The Best Thin Mints (Vegan, GF-option)

Girl scout cookie season is still in full swing. What is your favorite variety?

When brainstorming this post I asked some friends and receive a plethora of answers (Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos) but Thin Mints were by far the favorite. So I decided to try an at-home version!

Suffice it to say these are the BEST cookies I’ve made in a long time. With only eight ingredients like dark chocolate, whole wheat pastry flour and minimal coconut oil, they are a little bit healthier to boot. Not that I am looking at cookies as “health” food, but it’s fun to experiment.

I have very little patience for recipes that require eons of cooling time, so we’re easily able to speed up that process in the freezer. Crispy, chocolate-y goodness ready to devour in under and hour!

I tried to make this recipe as minimalist as possible without need for a standing mixer, plastic wrap, whisk, or even rolling pin. To get exactly even circles I used the lid from a jar of ground ginger #innovation.

I have not tested other ingredient variations and cannot speak to their results, so please proceed with caution when swapping things out!

In typical Thin Mint fashion, these taste best when eaten directly out of the freezer.  I hope you love them as much as I do.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup white whole wheat flour, or gluten-free One for One (80 g)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (28 g)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 TBS coconut oil, slightly softened (28 g)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 TBS brown sugar (119 g)
  • 2 TBS almond milk
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped ( around 6 oz, 170 g)

Method:

  1. In a small bowl, mix with a fork flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Try to eliminate all clumps (feel free to sift if you have the equipment to do so).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together coconut oil, brown sugar, almond milk and peppermint extract until a smooth paste forms. Slowly pour dry mixture into wet and work together with your fork. It may take some time but should come together as a wet dough. Place ball of dough on on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Placing another layer of parchment on top, begin pressing the dough into a rectangular shape. Using a large glass or rolling pin, roll dough to desired thickness (1/4 inch is good). Remove top layer of parchment and check for an even layer throughout.
  3. Pop this tray in the freezer for 10ish minutes to firm up while you preheat your over to 350 degrees F.
  4. Remove your tray from the freezer and, using a shot glass (or a spice container lid), cut out small circles and place on a separate, lined baking sheet. Try to use as much dough as possible, re-rolling the scraps to maximize. Bake the cookie for 12-15 minutes and let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes outside of the oven (they’ll firm up some more).
  5. While cookies are cooling, melt your chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring each time. Submerge each cookie in the melted chocolate and, using a fork, scoop out to let residual chocolate drip off. Place back on parchment-lined sheet and continue with all other cookies.
  6. Let cookies set up once more for 10 minutes in the freezer, and enjoy! As mentioned, these are best when eaten cold.

 

 

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