Thin Mints are those Girl Scout Cookies that I can eat an entire tube of in a sitting.
Oh, you too?
Since my cravings for mint in the middle of the summer continued, I decided to try my hand at a homemade, no-bake, vegan version of Thin Mints.
They should be called
Thin Mints Cheater’s Mints. No-bake and so easy.
What’s the catch you’re wondering?
I promise these cookies don’t taste like crackers.
The crackers provide a neutral base layer, nice crunch, and are a dead-ringer in size and shape for what will become cookies.
When they’re drenched in mint-flavored chocolate, you won’t know it’s a cracker or care that it started out as a cracker.
These Thin Mints taste incredibly close to the real thing and take all of 15 minutes to make.
Gather your long list of 3 (or 4)ingredients:
Ritz crackers, which are accidentally vegan
Semi-sweet chocolate chips (and vegetable shortening)
Melt the chocolate and shortening. I highly recommend a tablespoon of shortening for any chocolate dipping projects because it keeps the chocolate smooth, viscous, and much less likely to get that hard-before-you-want-it-to and clumpy consistency.
Add peppermint extract to the melted chocolate and get ready to dippity do. As with my last recipe and caveat about peppermint extract, make sure you read my disclaimer in the recipe box below.
Place dipped crackers, which I now think of as cookies, on parchment paper.
Food goes from cracker status to cookie status the minute chocolate is involved.
Wait for the chocolate to solidify and firm up before digging in.
Because of the shortening, it could take a half hour or more at room temperature for the chocolate to solidify, especially if you decide to do this project on an 80 degree day in the middle of summer without running your air.
Pop the tray in the refrigerator or freezer to speed things up. I like them better chilled anyway and store them in the freezer.
The minute I took these out of the freezer, the condensation on the chocolate began. It reminded me of Christmas Crack in Aruba. Nothing you can do when it starts.
It was a hot day in San Diego the day I made these and as the 3pm sun was shining in on my photography table, both me and the
cookies began to sweat.
The cool mint was perfect.
Just 3 ingredients in these Homemade Thin Mints that taste like the real thing, and no one ever guesses what the 'secret ingredient' is. Incredibly easy to make, always a hit at parties, and now you can make your own Thin Mints any time of year and don't have to wait for cookie season!
Yield: about 18 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: about 1 hour, for cooling
Recipe inspiration from Kraft
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Do you like Thin Mints?
Do you like mint or have any favorite mint recipes?
I am a huge Thin Mints fan and I could eat a tube in a sitting if I let myself, and for that reason, I don’t buy them. Now I have homemade Thin Mints which are maybe a little too easy, if you know what I mean.
Samoas are another weaknesses and I came up with a Samoas Bars recipe, which is reminiscent of those beloved cookies.
Even though many people tend use mint in their holiday baking, I think cool mint is perfect for a hot summer day.
Feel free to link up any mint recipes or recipes with some time-saving or clever shortcuts (like the Ritz cracker trick). I’m all about other recipe shortcuts.
Thanks for the Capresso Espresso and Cappuccino Machine Giveaway entries & have a great week!