Make Thin Mints at home with this easy Thin Mint Cookie Recipe! Crunchy, chocolatey, and perfectly minty and refreshing, these copycat Thin Mints taste just like the real deal!
Thin Mint Cookie Recipe
Hello, mint-chocolate bbs! Today I bring you a copycat Thin Mint Cookie Recipe!
These homemade Thin Mints are deliciously crispy, chocolatey, and perfectly minty. They taste just like the real deal but you don’t have to deal with processed ingredients because you’re making them from scratch!
The only negative side of making them at home is that you won’t be supporting your local Girl Scouts this way so if you’re interested, definitely still donate. Their program improves the financial literacy of girls and raises money to support the GS councils and troops.
I’m team straight-from-the-freezer Thin Mint, who’s with me?
What is a Thin Mint cookie?
Thin Mints are one of the best-selling Girl Scout cookies in the US. They’re crisp mint-flavored chocolate cookies coated in (even more) chocolate.
Thin Mint Ingredients
Butter. Make sure you use unsalted butter at room temperature.
Sugar. Use white granulated sugar for this recipe.
Vanilla extract for flavor.
Peppermint extract. If you’ve ever wondered what kind of mint is in Thin Mints, the answer is peppermint! This type of extract is usually very strong so make sure to stick to the amount written in the recipe card down below!
Salt for flavor.
Egg for structure.
Flour. Use all-purpose flour for this recipe.
Cornstarch for that perfectly crumbly texture (even real Thin Mints use cornstarch).
Cocoa powder. Make sure it’s unsweetened cocoa powder.
Chocolate. I recommend using a bar of high-quality chocolate such as Lindt or Ghirardelli for best flavor. I like to use semi-sweet for these.
Oil for thinning out the chocolate for the coating and providing extra shine.
How to make Thin Mints at home
Why do people freeze Thin Mints?
I’m one of those people! We freeze Thin Mints because frozen Thin Mints are crispier and taste even more refreshing. Plus, freezing will keep them fresh for longer (up to 2 months)! Win-win!
Can I make these ahead of time?
Yes! Follow the recipe through step 5 and chill for up to 1-2 days. When ready to bake, follow step 6.
Alternatively, you can freeze the cookies instead of chilling in the refrigerator (step 5). Once they’re frozen, transfer them to a ziplock bag and freeze for up to 2 months.
When ready to bake, place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and allow to warm up on the counter for 15 minutes, then bake (step 6). You might need 1-2 more minutes of baking since the cookies might still be very cold.
How do you store Thin Mint cookies?
You can store Thin Mints covered or in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 4-5 days if your kitchen isn’t warm/hot (if it is the chocolate coating will melt).
If your kitchen is warm or hot, I recommend storing them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 2 months. You can enjoy Thin Mints cold so no need to let them reach room temperature unless that’s what you prefer.
HAPPY BAKING LOVES!! I hope you’ll love these easy Homemade Thin Mints as much as I do! Please leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating if you make it! I LOVE hearing from you! 💘
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Homemade Thin Mints
For the Chocolate Cookies
- 1/3 cup 3.0 oz unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 small-medium egg room temperature
- 3/4 cups 3.3 oz all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/3 cup 1.1 oz unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
For the Chocolate Coating
- 7 oz high-quality semi-sweet chocolate chopped
- 1/4 tsp vegetable oil
- 1/8 tsp peppermint extract
- Combine the wet ingredients. Add the butter to a large bowl and use a mixer to beat it until smooth and creamy (about 1 minute). Add in the sugar and salt and beat on medium speed until fluffy and lighter in color. Add in the egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract and beat on high until combined.
- Combine the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder and give it a quick whisk to combine.
- Combine the dry and wet ingredients. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wets and beat on low until just combined.
- Cut the cookies. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces, then roll out each piece onto a piece of parchment paper until about 1/4-inch (0.25 cm) thick and use a and using a 2-inch (5 cm) round cookie cutter to cut the dough into circles. Place the cookies onto your prepared baking sheets. Re-roll and cut out any scraps.
- Chill.Place the rolled out dough in the refrigerator and chill for 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Bake for 8-9 minutes or until the edges are set. If you bake both sheets at the same time, make sure to rotate them halfway through the baking time. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool down to room temperature before moving onto the next step.
- Coat with chocolate. Add the chopped chocolate and oil to a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes making sure to remove the bowl and stir every 15-20 seconds. Once the chocolate has melted completely, mix in the extract. Using a fork or a three dine for dipping, lower each cookie into the chocolate, then allow any extra chocolate to drip off the cookie and into the bowl again. Place your coated cookies on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill in the refrigerator to set (about 1-2 hours). Enjoy!
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