Homemade Thin Mints

September 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

True story: when I was growing up, my mom was the Girl Scout troop leader in charge of distributing cookies to all the local council troops. I remember a point when our whole garage was stuffed to the brim with cases of Girl Scout cookies. Imagine those pictures of drug busts, with rooms stacked full of cocaine bricks and cash, but instead there were Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Dos-Si-Dos and (my favorite) Samoas. You can rightly assume, then, that growing up as a Girl Scout I did my fair share of cookie selling and cookie eating. But, before I made it to Juniors, my mom returned to the work force. Without her as our troop leader, my sister and I weren’t really interested in “living by the Girl Scout Law” and we had to get our cookie fix from the girls at the grocery store entrance like everyone else.

Another true story: I lent my copy of Candy Land to the council for a Girl Scout game night they were hosting. I never got saw it again.

So, I don’t feel so bad now for attempting to make Thin Mints at home, seeing as I’ve already donated all my childhood dreams to them. That being said, do not make these cookies expecting a Thin Mint duplicate. They are certainly Thin Mint-equse cookies, and utterly delicious, but they are not replicas of the original. They are also kind of a pain in the ass to make, so unless you have some free time and like baking, I don’t particularly suggest these as a good alternative to buying from your co-worker’s daughter.

My favorite thing about this recipe, though, is that the dough contains no egg, so you can just eat as much of the dough as you want. That has the potential of a dessert in itself. I may or may not have had cookie dough for dinner last night, instead of the beef stew I had cooked all day in the slow cooker. I’m currently coming up with Thin Mint dough ball schemes, dipped in chocolate and coated with green sprinkles? Yes, I think that will work out juuust fine.

Homemade Thin Mints
makes  3-4 dozen
recipe stolen from Baking Bites 

Can you tell I like them frozen?

For the cookies:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/3 cup milk (any kind)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

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

1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until cookies are firm at the edges. Cool cookies completely on a wire rack before dipping in chocolate.
6. In a double boiler, combine chocolate and butter. Melt until chocolate is smooth. Chocolate should have a consistency somewhere between chocolate syrup and fudge for a thin coating. (you can use the microwave for this step, just take care not to burn the chocolate)
7. 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.

Note: I ran out of chocolate and had to improvise making more. I also played around with adding different amounts of peppermint extract to the chocolate coating mixture. My chocolate coating did not firm up after a while on the counter, so I put them into the freezer and haven’t removed them since, so I can’t attest to the room temperature durability of these.

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