It’s cookie time again in Western NY

Local Girl Scout cookie fans will soon be able to satisfy their cravings.

On Saturday, Girl Scouts in Western New York began taking orders for cookies. According to the Girl Scout organization, the program is an entrepreneurship opportunity for the girls.

“When you buy Girl Scout cookies from a Girl Scout, you’re providing her with an opportunity to learn skills necessary for running a business,” said Cindy Odom, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Western New York. “Girls learn how to set goals, make decisions, manage money, interact with customers and act in a respectful and ethical manner.”

This year, the new cookie is cranberry citrus crisps, made with whole grain and offering a tangy crunch. It supplies 9 grams of whole grain per serving and contains cranberry bits and citrus flavor.

The council is also piloting a gluten-free chocolate chip shortbread cookie available from a limited number of troops.

The favorites are also back: thin mints, peanut butter patties, caramel delites, peanut butter sandwich, shortbread, lemonades and thanks-a-lots.

The cookie share program is also back. This allows customers to purchase a box of Girl Scout cookies that will be directly delivered to a member of the military serving overseas or in Western New York. Last year, 7,100 cookie packages were donated to members of the armed services.

The cookie program ends on March 30. The price is set at $3.50 per box. For more information about the program, visit

Girl Scouts of Western New York serves about 20,000 girls and over 7,000 adult volunteers across the council’s jurisdiction of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming counties. The administrative headquarters is located in Buffalo and service centers are located in Buffalo, Batavia, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls and Rochester.