I am so excited about this! I cannot believe how much these GF Thin Mints taste like the Girl Scouts Thin Mints (well, at least from what I remember!). 😀
For the Cookie Wafer:
1 pkg. of Betty Crocker’s GF Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1/4 cup Butter, melted (I used Smart Balance and I am sure a vegan butter substitute would work well too)
5 Tbs. Milk (or Milk Substitute)
1/8 tsp. Peppermint Oil (NOT extract)
- Combine melted butter, cake mix, milk and peppermint oil in a large mixing bowl, or stand mixer. Mix until a ball of dough forms.
- Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
- Roll out dough. I rolled mine out pretty thin, maybe about 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thick. They will rise a bit in the oven. I used sweet rice flour to dust my work area and rolling pin. You could also roll out between layers of parchment or wax paper, or even use the Pie Crust Maker (which I wish I had done, a lot less messy).
- I used a small circle cutter. I have also heard about using the lid of a spice jar as a cutter.
- Place cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350° for 8 – 12 minutes (mine were ready at 9 minutes in a convection oven). Let cool for a couple of minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
For the Mint Chocolate Coating:
2 lbs. GF Dark Chocolate Candy Wafers
3/8 tsp. Peppermint Oil
- I concocted my own “double boiler” using 2 saucepans. Fill the bigger, bottom pan with about an inch or 2 of water. Set another slightly smaller saucepan on top and add candy wafers to this smaller pan. Be careful not to get any water in the pan with the candy wafers. Allow water to heat up and melt the candy wafers, stirring occasionally. When the chocolate is completely melted, add the peppermint oil and stir to incorporate.
- When the chocolate is ready, drop in the cookies, a few at a time, and coat fully in chocolate. I used a Candy Dipping Fork to remove the cookies from the chocolate. I HIGHLY recommend getting one of these little tools, it will make this process much easier and neater!
- Once I removed the cookies, I transferred them to a cooling rack to allow excess chocolate to drip off and thus prevent the chocolate from pooling around the cookie (be sure to put wax paper or something underneath to collect the chocolate drippings). Next time I make these, I am going to try spraying Pam on the cooling rack to see if it will make removing the dipped cookies any easier!
There you have it…easy peasy!
I sent samples of the Thin Mints to each boy’s school today, I will update if I get any reviews! Kids are the best critics, they don’t lie to spare your feelings. Trust me, I know not to ask my boys if my bum looks big in a pair of jeans! 😉