Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Trefoils

Image source: Jaime Richardson | babble
Image source: Jaime Richardson | babble

Though these are the most simple 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.

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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