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Easy Thin Mints

Easy Thin Mints


In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt until combined. In a separate large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. With an electric mixer on low, add milk and both extracts. Mixture should look curdled. Gradually, add flour mixture until fully incorporated. Shape dough into 2 logs, 2 inches in diameter, and wrap in plastic to freeze for 1-2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Slice dough into ¼-inch thick rounds and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes, until cookies are firm at the edges. Cool cookies completely on a wire rack before dipping in chocolate coating.


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Thin Mints (Copycat)

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Thin Mints (Copycat) are the recipe you need to have the popular Girl Scout cookies all year round. Use our cookie hack to make in less than 30 minutes!

While most of our Copycat Recipes are savory, sometimes we get a sweet tooth craving for our favorite big brand desserts. Like our Chocolate Caramel Pizookie recipe, these Thin Mints are a spot-on match for a popular, hard to find signature cookie.

Chances are really good that you’ve at least heard of these super popular Girl Scout Cookies. If you are like us, there’s probably a box (or two) of these delicious chocolate-covered cookies in your freezer right now.

It used to be that you had wait until the one magical time of year that sweet little girls were visiting your office, or standing outside every grocery store, so you could get your hands on these addicting cookies.

Well, no more waiting patiently required! We’ve come up with this recipe for Homemade Thin Mints that taste just like the real thing. Make an extra batch (or two) to keep in your freezer for whenever a craving hits.

While we came up with a great recipe for the cookie base, we also have a cookie hack below to save you time. No rolling dough or chilling needed, just another popular cookie plus the coating recipe.

Time-Saving Cookie Hack:

If you want to save a bunch of time – use Oreos! That’s right, milk’s favorite cookie is an easy substitute in this recipe. Simply dip Oreo halves, without the frosting, into the mint chocolate coating and voila! Thin Mints in less than 30 minutes.


Ingredients for Thin Mint Cookies

You can find all you need at your local grocery store. You might even already have it all in your pantry right now! The little bit of work required for these homemade thin mint cookies is so worth it! They are delicious!

  • Unsalted butter, room temperature: You can substitute for shortening but the texture will be a bit different.
  • Sugar: This will help sweeten the cocoa powder and temper the peppermint.
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla helps the chocolate taste better more like chocolate. I know it sounds weird but it is true.
  • Peppermint extract: This will give it that classic thin mint cookie taste.
  • Flour: All purpose or unbleached flour will work perfectly for this recipe.
  • Dutch-processed cocoa powder: This kind of cocoa gives it a nice rich deep chocolate taste without being too overpowering.
  • Salt: Salt will balance the sweet and make them incredible.

Making the Chocolate Coating

Using chocolate chips is ok here too They may not melt quite as smoothly but don’t worry, they’ll still turn out amazing.

  • Chocolate melting wafers: You can use any good quality melting chocolate.
  • Coconut oil: Oil helps the peppermint mix into the chocolate and helps create a nice shine to the chocolate.
  • Peppermint extract: Just enough to give it a bit more of that minty flavor.

Thin Mint Cake

Chocolate Thin Mint Cake with crushed up cookies in the frosting, chocolate cake, and smothered in chocolate sauce. Could life get any better? Well maybe if it was zero calories, but don&rsquot hold your breath for that!

I&rsquove been on a bit of a Thin Mint kick with my Thin Mint Poke Cake and my Thin Mint Fudge Cupcakes but that&rsquos because St. Patrick&rsquos Day is coming up!! And I mean, Thin Mints are pretty much the best so I just need excuses to keep buying them and eat the extras&hellip

I&rsquom not going to lie, I sort of messed up decorating this cake, I meant to put the chocolate drizzle on right after I did the base frosting but I forgot! Ah. But oh well, it still looks pretty scrumptious I would say.

I broke a bunch of the cookies in half to try and make a little scalloped border.

Decorating a cake at home can be so easy! I don&rsquot use a rotating cake stand because I hate getting the cake from the rotating one to the pretty one. But the trick is to have plenty of frosting to work with!

You want to make a sharp edge between the sides of the cake and the top! That&rsquos what makes a bakery cake look professional! I pipe little dollops of frosting on my cakes but you can just drizzle with chocolate sauce and top with cookies!


What you need:

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Ingredients Needed:

For the Cheesecake Filling:


Ingredients

CHOCOLATE COOKIE

  • 3/4 cup almond flour (the best sub would be a gluten-free flour blend on its own or mixed with some oat flour – however, we haven't tested this and can't guarantee the results)
  • 3 Tbsp tapioca starch (also called tapioca flour // some readers have subbed arrowroot starch successfully!)
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp solid refined coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract

CHOCOLATE COATING

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chunks (such as Enjoy Life)
  • 2 tsp refined coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract

Instructions

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Notes

Nutrition (1 of 14 servings)

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More Cookie Loving Recipes

Everyone has that Leave it to Beaver image in their head, where they come home from school, and mom is waiting there with a plate of warm cookies. Even though in real life that rarely happens. Anytime a plate of warm cookies is presented, we can’t help but feel love, comfort, and that all is right in the world. Cookies are little nuggets of joy. They are the perfect sized dessert and treat that everyone can get behind. So besides these homemade thin mints, when you need a winning cookie, reach for one of these tried and true favorites.


More Cookie Loving Recipes

Everyone has that Leave it to Beaver image in their head, where they come home from school, and mom is waiting there with a plate of warm cookies. Even though in real life that rarely happens. Anytime a plate of warm cookies is presented, we can’t help but feel love, comfort, and that all is right in the world. Cookies are little nuggets of joy. They are the perfect sized dessert and treat that everyone can get behind. So besides these homemade thin mints, when you need a winning cookie, reach for one of these tried and true favorites.