A Curry Elementary student was the top cookie seller among Girl Scouts in three counties this year.Michelle Burgett, 10, of Troop 30513 in Jasper sold 1,076 boxes of cookies — more than anyone else …
A Curry Elementary student was the top cookie seller among Girl Scouts in three counties this year.
Michelle Burgett, 10, of Troop 30513 in Jasper sold 1,076 boxes of cookies — more than anyone else in Service Unit No. 253, which covers Fayette, Lamar and Walker counties.
She set a personal goal of selling at least 1,000 cookies to earn a prize of an inflatable chair. She easily exceeded her goal thanks to the support of her own social circle, her dad's coworkers and her mom's Avon clients.
Michelle looks forward to the annual fundraiser because she gets to spend time with special people in her life.
"I get to see my family more whenever I go out to sell cookies," said Michelle, who was also a top cookie seller in 2018.
Michelle's personal favorite cookie is the Tagalong, also known as a peanut butter patty.
Her most popular cookie is the coconut-covered Samoa.
Girl Scout cookie pre-orders began in December, and booth sales were held from February through mid-March.
According to the Girl Scouts website, the tradition of the cookie fundraiser dates back to 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, sold homebaked cookies in their high school cafeteria as a service project.
The national organization first began licensing commercial bakers to make cookies for Scouts to sell in 1936.
During World War II, Scouts sold calendars instead of cookies because of shortages of sugar, flour and butter.
Today, technology makes buying cookies easier than ever.
When booth sales begin in February, customers can find the one closest to them by downloading the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app or entering their zip code in the "Find Cookies" tool at www.girlscouts.org.
Michelle, who recently finished fourth grade, got involved in scouting in first grade. Her mother, Elizabeth, is troop leader.
Michelle said her favorite thing about scouting is going on field trips.
"We've gone to the fire station. We went to the vet. We make stuff and take it to the nursing homes, and next we're going camping," she said.
The Original Girl Scout Cookie Recipe from 1922
1 cup of butter, or substitute
1 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
Cream butter and sugar; add well-beaten eggs, then milk, flavoring, flour, and baking powder. Roll thin and bake in quick oven. (Sprinkle sugar on top.)
This amount makes six to seven dozen.
Modern-day tips (not part of the original recipe): Refrigerate batter for at least one hour before rolling and cutting cookies. Bake in a quick oven (375°) for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.
— available on Girl Scout website, www.girlscouts.org