As if there aren’t already enough reasons to look forward to 2021 (and say bye to 2020), the Girl Scouts of the USA are giving us one more piece of motivation. That’s right: A new Girl Scout Cookie flavor will be released next year to accompany all your tried-and-true faves. Although it’s likely no cookie will ever top the holy trifecta that is Samoas, Thin Mints, and Peanut Butter Patties, it’s nearly impossible to say no to a new Girl Scout Cookie flavor.
When Girl Scout Cookie szn returns in January 2021, the lineup will include Toast-Yay!, a delightful cookie to satisfy breakfast lovers and dessert fanatics alike. This cookie is inspired by French toast—and not just the flavor. The cookie's size and shape mimics one of our favorite indulgent breakfasts. It starts with your standard cookie recipe, a shortbread base similar to that of other Girl Scout staples like Lemonades and Thanks-A-Lots. The cookie is molded into the quintessential bread shape, dunked in sweet, sugary icing, and completed with a stamp of the iconic Trefoil shape that’s since become the organization’s logo.
I’m not shy about my love for Girl Scout Cookies—I covered the release of Lemon-Ups in January, claiming they made 2020 sunnier already. (Turns out that sunshine didn't last for long...) Naturally, I jumped at the chance to get an early taste of Toast-Yays. This particular cookie hails from ABC Bakers, the same group behind Peanut Butter Patties and Caramel deLites. Refresher course: Girl Scout Cookies use two bakeries with ever-so-slightly varying recipes and names (and it’s likely you side strongly with one or the other without even realizing it). The other Girl Scout Cookie supplier, Little Brownie Bakers, is responsible for the Samoa/Tagalong/Do-si-do side of things.
The package is much like any other Girl Scout treat. A bright green background accents a photo of three young girls exploring with their bikes, promoting kids—especially girls—to get out and get active. Admittedly, I didn’t look long before ripping it open and admiring the delicious-looking stack of cookies inside. The whole presentation was splendid—it looked like a miniature loaf of bread just waiting for me to dig in.
At first taste, it seemed like a basic, plain cookie with icing. But then the flavor hit me: a warm, cinnamon hint reminiscent of graham crackers or snickerdoodles, cut nicely by the sweet, creamy icing that coats the back half of the cookie. I immediately reached for a second one.
When I had a craving for something sweet the following day, these cookies filled my sleepy afternoon with a cozy, crunchy respite. I’m typically a chocolate cookie snob, but it was actually a refreshing change to have a lighter treat. The other thing that I noticed while chowing down (and when reluctantly returning the package to my pantry) is how incredible the cookies smell. It struck me so much that I actually wrote ‘smell good’ at the bottom of my cookie notes. The scent is what you'd expect—cinnamon-y and sweet—but something about how the aroma hits your nose is just overwhelmingly appealing.
I still stand by my support of the trifecta—Samoas, Thin Mints, and Peanut Butter Patties—but Toast-Yays are an excellent addition to the Girl Scout Cookie repertoire. My only complaint? I’d love a bit more of the sweet icing—but that’s probably because I’m a hardcore sugar devotee. If you’re normally a fan of non-chocolatey staples like Shortbread/Trefoils and Lemonades/Lemon-Ups, you’ll want to seek out Toast-Yay immediately.
The best part of this announcement is that it’ll be even easier to find your local Girl Scout Cookie sellers in 2021. Not only will consumers be able to order cookie gift boxes through the GSUSA website, but Girl Scouts will also be allowed to utilize "virtual cookie booths" through social media. This means many Girl Scouts will be offering socially distant or contactless options for both paying and delivering. Dare I say things are already looking good for 2021?