Little Brownie Bakers

Cookie fun facts

Test your cookie trivia knowledge with these fun and interesting facts!

Cookie trivia

  • Little Brownie bakes over 4.5 million Thin Mints per day during peak baking times.
  • We make our own caramel for Samoas. It’s cooked the old-fashioned way in copper kettles and heated to exactly 234 degrees.
  • To bake Do-si-dos and Tagalongs, we use about 230,000 pounds of peanut butter a week during baking times.
  • Peanut butter cream is deposited onto Do-si-dos at the rate of 2,800 per minute.
  • After leaving the oven, Thin Mints travel 300 feet on a conveyer belt to cool before being coated in chocolate. 
  • A rotary die shapes Trefoils. There are 300 identical Trefoil shapes engraved in one rotary die. The die rotates 17 times a minute to produce 5,100 cookies a minute.
  • Samoas go through a cooling tunnel with a temperature of 40-50 degrees before chocolate is applied.
  • Do-si-dos are wrapped at 64 packages per minute.

Weekly ingredients during peak production:

  • Flour: 21 truckloads or 1,050,000 pounds.
  • Shortening: 7 truckloads or 300,000 pounds
  • Cocoa: 50,000 pounds
  • Chocolate coating: 500,000 pounds
  • Sugar: 14.5 truckloads or 650,000 pounds
  • Peanut butter: 230,000 pounds
  • Toasted coconut: 75,000 pounds

Mixing trivia

  • Mixers are machine-operated. Ingredients are weighed and released with the push of a button.
  • Each batch is 1200-1500 pounds.
  • It takes 10 minutes to mix the dough, which lasts 20-30 minutes and takes 5-7 minutes to bake.

Baking information

Each oven is approximately 100-280 feet long and has four baking zones with very specific jobs…

  • The first zone prepares the cookies to be baked by softening them.
  • The second zone bakes the cookies from the bottom up.
  • The third zone brings the cookies to a flat shape.
  • The fourth zone gives the cookies their color.

Great Cookies for a Great Cause™

The first in top-quality ingredients:
The GIRL SCOUTS® name and mark, and all associated trademarks and logotypes, including GIRL SCOUT COOKIES®, THIN MINTS®, TREFOILS®, GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALE®, GIRL SCOUT COOKIE PROGRAM®, GIRL SCOUT S’MORES™ and the Trefoil Design, are owned by Girl Scouts of the USA. Little Brownie Bakers is an official GSUSA licensee. SAMOAS, TAGALONGS, DO-SI-DOS and SAVANNAH SMILES are registered trademarks of Kellogg NA Co. TOFFEE-TASTIC is a trademark of Kellogg NA Co.

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