Listen, I love a good Girl Scout cookie like the rest of you but I don’t have the patience to wait until February. I also know no one locally who sells Girl Scout cookies any more except for the kids that camp out at the local grocery store, so I needed a thin mint recipe and I have a feeling you do too.
This thin mint obsession actually started as a Christmas cookie recipe I found via Pinterest a few years ago. It was easy, three ingredients, and it tasted amazing, so it stayed in the old recipe box until the following Christmas. Then over Christmas break this year, I thought, why am I only making these during the holidays? This is a great year-round cookie!
Then I also thought about how January is so damn January around here and decided that this recipe was just the thing to bring happiness back if only momentarily.
Last Wednesday it was very January here and I said FUCK IT, I AM MAKING THOSE DAMN THIN MINTS.
I swear a lot on this blog, welcome to it.
So I made those damn thin mints but I only made a very small batch because I am on a diet and eating 10 homemade thin mints is not on the menu.
It should be, but it isn’t.
There are three different versions of this recipe making the rounds on the internet and Pinterest. One has shortening (Crisco), the other doesn’t, and one is an entire makeover of the original cookie.
I have tried two of the above recipes but the one I haven’t tried is this one:
I kind of like the blog/website that the recipe came from (Eating Bird Food, is the name), even though her type of blog isn’t really my thing. BUT some of the recipes are pretty cool and I do love birds so.
Even though that’s not at ALL what her blog is about.
It should be, but it isn’t.
Side note- remember a few weeks ago how I said go somewhere new each month (or week)? Well, normally I would just pin this and move on but now I’m following her on Bloglovin because even if I find one new recipe a month from her, it is out of my zone and it might make me a better person.
Probably not but I am really trying to grow.
But not in waist size so don’t read too much into that, Universe
Also, blogging is a lost art and bloggers kind of need to stick together now more than ever.
Anyway, her recipe for from-scratch thin mints uses almond flour, coconut oil, etc.. Definitely something I want to try when I have nothing else to do and also if I want to eat more natural ingredient based and less processed recipes.
But when you don’t have time and want a good old fashioned thin mint quickly, that up there isn’t gonna cut it.
So my favorite recipe that I usually make for the holidays has the following ingredients: Ritz crackers, chocolate chips, shortening (only a tablespoon but definitely not low-fat), and peppermint oil. It is SO easy that it can be done in less than 15 minutes; 30 minutes if you include chill time in the fridge. So you could essentially make your homemade thin mint cookie and eat it within a half-hour. AND you don’t need to turn your oven on as these are made in the microwave.
The other recipe I found online was only three ingredients: chocolate chips, Ritz crackers, and peppermint oil. It was good but the chocolate didn’t go on as smoothly because there wasn’t any shortening to make them shiny and smooth.
But they were DELICIOUS and if you are on a diet, it’s a fun little snack without feeling like you totally blew it.
They aren’t as pretty as the shortening cookies but they are delicious and honestly, who cares what they look like? I have had very pretty food that tastes like what garbage smells like.
These are definitely delicious enough to make January less January and now you don’t have to wait until those Girl Scout cookies come in.