This recipe for Copycat Thin Mint Cookies is an easy, no-bake treat made with only 3 ingredients. It is a simple recipe that replicates the taste you know and love in the famous Thin Mint Cookie with very little effort.
I fell in love with Thin Mints at first bite early in my childhood. But Girl Scout Cookies only come around one time per year, so a knock-off version of both Tagalong Cookies and Thin Mint Cookies became necessary to fulfill my intense craving.
But unlike classic cookie recipes, like Neiman Marcus, Cut-Out Sugar Cookies, and Muddy Buddy Cookies, this recipe doesn't even involve making cookie dough. These Copycat Thin Mints are the easiest cookie recipe ever!
Reasons to Love These Copycat Thin Mints
- Only 3 Ingredients. Butter crackers, chocolate, and mint extract create a copycat version of the classic Thin Mint cookie that is a pretty close replicate of the famous cookie.
- Perfect Texture and Flavor. These copycat thin mints are rich in chocolate, have a hint of mint, are super crunchy, and finish with a bit of salt for balance. Simple, yet perfect.
- Satisfies the Craving. Whether you run out of Thin Mints, or can't wait for the Girl Scouts to come knocking on your door these Homemade Thin Mint Cookies will satisfy your craving!
- Allergy-Friendly? Need a dairy-free or gluten-free version of Thin Mints? No problem with this recipe! Dietary modifications have been included.
Notes on Ingredients
- Round Butter Crackers: You can use Ritz crackers or a version of butter crackers made without hydrogenated oils. Despite the name Butter Crackers, most versions are dairy-free. If you need these cookies to be dairy-free, be sure to carefully look at the ingredients. Gluten-Free butter crackers also work well in this recipe for a Gluten-Free Thin Mint Cookie.
- Mint Extract: Mint extract is super strong in flavor. You will only need a tiny bit to impart a huge mint flavor to these cookies. Just be sure to use Pure Mint Extract for the best flavor.
- Chocolate: Use any quality chocolate you like. You can use dark or milk chocolate, but I prefer the taste of dark chocolate, as it pairs well with the mint extract. Select either large chocolate bars and chop them up into small pieces, or use chocolate chips. And if needed uses your favorite good-quality dairy-free chocolate chips or chocolate bar.
∗ tips for making thin mint cookies∗
Making these copycat thin mint cookies is as simple as melting the chocolate and dipping the crackers, but I have a few tips to help you along the way.
- Use chopped chocolate. If not using chocolate chips, you want to chop your chocolate bar into pieces about the size of chocolate chips. This will ensure an even melt.
- Use a fork. I find a fork is a great tool to use to dip the crackers into the melted chocolate, as the chocolate can drip off through the prongs of a fork.
- Work quickly or in batches. The chocolate will begin to harden and can become difficult to dip the crackers into. If you work slowly, it may be best to cut the recipe in half and then repeat. Alternatively, you can reheat your chocolate if needed, but I only recommend doing so once.
- Let harden at room temperature. If time permits, let the chocolate set up at room temperature, as this will prevent the chocolate from forming condensation on the surface and potentially discoloring. However, if you have a couple of hours, it is best to let the chocolate harden fully at room temperature. They will still taste delicious!
- Don't waste the leftover chocolate! Leftover chocolate? Use it to drizzle over pretzels and top with candy canes for a delicious treat.
How To Store Homemade Thin Mints
For appearance purposes, Homemade Thin Mints are best stored at room temperature, as this ensures that the chocolate doesn't become cloudy. However, they taste great refrigerated or frozen.
- At room temperature: Place the thin mint cookies into an airtight container once fully hardened. Store in a cool place, for up to 5 days at room temperature.
- Refrigerate: Place the crackers into an airtight container once the chocolate has fully hardened. Refrigerate for up to 10 days.
- Freeze: Alternatively, store them in a freezer-safe airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month.
More Easy Chocolate No-Bake Recipes
- Homemade Tagalong Cookies
- Homemade Peppermint Bark
- Crockpot Candy
- Easy Chocolate Bark Recipe
- Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
- Easy Peanut Butter Buckeyes Recipe
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3-Ingredient Homemade Thin Mint Cookies
- 60 round butter crackers
- 1 pound chocolate cut into squares, chips, or chunks
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or wax paper and set aside.
- Place the chocolate into a heat-glass bowl and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until creamy and smooth. Alternatively, place the glass bowl over a pot of simmering water over medium-low heat and melt until smooth, stirring frequently.
- If needed, remove the chocolate from the double boiler and dry off the bowl. Add the peppermint extract to the melted chocolate and stir to combine.
- Place a cracker onto a fork and dip into the metled chocolate, allow the excess chocolate to drip off throng the prongs of the fork.
- Place the chocolate crackers onto the parchment paper. Let sit at room temperature for 2 hours to fully harden. In a bind, place the crackers into the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to set up faster.