Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies

 My whole search started about a month ago when i attended a party and there were these Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies on the dessert table…I adored them and was totally motivated to do whatever i could to replicate the recipe – but then i realized that finding the exact recipe might be more of a chore than i first though. I tried a few different recipes, my hopes rising with each one, but then tuning out disappointed… to dry, to cakey, to cracker like…etc.etc So finally, after a bunch of failures, i found this recipe and it has been the closest to that of the original – I was so excited (still am actually! lol)  I made a few modifications, but i think that they made the cookies better…i mean come-on! Who would want a whole-wheat thin mint??!  They just don’t sound that appealing….do they?  😉

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cups Butter, Room Temperature
  • ½ cups Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cups Cocoa Powder
  • ¾ cup Pastry Flour (or substitute with sifted flour and 1 &1/2 Tsp cornstarch)
  • 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1-¼ teaspoon Mint Extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Cream butter until light and fluffy, then add the powdered sugar and mix until combined. Stir in the salt, vanilla and cocoa powder. Mix until the cocoa powder is integrated and the batter resembles a thick frosting. Add the flour and mix just until the flour is combined, making sure to not over mix.

Form dough into a ball. Knead a few times to bring together, then flatten into a disk between half an inch and one inch thick, cover in plastic wrap then place in freezer for 15 minutes. Remove dough from the freezer and roll it out really thin on a floured surface, about 1/8-inch. Cut cookies using 1 1/2-inch cutter (any shape or design you like, I used the lid to my spice jar which was a perfect size).

Place cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool completely.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. This is to place chocolate coated cookies on to dry.

To make chocolate topping: In a microwave safe bowl; add chocolate and microwave in short 15-20 second bursts; stirring between bursts. Mine took about 1 1/2 minutes. Stir in the peppermint extract.

Gently drop the cookies, one at a time, into the coating. Turn to coat entirely, then lift the cookie out of the chocolate with the fork and bang the fork on the side of the pan until the extra coating drips off. (I banged mine against the spoon I used to stir the chocolate, that way the cookie wouldn’t fall back into the chocolate) Place on prepared baking rack. Repeat for the rest of the cookies. Place the cookies in the refrigerator or freezer to set.

These will be best eaten from either the freezer or fridge, since they start to get a bit melty when outside.  Yield: 37 Cookies

Recipe slightly adapted from Jen @ Peanut Butter and Peppers & Chicagoist.

Peppermint Patties

I have now found my go-to recipe for homemade Peppermint Patties!

The first time we made them, we didn’t have any Peppermint oil (unknown to us at the start of the recipe though) so they were part-way made before it ever occurred to one of us to go get the peppermint, and when we did…well,  it wasn’t there! So anyways, we decided to use an orange flavoring instead…They did come out really good with the orange, but i guess it’s all about what you decide you like best! – and i adore mint!  Anyways, they so amazing (Oh, and did i mention screaming simple?!) Go make them you guys, you won’t regret it (well, maybe you will, – but that would only be if you eat almost all one batch in a single night, but who in the world would ever do that?! Right?! hahaha! 😉

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar, Plus More For Rolling
  • 2 teaspoons Water
  • 2 teaspoons Light Corn Syrup
  • ¼ teaspoons Peppermint Extract
  • 4 ounces, weight Dark Chocolate, Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Shortening (or Coconut Oil)

Directions: In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar. Sprinkle the water, corn syrup and extract over the top of the sugar. Slowly beat the mixture with an electric mixer. At first, it will seem like the mixture won’t come together, but stay with it. When it begins to clump, gather the mixture in your hands and knead it together. You should have a soft white dough that holds together well.  Next, take two pieces of parchment paper of equal size and dust them with powdered sugar. Place the dough on one piece, dust with more powdered sugar and cover with the other piece of parchment paper. Roll out the mixture to 1/4″ thickness. Keep the dough between the two sheets of parchment paper, place it on a small baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.

Once 30 minutes has elapsed, peel off the top layer of parchment and cut out as many circles as you can with a 1.5″ cookie cutter. When you run out of space, gather up the dough and roll it out again. You should get about 12 circles. Place the circles back on the cookie sheet lined with parchment and freeze solid for at least 1 hour.

When ready to dunk, melt the chocolate and shortening in the top of a double boiler until smooth. Remove from heat and let the melted chocolate cool for a few minutes.

Now, take the patties out of the freezer and dunk them QUICKLY in the chocolate. Place them back on the parchment-lined sheet and freeze to set. Store in the freezer.

Bon Appètit!

Picture & Recipe credit: http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/desserts/homemade-peppermint-patties-3/