September 9, 2011

Thin Mint Cookies

When I was a young girl, my parents enrolled me in brownies. I remember despising my 'brownie' outfit, the ugly brown dress, the lame orange scarf, the sash that used to fall off when walking, and the obnoxiously itchy stockings. My mom always made me wear leotards/nylons whenever I wore a dress. What's up with that? I think back in the day, it was probably considered a faux pas to be caught with your bare legs showing. I remember thinking that when I was old enough to dress myself, I would never wear stockings again, and I haven't. True story. I did think brownies was pretty awesome though - besides the attire. One summer I went away for the weekend on a brownie retreat. We went 'fake camping', as in slept indoors and had a fake fire with tissue paper for flames. That weekend, I lost my favorite pink blanket.  I remember thinking that I had lost a piece of my childhood, that I was no longer a kid with a blanket, just an older kid with no blanket, who knew how to make a fake fire.

I wish I had of been interested in gymnastics, ballet, rock climbing, snow boarding. Something cool. If I had of taken gymnastics, then I would probably be able to do a cartwheel, a handstand, or the splits. In the past month or so, I've been making many attempts to stand on my hands and force my legs into the splits position, but being upside down is weird, and I'm pretty sure it is completely unnatural for my legs to split in that manner. Or maybe if I had of been enrolled in boy scouts, I would know how to tie a thousand knots and make a real fire. Totally kidding, I know how to make a real fire. When I was growing up, me and my family lived in the forest. I was basically a boy scout. I was more bad ass then any of the boys I knew. My dad taught me all sorts of survival skills, like never eat anything in the forest. Probably saved my life a couple of times.

After brownies, I graduated to girl guides. I don't remember many details of girl guides, or even what we did for that matter. My only memory was winning 'best costume' at a girl guide Halloween party. I was dressed as a vampire, and it totally rocked, true blood style. That year, my sister went as Cleopatra. My mom spent weeks making her costume, and I was so jealous. What a brat I was. The only other thing I remember about girl guides, was those cookies. I hated selling them, but I loved eating them. When I was a girl guide, we only had chocolate and vanilla. A couple of years later, they upgraded to chocolate mint. To be honest, I'm glad I was past my girl guiding days when they introduced the chocolate mint cookies. I would have likely eaten to many and made myself sick. I know this too be true, because my dad once got a case of Cadbury cream eggs from work. I remember there being like a thousand cream eggs {when I was young, any number over 20 was like a thousand}. I would bring them to school and hand out to my favorite friends, while also trying to lure in new ones. Now, the thought of a cream egg makes me feel a little queasy.

The other day, I had a craving for chocolate mint girl guide cookies. I am on a total mint kick. Chocolate mint ice cream, cup cakes, brownies, fudge - I just can't get enough chocolate mint. I made these cookies, and I think they have satisfied my craving. I no longer feel the need to cover everything in chocolate and mint. These cookies are absolutely wonderful, displaying the perfect ratio of chocolate to mint. The cookie wafer is crispy, chocolaty, with a slight hint of salt. Once dipped in chocolate, the cookie becomes cool and minty. Four adjectives to sum up these cookies - crispy, minty, sweet, and salty. How many days it will take to eat all of these cookies - two. On a scale of 1 to 10, how awesome are these cookies - ten. On a scale of 1 to 10, how awesome are you - ten.

[Print Recipe]

makes 36 cookies
recipe adapted from 101 Cookbooks

8 ounces of butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 package (12 oz) of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 tsp peppermint extract


1. In a large bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and continue to mix until creamy.

2. Add the vanilla extract and the cocoa powder and mix until the consistency of chocolate frosting.

3. Add the salt and whole wheat pastry flour, and beat until the dough sticks together but is still a bit crumbly.

4. Drop the dough onto a floured surface and knead together to form a ball. Flatten into a disc and wrap in Saran wrap. Place in the freezer and let chill for 20 minutes.

5. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

6. Take the dough out of the freezer and place it between two pieces of parchment paper. Roll out the dough 1/8 inch thin. With a cookie cutter, cut out your desired shapes. If the dough becomes to soft to lift the cookies onto the cookie tray, place the rolled, cut dough on a baking tray, and place it back in the freezer for 10 minutes. The cookies should then peel off of the parchment paper with ease.

7. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes.

8. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips with the peppermint extract.

9. Dip the cookies into the chocolate and place on parchment paper to dry. To speed up the cooling process, place the cookies in the fridge or freezer.


  1. Looks great! I think you mean "faux pas" rather than "fopa". Had me scratching my head there for a bit.

  2. Thanks Patrick. Would you believe me if I said it was on purpose ;)

  3. These look amazing! I love thin mints! Now I can make them myself! I can't wait!!!

  4. Thanks Kristen. I am so happy I found this recipe!

  5. Oh YUM!! I want to make these and add them to ice cream!
    I was in brownies when I was little and to be honest I only remember ONE things about it (I wasn't really into it at all) and that was when we made gingerbread houses. I was so excited! Mine didn't turn out so great, but the experience was a lot of fun.

  6. Thin mints were my ALL TIME favorite cookie growing up. We used to put them in the freezer & eat them after school (to think of the calories, yikes!) So glad you posted a homemade version.

    And your photos are always stunning. Just lovely.

  7. I learned how to tie knots in Girl Guides...are you sure you didn’t drop out before you got that badge hahahha

  8. Gina - ice cream. why didn't I think of that.

  9. Thanks Regan. I love these cookie frozen.

  10. Kelly - no knot tying. Just fake fire making. you obviously had a better girl guide instructor ;)

  11. I must have grown up in the same era as you because I went through all the same things - that Brownie outfit and so forth. It is more likely your mother had you wear stockings because girls seem to have a hard time being discreet in skirts or dresses at that age and stockings do a good job of keeping girls covered under the skirts, especially while being active and engaging in physical activity at such organizations where one did not wear pants. What I miss very much about those days are the chocolate mint Girl Scout cookies that originally had a vanilla center rather than the chocolate center of today. They were, in my opinion, and the rest of my family's opinion, better than what we have today because they didn't overwhelm your mouth with chocolate; there was another flavor to complement the chocolate mint of the coating. Since Girl Scouts stopped making those cookies, I have heard anything about them again. Perhaps Girl Scouts leaders would consider putting them back into the market as a "Classic Chocolate Mint Cookie" some day. I'd give anything to bite into one just once more before my time is up!