Jac o' lyn Murphy: Homemade Thin Mints from an old Girl Scout...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Homemade Thin Mints from an old Girl Scout...

Tomorrow is 
National Girl Scout Cookie Day
and I am helping out my friends at 
The Daily Meal with a special treat...
(this book is my mom's Girl Scout Handbook from the 1940's!)

Homemade Thin Mints!

They are surprisingly easy and fun to make.

cream together softened butter, sugar and peppermint extract...

then mix together unsweetened cocoa, flour and salt
and combine with butter mixture...

form dough into balls...

flatten with the bottom of a glass or your palm
and bake...

melt dark chocolate, butter and more peppermint extract...

then coat the cookie with melted chocolate...

let chocolate set and you are done!

and yes, many years ago, 
I was a Girl Scout,
not much has changed-
the Cooking Badge completed, the Cyclist Badge blank!

Look for Girl Scouts in your area Friday,
they will be unveiling their new box design, 
giving out samples and undoubtedly making everyone smile!

Homemade Thin Mints
3 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt

For dipping
10 oz bag of dark chocolate chip morsels
1 stick of butter
1/2 tsp peppermint extract

Preheat oven to 350

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together butter sugar until just combined then add peppermint extract.  In a medium bowl sift together flour, cocoa and salt.  Slowly add dry mixture to butter/sugar mixture until dough starts to come together.  

By hand, roll dough into balls slightly smaller tan the size of a golf ball and place on cookie sheet.  With the bottom of a drinking glass or your palm,
 flatten the balls until dough is approx 1/2 inch thick.

Bake for 15 minutes and place on rack to cool.

While cookies are cooling, melt chocolate chips and butter, 
when melted, stir in 1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract.

One by one, dip bottom of cooled cookies in the melted chocolate mixture, then turn to coat top and all sides.  Place on tray lined with parchment paper and let cool until hardened.

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  1. Oh wow ... those look incredible! I'm pinning!

  2. What beautiful photos. You had me at thin mints...can't stop eating them once I start. Going to try this. Thank you!

    ~ Julie Looksi Ambassador

  3. This might be the best recipe ever!!


  4. Oooooh, I always wanted to try and make these. Going to attempt to make with a gluten free twist based of your recipe:) Pinned! http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/02/fabulous-flourless-peanut-butter-cookies.html

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  6. oooh. I can't wait to try these! Pinning for later. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest GFC follower. I'd love for you to stop by for a visit and maybe even a follow back. http://posedperfection.blogspot.com. Have a great week!

  7. These look scrumptious! I love the original book, too! Thanks so much for sharing at Monday Funday!

    Take care,


  8. Hey, I'm a new follower! Found you at the Monday meet-up! It looks so fudgy and yummy!

    Follow back? :)


  9. How can I print this recipe?

    1. You can copy and paste it onto word or just print the blog post page. I am working on making my recipes printable...sorry!

    2. or send me your email and I will email it to you!

  10. What a fantastic recipe!! Thanks for sharing! Pinned ;)
    Happy Valentine's Day!


  11. These sounds so easy to make and surely cheaper than $5 for a box! I can't admit how old I was when i found out Girl Scouts don't actually make the cookies themselves!!

  12. Did I miss it, or is there an approximate number of cookies this recipe makes?
    Thanks for the pictures as well as the recipe.

  13. Oh man...these look really good! I love that you and your mom have your Girl Scout books. I kind of wish I still had mine. It would be neat to look through it.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Real Family Fun

  14. These look AMAZING! I know individual Girl Scouts used to make the cookies themselves, before the organization started contracting out to ABC and Little Brownie Bakers. The ones that you have made look so decadent, even better than the ones that I just bought! I'm so thrilled that I found your recipe and I can't wait to make them myself. Where did you find the dark chocolate chips? I can't ever seem to find them in stores. Thanks!

    Laura from fifty13.com

    1. Thanks so much Laura, I get the dark chocolate chips at Safeway!


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