These easy Homemade Thin Mints are gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free! If you’re looking for a Girl Scout cookie fix, these cookies have the same chocolate peppermint flavor punch!
Homemade Thin Mint Cookies
It’s that time of year again. To buy Girl Scout Cookies from the cute little entrepreneurs selling them outside of Stop & Shop or from your coworker, Sharon’s, 8 year old. You know what I’m talking about…we all know it’s time to eat a whole sleeve of thin mints in one sitting. You won’t be getting any judgment from me, but we did make this easy healthy thin mints recipe if you’re looking for the same chocolate peppermint flavor punch in a gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free cookie!
I think we can all agree that thin mints are by far the best girl scout cookie. Okay, thin mints AND Samoas are pretty much tied for first place in my heart. It’s not like I’m inhaling tagalongs here. No, siree, gimme the chocolate peppermint bite sized cookies and you’ll have one happy girl.
Tips for Success with this Vegan & Gluten Free Thin Mints Recipe:
This homemade thin mints recipe is surprisingly super easy and quick to make!
Make the chocolate peppermint cookies: We made a chocolate peppermint shortbread with maple syrup, gluten free flour and coconut oil for all our vegan friends. Simply roll the cookies out, cut out with circle and bake!
Melt dark chocolate and coconut oil together: The dark chocolate keeps these low sugar and vegan! Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to soften the chocolate up a little bit and give these homemade thin mints an extra shine!
Dip the cookies in dark chocolate: We like to use a fork to dip the cookies in chocolate so that you scrape off the excess on the bottom and easily transfer to a wire rack or to wax paper!
Devour: Enough said 🙂
How to Store Homemade Thin Mint Cookies:
These healthy thin mints keep well for an alarmingly long time. I promise there are no preservatives snuck in! Like any shortbread, these homemade thin mints just have a long shelf life. We enjoyed them stored in an airtight container for 2 weeks and in the freezer for up to 3 months!
We’re planning on eating these healthy thin mints all weekend long. I hope you’ll join us!
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, and coconut sugar together in a bowl, whisking to fully combine. Add the peppermint extract.
In a separate bowl combine the gluten free flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing together until completely homogenous.
On a well floured surface, turn out the dough and form into a disc. Roll out the dough to about 1/16th inch thickness. The dough will be thin, but it won’t tear. Use a small round cookie cutter to cut out cookies and carefully transfer them to the prepared sheets.
Bake cookie for 9 minutes or until fully cooked. These cookies are like a chocolate shortbread so you want them to be crisp! Allow to cool completely.
When you are ready to dip the cookies in chocolate, line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil over medium low heat in a double boiler or microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between each heating. Repeat until the chocolate is completely smooth and melted.
Using a fork, dip each cookie in the chocolate, scraping the excess chocolate off of the cookie before transporting to the wax paper to cool. Repeat with the remainder of the cookies and pop in the freezer for 20 minutes to set. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months! Enjoy!
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Hey! Wondering if the coconut oil should be melted or left at room temperature?
My first attempt at these ended up crumbling and wouldn’t roll out! Onto round two…
Our coconut oil was at room temperature, but it should work either way! I’m so sorry that your cookies ended up crumbly! If the dough seems too dry, add a little more coconut oil or maple syrup to up the liquid!
What kind of chocolate chips do you use to keep it vegan?
Hey Amber! We used Enjoy Life!
I want to make these but honestly, I don’t use/stock any of the trendy “alternative” ingredients…coconut oil, almond milk, gluten free anything. Can I just use butter, regular milk an all purpose flour?
Hi Nancy! You definitely can! simply use butter instead of coconut oil, regular milk instead of almond milk and all purpose flour in place of gluten free flour!
Sarah, How do you get a smooth outer cover when using a fork to dip? Do you stick fork in bottom? Any hints on how to get perfect chocolate dip much appreciated!
Hey Alexandra! We place the cookie flat on top of the fork, lower it into the chocolate and then lift it up so that the excess drips through the holes in the fork, leaving the rest of the cookie smooth!