Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

MacSuzie | Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

Yes, that’s right. Just like the ones that the cutie patootie Girl Scouts are peddling outside the grocery stores. Don’t get me wrong – I love to support the Girl Scouts and am proud to say that I was a Girl Scout for 11 years, all the way through my senior year (I even earned my Girl Scout Gold Award!). My problem is that I missed out on buying from my niece and I never seem to have the cash on hand to buy those addicting little boxes of goodness when I see them for sale outside the store. One time, I even got cash back at the checkout after my grocery shopping, only to find that the troop outside had packed up and left for the day – WHAT?! I feel like those troop leaders should be equipped with the little debit card scanners – those girls would be making BANK in no time… I would totally buy a box every time I walked by that table!

Anyway, I decided one afternoon (the day I got burned by the girls who ditched me…) that there HAD to be a way to make my own. The only thing that irked me was the thought of rolling, cutting out and baking all those little circles… There is only ONE recipe that is worth all that, my favorite Christmas cookie of all time – Swedish Cremes – but that is a post for another day. ;-)

I hit up Pinterest and that is where I found pure genius – Oreos turned Thin Mints! MacGyver-ing an Oreo with a little Suzie Homemaker magic? That sounded right up my alley! Thank you, Izy, from Top With Cinnamon, for discovering this gem of a DIY recipe hack.

 

MacSuzie | Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

Not only were they no bake, they are made of only 3 ingredients – chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos or Joe Joes), chocolate (your favorite, but dark is the most authentic), and peppermint extract. Insane! How have I just now found this recipe?!

 

MacSuzie | Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

Now, you can have Thin Mints any time you want – even after those girlies have hit their sales goals and packed up their cookie wagons until next year.

 

Ingredients:

  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies – Trader Joe’s makes their own really yummy version of an Oreo (cheaper, too!) AND they have a gluten free variety as well. No Oreo’s on hand? You can use graham crackers instead, but they won’t be as chocolatey.
  • 10-12 oz. chocolate – the first time I made them, I used all semi-sweet and they were just a tad too sweet. The cookies in the photographs are made with a mix of 1/2 semi-sweet and 1/2 dark. The favorite ones I’ve made so far were made with all dark chocolate. If you want a super glossy and smooth finish, feel free to temper your chocolate, but tempering isn’t necessary for flavor – it’s purely asthetic.
  • 1-2 tsp. peppermint extract – make sure you have peppermint extract, not “mint” extract which is actually a combo of peppermint and spearmint. “Mint” extract is what I had on hand originally, and while still delicious, the cookies had a slight toothpaste flavor due to the spearmint… Curbed my Thin Mint craving, but we ended up tossing the last few.

 

What You Do:

  1. Twist to separate the cookies and scrape out the cream filling. What you do with the cream filling is your own business, no judgement here, hahaha! Zak is totally guilty of sweeping through the kitchen on his way to the family room, grabbing leftover pieces of filling before they hit the trash.

  2. Melt the chocolate, then stir in the mint extract well. I found 1 tsp. to be perfect, but feel free to add more if you want a bigger mint flavor.

  3. Dip a cookie half in the melted chocolate, turn to coat using a fork, and tap off the excess before  transferring to a cookie sheet lined with foil or wax paper. My favorite method of chocolate dipping items like this is the “3 fork method”. 2 forks in the chocolate to dip/turn/coat/tap, and one clean fork to carefully push the item onto the cookie sheet.

  4. Leave at room temperature until set. However, I don’t blame you if you need to put that first batch into the fridge for an emergency cookie chill so you can taste test… ;-)

 

MacSuzie | Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

It can be painful to watch paint – er – chocolate dry…

 

MacSuzie | Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

But the result is so worth it!

 

MacSuzie | Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

They also make an adorable gift and keep really well if you are sending a care package. I found these plastic sleeves for $2.59 at my local craft store in the baking section. They are really meant for packaging dipped pretzel sticks, but they fit my homemade Thin Mints perfectly!

 

MacSuzie | Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

Or, if you are like me, you can skip the plastic sleeve and just eat a whole stack. I’ve always felt the cardboard and plastic got in the way of speedily eating Girl Scout cookies…

 

Homemade Thin Mint Cookies
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Miss out on Girl Scout cookie sales in your neighborhood? Make these ridiculously easy 3 ingredient Homemade Thin Mints right in your kitchen - they can even be gluten free!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 20 chocolate sandwich cookies
  2. 10-12 oz. chocolate
  3. 1-2 tsp. peppermint extract
Instructions
  1. Twist to separate the cookies and scrape out the cream filling. What you do with the cream filling is your own business, no judgement here, hahaha!
  2. Melt the chocolate (see notes), then stir in the mint extract well. I found 1 tsp. to be perfect, but feel free to add more if you want a bigger mint flavor.
  3. Dip a cookie half in the melted chocolate, turn to coat using a fork, and tap off the excess before transferring to a cookie sheet lined with foil or wax paper. My favorite method of chocolate dipping items like this is the "3 fork method". 2 forks in the chocolate to dip/turn/coat/tap, and one clean fork to carefully push the item onto the cookie sheet.
  4. Leave at room temperature until set. However, I don't blame you if you need to put that first batch into the fridge for an emergency cookie chill so you can taste test... ;-)
Ingredient Notes
  1. * cookies - Trader Joe's makes their own really yummy version of an Oreo (cheaper, too!) AND they have a gluten free variety as well. No Oreo's on hand? You can use graham crackers instead, they just won't be as chocolatey.
  2. * chocolate - the first time I made them, I used all semi-sweet and they were just a tad too sweet. The cookies in the photographs are made with a mix of 1/2 semi-sweet and 1/2 dark. The favorite ones I've made so far were made with all dark chocolate. If you want a super glossy and smooth finish, feel free to temper your chocolate, but tempering isn't necessary for flavor - it's purely aesthetic.
  3. * peppermint extract - make sure you have peppermint extract, not "mint" extract which is actually a combo of peppermint and spearmint. "Mint" extract is what I had on hand originally, and while still delicious, the cookies had a slight toothpaste flavor due to the spearmint... Curbed my Thin Mint craving, but we ended up tossing the last few.
Adapted from Top With Cinnamon
Adapted from Top With Cinnamon
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3 Responses to Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

  1. Mac Suzie Mac Suzie says:

    Don’t forget to share this one – you’ll want to keep it on your timeline for later!

  2. Oh my… those look amazing. The thin mints have always been my favorite. I’ll have to give making them a go!

    • MacSuzie says:

      Thank you! They were so easy and, in my opinion, just like the real thing. My hubs is a Thin Mint fanatic and he totally agreed, hahaha. Hope you enjoy! :)

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