Home Made Gluten-Free “Lemon Chalet” Girl Scout Cookies

I’m making my way through the girl scout cookies, slowly but surely. Just like the Thin Mints, and the Trefoils, these cookies are gluten free, egg free, and nut free. But they taste amazing. I used a box of instant pudding mix to flavor the dough, and some prepared frosting from a tub.

If the idea of using prepared frosting freaks you out, go ahead and make your own, but be aware that it needs to be quite thick.

The Ingredients:

“Lemon Chalets”—lemon sandwich cookies

yields 30 sandwich cookies


1/2 cup butter, melted

1 (15-ounce) package Gluten Free Pantry Cake & Cookie Mix

1 (3.4) ounce package instant lemon pudding mix

1/4 cup milk (can use soy)

1/2 cup prepared lemon frosting (read labels carefully; some brands list wheat starch instead of corn starch)

The Directions:

Combine butter, cookie mix, pudding mix, and milk in a large mixing bowl. Stir well with a fork until dough forms. Roll dough out img_3371_small1/4-inch thick between two pieces of parchment paper. Use a very small cookie-cutter (or an empty film canister) to press out circles. Place circles on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Use the blunt end of a wooden skewer to poke some holes in each cookie. Bake for 8-14 minutes in a 350° oven. Let sit for a few minutes before removing from sheet.When cool, spread a thin layer of frosting on half of the cookies, then top with remaining cookies to create sandwiches.


Gluten Free “Thin Mints”

Gluten Free “Trefoils”



  1. Stephanie–Do you have any idea what changes you’d need to make if you didn’t use the GF cookie and cake mix? Add xanthan gum and add some baking soda? I’m not one for use GF baking mixes much. I just make my own GF flour mix and then add xanthan gum at the time of baking. I can’t wait to share all your GS cookie recipes with my support group! 🙂


  2. Hi Shirley, I don’t. I’m not the best at GF cooking unless I “cheat” and use a boxed mix. I have found that *for us*, it’s actually less expensive to buy the mixes on sale then it is for me to fool around with mixing the flours and adding xanthum.

    Karen just posted on the thin mint recipe that she used a homemade flour mixture for the brownie component and it didn’t work.

    If you happen to have a ton of your GF flour onhand and don’t mind fiddling with it, I’d love to hear your results!

    xoxo steph

  3. I just looked at the ingredients of that mix, Stephanie, and it does appear that it’s the GF flour mix, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt. I am going to try making one or all of these, but not immediately as I am pretty busy in the next week. I’ll report back when I do try them though. I make 5 lbs of my GF flour mix for $5, so I can’t beat that, plus I don’t have a store nearby that would carry these and could never time my trips to town for sales. Anyway, thanks for responding! I’ll let you know. 🙂


  4. Oh, man, Stephanie, those look amazing!

    Shirley, I’m with you–those mixes are just ridiculously expensive, aren’t they?

    However, I will buy one so that I can make these cookies–and at that time, I will attempt to measure out exactly how much mix there is so that I can match it next time with homemade mix or betterbatter flour plus baking soda.

    But if you beat me to it, let me know how much flour you ended up using!

    BTW, if you like the Pamela’s mix, there is a gf copycat recipe to make it in bulk somewhere on the internet. Maybe there’s one for the GFPantry mix, too…

  5. ok! I’d love to have your proportions to your mix when you have a spare moment. I’ve got some rice flour, tapioca starch and xanthum on hand. xoxo steph

  6. steph,
    I hav made the coconut girl scout cookies and family says that they taste just like the real thing

  7. Do you know where to find the copycat of pamelas baking mix recipe? Thanks Katie

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