By Beth Hillson
“Goodbye Gluten!” says the web site for ABC Bakers, who created new gluten-free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies for the Girl Scouts of America.
Some of you might be saying, “Why do we need another chocolate chip cookie?” Granted, there are loads of great cookies available these days and, if you are a baker, there are tons of mixes, too. Glutino Gluten-Free Pantry Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix is my personal favorite. But gluten-free Girl Scout cookies – - it’s like we just cracked another gluten-filled bastion of life. And it seems like the gluten-free community has been asking for gluten-free Girl Scout cookies for ages.
Not only does this seem like a g-f p-c (politically-correct) addition to an American institution, but it’s empowering for our kids, too. Young ladies who are gluten free AND Girl Scouts can be included instead of feeling like they are excluded. After all, aren’t they selling the cookies, anyway? And now they can eat them, too. If they aren’t gluten-free themselves, surely they know someone who is.
My bet is that cookie sales will increase as a result. Parents and friends of a gluten-free scout would certainly buy more cookies. Personally, I usually turn down the Girl Scouts as no one in my family eats regular cookies. But this year, I would buy them if they were available in my area.
Unfortunately, Connecticut is not one of the twenty Girl Scout Councils that will be selling these cookies as part of their cookie fundraising. But if this pilot project is successful, the cookies could be available nationwide next year.
You can click here to see if they are being sold in your area,
Meanwhile, you can show your solidarity by making your own chocolate chip cookies.
The Girl Scout cookies are certified gluten free by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GFCO) and by the Celaic Sprue Association as well. They are bite size and can be frozen. (The shelf life is slightly shorter than that of the gluten-filled cookies.)
What do you think about the Girl Scouts offering gluten-free cookies? Will you buy them?