Copycat Girl Scout Thin Mints

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Unfortunately the girl scouts didn't pay me a visit this year. Maybe they don't go to neighborhoods with townhouses? Anyways, I was left without girl scout cookies this season. Sigh.

I've heard the girl scouts do sell them outside of grocery stores sometimes. I just doubt I'll ever run into them. If I do, I'll definitely stock up. I've always enjoyed the tagalongs, samoas, shortbread, and my personal favorite - thin mints.

I decided to make my own the other night, and was surprised that they actually turned out well and are really similar! I didn't think I'd get the recipe right on the first try. I'm very lucky.

Maybe it's my tiger blood?

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You don't have to use a large quantity of ingredients for this recipe, and you still get fifty cookies. You make a chocolate shortbread made out of butter, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and melted Andes Mint Pieces. The melted pieces add mint flavor and moisture.

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Then you roll the dough into a log, thinly slice it into rounds, and bake until crisp. When cool, you dip the chocolate cookies into melted chocolate. You could roll the dough out thinly and use a cookie cutter to cut out cookies, but I don't own any cookie cutters.

So, I guess they're not as cute and perfect as girl scout thin mints, but they taste just as good.

This is a WINNING recipe. I would make these again because that's how I roll.

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Copycat Girl Scout Thin Mints

3/4 cup cake flour
2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder (such as Hershey's Dark)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup Andes Mint pieces, melted

2 cup dark chocolate chips (such as Hershey's Dark)
1/4 cup shortening

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 2 cookie sheets with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt; whisk in sugar until combined. Place mixture in a food processor and process until ingredients are finely ground.

In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on low speed, beat butter and melted Andes pieces until well combined and creamy. Add dry ingredients and beat until just combined. Form dough into a skinny log by wrapping up in waxed paper (about the width of Girl Scout Thin Mints). Slice the log into rounds, about an 1/8-inch thick. Place on cookie sheets; bake 12 minutes until slightly crisp. Transfer to a large (cool) cookie sheet. Place in freezer and freeze 15 minutes.

Melt together chocolate chips and shortening, in a medium bowl, in the microwave, for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Dip cookies into melted chocolate and place on waxed paper to dry.

Makes 50 small cookies


37 comments:

  1. lol I LOVE the Charlie Sheen references in your post! So perfect! Also, I have a very weak spot for Girl SCout Cookies as a former one myself. I will definitely be making these!

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  2. Emily...these are amazing looking!

    When i was growing up, I loveeeeeeeed thin mints. Well, I still do.

    I created a fast/easy "thin mint" fudge a year or so ago that's vegan and gf. I was too scared to tackle cookies b/c to get them crisp like that was puzzling me.

    You are a genius!

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  3. I just bought a box of thin mints for husband---they are his favorite. Now I can make them for him year round! Thanks for the recipe :)!

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  4. I like your cookie version WAAAAAY better! Yum.

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  5. Ummm homemade thin mints!?! Sign us up. We are all over these!

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  6. I love your pictures! The cookies look delicious:)

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  7. Love the twitter references! You're #winning!

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  8. WOW! I don't know if I will find the bites of mint here (actually, I don't think so) but these look so good. I lovvveee chocolate and mint combination. It's so clean, so fresh:)

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  9. These look so good in the morning! Yummmm, chocolate!

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  10. That's a great idea, Emily! You are soooo creative! I wanted to let you know that I finally started a food blog and I'm posting it to go live today - due very much to your inspiration! Thank you for always pushing yourself to do better and accomplish more, you are very much an inspiration to me! If you somehow find the time, come on by and check it out!

    http://chocolatesnotafoodgroup.blogspot.com/

    LD

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  11. hehe, definitely your tiger blood ;)

    these look great! i might attempt samoas this weekend...

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  12. I bet these are beyond fabulous!

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  13. delish, yours look way more deliscious

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  14. YUM! Love making homemade thin mints :)

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  15. Seriously?! I thought the girl scouts hit up everybody at least 3 times. How did you get missed? I love that you took it upon yourself to make one of the best girl scout cookies. Looks delicious! Good job!

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  16. Wow, these look amazing - thank you for the recipe!!!

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  17. I'm not a mint lover, but you are definitely showing off your fire-breathing fists with this recipe...whatever in the world that means.

    That's sad you didn't get this year's girl scout cookies. Maybe you could hang around outside a middle school and score some that way.

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  18. I just finished my only box of Thin Mints and I was sad I didn't have another box. This recipe came right on time cause now I can make my own. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. I'm so mad too no girl sout's sold cookies to my house either. I will definitely be making these. Thanks for the recipe :)

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  20. Unfortunately girl scouts don't come knocking on doors OR sell cookies in front of supermarkets in NYC. Guess I'll have to make them myself as well! They look so good!

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  21. The mint cookies are my favourite girl scout cookies, but I have a feeling these homemade ones would be so much better!!!

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  22. mmmmm i sure do love me some thin mints!! these look tasty indeed!!!!!

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  23. I love love love Thin Mints! They are one of my favorites.

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  24. These look so addicting! The Girl Scouts here sell cookies at the T stops so I can usually get my hands on some but I don't understand why they don't see them online too!

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  25. those andes pieces are amazing. come to think of it, i've never had an andes product that i didn't love. nice replication, and bonus--you don't have to deal with any spoiled, whiny little girls! :)

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  26. Hmmm - I love these Emily! I think they look better than the originals.

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  27. Apparently, Girl Scouts didn't do their orders the same way this year. They waited until they had the cookies on hand...not sure why. But who needs 'em? We have your recipe! P.S. Make one for the peanut butter sandwich cookie....

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  28. If you can't get thin mints try the walmart brand version of them. They are really good and very similar to the real thing. Plus, they are a lot cheaper!

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  29. Thanks everyone! :)

    Lauren, I will visit your blog soon! I'm very behind on my blog reading.

    Cathy, I wish I could! I've never had those before.

    Anon, are you talking about the grasshopper cookies? By Keebler?

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  30. I can't find any girl scouts this year either and I need some thin mints, they're so good!

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  31. I've' already posted homemade samoas, I made homemade tagalongs over the weekend, and I'm thinking these are next on my list!!!!! :)

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  32. these look so good. I love these cookies!! Must make them!

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  33. I had to have a friend ship them to me from North Carolina this year. I love Girl Scout cookies. But have never been a fan of thin mints...I know...I'm weird. Now, if you make the Caramel DeLites...I'm all in!!

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  34. No, I haven't tried the Keebler. These are by Great Value and called Fudge Mint.

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