It’s that time of year when they’re everywhere. Girl scouts. Super cute Girl Scouts wearing big smiles and selling Girl Scout cookies. Gluten-full Girl Scout cookies. As you probably know, ready-made gluten-free Girl Scout cookies don’t exist. (Update: Girl Scout cookies do include a couple of gluten-free varieties now.) But no worries, if you lament your gluten-free status each year this time simply because of said gluten-full Girl Scout cookies, don’t dismay, there are really some terrific gluten-free homemade Girl Scout Cookie recipes that will allow you to enjoy your own safe and delicious Girl Scout cookies.
Plus, if you make your own, you might not end up scarfing down a box of cookies at a time. Oh, wait, that wasn’t you, that was me! (With a fair amount of help from Mr. GFE, of course.)
It’s a well-known fact that Girl Scout cookies tend to evaporate any way, right? Perhaps it’s those addictive and questionable ingredients they contain.
Today I’m sharing the Top 10 “Best” Gluten-Free Homemade Girl Scout Cookie recipes from some of my very talented blogger friends, plus a little bonus at the end for recipes (and non-recipes) that just might be better than Girl Scout cookies!
Here’s the listing starting with my two favorites, gluten-free homemade Samoas and Thin Mints—delicious versions of the two most popular Girl Scout Cookies.
Top 10 Gluten-Free Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes
Gluten-Free Homemade Samoa Cookies (Caramel DeLites)
~ Samoas from Angela’s Kitchen (gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian)
~ Paleo Samoas from Elana’s Pantry (gluten free, grain free, vegetarian)
~ Samoas from Fork and Beans (gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan)
~ Samoas from Spabettie (gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan)
Gluten-Free Homemade Thin Mint Cookies
~ Thin Mints from Angela’s Kitchen (gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian)
~ Paleo Thin Mints from Elana’s Pantry (gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, paleo)
~ Thin Mints from Fork and Beans (gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan)
~ Three-Ingredient Thin Mints from Free Range Cookies (Linda uses ready-made gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies to make these gluten-free, vegetarian, super easy-to-make Thin Mints; brilliant idea!)
Gluten-Free Homemade Gluten-Free Tagalong Cookies
~ Tagalongs from Angela’s Kitchen (gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian)
~ Tagalongs from Elana’s Pantry (gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, paleo)
~ Tagalongs from Detoxinista (gluten free, grain free, egg free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, paleo, vegan options)
~ Tagalongs from Fork and Beans (gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan)
~ Tagalongs from GF Jules (gluten free, egg free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, vegan options)
Gluten-Free Homemade Do-Si-Do Cookies
~ Do-Si-Dos from Angela’s Kitchen (gluten free, dairy free, with egg-free option)
~ Do-Si-Dos from Faithfully Gluten Free (gluten free, vegetarian)
~ Do-Si-Dos from Fork and Beans (gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan)
Gluten-Free Homemade Trefoil Cookies (Shortbread)
~ Trefoils from Angela’s Kitchen (gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian)
~ Trefoils from Fork and Beans (gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan)
And sometimes you’re thinking of Girl Scout Cookies when you create something similar, but quite different. Check out the following recipes for treats that are decidedly not gluten-free re-creations of Girl Scout cookie favorite, but I think you will be very surprised … you truly might like these creations even better!
Other Gluten-Free Homemade Girl Scout Cookie-Inspired Creations
Samaroons from Amanda at A Few Shortcuts (as the name implies, these cookies offer a combination of features from both Samoas and macaroons)
Chocolate-Covered Mint Leaves (Her Thin Mints) from Adair at Lentil Breakdown (these are brilliant!)
See if you can guess what the base of this Samoa “cookie” is!
Another non-traditional base works perfectly in the Tagalongs below.
Be sure your mini rice cakes are truly gluten free when making your alternative Do-Si-Dos (“Do-Si-D’Ohs” per Adair).
Samoa Taste Cookies from Me at Gluten Free Easily (the taste and even a similar texture with very little effort)
And last, but not least, how about these Samoa Brownies from Paleo Parents? (the only thing that could be better than a Samoa cookie would be a Samoa brownie, right?)
Which gluten-free Girl Scout cookie recipes will you make? Enjoy!
p.s. If you’re one of those rare birds who is not into Girl Scout cookies, but love cookies in general, please check out my gluten-free Flourless Cookie recipes. (The top two most popular recipes are my Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies and my Flourless Oatmeal Cookies.)
Originally published March 1, 2013; updated February 10, 2019.