Homemade Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies

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This is a recipe for homemade Girl Scout Thin Mints! It takes only 3 ingredients. Try these, and you won't be disappointed! These taste great right out of the freezer.

Step 1

(Yield: approx. 50 thin mints)
- Ritz® Crackers (Approximately 2 sleeves)
- 1 package (16 oz.) Chocolate and/or Vanilla CANDIQUIK® Coating
- 1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
- 1 tablespoon of shortening (Ex: Crisco)


Step 2

Melt CANDIQUIK® in Melt and Make Microwaveable Tray™ according to package directions. Stir in 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract and 1 tablespoon of shortening into melted coating until well mixed.*

Step 3

Using a fork, dip the cracker in the coating, using a spoon to completely coat the cracker. Let the excess coating drip off through the fork tines. Place on wax or parchment paper to set. Reheat the coating for a few seconds as needed while dipping (the extract does cause the coating to dry faster).
* Coating may become clumpy and thick after adding the extract, making it very hard to dip without adding the shortening.

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  • by sugarmamashop
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    I tried this recipe tonight. While it was very easy, I did have to make some changes to make it work. The package says not to use water-based flavorings, but my peppermint extract had water in it, which I learned after the fact. I don't know where I would even find an alternative peppermint, unless maybe Wilton makes a gel peppermint flavor that doesn't have water in it.

    The candy was VERY thick like mud, because of the extract. And until I added a total of 4 Tbsp of crisco, one Tbsp at a time, it was unusable. After adding 4x the amount of shortening called for in the recipe, the candy coating melted beautifully. But, the mixture needed more mint flavor. If I make it next time, I'll try to find unsalted ritz (if they exist) and add extra peppermint.

    A fun and tasty way to make your own Thin Mints!

    • by craftfoxes
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      Thanks for the feedback! Sounds like you are well versed in baking would love to see any of your own recipes to share =D