Fake It Frugal Thin Mints

Years ago, I saw a thin mint recipe idea floating around on Pinterest. Since I  love actual thin mints cookies (but rarely buy them), I was eager to try making the copycat version. I tried a couple different ones and simplified the recipe to use only 2 ingredients. The result is a simple thin mints recipe that is an amazing replica of the Girl Scout Thin Mints.

I know. It’s hard to believe. Two ingredients that truly taste like thin mints? I was pleasantly surprised when I made this recipe. I was more than surprised – because this easy recipe tasted almost exactly like the name brand thin mint.

Using Ritz crackers and Andes chips, it’s a frugal way to make a sweet treat. Plus, I can now have thin mints any time I want to make them. Maybe that isn’t a good thing?

I’m still amazed how something so simple can make such an addicting chocolate snack.  Don’t wait long to make this treat!

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Ingredients:

1 bag Andes Creme de Menthe baking chips
2 sleeves Ritz crackers

Directions:

Melt the Andes chips in a double boiler over low heat. Stir until melted and smooth.

One at a time, drop a Ritz cracker in the chocolate. Coat in chocolate. Lift out with a fork and gently shake off the excess chocolate. Place the crackers on wax paper and let harden at room temperature.

Store the thin mints in the refrigerator or freezer. Wait and see how long they last – or don’t!

One bag of chocolate should cover 2 sleeves of Ritz crackers.

Additional Notes:

If you don’t have Andes mint chips, there is a simple option – which results in a 3 ingredient recipe that still tastes just as good. You can dip your Ritz crackers in melted chocolate chips that are flavored with mint candy oils.

Candy oils are highly concentrated so it will only take a couple drops to flavor your chocolate. Start with one or two and taste the chocolate because once you add the flavoring, you can’t take any back out. There are peppermint flavored oils as well as menthe flavored oils and either would work. It’s simply a matter of preference. Using candy oils is a very frugal idea because I bottle of oils will last you for dozens of batches of thin mints! I have used oils and they do taste just as good as using the actual thin mints.

I think these frugal thin mints are like Lay’s potato chips because I can’t eat just one thin mint! How about you? I highly recommending storing (er, hiding) them in the freezer to make them last. You can eat them straight from the freezer anytime a thin mint craving strikes!

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Copycat Thin Mints Recipe

This copycat thin mints recipe only needs 2 ingredients and tastes just like real thin mints!

Ingredients

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  • 1 bag Andes Creme de Menthe baking chips
  • 2 sleeves Ritz crackers

Instructions

  1. Melt the Andes chips in a double boiler over low heat. Stir until melted and smooth.
  2. One at a time, drop a Ritz cracker in the chocolate. Coat in chocolate.
  3. Lift out with a fork and gently shake off the excess chocolate. Place the crackers on wax paper and let harden at room temperature.
  4. Store the thin mints in the refrigerator or freezer.
  5. Wait and see how long they last – or don’t!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1

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10 Comments

  1. So yummy. Hard to eat just a couple. It sounds like they wouldn’t taste like the thin mint girl scout cookies, but they really do. A much cheaper alternative! They freeze well also, and taste great right out of the freezer.

    1. I find that the little bit of salt isn’t noticeable at all…and actually, probably helps cut the sweetness just a tiny bit. However, you could brush the salt you see off the crackers first, if you prefer. Hope this helps, Julie!

  2. this is fantastic!! I may not be able to wait very long to try these myself. What a fantastic, possibly-dangerous idea! I just pinned it…so it will be coming up on my dessert list soon…

  3. Oh yum! This is a great idea! I love the Andes mints! Will definitely have to try this!

    1. Isn’t it, though? It just goes to show that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. I hope you like them, Ashley!

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