"Remember, a balanced meal is a cookie in each hand!" - Anonymous
Just before Christmas a friend asked me if I had a good recipe for cookies that tasted like the popular Girl Scout cookie, Thin Mints. My only experience, up until now, was a recipe that Sandra Lee of the Food Network had provided some years ago which was coating vanilla wafers with mint-flavored chocolate. So, one year I tried this, and put the cookies out on the tray. My oldest son grabbed one, bit into it and said, "What is this, a Vanilla Wafer covered with chocolate?" Umm, yes, it was, and it was obvious that it was.
This year, however, my daughter-in-law (different son) told me about a very simple recipe to make an amazing clone of the beloved cookies. I tried it and am hooked. These are wonderful and the recipe couldn't be simpler.
Girl Scout Thin Mint Clone
1 12-oz. bag chocolate chips
3-4 drops peppermint oil
A sleeve of Ritz Crackers
Melt the chocolate over simmering water in the top of a double boiler. Add peppermint oil to taste. Dip crackers, coating well with chocolate, and place onto waxed paper to set.
I made these after midnight the evening before our Boxing Day dinner. I used 60% cacao Ghirardelli chocolate chips and whatever happened to be left in the bottle of mint extract (my guess is probably 1/4 teaspoon). After letting them set, I decided to give them a more festive look by melting about 1/2 cup of green mint Ghirardelli chips and drizzling this over the top.
I'll never buy a Thin Mint again (but don't worry, Girl Scouts, there are plenty of your other offerings that I will buy!)