We know what you’re thinking: vegan Girl Scout Cookies? Surely not. Allow us to blow your minds!
Every year people enjoy millions of boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs, raising a whopping $800 million for Girl Scout troops annually.
The tradition began more than a century ago, as a way to help Girl Scouts to fund their activities. Little girls would sell boxes of home-baked sugar cookies, in what their parents hoped would be an exercise in economics and entrepreneurship.
Since then demand for cookies has sky-rocketed, and two large commercial bakeries now handle the baking. Luckily, 100% of net profits still go to local troops.
Are Girl Scout Cookies Vegan?
The good news is, yes! Some Girl Scout Cookies are vegan.
Five varieties of cookie are currently suitable for vegans, although we predict more will be added to this list in the near-future.
In addition, the Girl Scouts get a ‘Thanks-A-Lot’ from us for only using environmentally responsible palm oil in their recipes. They have GreenPalm certificates to support the sustainable production of palm oil.
The two bakeries in charge of cookie making are also required to use responsibly sourced cocoa that is free from child- and slave-labor.
Keep reading to find out which Girl Scout Cookies are 100% plant-based in 2020.
Vegan Thin Mints® (ABC Bakers)
Thin mints account for 24% of all Girl Scout Cookie sales, making them the nation’s (and our) favorite. Their chocolatey, minty, crunchy goodness has been winning hearts since 1939, and has remained the best-selling Girl Scout Cookie ever since.
Two bakeries manufacture Thin Mints: ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers both use vegan ingredients!
Vegan Girl Scout S’mores® (ABC Bakers)
ABC’s chocolate dipped variety of this classic Girl Scout Cookie is vegan, which is fantastic news for vegans who want to relive campfire nights from the comfort of their kitchen.
Vegan milk chocolate coats a crunchy sandwich of graham crackers and marshmallow. You’ll be able to spot the ABC variety from Little Brownie Bakers’ S’mores by the chocolate coating. Little Brownie Bakers’ variety is chocolate free.
Lemonades ® (ABC Bakers)
We lost our minds at Plant Riot HQ when we discovered Lemonades were suitable for vegans. Tangy lemon icing, crispy shortbread, and at least three bites worth of cookie, Lemonades are our undisputed favorite.
Again, make sure your cookies are from ABC Bakers, because the Little Brownie Bakers’ Lemon-ups™ are not vegan.
Vegan Thanks-A-Lot® (ABC Bakers)
Vegans can devour as many of these delicious fudge dipped cookies as they want, because ABC’s recipe is 100% plant based.
There’s rumors that 2020 might be the last year for these Girl Scout classics, so make sure you stock up!
Peanut Butter Patties® (ABC Bakers)
Peanut butter and chocolate never tasted so good! ABC Bakers’ Peanut Butter Patties are among the top 10 selling cookies in America, which is pretty awesome because they are made with 100% plant based ingredients. Yay!
Sadly Little Brownie Bakers’ Tagalongs are not yet suitable for vegans. We live in hope that this will change in coming years!
Where To Buy Vegan Girl Scout Cookies
You can find Girl Scout Cookies across the USA from early January through March. Visit the Girl Scout’s website to check where the cookies can be found in your neighborhood. Stock up while you can! You can even pop them in the freezer to enjoy late run then year!
Also note that they use two bakeries to make their cookies. ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers, who use similar recipes but ingredients to vary. ABC is your best bet for vegan Girl Scout Cookies!
Let us know you favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor by dropping us a comment below.