Smelly Girl Scout cookies won’t make you sick

We gave them up long ago for several reasons, but a nasty smell wasn’t one of them:

(CNN) — Everyone has their favorite Girl Scout cookie: the popular Thin Mints, the coconuty caramel delight of the Samoas, the simple yet lovable Shortbreads. But for those who are eagerly running to their pantry to open a box of Lemon Chalet Cremes, a foul odor may dampen their cookie-eating experience.

Little Brownie Bakers of Louisville, Kentucky, one of two bakeries in the United States that make Girl Scout cookies, posted a statement on its Web site Friday saying it had received several complaints from customers who encountered a foul smell and taste in boxes of Lemon Chalet Cremes.

The bakery says it tested the cookies and determined that they are safe for consumers to eat. No sickness from the cookies has been reported. The company says that the odor is a result of oils improperly breaking down in the cookies that “are not up to our quality standards.”

By the way, I’ve got a great recipe for thin-mint-esque cookies.