How to Make Girl Scout Trefoils

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Girl Scout Trefoils

Just about everyone loves Girl Scout cookies, and it's a shame that they're only around once a year. But now, with this Girl Scout Trefoils recipe, you can make your own Trefoil cookies at home. Girl Scout Trefoils are, simply put, shortbread cookies. In fact, they're very similar to the cookies that caramel, coconut, and chocolate are added to in order to create Girl Scout Samoa Cookies. This recipe isn't extremely difficult, so gather together your ingredients and jump in to get just one step closer to enjoying Girl Scout Trefoils.

Trefoils.jpgCreative Commons image by quinn.anya
Offered by Girl Scouts
Customer service phone 800-GSUSA-4-U [1]
Served as Dessert or snack
Main ingredients Butter, sugar, and eggs[2]
Cooking method Baking
Similar to Shortbread cookies

Girl Scout Trefoils Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour [3]
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt [4]

Girl Scout Trefoils Recipe

  1. Cream together butter and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Beat eggs in a separate bowl.
  3. Add beaten eggs, milk, vanilla, flour, salt, and baking powder to butter-and-sugar mixture.
  4. Refrigerate dough for a minimum of one hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 375F.
  6. Roll the dough out on parchment or wax paper. Use a knife to carefully make the trefoil shape.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown around the edges.[2]

Girl Scout Trefoils Video

Learn how to make shortbread cookies, which are very similar to the Girl Scout Trefoils recipe.


  • Don't have the patience for carefully creating the trefoil shape? Simply use a round cookie cutter to create round "trefoils" with the same delicious taste--just in a different shape.
  • Spice up your Girl Scout Trefoils by adding other tasty ingredients to the shortbread recipe such as pecans or chocolate chips. One cup of nuts or chocolate chips would be sufficient for the ingredient quantities mentioned above. Simply add the nuts or chocolate chips after you've mixed the dough together, prior to refrigerating it.
  • Serve your Trefoils with some delicious jam, jelly, or other complementary topping.

Also See: How to Make Girl Scout Samoa Cookies, How to Make Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls, How to Make Cracker Barrel Coca Cola Cake, How to Make Cinnabon Cream Cheese Frosting, How to Make KFC Pecan Pie


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