When I mentioned that Girl Scout cookie season was starting, there were many comments about Lemon Pastry Cremes, one of the retired cookie flavors that featured a light pastry cookie and a creamy lemon filling. As far as I've heard, the reason that they were discontinued is that they were switched from ABC Bakeries to Little Brownie Bakers, the second bakery that produces the Girl Scouts' cookies, and that Little Brownie Bakers lacks the right kind of equipment to produce them.
The Girl Scouts seems to retire one every few years, if not more often. Off the top of my head, I can think of several past favorites that are now gone.
- Lemon Coolers were light, crisp cookies with a bold flavor and dusted in powdered sugar.
- Double Dutch were chocolate, chocolate chip cookies.
- Ice Berry Piñatas looked vaguely like Danish pastries, with jam at the center of a tender cookie and a drizzle of icing. http://baking.about.com/od/familybaking/a/girlscoutcookie_2.htm
- Animal Treasures were just the same as the current "All Abouts" and "Thanks" cookies, with a butter cookie dipped in chocolate, as were Friendship Circles Cookies.
- Ole Oles were light, round, powdered sugar-covered cookies with vanilla, pecans and coconut.
- Aloha Chips had macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips
- Apple Cinnamons were apple shaped sugar cookies, topped with cinnamon sugar.
- Lemon Drops had lemon-flavored chips
- Striped Chocolate Chips were exactly what they sound like.
- Snaps were iced, oatmeal raisin cookies
- Sugar Free Chalet Cremes were similar to the lemon pastry cremes, but were sweetened with aspartame.
- Juliettes were named after the term for individual girl scouts who are not members of a particular troop.
- Other cookies, going back to the 1970s, include: Golden Nut Clusters, Trail Mix, Cabana Cremes, Country Hearth Chocolate Chip, Echo, Chocolate Chunk, Pecan Shortee, Medallions, Van'chos, Forget-Me-Nots and Granola cookies.
Which ones were your favorites, or would you prefer to stick with Trefoils, Thin Mints and Samoas?