Cheater Thin Mints




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I crave thin mints pretty much all the time. These cookies taste much like them, with hardly any effort!

They're not as pretty as thin mints, but who cares about pretty when they taste fantastic?

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Step 1: Ingredients:

for cookies:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 stick softened butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup semi or bitter sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons boiling water
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

You can use white sugar for these, but they won't taste as amazing. The brown sugar really gives them extra oomph. :D

You'll also need an oven preheated to 350 F and a baking sheet with parchment paper lining it.

Step 2: Make the Cookie Dough

Cream the butter and sugar together. Add one egg and a teaspoon of vanilla and mix that in.

Once everything's nicely combined, mix in the flour, cocoa and baking powder. I got lazy and just poured them into a sieve instead of combining them in a separate bowl before. :)

Now add one cup of chocolate chips and mix them in.

Step 3: Baking

Place twelve rounded tablespoonfuls of dough on a baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes at 350 F. You'll do this twice. :)

Put the dough in the fridge between batches - or if you're fancy and forward thinking, do two baking sheets at once!

Once they're done, let them cool on the baking sheet until they're easy to handle, and then transfer them to a baking rack.

Step 4: Glazing!

Put the cocoa powder and powdered sugar through a sieve to eliminate any clumps. Add in 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract and 2 tablespoons of boiling water. Stir well and then pop in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir again. It should be well combined now.

At first, the oil will float on the top, but as it cools it will mix in. As soon as it stops floating to the top, you know it's cool enough to glaze the cookies with.

Make sure your cookies are cool before glazing!

You can either dip the cookies into the glaze or drizzle it on top. I like to do a few coats to make them extra pepperminty. :D Make sure you glaze them over a baking rack with wax paper below it - it's messy!

The glaze will be sticky for a little bit, but within a couple hours it'll harden up and look nice and glossy.

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11 Discussions


6 years ago

These sound pretty awesome.


6 years ago on Introduction

I have a saying about messy-looking food "It all ends up looking the same in my stomach!" It's the taste that counts, despite what the Food Network would have you believe! :D

Now, where did I put that brown sugar? I need to go make some Cheater Thin Mints! :D


6 years ago on Introduction

I was already going to like this instructable just beacause it's thin mints. But you just added that extra awesome by using the word oomph above!


6 years ago on Introduction

1 tsp of molasses added to 1 cup white sugar gives you a DIY brown sugar. I learned this from BexarPrepper she has a video about it on YouTube.


6 years ago on Introduction

I didn't have a craving until you mentioned the thin mints - YUMMMMM. I love them also. Are these healthier than the normal ones? :) They sound delicious!!!


6 years ago

Can you clarify the glaze instruction- "pop it into the microwave for 30 minutes". Did you mean seconds?

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6 years ago on Introduction

I was just looking at chocolate cookie recipes to make and these look very good! ALSO, Guittard chocolate chips are the BEST chocolate chips ever!