list of all Girl Scout Cookies and their almost identical counterparts

Girl Scout Cookie season will soon come to an end and you may find yourself looking for the same taste throughout the year. Look no further because I compiled a list of all the Girl Scout Cookies and their substitutes!!!

However keep in mind you’re helping a great cause when you purchase from Girl Scouts – so keep doing that. Use this list only to suppress your appetite when Girl Scouts are not around!

First off are the Thin Mints. These mint flavored cookies covered in dark chocolate are the most popular Girl Scout Cookies according to statistics. Keebler makes the exact same cookie. They call them Grasshopper Fudge Mint Cookies.

Second are Samoas, which are also known as Caramel deLites. These cookies are covered in caramel, covered with toasted coconut, then strips of chocolate and have a whole in the center. Again Keebler makes the same thing under and calls it Coconut Dreams.

Third up are Tagalongs. They are also known as Peanut Butter Patties. These cookies have a layer of peanut butter and the whole thing is covered in chocolate. Closest thing to Tagalongs you can find in your grocery store is probably Keebler’s Peanut Butter Filled cookies.

Do-si-dos is another peanut butter flavored Girl Scout Cookie. Another name for them is Peanut Butter Sandwiches. They’re oatmeal cookies with peanut butter filling. You can get pretty much the identical cookie in your grocery store – if you happen to live in Canada. They’re made by Christie, which is the Canadian version of Nabisco here in U.S.

Trefoils are pretty standard shortbread cookies. They also go under the name Shortbreads. There are many similar shortbread cookies out there but closest one is probably made by Lu – simply called Shortbread.

It was a bit difficult finding something similar to Savannah Smiles. These are lemon wedge cookies dusted in powdered sugar with zesty lemon flavor. The company that makes them is called Niche Foods under the Lemon Coolers name.

Thanks-A-Lot cookies are another shortbread style cookie. These have chocolate coating on the bottom. We have two options to give you the same taste as Thanks-A-Lot’s. Either try Keebler’s Sandies Fudge Dipped Shortbread cookies or Dare’s Normandie Shortbread.


Shout Outs are Belgian style cookies. They are light, crips, and have that caramelized taste. Biscoff is definitely what you want to go with if you want to get Shout Outs when you can’t find any Girl Scout Cookies.

Lemonades are yet another shortbread cookie which have that lemon slice pattern on top and zesty lemon icing on the bottom. We couldn’t find the same cookie for Lemonades but Scottish Walkers makes lemon flavored shortbread cookies which they claim is “zesty” just like Girl Scout Cookies. They are called Pure Butter Shortbread Lemon Thins.

Thank U Berry Munch. Good old cranberry cookies with some white chocolate. You’d think it would be easy to find a brand that made these cookies. It wasn’t! And we’re still looking for suggestions for here but I think we have a very very similar one here. They’re Mrs Fields Cranberry White Chunk cookies.

And finally Dulce De Leche. These are Latin American style cookies that do not exist in North America as far as I can tell. I’m sure there’s a brand out there maybe in Brazil, maybe in Argentina, somewhere that make these cookies with milk caramel chips. Sounds simple enough but nothing from Keebler was even close. If you know of a brand that look and taste the same to Girl Scouts’ Dulce De Leche please let me know!

UPDATE: We do have a cookie that is really similar to Girl Scouts’ Dulce De Leche. It is the Goya Maria Dulce De Leche cookies.

Did I miss anything, or do you have a suggestion for a cookies that taste more like Girl Scout Cookies? Please let me know!!!

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20 Responses to list of all Girl Scout Cookies and their almost identical counterparts

  1. Sharon March 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Thanks for the great summary. My family stopped buying Girl Scout cookies last year because of GSUSA’s close affiliation with Planned Parenthood and other radical organizations. It is good to know that we have alternatives.

    • I guess pap smears are the devil? July 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

      ROLLS EYES AT INANE COMMENT. I guess you would prefer to have women die of cervical cancer rather than buy evil liberal cookies huh.

      Vomit.

      • Brenda January 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

        There are other ways to get screened for cervical cancer than going to PP. Despite all the “good” PP says they offer, their big ticket is providing abortions.

        • Carla March 6, 2013 at 7:14 am #

          Agree! Agree! Agree! Girl Scouting isn’t what it used to be at all! Many years ago I led a scout troop myself and over the years I feel the GS value system has greatly deteriorated. I no longer wish to support the organization. It has nothing to do with the girls, it’s the organization! Mothers be aware of exactly what the GS believe and pass on to your children. You might want to involve your child in another type of extra curricular activity. This does not apply to Boy Scouts, only GS. Support of Planned Parenthood and their beliefs…abortion, the ending of a baby’s life, cancer screening??? Cancer screening is available through many places that DO NOT promote abortion!! Educate yourself…Please.

          • Educationisgood March 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

            Planned parenthood offers medical testing (including cancer screening, as mentioned) and treatment for free or at a low cost to those who can show economic need. Abortion is not their “big ticket” item, as many PP facilities do not even perform abortions themselves- they refer people to hospitals where abortions may be performed. The majority of their services focuses on non-abortion medical care. But I guess some people prefer their own misguided opinions to information.

        • kawb1011 April 9, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

          “There are other ways to get screened for cervical cancer than going to PP”

          Actually, for many women (myself included), there aren’t. Not everyone can afford the luxury of going to a doctor when something is actually wrong, let alone for checkups.

        • Roger May 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

          Abortions have done people good for many different reasons and trying to infringe upon women’s reproductive rights is inexcusable.

          • Miss_Trixie February 3, 2014 at 8:53 am #

            Really? What an incredibly vapid, knee-jerk response. Do you even think about what you’re saying before you regurgitate the stale, mindless talking points?

            The schtoopid is strong with this one.

          • mrpoopy March 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

            But what about the unborn child’s right to live?? Pro-choice advocates never consider that! What could be more evil than murdering you own child?!

        • Sasha March 6, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

          Really now? Because last time I checked people can go there for low cost testing for STDs, contraception and other genital problems. I go there to get my IUD checked and I know many others who do as well. Get your head out of your ass and actually do some research.

          No one WANTS to get an abortion. No one. Ever. That is why planned parenthood provides information about many different methods of contraception besides it and mentions abortion as a last ditch effort to desperate people. If more people used planned parenthood, they would be informed on safe sex and would have accidental pregnancies less which would lead to less abortions from dumb kids having sex.

      • R. Ficoli February 2, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

        Don’t worry, “Pap Smears,” I’m sure those of us who have religious or moral aversions to the causes you, Planned Parenthood, and the Girl Scouts of America are pushing will soon be compelled by the Obama Administration to pay for Planned Parenthood’s services via Obamacare. I wouldn’t be surprised if we are soon forced to buy Girl Scout cookies via payroll tax deductions, too. But one thing you will never feed me is your line of B.S. about what Planned Parenthood’s focus is REALLY all about.

      • Reg February 3, 2014 at 12:46 am #

        It’s obvious that you know very little about Planned Parenthood. Perhaps you should just sit down and let the adults talk, eh?

    • rashmi March 4, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

      Actually, the Girl Scouts are not a political organization and do not support Planned Parenthood or any other similar organizations. Please visit the Girl Scout site http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/mpmf/faqs.asp to review the facts. Please spread the word that this destructive rumor is completely untrue and continue to support the Girl Scouts!

  2. Diane April 2, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    Yes, thanks, this was very interesting and I’ll be sharing it. I wondered at one point if Grasshoppers weren’t just the same as Thin Mints, but I never did a side-by-side comparison to see.

    Years ago I worked at a Girl Scout council office, and after the cookie sale we had boxes and boxes of leftovers in the conference room, and could go grab one whenever we wanted, so…many, many cookies later, the only one I had any interest in was the Samoas, and then only occasionally. But now, if the urge strikes, I don’t need to wait! ;-)

    • howtoguy April 2, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      Samoas are in my top three Girl Scout Cookie favorites Diane. Shout Outs are great with coffee.

  3. kawb1011 April 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    I would say (if I’m remembering them well enough–it’s been a while) that Pepperidge Farm Chessmen may be a closer match for Trefoils.

  4. Camp Supporter May 12, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    So glad you published this! Girl Scouts has many other issues like their change in program and huge liquidation of property once donated by it’s supporters. The focus on outdoors has now changed to financial literacy and the cookies are being pushed now more than ever.

    Yet while kids are responsible for 80% of the operating budget, less and less is spent on them. Last year our councils spent 50% of the annual budget on salaries, but less than 10% on the favorite program, camping. Including liquidating all our camps.

    In addition, the new program is encouraging girls to learn about hot topics like fair trade and palm oil. Girls are asking GSUSA to look for cookies with fair trade cocoa and no palm oil. GSUSA ignored these concerns as it would add cost and limit shelf life to change. What does that teach young people?

    Cookies are no good. Do the right thing and buy the alternative. Use your savings to donate directly to the troop.

  5. Judy February 27, 2014 at 4:37 am #

    Wow, came to to site looking for cookie info, just cookie info, no more.

  6. Judy February 27, 2014 at 4:37 am #

    Wow, came to to site looking for cookie info, just cookie info, no more.

  7. Mary Eavenson March 16, 2014 at 6:31 am #

    Girl Scout leaders are so sick of the Planned Parenthood rumor that has been floating around. Here is a statement from the CEO of GSUSA:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkB6YygHXkE

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