Attention Samoas groupies and Do-Si-Dos devotees: Girl Scout cookies dropped Sunday, February 6. While how many boxes of Thin Mints you devour is between you and your god, we’re here to tell you what’s new in the magical world of Girl Scout cookies and how you can secure them. Here, the sweet details on the new cookie (Adventurefuls), the price increase (it’s just a dollar), and how to score them (you don’t even have to leave your house).

New Adventurefuls cookies. Photo courtesy of the Girl Scouts of Colorado
New Adventurefuls cookies. Photo courtesy of the Girl Scouts of Colorado

There’s a new cookie!

Adventurefuls make their debut this year, and the scouting circle is abuzz with anticipation. Why? It’s a brownie-inspired cookie with caramel-flavored crème and a sprinkling of sea salt—and that sounds pretty freaking delicious. “The name Adventurefuls is a nod to the amazing adventures Girl Scouts take, such as sleeping out under the stars, building robots, traveling across the state or the country, and planning Take Action projects to make the world a better place,” says Girl Scouts of Colorado public relations manager Hannah Gutkind.

Adventurefuls join the classic cookies you already know and love: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Lemon-Ups, S’mores, and the gluten-free Toffee-tastic.

You’ll pay more

Even the Girl Scouts are feeling the squeeze of rising food and labor costs. After holding prices steady for the past seven years, Girl Scouts of Colorado decided to up the price of boxes by one dollar each to cover the increased cost of production. Most cookies will now cost $5 a box, and S’mores and Toffee-tastic will ring in at $6. But remember, it all goes to a good cause. “One hundred percent of cookie proceeds stays right here in Colorado to fund an amazing Girl Scout experience for girls across our state,” Gutkind says.

How to order

Besides raiding the booths outside of grocery stores, there’s a pandemic-friendly way you can score cookies this year. Many scouts have their own digital cookie sites where you can place orders without leaving the comfort of your couch. There’s even a contactless delivery option where the girls will drop the boxes off on your porch. (They earn the coveted Porch Pixie badge for this.)

If you don’t know a Girl Scout, you can go to the Girl Scouts of Colorado site and enter your zip code to find cookie sales in your neighborhood. Or download the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app (yes, it’s a thing) to find booths in your area. Sales end March 13, so stock up now.

There is a confirmed cookie shortage. 

We repeat: there is a cookie shortage. Little Brownie Bakers (LBB), who makes the cookies for the Scouts, are low on workers due to COVID, and it’s impacting the production of Adventurefuls, S’mores, and Trefoils. Then, on top of that, five trucks carrying 17,437 cases of cookies to Colorado were delayed due to weather. Some of the delayed cookies have arrived, but not all of them; and because of everything going on in the world, Girl Scouts of Colorado is telling cookie sellers that they may not be able to re-order cookies beyond their initial boxes and to only sell what they have on-hand. That means: Buy early and stock up, lest you find your cupboard barren of Thin Mints come March.

Hungry for something more than cookies straight from the sleeve?

Well, aren’t you fancy! Here are some area restaurants and bakeries taking Girl Scout cookies to the next level in elevated desserts.

Crafted Concepts restaurant group has a special cookie-inspired dessert at each of their restaurants, and one dollar from each dessert sold will be donated to Girl Scouts of Colorado. Rioja will feature the Adventurefuls in a brownie sundae with crème fraîche ice cream, vanilla bean caramel, salted popcorn, and Adventurefuls crumble; Bistro Vendôme will serve the coconut- and chocolate-filled Samoas in a semifreddo; Ultreia has a Campfire Cookie Sandwich of S’mores ice cream smushed between two peanut butter cookies; and Stoic & Genuine will be dishing out Whiskey Butterscotch Pudding made with Tagalongs.

Phresh Baked Goods is whipping up Girl Scout cookie cupcakes and full-size cakes in flavors like Thin Mints and Tagalongs. We’re partial to the Samoa, a vanilla cupcake filled with chocolate mousse and topped with caramel buttercream, toasted coconut chips, and Samoa cookies, and the S’mores, made with graham cracker cake, marshmallow fluff filling, chocolate buttercream, and a S’mores cookie topping.

Right Cream will have a limited-edition Girl Scout-cookie-loaded pint available for preorder beginning on February 14. The ice cream will feature two to three different cookies blended in.