Girl Scouts are hawking their famous cookies in front of stores across the land this month. Which is your favorite Girl Scout cookie? Which box will you break your diet for? Your choice says something about you. Are you the mom who knows all the words to the latest Beyoncé song? Then you will love Cranberry Citrus Crisps, full of tang and zest, just like Queen Bey. Are you a bohemian peacenik? Then the Thanks-A-Lot cookie is your groove. We’ve matched mom characteristics with all 11 Girl Scout cookies. Read on to find your cookie doppelgänger.
Oh, and one note, you’ll see that some cookies have two names. It’s the same cookie, but the Girl Scouts use two baking companies to produce the thousands of cookies sold each year and that’s why some have different names.
You are old school all the way. Dessert after dinner. Homework before play. Thank you notes, chores, prayers at night. And there is always, always, a sleeve of Thin Mints frozen in the back of the freezer for a hot July day.
You are an adventurer. If given the choice between a big ship cruise and a hike through the Andes, you are taking the high road. And the kids are coming with you. The caramel of the Samoas represents your smooth, unruffled nature. The toasted coconut? That’s the walk-on-the-wild-side you.
Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs
You are a softie. Can we stay up to watch TV for another hour, pleeeease? Sure. Can we stop at the mall for a new pair of jeans? Why not? And will you take the cookie order form to the office? Of course. They might rename this one the peanut butter patsy in your honor.
You are the benevolent drill sergeant. Team Mom, Room Mom, PTA president. You know how to get things done and keep everybody in line. The shortbread cookie with the iconic trefoil insignia plays to your inner and outer strengths.
Cranberry Citrus Crisps
You are the coolest mom in the car pickup line. You know the words to new songs by everyone from Beyoncé to Bieber. Like this real-fruit cookie, you are tangy and zesty as you rock your skinny jeans and Prada kitten heels. And another cool thing, you always have cookies when your kids have friends over.
You are the mom most likely to take the kids to Haight-Ashbury for vacation. Your children eat homemade granola and go to school with hennaed hands. The post-Summer of Love hippie in you is drawn to the inclusive nature of these shortbread cookies embossed “thank you” in English, French, Chinese, Swahili or Spanish. What? No peace sign?
What your kids (and you) eat is priority No. 1. And because you eat gluten-free, so do they. Lucky for you, you live in an area of the country where the Girl Scouts are testing these chocolate chip-peanut butter-oatmeal-gluten-free treats. No kid of yours will ever eat a Twinkie.
You never put anything in your mouth that you haven’t photographed first. Why? Because you’re a food blogging mom. You Instagram dinner. You tweet lunch. Everything the kids eat (or don’t) is posted on Facebook. These shortbread cookies with the flecks of toffee are destined for the Foodgawker photo site after you snap them on distressed wood with a mason jar of cold milk nearby.
Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwich
You’re a good sport and the kids have inherited your competitive streak and athletic genes. If only you’d landed that triple Salchow at the Olympic trials, you’ve told them a million times. Your car is a rolling equipment room and everyone calls you Coach Mom because you are tough on the outside but supportive on the inside, like these sandwich cookies.
For you, motherhood is serious business. And teaching your babes to reach their goals is your raison d’être. So are French lessons. By sixth grade, you’ve got them prepping for the SAT. By 10th grade, they are practicing their college entrance essays. Oxford University? Why not? Start with a pot of tea to go with these lemon-icing-topped shortbread cookies.
Your kids are your soul mates because you’re the BFF mom. They call you 10 times a day. You text them equally. You shop together. Like the same movies. Sometimes share clothes. These are the cookies that will comfort you when they leave for college. And maybe when they boomerang back. You hope.