New cookie boxes for the Girl Scouts.

Sometimes working at a magazine has its perks ... like getting a big press kit full of Girl Scout Cookies.

Starting Jan. 12, thousands of Girl Scouts across Utah will start taking pre-orders for this year's Girl Scout Cookie Program, the largest entrepreneurial program for girls in grades K–12. But that's not the big news. 

The big news is that the Girl Scouts changed the design of their cookie boxes for the first time in more than a decade. Five "entrepreneurship and financial literacy lifelong skills" are highlighted on the new boxes, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

The Girl Scouts decided to go with new, contemporary packages in preparation for their 100th anniversary last March. The organization partnered with Anthem Worldwide to design the new packages, which they hope will also convey the important role scouting plays in girls' lives by featuring Girl Scouts from the New York Metro area. The girls on the packages engage in activities like public speaking, greening a park and learning cultural dances. 

"We want people to know that with each purchase of Girl Scout Cookies, they are not just getting a delicious treat, they are helping girls to be future business leaders and to make a difference in their communities," said Girls Scouts of Utah CEO Cathleen Sparrow.


Local Girl Scouts out to deliver boxes of cookies.

Where to get your cookies:

Jan 12–27: Pre-order your cookies by clicking here. A local Girl Scout will deliver the cookies to your door in March. March 8–24: Look for a community cookie booth. 

Cookies, as if you didn't know, include Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Dulce de Leche, Thank U Berry Much and Savannah Smiles. They cost $3.50 per box.

Facts: 

Girl Scout Cookies generate more than $700 million for girls and their communities.

Girl Scouts in Utah sold 1.6 million boxes last year.

Last year, Utah Girl Scouts had the highest per-girl average in the nation with the average of 335 boxes per girl.

Five of the nation's top selling cookies are Girl Scout Cookies.

Thin Mints are Utah's current top seller.

Recipe:

And finally, we're going to leave you with a recipe using Utah's top selling Girl Scout Cookie: Thin Mints.

Mint Brownies

Ingredients:

1/2 box of crushed Thin Mints
1 box of brownie mix
2 eggs (3 for cake-like brownies)
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Crush the Thin Mints into medium size chunks, and then mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl (don't use an electric mixer). Spread batter evenly in a greased baking pan (13 x 9 x 2-inch does nicely). Bake in the center of the oven at 350 degrees for 30–35 minutes. Cool before cutting, and serve.