homemade thin mint cookies


Over the weekend, I stocked my freezer with 60 homemade thin mint cookies (dipping five dozen chocolate cookies in peppermint-laced chocolate = dream job!). I first shared thin mints here in 2011, and with an updated cookie, now is the time to resurrect the recipe.

Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

At their heart, these thin mint cookies are still one of the best ways to enjoy the iconic Girl Scout cookie year-round, whenever a craving strikes. I swapped the original slice-and-bake chocolate cookie with a roll-out cookie for uniformity and reduced chilling time.

Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

Because this recipe yields such a volume of cookies, it’s easiest to divide the chocolate in half and melt in two separate batches so that the consistency stays nice and glossy for coating. Stash these cookies away in your freezer and join me in snacking on thin mints all day long, or turn them into thin mint ice cream!

Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

How to dip thin mint cookies

The easiest way to dip these cookies in chocolate is to work with one cookie at a time. Drop the cookie into melted chocolate to completely coat all sides, then use a fork to lift the cookie from the chocolate, tapping the fork gently against the bowl to allow any excess chocolate to drain off.

Once the cookies are dipped, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill briefly in the refrigerator to set the chocolate. If you have any extra melted chocolate, transfer the chocolate to a piping bag to drizzle thin lines of chocolate over the tops of the cookies.

Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

Homemade Thin Mint Cookies




  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pure peppermint extract


  • 20 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp pure peppermint extract


  1. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy. Add egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract, beating to combine. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Divide dough in half and scrape out each half onto a piece of plastic wrap; shape into a disk and wrap well. Chill dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Work with one section of dough at a time, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick on a lightly floured board. Use a floured 2-inch round cutter to cut out circles. Gather scraps to re-roll once, punching out more circles. Place circles on baking sheets.
  3. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 8 to 9 minutes, until tops and edges are set. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Place chopped chocolate in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Slowly melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until glossy and smooth. Reduce heat to low so that coating will retain its consistency, and stir in peppermint extract. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Drop cookies (one at a time) into melted chocolate to completely coat. Use a fork to lift the cookies out of the chocolate, tapping the fork gently against the side of the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drain off. Place dipped cookies on prepared baking sheets and chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to set chocolate. Store thin mint cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or freeze up to three months.


Make ahead: Cookies can be baked 1 day ahead of dipping in chocolate (once cool, store in an airtight container at room temperature). You can also roll out the dough, punch out circles, and flash-freeze dough circles for one hour on baking sheets, then transfer to freezer bags for storage.


  • Calories: 95
  • Carbohydrates: 10

Keywords: Chocolate, Peppermint, Thin Mints, Thin Mint Cookies

Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

  1. Wow! These are gorgeous! An made from scratch has got to be better than from those boxes that are packed in my freezer.
    P.S. I need a dipping in chocolate intervention. I would have to dip 4 1/2 dozen to get 3 decent cookies!! You’re a master.

  2. These look seriously so decadent and perfect! My kids and husband love the girl scout cookies, so I cant wait to make these for them! I know they will love it! 🙂

  3. OMG… I’ve not had or made thin mints in faaar to long… these are perfection too! The bit of leavening puffs these up just enough. I’m with you on cookie cutting. I can never get my cookies of equal size when slicing. I’d love to grab a few off the screen ! SOOO good!

  4. These are very tasty cookies. I didn’t have a small cookie cutter so ended up with much larger cookies, but the cook times were not that much greater. I would advise those that also end up with larger cookies to let them get to the crispy end of things so that they don’t fall apart when you are dipping them in chocolate. It’s still very delicious, but no longer aesthetic :-). Thanks for the recipe!

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