Cookie Bites Challenge

Nova Scotia has released a new cookie based challenge: Cookie Bites.  Unlike the Cookie Rising badge, this challenge is divided into Creative, STEM, Active Living and Events sections and includes a wide variety of activities in each section.  It might be a great way to shake the dust off of preparing your girls for cookie selling this spring.

Please note: Some Guiders (myself included) are having trouble viewing the challenge on the Nova Scotia site.  I’ve read the challenge when it was posted on the Unofficial Girl Guides Facebook group.  Hopefully this will be fixed soon.

Cookies in Space

When Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar flew on the space shuttle during Mission STS-42, January 22–30, 1992, she brought two items of interest to Girl Guides.   She brought her brownie wings so she could see them really fly.  And she brought a box of Girl Guide cookies.  This photo shows her juggling cookies in space.

Is there something that you’d bring from your time in Guiding if you were going on such a grand adventure?

Christina Riespman’s 1927 Girl Guide Cookie Recipe

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 Eggs
2 tablespoons cream
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons baking powder
½ teaspoon ground cardamon
3 or more cups flour to make a soft dough

  • Cream butter & sugar, Beat in eggs and cream
  • Combine salt, baking soda, baking powder, cardamom and flour
  • Sift dry into wet ingredients and mix into dough.
  • Roll and cut, using a small floured glass or cookie cutter
  • Sprinkle with sugar, then bake at moderate heat, until done.

Canadian Girl Guide Cookies

I got a request from one of the blogs International readers to do a post about Canadian Girl Guide Cookies.

Cookies are the primary fundraising mechanism for Girl Guides in Canada.  We currently sell two types of cookies.  In the fall we sell chocolately mint cookies.   In the spring we sell cookies with a row of vanilla sandwich cookies and a row of chocolate sandwich cookies. Cookies cost $5/box.

In Canada Girl Guides have been selling cookies since 1927.  More about the history of Girl Guide cookies can be found here.

Cookies Rising

Our Cookie Rising Program is a series of badges girls earn each year they are in Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders.  They require the girls to complete cookie related activities in four themes: Financial, Social, Business and Girl Guides of Canada.  The goal is to turn cookie selling from “just a fundraiser” into a learning opportunity.


Cookie All Stars

The Cookie All Stars program recognizes and rewards girls who go above and beyond with their cookie selling.  It also rewards groups who conduct group sales with crests.

My unit completes the group sale objected every year and we always have a number of girls who get the individual crest for selling 7 or more cases.  Most years we also have one or two girls who also receive a movie pass for selling 15 or more cases.

Cookies Around the World

Canada isn’t the only country where Girl Guides / Girl Scouts sell cookies as a fundraiser.

I think most of us have heard about the wide selection of cookies available from Girl Scouts of America.  Girl Scouts sells 12 types of cookies but they use two different companies to bake them so not all varieties are available in all parts of the country.

So far as I can tell Girl Guides in Australia and New Zealand use the same baker to make their biscuits. In both countries they sell three types of biscuits, original, chocolate and chocolate minis.

Are there other Girl Guide cookies I missed?