Homemade Thin Mints

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Homemade healthy Thin Mints made with almond flour, pure maple syrup and coated in dark chocolate. Vegan + gluten-free.

I’ve been on a roll with Girl Scout cookie recreations.

It all started with my homemade Samoas. People are shocked by how easy they are to make and LOVE that they actually taste like the real deal cookies (some people say they taste even better) and a few people have called them LIFE-CHANGING!

Given all the Samoas cookie love, I decided I needed to recreate my other favorites… Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos and now Thin Mints!

Stack of healthy Thin Mint cookies.

Healthier Homemade Thin Mints

To be honest, traditional Thin Mints aren’t as unhealthy as most Girl Scout Cookies, but they still contain artificial and processed ingredients.

For this version, we’re skipping all of those extra ingredients like white sugar, palm oil and artificial flavoring and making them with just seven simple ingredients to create a vegan and gluten-free version of this Girl Scout classic!

These Thin Mints aren’t necessarily low calorie or low sugar, but they are made with natural ingredients including natural sugars from the pure maple syrup and without preservatives.

In terms of the chocolate chips, I recommend using Lily’s chocolate chips or Hu Kitchen gems for less sugar, but feel free to use what you have on hand. 

Instead of using white flour we’re using almond flour for the cookie, which was actually inspired and adapted from my almond flour crackers!

WATCH HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY THIN MINTS:

 

Stack of healthy Thin Mint cookies on a cookie sheet.

Ingredients Needed

  • almond flour – I love using almond flour for these cookies because it gives them a rich, nutty flavor that isn’t too overpowering. That said, I have tested these cookies with both all-purpose flour and oat flour and the cookies turned out well with both. Note: If you do use all-purpose flour, you’ll need to add a touch of liquid as the dough turns out quite dry. I added 1 Tablespoon of almond milk and it worked perfectly. 
  • cocoa powder or cacao powder 
  • pure maple syrup – maple syrup gives these cookies a nice subtle sweetness, but you can sub this for any liquid sweetener of your choice like honey, agave, monk fruit maple syrup, etc. 
  • coconut oil – this is used to help make the melted chocolate thinner, which makes it easier to dip the Thin Mints. You can skip it, but your melted chocolate will likely be pretty thick. And I recommend using refined coconut oil if you don’t want any coconut flavor!
  • sea salt
  • peppermint extract – you can use peppermint oil instead fine, but the oil is much more concentrated than extract, so you probably will only need a few drops.
  • dark chocolate chips I like to use Lily’s dark chocolate chips or Hu Kitchen gems to keep this recipe lower in sugar, vegan and dairy-free.

Steps for Making Healthy Thin Mints

Form dough: Combine almond flour, cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, sea salt and peppermint extract in a medium bowl until dough forms. The mixture might seem a little crumbly, but that’s okay. Place dough in the fridge for about 15 minutes.

Pre-heat oven + line baking sheet: While the dough is in the fridge, preheat your oven to 350°F and prep a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.

Cut cookies: Place the chilled dough on a piece of parchment paper. Cover it with a second piece of parchment. Pat it down with your hands and then use a rolling pin to roll out the dough.

You’ll want the dough semi-thin— about 1/4 of an inch thick. Use a small circular cookie cutter to cut out circular cookies and place each on your prepared baking sheet. I used a shot glass for this and it worked great.

Chocolate almond flour cookie dough rolled out and cut into circular shapes for cookies.

Bake: Place cookies in the pre-heated oven and bake for 13-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Melt chocolate: Melt chocolate by adding your chocolate chips and coconut oil into a small bowl. Melt in the microwave using 30-second increments or use a double boiler. Once chocolate is melted, stir in the peppermint extract.

Coat cookies: Using a fork, dip cookies into the melted chocolate. Let any excess chocolate drip off before placing the cookie back on the parchment lined baking sheet.

Set chocolate: Place cookies in the fridge or freezer for the chocolate to set, about 30 minutes. Once the chocolate has set, you’re ready to enjoy! 

Healthy Thin Mints dipped in chocolate and on a sheet of parchment paper.

How to Store Homemade Thin Mints

If you’re not eating these cookies right away I recommend storing them in an airtight container in your fridge or freezer.

They’ll stay good for up to a week in the fridge.

That said, I feel like everyone stores Thin Mints in their freezer and you can totally do that with this homemade version too! They should last 3 months in the freezer… but I bet they’ll be gone before then! 😉

Healthy Thin Mint cookie with a bite taken out of it.

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Homemade Thin Mints

5 from 93 votes
Homemade healthy Thin Mints made with almond flour, pure maple syrup and coated in dark chocolate. Vegan + gluten-free.
Stack of paleo thin mints on a white background.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 cookies

Ingredients

Cookies

Chocolate Coating

Instructions
 

  • Combine almond flour, cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, sea salt and peppermint extract in a medium bowl until dough forms. The mixture might seem a little crumbly, but that’s okay. Place dough in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
  • While the dough is in the fridge, preheat your oven to 350°F and prep a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  • Place the chilled dough on a piece of parchment paper. Cover it with a second piece of parchment. Pat it down with your hands and then use a rolling pin to roll out the dough. You’ll want the dough semi-thin— about 1/4 of an inch thick.
  • Use a small circular cookie cutter to cut out circular cookies and place each on your prepared baking sheet. I used a shot glass for this and it worked great.
  • Place cookies in the pre-heated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes. Watch them closely because the timing depends on thickness of your cookies. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  • Melt chocolate by adding your chocolate chips and coconut oil into a small bowl. Melt in the microwave using 30-second increments or use a double boiler. Once chocolate is melted, stir in the peppermint extract.
  • Using a fork, dip cookies into the melted chocolate. Let any excess chocolate drip off before placing the cookie back on the parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Place cookies in the fridge or freezer for the chocolate to set, about 30 minutes. Once the chocolate has set, you’re ready to enjoy! Store leftover cookies in the freezer and enjoy straight from the freezer – no need to thaw.

Video

Notes

  • Almond flour: You can use all-purpose flour or oat flour as a substitute for the almond flour. If you do use all-purpose flour, you’ll need to add a touch of liquid as the dough turns out quite dry. I added 1 Tablespoon of almond milk and it worked perfectly.
  • Maple syrup: You can sub this for any liquid sweetener of your choice like honey, agave, monk fruit maple syrup, etc. 
  • Coconut oil: This is used to help make the melted chocolate thinner, which makes it easier to dip the Thin Mints. You can skip it, but your melted chocolate will likely be pretty thick. I recommend using refined coconut oil if you don’t want any coconut flavor!
  • Peppermint extract: Peppermint oil should work just fine, but the oil is much more concentrated than extract, so you probably will only need a few drops.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie Calories: 96kcal Carbohydrates: 8g Protein: 2g Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 10mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: thin mint

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    185 comments
    1. Sheila
      March 20, 2022 AT 12:28 pm

      5 stars
      Amazing!!! I used coconut oil, maple syrup and cocoa powder to dip the cookies. Placed cookies in the freezer…perfect. Will make again very soon soon!!! Thank you for all the delicious recipes!!!

    2. Juanelle
      March 13, 2022 AT 8:18 pm

      5 stars
      LOVE LOVE these!! Stopped on way home to buy more ingredients to make more.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 14, 2022 AT 9:39 am

        Woo! Love to hear that, Juanelle. Thanks for making them and leaving a review, I really appreciate it!

    3. Natalie
      March 11, 2022 AT 9:22 am

      I have tree nut allergy could I use gluten free flour or coconut flour instead of almond ?

    4. Matti Hayes
      September 5, 2021 AT 10:54 pm

      3 stars
      Good taste but the dough was way too dry and crumbly. I followed the recipe exactly and even after chilling, the dough would barely clump. I think maybe the wet ingredient quantities could be increased because I barely got 7 cookies out of this recipe. The melted chocolate was the saving grace to keep the cookie structure together. I wouldn’t say it’s a *bad* recipe but it did not turn out how I had hoped. 🙁

    5. W
      July 24, 2021 AT 10:28 pm

      5 stars
      Let me start off by saying, I am not a baker. I tried these yesterday and it was a disaster. I left them in 14 minutes which was one minute too long. They went from smelling heavenly mint to burnt in seconds. I figured I’d try dipping them in chocolate anyway seeing as though I already melted it. Then proceeded to drop half of them on the floor on the way to the freezer. They weren’t bad a little burnt, but I tried again today. Learned from my mistakes and they are SO GOOD. Just like Girl Scout cookies. And the shot glass was a genius way to cut them perfectly.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2021 AT 12:21 pm

        Woo!! So glad these thin mint cookies were a hit! Thanks for making them and coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

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