Girl Scout Cookies® maintain their humble beginnings in the kitchens and ovens of their early members. The earliest documentation of the sale of cookies being used to finance troop activities goes back to 1917.
It wasn’t until 1936, that troops began licensing local bakers to bake cookies. This led to many variations in cookies and cookie packaging. During the 1970’s, the number of licensed bakeries decreased and the remaining few were provided with a standard cookie package layout and pictures. For the first time in history, all Girl Scout Cookie® boxes featured the same designs and depicted scenes of Girl Scouts in action. The official Girl Scout logo also made a packaging appearance during this era. (See an early Girl Scout Cookie Recipe)