavily into Girl Scouts when my girls were young so now my former troops are having their own babies. Report
This year I just gave money and didn't take the cookies. That is the only way I can trust myself. Report
I order GS cookies every year, as I have 3 nieces that sell them and want so support their efforts. But my partner and I each buy one box from each of them. I make those boxes last for at least 3 months. We always get the order forms at Christmas and the cookies in Feb, but I've saved this article to refer to next year when it's selling season, so I can get the best bang for my tastebuds! Report
I love these cookies and I am a sucker for the Tagalongs...and 2 is the serving and I never stuck to it. I wanted to help out my friends daughter, so I figure this years GS Cookies will be donated to my 13 year old nephew who is coming to visit from FL. I also bought my father only 1 box...he likes them more than me :) Report
I usually order the Thin Mints because they are my favorite and I can practice self-control by putting them in the freezer. I wait until the sunny days of summer to enjoy them a couple at a time right out of the freezer for a chilly treat. I've been known to forget about them and still have them when the girls come around the next year. Report
I was a Girl Scout for 12 year and was the top cookie seller for 10 of those! Had to brag a bit. So I always buy some to give back and I'm a sucker for Peanut Butter Patties, but this year if the girls show up I will buy two boxes one PB Pattie and one Thin Mint (Hubby's Fave) and that is it. I will NOT eat the entire box in one sitting, I will have one a day or every other day. Report
I had a few co-workers selling on behalf of their children/grandchildren, but resisted the temptation. Unfortunately, my boss did not and left the lot of cookies she had purchased from a co-worker in our "snack area." I haven't fully resisted the Samoas (my favorite by far!), but I've only had one at a time and walked away... Report
Since there are only about 2 servings per box these days, I imagine it can't be that hard to stick to a small number of them! LOL

Seriously, though, when approached by friends on behalf of their kids for these and the Boy Scout popcorn, I just offer a donation and tell them to keep their carbs.

;-) Report
I don't buy them, but learned this year that you also have the option of "donating" a box to the troop, so you still pay $3 or whatever it is, but no cookies. Think I'll be doing that next time I'm hit up for a box. Report
I don't buy them either-they are very expensive and I would not adhere to the serving size either-best not to have the temptation around. :) Report
I'm not buying them because I would eat them all from Friday through Sunday. I can't stick to the portions so I don't give myself to have the temptation around me. There are so many healthier and better options than to waste those calories on empty calories. Report