Thin Mints - Homemade Girl Scout Cookies
Can’t wait until Girl Scout cookies are available in your area to satisfy your thin mints cookie fix? Is the cost for a box of Girl Scout thin mints just too high? Or maybe you are you concerned about how many calories are in thin mints?
Just make your own! These delicious homemade thin mint cookies will satisfy your thin mint craving any time of the year.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
- 1 lb bitter or semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tsp, or to taste peppermint extract
Cream the butter until light and fluffy, then add sugar and beat together. Next, stir in the vanilla extract, salt and cocoa powder.
Add in the flour and mix until the dough is crumbly. Then put the dough onto a clean surface and knead it until you can form a smooth ball. Next, divide the dough in half, flatten each half into discs, wrap in plastic and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and take one of the discs of dough out of the fridge. Dust a flat working surface with flour and roll the dough disc out. Cut out your cookies using your cookie cutter of choice and bake for about 10 minutes.
While your cookies are cooling, melt the chocolate over a double boiler / bain marie. Stir the chocolate until the mixture is smooth and no lumps remain. Then stir in the peppermint extract and remove from the heat. I found that my chocolate was a little too thick to coat the thin mint cookies properly so if that happens to you too, you can put it back on the heat really quick and add 1 tbsp shortening.
Drop the cookies in one at a time and cover with a thin coating of chocolate. Tap whatever utensil you're using to dip with against your bowl to let the excess chocolate drip off. Allow your thin mint cookies to dry on a lined baking sheet. If you want the chocolate to harden faster, just stick them in the fridge for 10 minutes.
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