In 2012, on their own volition, one girl scout council in Michigan sold their own version of gluten free girl scout cookies (see Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies and Fall Products). Last fall, other councils also did something similar during the Fall Product Program, like the Citrus Council’s long list of gluten free goodies. This year, the Girl Scouts are officially testing gluten free girl scout cookies in 20 different areas. They’ve taken two great cookies and combined them into one, shortbread and chocolate chips.
Girl Scout Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies
Cookies are the one gluten free baked good that often tastes better than their gluten-counter part. The Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies are disseminated as being no less delicious as standard girl scout cookies.
- They are bite-sized with real chocolate chips and real butter.
- Contain nothing artificial
- No corn syrup, palm oil, or hydrogenated oils
- Packaged in a 5 oz. resealable foil pouch
Flour blend (rice flour, tapioca flour, cornstarch, guar gum, baking soda, potato starch, xanthan gum), butter, dried cane syrup, chocolate chips (evaporated cane sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter), water, vanilla extract, salt, cocoa powder (cocoa powder, vanilla), egg whites.
Allergens: Egg, milk. Made in a facility that processes soy, tree nuts, and peanuts.
For full nutritional facts click here.
Gluten Free Certified
Not only are these gluten free girl scout cookies certified gluten free, but they are double certified. The Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) certifies them at being under 5 parts per million gluten (ppm). Not only do they guarantee them to be void of any wheat, rye, or barley, but oats, as well. In addition, the Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) certifies them to be under 10 ppm gluten. The FDA requires a maximum of 20 ppm.
Use or Freeze Before Date
You may have noticed on regular Girl Scout Cookie packages there is Use or Freeze Before date on the boxes. In the case of the Gluten Free Shortbread Chocolate Chip Cookies, they have a shorter shelf life compared to their gluten cookies.
Where to Buy Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies
While the cookies are not yet part of the official Girl Scout cookie program yet, they are testing them out for popularity in their 2013 – 2014 season in 20 different areas. If you wish to see more gluten free Girl Scout cookies in the future, be sure to purchase them if they are available in your area. See below for available areas.
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
Girl Scouts of Maine
Girl Scouts of Minnesota Wisconsin Lakes & Pines
Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio
About the Bakers of Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies
ABC Bakers, a subsidiary of Interbake Foods LLC, is one of the official bakers of Girl Scout Cookies and the oldest. ABC Bakers is the oldest licensed Girl Scout Cookie baking facility. They became official Girl Scout Cookie Bakers in 1937.
Per one of my Facebook followers,
“I picked up my gluten free cookies today and have some very important information… The packaging doesn’t mention anything about nut allergies but I spoke to the manufacturers today and they ARE produced on shared equipment.. So, NOT nut allergy safe.”
They will be watching for sales and feedback. Leave a comment below with your feedback. I will start off by stating that I love this idea. Unfortunately, since I am allergic to tapioca, I will not be able to purchase any gluten free girl scout cookies.