Monday, March 15, 2010

Girl Scout Cookies: Thin Mints

These were much easier than the Samoas I made. Unfortunately, I need to perfect the chocolate coating. I was so disappointed with the Ghiradelli chocolate that I used, that I didn't even take a picture of the final outcome. It was super strong and overpowered the delicious mint cookie. Next time, I'll use a less strong chocolate. :)

Homemade Thin Mints
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/3 cup milk (any kind)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp peppermint extract

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. With the mixer on low speed, add in the milk and the extracts. Mixture will look curdled. Gradually, add in the flour mixture until fully incorporated.
Shape dough into two logs, about 1 1/2 inches (or about 4 cm) in diameter, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for at least 1-2 hours, until dough is very firm.
Preheat oven to 375F.
Slice dough into rounds not more than 1/4 inch thick - if they are too thick, they will not be as crisp - and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cookies will not spread very much, so you can put them quite close together.
Bake for 13-15 minutes, until cookies are firm at the edges. Cool cookies completely on a wire rack before dipping in chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Coating
10-oz dark or semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup butter, room temperature

In a microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate and butter. Melt on high power in the microwave, stirring every 45-60 seconds, until chocolate is smooth. Chocolate should have a consistency somewhere between chocolate syrup and fudge for a thin coating.
Dip each cookie in melted chocolate, turn with a fork to coat, then transfer to a piece of parchment paper or wax paper to set up for at least 30 minutes, or until chocolate is cool and firm.
Reheat chocolate as needed to keep it smooth and easy to dip into.

Makes 3 1/2-4 dozen cookies.

The cookies taste exactly like the middle of thin mints, and like I said, I am going to have to experiment with the coating! :) Enjoy!


  1. omg i LOVE thin mints!! but I need more pictures mads! Even if the chocolate tasted awful, I bet it still looked pretty! I seriously am so proud of your cooking accomplishments

  2. Thanks, Meeshie!! As for the final pictures, I have some at home I can take pics of to add. They are just me gusta.

  3. Mads is the chocolate still too strong? I used the same brand of chocolate (except white) for my oreo truffles and thought it was too strong as well. After they were in my fridge for a few days, though it tasted better!