There’s been a recipe for homemade thin mints that has piqued my interest for a while, but never to the point of actually making them. They’re kind of fussy and that makes me want to put them off. I’ll eventually tackle that homemade thin mint recipe some day, but in the meantime, this recipe is more my speed. Joy the Baker first mentioned it on her blog so I was curious to see what all the fuss was about.
Once I read the ingredients list, I was in awe. Why hadn’t I thought of this before!? These cookies are genius. Izy, is genius. And her blog, Top with Cinnamon, is absolutely darling and so inspirational. One of my new favorites for sure.
With that said, here’s the easiest DIY Thin Mints you’ll ever make – requiring only 3 ingredients!!
I tossed in a little Valentine’s twist just for fun using red melting candy chips and pearl sprinkles for decoration.
Now prepare yourself. All you need to make these dreamy cookies are Oreos, chocolate and peppermint oil.
This was almost a fail for me. Visually, many of these came out pretty dang ugly (the ugliest of the ugly are hidden between the stacks of cookies pictured above). Picking the right melting chocolate is key in this recipe. The darker chocolate I used didn’t melt as nicely as the milk chocolate and red melting candy chips. However, once you sink your teeth into one you forget about how ugly it may look and find yourself floating on clouds. I think next time I’ll use a better melting chocolate. And yes, there will be a next time. These puppies are too good to not make them over and over again.
Another big factor with these being an *almost* fail was that fact that the package of Oreos I sent my husband to get were mostly broken and sad. I tried to salvage as many cookies as possible, which ended up being about a quarter of the package. I left the frosting on some because it was the only thing holding the cookie together (this happened to be delicious BTW, especially for frosting-lovers). In the end I had a ton of melted chocolate and a bag full of broken Oreos. For the sake of not wasting, I dumped the broken cookie-bits into the melted chocolate and gave it a BIG stir. You know what? It made bundles of delightful thin mint clusters. YUM!!
I think that’s what you call making lemonade out of lemons. Yes, yes indeed. :)
3 Ingredient Thin Mints Recipe Notes – The original recipe calls for mint extract, which you can completely use instead of peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is what I had in my cupboard. Also, 9 drops makes a strong mint cookie that can easily be scaled down to 6 drops, depending on your taste. I also used three different types of melting chocolate, breaking up the recipe for chocolate into thirds. I used a milk chocolate, a dark chocolate and a red-colored melting candy, for a Valentine’s Day inspired cookie.
Recipe adapted from Top with Cinnamon.
9-10 ounces of Chocolate (I used about 3 ounces of each dark, milk chocolate and red melting candy)
6-9 drops of Peppermint oil (Divide into thirds if using different types of chocolate)
*Optional Valentine's Day version - use pink and red melting candy chips. I use Wilton's brand.
Twist Oreos in half and scrape (or eat) off frosting. If you leave the frosting on some cookies, they're pretty good still.
Melt chocolate over a double-boiler until completely smooth. Stir in peppermint oil well. Remove from double-boiler and using a fork submerge each Oreo cookie into the chocolate until well coated. Remove cookie by gently tapping cookie on the side of the boil, letting any excess melted chocolate to drip off. Place cookie onto a cookie rack and let it harden. Repeat steps until all cookies are used up. Decorate with sprinkles, if you're feeling festive.