We've been calling on the Girl Scouts to remove GMO ingredients from their cookies. Until then, you can enjoy this home-made version of Thin Mints, adapted by a GMO Insider and organic baker. If you choose not to purchase Girl Scout cookies this year please consider making a donation to the Girl Scouts instead, in the same amount, and let the organization know you have done so on the Girl Scout's Facebook wall.
Non-GMO, Organic, Fair Trade Thin Mint Cookies
Makes: 30 - 40 cookies
- 1 cup organic butter, room temperature
- 1 cup organic powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsweetened organic fair trade cocoa powder
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups organic pastry or cake flour
Chocolate Peppermint Coating:
- 1 package organic mint dark chocolate candy melts
- 1 pound organic semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- organic peppermint extract to taste (about 1 teaspoon)
Cookie dough: In a mixer cream the butter until it is light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and continue to cream, scraping the sides of the bowl a couple times if necessary. Stir in the vanilla extract, salt, and cocoa powder. Mix until the cocoa powder is integrated and the batter is smooth and creamy, resembling a thick frosting. Add the flour and mix just until the batter is no longer dusty looking but still a bit crumbly. Turn the dough out onto a clean counter, gather it into a ball, and knead it together into a nice, smooth mass. Divide the dough in 2, flatten into disks, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for 15 minutes.
Rollout and bake: Preheat oven to 350. Roll dough out really thin, about 1/8-inch. These are called thin mints after all. You can either roll it out between two sheets of plastic, or dust your counter and rolling pin with a bit of flour and do it that way. If the dough is too firm to roll you can microwave it for 5 seconds. Cut out cookies and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.
Peppermint coating: Meanwhile, prepare your chocolate coating. Using a double boiler, slowly melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until it is glossy and smooth. You can add 1 tablespoon of shortening if your chocolate is too thick. Alternatively, use a microwave in short 15-20 second bursts to melt the chocolate. Stir in the peppermint extract if you don’t have the mint candy melts.
Finishing the cookies: Using a fork gently drop the cookies one at a time into the chocolate coating. Flip to coat all sides. Lift the cookie out of the chocolate with the fork and bang the fork on the side of the pan to drain any extra chocolate off the cookie. You are after a thin, even coating of chocolate. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, and repeat for the rest of the cookies. Place the cookies in the refrigerator or freezer to set.
If you have your own Girl Scout cookie Non-GMO recipe variations please share them with us!