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Thin Mint Cookies Any Time You Want Them

I try not to buy boxes of pre-made cookies, but somehow always cave during Girl Scout Cookie season. The Thin Mint cookie has a perfect combo of chocolate and mint that gets me every time. Sadly, Girl Scout cookie season only happens once a year, and we've got several months before they're back. However, if you can't wait until spring, I got my hands on a recipe in order to make your own.

If you need your Thin Mint fix before spring, then

Chocolate Mint Cookies
From Bon Appetit, January 2002

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1 large egg

6 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped

  1. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Beat in peppermint extract and vanilla extract. Beat in sugar in 3 additions. Add egg and beat until blended. Add dry ingredients and beat just until blended (dough will be sticky).
  2. Divide dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Using plastic wrap as aid, form dough on each into 2-inch-diameter log. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate dough until well chilled, at least 2 hours. (Dough can be prepared 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated.)
  3. Position 1 rack in center and 1 rack in top third of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap cookie dough logs; roll briefly on work surface to form smooth round logs. Cut logs crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Place rounds on prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Bake cookies until tops and edges are dry to touch, about 15 minutes. Transfer baking sheets with cookies to racks; cool completely.
  4. Stir chocolate in top of double boiler set over simmering water until melted and smooth. Remove from over water. Cool melted chocolate until slightly thickened but still pourable, about 10 minutes. Dip fork into melted chocolate, then wave fork back and forth over cookies, drizzling melted chocolate thickly over cookies in zigzag pattern. Refrigerate cookies on baking sheets until chocolate is set, about 10 minutes. (Cookies can be made 1 week ahead. Refrigerate in airtight container between sheets of parchment paper or waxed paper.)
MagaPeach MagaPeach 8 years
I made these today and they turned out kind of crunchy... did I do something wrong, or are they supposed to be like that?
tati33 tati33 10 years
I love the Girl Scout cookies..I especially love them from the freezer...yum!!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 10 years
yummy. I love the Girl Guide/Scout cookies!!
verily verily 10 years
The homemade recipe looks very tasty. I usually just buy a package of Keebler Grasshopper cookies whenever a craving strikes.
Staceylynn44 Staceylynn44 10 years
Thin Mints, year round? YUM!!! I actually just threw away some I found in the freezer a few weeks ago! Not sure it'd be safe to eat them after so long!! Well...maybe safe, but kinda gross!!
HappyKate HappyKate 10 years
Love the recipe and thin mints. Just a friendly correction, Girl Scout cookies are being sold now and will come in around Thanksgiving.
bad-girl445 bad-girl445 10 years
I am not a fan of thin mints. SORRY
CFO-Blog CFO-Blog 10 years
The easiest way to satisfy your off-season Thin-Mint craving is to melt some chocolate, add some peppermint essential oil or extract, and coat vanilla wafers in the chocolate. They were a huge hit when I made them!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 10 years
I can't wait to make these! Thanks for the recipe!
hboogie hboogie 10 years
Now all we need is a recipe for Samoas. Those are my favorite Girl Scout Cookies, with Thin Mints coming in second.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I love thin mints! These look great!
spot__light spot__light 10 years
Oooh Yum! Thanks for the recipe, looks delish.
starkiss23 starkiss23 10 years
Mmmm.. I wonder how similar they will taste?
Diana172 Diana172 10 years
Amazing! Although, I feel like this could be a very bad thing when I could have thin mints at any time... haha.
Liz7757 Liz7757 10 years
Thin Mints are absolutely my favorite Girl Scout cookie. These look great!
heidijoy heidijoy 10 years
Buying the cookies is a great way to support the GS but this looks like fun to make.
aimeeb aimeeb 10 years
I'm just not a fan of anything mint/chocolate.
allymaedesign allymaedesign 10 years
oh my. i absolutely LOVE thin mints. they're best cold-keep them in the freezer or fridge, as i'm sure many know. but i'm sure these cookies are great freshly baked...yum.
stefsprl stefsprl 10 years
I can't wait to make these! Thanks for the recipe!
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