Trefoils are a quiet favorite of the available Girl Scout Cookie Flavors, coming in 5th place year to year in total cookie sales. This slightly salty, buttery shortbread is a great basic cookie and, is likely the base for all the other cookies we know and love. Use my allergy free, vegan Girl Scout Cookie Shortbread Base and a few easily accessible household items for a great little clone of the original. This recipe makes about 44 trefoils (2 boxes worth).

trefoil tutorial1 Recipe Girl Scout Cookie Shortbread Base

To Decorate
chopsticks, toothpicks, etc


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a few cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Follow instructions for Shortbread base. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick.

Using a 2 inch round cookie cutter, cut the dough into circles. You should get 44 circles out of the dough, each about 8-10g.

Use your thumbs and forefingers to pinch the dough into a rounded ‘diamond’ shape.

Using the toothpicks, ‘draw’ the trefoil design on the top of the cookie.

Using the blunt end of the chopstick, ’emboss’ the cookie by pressing down on the thick parts of the design to create ‘faces’ and then use the toothpick to draw the thinner ‘lines that divide the two faces.

Your final cookie should have areas that are 3/8 inch thick, with thinner designs of 1/4 inch thick.

Place finished cookies on prepared cookie sheet(s) and bake in oven for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow to cool on a rack completely before storing in an airtight container.