Monday, October 1, 2012

Homemade Thin Mints

I'm sorry to say that I didn't give Thin Mints a chance until recently.

I hated Peppermint Patties, Junior Mints, mint chocolate chip ice cream- why would I want to eat something that tastes like my toothpaste?

But Thin mints are a different story, because they are subtle. They have such a great crumbly texture and just a hint of peppermint, and anything chocolate-covered is a friend of mine.I just didn't know we were going to be such good friends because I judged them too early. You see what happens when you judge others? Think of all of the good times we could have had ;)

Thin mints happen to be Torrey's favorite Girl Scout cookies, so I couldn't pass up a copycat recipe for the two of us to happily munch on (though to be perfectly honest, samoas are still number one in my heart). The recipe that I found is the spitting image of the original. Same texture, flavor, If I could get my chocolate-covering skills perfected you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

Homemade Thin Mints:

adapted from The view from Great Island


 8 ounces butter
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups all purpose flour

10 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter until light and fluffy, then add the powdered sugar and mix until combined. Stir in the salt, vanilla and cocoa powder. Mix until the cocoa powder is integrated and the batter resembles a thick frosting. Add the flour and mix just until the flour is combined, making sure to not over mix.

Form dough into a ball. Knead a few times to bring together, then flatten into a disk between half an inch and one inch thick, cover in plastic wrap then place in freezer for 15 minutes.

Remove dough from the freezer and roll it out really thin on a floured surface, about 1/8-inch. Cut cookies using 1 1/2-inch cutter 

Place cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack. While the cookies bake, make the peppermint coating.

 Chop the baking chocolate into very small, thin pieces. Place in a glass measuring cup or similar container and microwave in short 15-20 second bursts. Stir in the peppermint extract. Feel free to add more peppermint as you see fit.

Gently drop the cookies, one at a time, into the coating. Turn to coat entirely, then lift the cookie out of the chocolate with the fork and bang the fork on the side of the pan until the extra coating drips off. Place on a parchment or plastic wrap-lined baking sheet, and repeat for the rest of the cookies. Place the cookies in the refrigerator or freezer to set.


  1. Wow, those sound a lot easier to make than I would have thought they'd be. Thanks for the recipe. I'm pining it.

  2. Replies
    1. yes yes you should! thanks for stopping by the blog!

  3. when you say baking chocolate what does that mean exactly? will chocolate chips work? or a bar of chocolate?

    1. Chocolate chips don't melt as well because have additives in them to help keep their shape, so I wouldn't recommend using them. Baking chocolate really just means those bars of chocolate in the baking section, rather than like a Hershey bar. My fav are the Ghirardelli ones. Hope this helps!

  4. These look delicious!! I would love for you to share at my linky party going on right now.

    Thanks, Nichi

  5. wow! i've never even considered making home made thin mints, these look amazing! and i have all the ingredients on hand! maybe i'll make them tomorrow!! thanks for sharing this!

    1. oops sorry logged into my wrong account!

    2. you're welcome! let me know how they work out!

  6. Pinned. I am soooo making these! Thin mints have been a fave since childhood.

  7. These look wonderful. We love Thin Mints but never thought to make them myself! Silly me. We will eat them for dessert tomorrow!

    1. thank you Cindy. I hope they work out well!

  8. These look so yummy! Samoas are still my favorite too! :)

  9. Oh how i love love love thin mints and i have been wanting a homemade recipe for them! please come link this recipe up at my blogs friday recipe link up! These look sensational! ~~katie

    1. Thank you Katie! I'll see you there.

    2. This was chosen as one of the three featured linked up recipes for the week! plase stop back by again friday and link up another recipe of your choice and pick up your "I was featured" button for your sidebar, if you wish! ~~katie

  10. Thank you for linking up a last weeks craft, create and inspire linky party !

    Your recipe is featured at this weeks party !

    Hope you will join us this week

    Claire @ polkadot pretties x

  11. Would you believe I have never had thin mints? I read this expecting to find a recipe for After Eights, but these look so much better! Pinning for later, can't wait to try them. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    1. you'll have to try them! let me know how it works for you.

  12. Congratulations! You've been featured on this week's Martha Mondays! :) Swing by to pick up a "Featured" button and do a little bragging! :)


  13. Feel like picking up one from that stack :-)

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