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Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Trefoils

By Jaime |

Though these are the most simple and most basic of all Girl Scout cookies, trefoils, next to Samoas, are probably my favorites. They are a buttery shortbread, and have an impression of the Girl Scout logo on them. Though they are okay, I think I like the idea of a simple shortbread better than I like the actual Girl Scout Cookies.

Real shortbread is supposed to be made with real butter, but unfortunately the Girl Scout cookies are made with palm oil and soybean oil. Find out more about what’s in what you’re eating here.

Of course, they could use worse ingredients, but if you would like to make your own, with real butter, here is a recipe. I didn’t have a Girl Scout logo shaped cookie cutter, so I just made mine into rounds. You could do whatever you like.

Homemade Trefoils

2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
tiny pinch ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
2 cups all-purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in salt, ginger, and lemon zest. Mix to combine. Slowly add in flour, and mix until well combined, but do not overmix. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

2. Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes. Place on a cookie sheet, at least an inch apart and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until almost starting to brown on the edges.

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Jamie Richardson is an author and blogger at Sophistimom. She contributed several delicious recipes to Babble, and continues to do so on her personal blog.

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0 thoughts on “Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Trefoils

  1. [...] this shortbread cookie is a classic. We love the Girl Scout version, but to amp up the flavor we’ve used real butter instead of soybean and palm [...]

  2. Sarah from The Hem of His Garment says:

    How many does this recipe make?

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