It's Girl Scout cookie season and I've been craving thin mints, but this year, I decided to make my own. As my husband so kindly stated, "Would you rather just buy a box of cookies for $5 or spend $20 dollars and eight hours making them?" While that's not entirely accurate, he has a point, but if you enjoy time in the kitchen, these are actually pretty fun to make and just as tasty as the ones from the girls in green. I followed this recipe, which is a slight variation on Heidi Swanson's version. The dough comes together quickly, it's the rolling and cookie-cutting and dipping in chocolate that takes a while. I threw in a few heart-shaped cookies, which is a perk of making your own.
I suggest keeping them in the freezer, which is how I prefer thin mints anyway, and they'll turn out "really good," a ringing endorsement from a skeptical husband. Crunchy, pepperminty and subtly sweet, the possibility of having thin mints available year-round could be a dangerous thing.