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.
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.
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.* 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.