Juliette Gordon Low, funny name in food or no?

Today’s Funny Name in Food name hardly qualifies for this honor. First, it is not particularly funny. If you want a funny name or five, Monday’s post will do you well. But today’s name is what we have and I justify it as funny because it has that 3-2-1 syllable thing going on. Ju-li-ette Gor-don Low. Not everyone has a name like that.

It is also a not-great FNiF contender as Ms. Low, born in Savannah, Georgia, isn’t remembered for things food-related. Low’s claim to fame is starting the organization known as Girl Scouts of America. We honor Low today because, with my two young daughters, I am currently buried in Girl Scout Cookies.


nom. from flowingdata.com

Most Americans will be familiar with these sweet little treats. Thin Mints get most of the glory, though there are other varieties, like the newest spunkily named Rah Rah Raisin. But we talk funny names here, not food (head to food for fun for that), so back to Low we go.

Born Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon and nicknamed Daisy–which much improves her funny-name status–in 1860, Low loved the arts. She was also athletic overall and an especially talented swimmer. Her education consisted of boarding school at Virginia Female Institute and later a French finishing school in New York City. She also traveled extensively and it is clear that Ms. Low was all about Girl Power. A better founder of the Girl Scouts I can not imagine.

In 1912, Low founded the American Girl Guides with a troop of 18 girls. More than 100 years later, Girl Scouts of America has grown to include nearly 3 million members.

Fundraisers are an important part of any growing organization and in 1917, the girls of the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, got together to bake cookies to sell in their high school cafeteria to raise money for troop activities.

In July 1922, The American Girl magazine, publication of Girl Scout national headquarters, featured an article offering a cookie recipe* that had been given to the council’s 2,000 Girl Scouts. Estimating the cost of ingredients for six to seven dozen cookies at 30ish cents, the article suggested troops sell these cookies for 25 or 30 cents per dozen. High profits, indeed.

In the 1920s and 30s, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country continued to bake their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers. These cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker, and sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.

The Girl Scouts of Greater Philadelphia Council baked cookies and sold them in the city’s gas and electric company windows in 1933. These sales allowed girls to develop their marketing and business skills as well as raise funds for their local Girl Scout council. One year later, Greater Philadelphia became the first council to sell commercially baked cookies.

bright and bold. and yummy.

bright and bold. and yummy.

The story continues up until the present, and if you’re looking for every sweet little detail, you will find them here. But a quick fast-forward brings us to now, when cookies boxes have been redesigned in bright, bold colors and the cookies sell for $4 a box, at least in Minnesota. Sure, it’s cheaper to buy a box of store-brand cookies for less than half the cost. But buying Girl Scout cookies is a time-honored tradition and a great way to support the organization Juliette Gordon Low started way back when because she believed in the power of girls.Seal_LLC (2)* Surely the first recipe offered here at Blog of Funny Names.

Girl Scout Cookie, circa 1922

copied directly from this site

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • additional sugar for topping (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Cream butter and the cup of sugar; add well-beaten eggs, then milk, vanilla, flour, salt, and baking powder. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Roll dough, cut into trefoil shapes, and sprinkle sugar on top, if desired.

Bake in a quick oven (375°) for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Makes six- to seven-dozen cookies.

About Liz

Owner of deLizious Food Communications. Projects include recipe development, editing, and formatting; food writing and editing; nutrition analysis; public speaking and cooking instruction. Past and present clients: General Mills, Green Giant Fresh, Hormel, Minnesota Beef Council, Minnesota Soybean, Minnesota Pork Producers, Norwood Promotional Products, Pillsbury, Tad Ware, and Weight Watchers Publishing. Mother of two young girls.
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34 Responses to Juliette Gordon Low, funny name in food or no?

  1. ksbeth says:

    so funny, i literally just had mine delivered by a girl scout/student who i ordered from. i may have to add these to my mardi gras indulgences today )

  2. kerbey says:

    I thought she might have proven heir to the Sweet n Low fortune, but alas–no. Her name is reminiscent of Joseph Gordon Levitt, whose birthday it is today. While I DO love cookies, and was accosted yesterday by troops outside of Walgreen’s, I cannot justify the $4 per box. $3 would be just right–talk to someone about that please. Then they truly could be Rah Rah Raisins instead of Boo Hiss Raisins.

    I can’t help but think of the Merle Haggard intro: “We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee…” But evidently they sell GS cookies, at least through the Mistletoe Troop. A fine name indeed. What do Girl Scouts learn to help them in survival situations, other than consuming calories from cookies as fuel?

    • Dave says:


    • Liz says:

      You may heart Merle Haggard, but I heart Joseph Gordon Levitt. Did you watch 3rd Rock from the Sun?

      Going to have to defend Girl Scouts and their cookies, despite the $$. No fault of the little girlies and their troop leaders that the cost keeps going up while the number of cookies in each box goes down. It’s a good organization–a place for my oldest to hang with kids she’s known from kindergarten and not worry about the labels and cliques that are happening in school. They’re also doing a lot of career exploration and learning about budgeting, etc. And the youngest’s troop is all about service projects–they make crafts with seniors at nursing homes, ring the Salvation Army bell, carol at senior centers, make tie blankets for pet shelters. There are camps and s’mores, etc, too. But her troop seems to be more about service, less about survival. Will admit that I hate selling cookies (hated it when I was a scout, still hate it now), but we gotta sell so I gotta ask. Here is an instance where you can be grateful you are not my neighbor 😉

      and neither of my girl’s troops smoe marijuana, at least not at meetings haha

  3. Well done Liz. Not half baked at all. (I checked using an instant read thermometer.)

    Loved this post! Kudos for breaking cookies with the first BoFN recipe.

  4. Arto says:

    I can see why they’ve been so successful. Any recipe that begins with “butter, sugar, additional sugar” is going to please the masses.

    Just downed two or three or five or ok it was six of those peanut buttery things last night. Mmmm cookies.

    And for the record, the name Juliette “Daisey” Magill Kinzey Gordon qualifies as a funny name any day of the week. But particularly on tuesdays.

  5. Dave says:

    Juliette Kinzie Gordon “Daisy” Low is totally awesome BoFN material!

    I might have to actually make this recipe, now that it’s been featured on the blog.

    Back to my multiple sclerosis lecture, but I’ll comment more later!

    • Liz says:

      Hope the lecture went well. Not saying the recipes is a good one–did the copy/paste thing you are all so fond of here. Hasn’t been tested on my end. Though you and Arto are right that you can’t go wrong with sugar and sugar and them some more sugar. Which is why you will do well in life, helping those who eat too much sugar. Always glad to contribute to your archives. Funny names galore.

  6. What does that rope on her shoulder do?

  7. markbialczak says:

    Without Juliette Gordon Low, we’d never have the funny Girl Scout Cookie plea, LIz, you know, hey can I have Somoa?

    Excellent post. Recipe for extended munching out. Although I must express my sadness that GSofA stopped making the sugar free variety a few years back, for some reason unannounced. Maybe it was because I was the only guy in the country who bought two boxes.

  8. Very informative and thanks for sharing !!

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