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Girl Scout Cookies Thin Mints Recipe
Girl Scout Cookies Thin Mints
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Cookie/Brownie
Calories: 78
Cook Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.5 (42 reviews)

If those cute little cookie peddlers aren't posted outside the market, it may be tough to get your hands on these - the most popular cookies sold by the Girl Scouts each year. One out of every four boxes of cookies sold by the girls is Thin Mints. This clone recipe uses an improved version of the chocolate wafers created for the Oreo cookie clone in the second TSR book More Top Secret Recipes. That recipe creates 108 cookie wafers, so when you're done dipping, you'll have the equivalent of three boxes of the Girl Scout Cookies favorite. See? That's why you bought those extra cookie sheets. You could, of course, reduce the recipe by baking only 1/3 of the cookie dough for the wafers and then reducing the coating ingredients by 1/3, giving you a total of 36 cookies. But that may not be enough to last you until next spring.

Chocolate Cookie Wafers
1 18.25-ounce package Betty Crocker chocolate fudge cake mix
A Suggestion
Submitted on: 03/12/13
If you have a meat slicer, set it to 1/4 inch and slice cookie dough log in no time. If dough gets too sticky from warming to slice nicely, just stick in freezer again until stiff.
Submitted on: 03/17/10
Fantastic job on this hat is off to Todd Wilbur, you sir have these spot on! For those thinking the dough is too dry, I'd highly recommend just trusting the recipe. Do NOT add more water than what is called for. The cookies are not supposed to be soft and chewy, but more along the lines of a wafer or oreo type of cookie. To get the proper texture for those cookies, you will want a "drier and more crumbly" dough, not the creamy and smooth dough you would want if you're making the average "beginner" cookie. You may find that pulling up your sleeves and going hands in helps you feel the proper amount of liquid along with the proper consistency of the dough.
Submitted on: 12/25/09
These cookies taste exactly what I remember Thin Mints tasting. They take a little bit of time but they are so worth it when you can get them only once a year otherwise.
Submitted on: 11/19/09
I roll the dough into a log, chill it and then slice it with my electric slicer. Great recipe.
Submitted on: 08/06/09
Submitted on: 06/14/09
These cookies came out great. I do agree with other posters that the amount of water required for the dough and the peppermint extract for the coating is a underestimated.
Submitted on: 04/29/09
This is great because girl scouts are making the cookie smaller and putting less in each box and raising the prices. thin mints are my favorite cookie so I was dissapointed when they did that
Submitted on: 03/07/09
This recipe called for way to much bags of chocolate. Which made the coating clumpy and thick... When making this in the future make sure you follow your gut feeling,not so much the recipe...
Submitted on: 02/10/09
I was shocked at the quality of these cookies compared to the real Girl Scout cookies. Every year I buy several bozes of the thin mints and put them away in my freezer for future months. No more! I will always be making them myself from now on. Other than the fact the mine all had a slightly different thickness, I couldn't tell any difference between theirs and mine in taste. Amazing!
Submitted on: 12/25/08
I made these cookies today for our Christmas party and they are amazing. The take a while, but I thought it was way worth it. It requires more water than the actual recipe says, but I just added till the mixture became moist. Also, I added a whole teaspoon of peppermint instead of 3/4 of one. These taste just like the real thing!
Stacey B  
Submitted on: 12/17/08
I made these last night- They are a bit labor intestive, but worth it. I made about 130 cookies and I only dipped 1/3 in the chocolate mint coating. I have to get more mint extract. My co-workers loved them as did my family- they seem to melt a bit, might be best stored in the fridge or freezer- love those GS cookies frozen! Pretty sure these are a hit! Plan to give some away to a friend for Christmas!
Submitted on: 12/16/08
I made these cookies for a party and everyone thought I had bought them. Also told they were better than GS cookies. Awesome recipe. I used a little more mint than the recipe calls for.
Submitted on: 09/07/08
This is the 1st Top Secret Recipe I've tried. The hubby and I made them today (he has muscles and I don't :D) We made them bigger, but they were AMAZINGLY good. I will adjust the cooking time next time as we had a few burnt ones that were thinner, and the mint to taste as well. FANTASTIC to finally find a recipe site I can trust to be good!! Thanks a ton!! PS. The Girl Guides don't come around and sell these here....I haven't had them in YEARS which made this recipe even MORE worth the efforts!!
Submitted on: 11/11/07
This recipe was great! We subistuted regular chocolatefor white and dye it pink with food coloring. They were a hit on valentines day!
daisy dog  
Submitted on: 05/12/07
These were delicious. If you have a chocolate mint herb, use a few leaves instead of the oil. Add leaves to chocolate chips and stir. When melted, strain. ip your cooled cookie in chocolate. Excellent flavor!
Submitted on: 04/18/07
Thin Mints are my favorite! I made this recipe and instead of making the cookie dough, I bought the chocolate wafers that look like Nilla Wafers. Tasted great. I also used Chocolate Almond Bark along with the extract instead of the chocolate and shortening. Worked wonderfully well.
Submitted on: 11/12/06
Suggestion: Place wafers on grated cooling rack and pour melted chocolate over them. When coating solidifies, turn wafer over and coat back side of cookie.
Submitted on: 04/19/06
I love this recipe. I found it to be a little time consuming though. I used my food processor to mix all of the dough ingredients and it saved time and energy. I mixed milk choc. and semi-sweet chips together and added more mint (to my liking). I couldnt believe how much these cookies tasted like the GS cookies.
troop leader  
Submitted on: 03/21/06
I love this recipe and I think it is a little better than the gs cookies. A little time consumming but you can adjust the mint, if you don't like using the cake mix cookies try dipping vanilla waffers. But don't stop supporting the girl scouts.
Submitted on: 02/11/06
This recipe is great, and the only reason the girl scouts don't like this recipe is because if people make their own they won't buy from girl scouts! THIS RECIPE ROCKS!!! GO TOP SECRET RECIPES DOT COM!!!!!
Submitted on: 01/19/06
Great recipe and as said you can adjust the mint to your liking. As for the amount of chocolate dip more than once! To prevent melting add Gulf Wax (parafin) its the secret to shiny slow melting chocolate and is perfectly safe. And YES! roll the dough into a log! I always do this when making cookies.
Submitted on: 01/04/06
This is a great recipe but an even quicker way to make them is to use Ritz crackers dipped in the chocolate and mint mixture. It saves you the baking time and I have gotten many compliments on them this way.
Joel getz  
Submitted on: 12/15/05
Easy, fun to make, teachers at school loved them.
Submitted on: 12/14/05
I've been making this recipie for three years and always get requests for more! It's fun and easy, and the cookies freeze well (with or without the chocolate coating on them). For the gs cookie carmel delights (the carmel, fudge, and coconut) I prepare vanilla cake mix using these directions and drizzle chocolate and carmel on them then sprinkle with coconut shavings...Even though I was a gs once, when I was peddling the cookies they were $1.50 a box! Best recipe ever!!!
Samantha Ann Jo  
Submitted on: 12/02/05
The thin mints were perfect for sister's wedding. Everybody loved them. They ate them in a few minutes. It was so unreal how much they ate. Thanks for the recipe!
cookie luver  
Submitted on: 11/07/05
That was 2 cool! yum! So everyone knows, the grasshopper fudge cookies made by those keebler elf dudes tastes just like thin mints.
Submitted on: 11/02/05
Great cookies, and taste like the real thing. Just one thought- to SAVE TIME, try making a log with cookie dough, chilling it, then cutting and placing on cookie sheets. no more grueling work over a rolling pin!!!
Thin Mint FREAK  
Submitted on: 11/01/05
This recipe was great!!! My mom and I are OBSESSED with girl scout cookies, but we love the thin mints the most!!! I think that these were better than the girl scout kind!!
Nadine S  
Submitted on: 10/11/05
These are perfect! I can make them for my hubby and my dad anytime of the year :) As for the girlscouts, I will be able to buy more of the coconut and caramel ones from now on, so it will balance out anyway! Only 4 stars because time consuming.
Former Girl Scout  
Submitted on: 10/09/05
As a former seller of these cookies and now with two nieces who do, I will still buy to support the scouts BUT these are absolutely as close to the real thing as you are going to get. It is a little time consuming but what the heck :) I also added a touch more mint to mine. The other girl scout people are just being loyal, and like I said I will buy to support the scouts but its nice not to have to wait.
Submitted on: 10/01/05
Actually this gets a bit higher than the Girl Scouts boxed version with me. Why? Because I can play around with it and make it as I like it exactly. The real ones are good. I am always glad to pick up a box but I like making them to my exact taste much better.
Submitted on: 10/01/05
My family liked these better than the real thing. I agree that the coating needed more mint. All in all, they're a bit rich and chocolaty for me. I actually preferred the uncoated wafers, in fact I might try a yellow cake mix and make vanilla cookies and chocolate cookies at the same time.
Submitted on: 09/28/05
I was a Girl Scout, and yes, these are almost exact copies of the thin mints. A little time consuming though.
Submitted on: 09/20/05
This was really not that good. The originals are so much better. I should know i am a girl scout and I always buy 4 boxes when i am selling them.
Submitted on: 08/23/05
I tried this recipe once and enjoyed very much. I like it better than the overpriced ones you buy from the cute girls. Just budget plenty of time to make them.
Girl Scout Elizabeth (12)  
Submitted on: 08/22/05
I sell these cookies and I buy 2 boxes every time. I know that this recipe may not be the exact thing but it is the best clone I have ever tasted, and all the ingrediants were in the home!
Submitted on: 08/15/05
I really enjoyed these cookies. Instead of the peppermint extract, I used about 6 to 8 leaves with the stem of my chocolate mint herb that I have growing in my flower bed. When melted with the chocolate it brings out the flavor of the mint. Just chewing on the leaves, they taste like spearmint and leave a refreshing taste in your mouth.
Submitted on: 08/10/05
My family and I really like this recipe. We like to add a little extra mint. Also, you have to be careful to make the cookies thin enough. They are relatively time consuming, but worth it. Have the kids help you and you can spend the time together.
Submitted on: 08/09/05
WOW, these were great! I couldn't belive how close to the original they were! In fact, the people I shared them with said that they were BETTER than the originals, because they were homemade! They are great for for small get togethers. But keep them in the frigde because they melt really easily. YUM!!
Submitted on: 08/09/05
Seriously, I LOVED them! I used all of my chocolate coating (because the more the merry) and only 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract for the mix. When I used 3/4, it came out a little strong. But when I shared some with friends, they asked me what Troop I was in... :)
Girl Scout senior- troop 186  
Submitted on: 08/01/05
this recipie just isn't the same as the origional. I may be a girl scout but I know the difference between the real thing and a fake. this isn't near as good.
Submitted on: 07/20/05
Cookies turned out great, but the coating needed a little extra peppermint extract. I barely needed 1/2 of the coating I made to cover the cookies- when I make them again I'm only going to use 2/3 the coating ingredients.