How the Thin Mint Crumbles

Crunching the numbers of Girl Scout cookie sales in Central Austin

Number of Girl Scout troops in the Midtown Service Unit, which covers most of Central Austin: 60

Number of Girl Scouts in the Midtown SU: More than 650

Number of Girl Scouts in Midtown SU who sell cookies: About 400

According to Kim Haddad, the Midtown Service Unit cookie coordinator, the number of boxes of cookies these 400 girls sold in 2015: more than 58 thousand boxes (down from about 70 thousand in 2014 and 2013)

Where the money goes for each $4 box of cookies:

$1.70 to council programming

99 cents to Little Brownie Bakers (one of two national licensed Girl Scout cookie bakers)

26 cents to council administration

43 cents to service unit

40 cents to troop

22 cents to development/outreach/fundraising

Most popular cookie booths in Central Austin: Walgreens at 45th and Guadalupe, Randalls on Balcones Drive

Popular new Central Austin booths in 2015: Torchy's Tacos Mueller, Tacodeli on Burnet Road

New Central Austin booths for 2016: Walmart Supercenter on Anderson Lane, Tomlinson's Feed & Pets Inc. on Burnet and Koenig, Maudie's in the Triangle

Sign up for the Chronicle Cooking newsletter

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

If you want to submit a recipe, send it to

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle