Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Homemade Thin Mints


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.

21 comments:

  1. Oh my Goodness! We need some heart shapes in our freezer.

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  2. homemade thin mints? you are magical!

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  3. Mmmm!!! Have you ever put thin mints in the bottom of a cupcake wrapper and filled it with softened mint choclate chip ice cream? Oh my goodness - it's heaven!!!!!!

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  4. Oh my goodness! My favorites! Thanks Natalie!
    Aunt Kathy

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  5. Yours look just as professional as the Girl Scout version! I am seriously impressed. I know there are cookie locator apps, but I'm worried I may not be able to find any this year!

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  6. Thanks for sharing! I remember spying these on here the other day. Love the hearts!

    http://mandycrandell.blogspot.com/

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  7. I love the heart ones!! How awesome! My boyfriend loves thin mints...I'll have to give these a try! =)

    Lemanie's Randomness Blog

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  8. Thin mints for me are like heaven. These look absolutely scrumptious. I do a slight variation of NolaGirl and make ice cream sandwiches with thin mints and mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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  9. I agree - I love baking, but sometimes it's just not worth the amount of time it takes!! Yours DO look so much more delicious than girl scout cookies though!

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  10. I saw this on Pintrest and have so been wanting to try it! they look amazing!

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  11. It all looks amazing! Happy to have stumbled across your blog. Cheers!

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  12. How fantastic! They look super scrumptious and I totally agree with you, its fun to make them yourself instead of just buying a box. Have a wonderful afternoon:) Muah

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  13. Thanks for the link to the thin mints! Yours look lovely.

    And my boyfriend usually says the same thing about these types of cooking endevours (french bread = "why don't you leave it to the professionals?) but in this case he liked the from-scratch versions better than the originals. And baking is always so much fun. :)

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  14. These look so good! Worth every minute of creating them, I'm sure!

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  15. those look wonderful and you can now have thin mints all year

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  16. oh my my those are lovely! I really thought they were going to be macarons! They look like they have an amazing texture.

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  17. Oh gosh!! I have been dying to track some thin mints down (I can't find those elusive little girls anywhere!) but maybe I should give these a shot.

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