Homemade Trefoils

I had a special request this past week for some homemade Girl Scout Cookies.  With the ability to support your local Girl Scouts quickly dying down, and a dreary cookie-less year straight ahead, I figured this would be a fun little task.  While I was looking through different recipes for all sorts of cookies, I found that quite a few of them use the same cookie base — essentially, Trefoils.  So this week we’ll have a little Girl Scout theme, starting with the basic, delicious little shortbread cookie!

You will need:

1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk


Cream together your butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add this to the butter mixture.  At low speed, add in the milk and vanilla.  Separate the dough into halves (I had more separated because I doubled my recipe) and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until the dough is as firm as a stick of butter.

Preheat your oven to 350 and line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone liners. Once your dough is firm enough to roll out sticking or falling apart (this will be quickly obvious once you try!), roll dough on lightly floured surface.  This stuff gets sticky fast, so if you don’t work fairly quick, you may find yourself having to re-refrigerate midway through.  Roll your dough to about 1/8″ – 1/4″ thickness, then use a cookie cutter to cut out whatever shapes you’d like.  Classic Trefoils have a weird shape that you probably wont be able to match, but any shape will do 🙂

Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until the edges of your cookies have started to brown.  Allow these cookies a few minutes to sit before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.

That wasn’t so tough, right?  Now with this recipe, you’ve got the perfect foundation for the rest of this weeks posts, although these are obviously completely delicious and devourable on their own — stay tuned for Samoas on Wednesday, and Tagalongs on Friday!



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7 thoughts on “Homemade Trefoils

  1. […] promised, here is round two of Girl Scout Week — Building off of our basic recipe for Homemade Trefoils, we can put together some really, seriously delicious Homemade […]

  2. Lokness says:

    I love girl scout cookies! Shortbread is also one of my all time favorites! Your cookies look buttery and great.

  3. […] ingredients to make Trefoils, instructions found here, but here are the ingredients to have […]

  4. […] (we have Girl Guide cookies, which are different) so I might need to try these recipes for homemade Trefoils, Samoas and […]

  5. I am all out of girl scout cookies so I will be coming back here soon! HA!

  6. Hello there!
    I just stumbled on your blog and I love it. This recipe would be perfect for the FREE downloadable eCookbook I am making. It is completely free and would provide links to your site. Please contact me if you are interested. Keep on baking!

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