Homemade Vegan No-Bake “Thin Mints”

As much as I love eating out, I hate not knowing exactly what ingredients are used in a recipe.  It’s a weird quirk of mine and most likely the reason that I love making food at home.  That being said, it was only a matter of time that I made my own Thin Mints.  I can’t afford to purchase enough Thin Mints to last me until the next Girl Scout Cookie season, so I am excited to have this insanely easy recipe in my book.  If you like Thin Mints, you’ll like these!

Note: Although I am not Vegan myself, I did quite a bit of research on the ingredients to be absolutely positive that they are Vegan.  Ritz Crackers? Who knew!

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Ingredients

  • 1 box Ritz Crackers
  • 1 package Ghiradelli Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tbsp Crisco All Vegetable Shortening
  • 1.5 tsp peppermint extract

Instructions:

  1. Put your chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl with the crisco and microwave until melted.  Mix well.
  2. Add in the peppermint extract.  Taste the mix to be sure it’s enough, and if you want it even more minty, add some.  Just be careful that you don’t add TOO much or your cookies will taste like mouthwash.
  3. Dunk your Ritz Crackers into the chocolate until they’re completely covered.  Lay them out on a piece of wax paper or aluminum foil.  Once you have a whole tray filled up, stick them in the fridge to harden up. The Ritz Cracker turns into a cookie once it firms up! 
  4. After the chocolate is firm, I placed all the cookies into a tupperware container and threw them in the freezer for easy storage.

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For St. Patty’s day, I am planning on making some Thin Mints with green sprinkles on top for a fun addition.

What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie?

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These Are a Few of Katrina’s Favorite Things…

Like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, I happen to fancy the art of baking. I get my jollies by going to the local grocery store and taking my time walking up and down the isles, until I find the best deals for the best brands of fresh food. I am not a big fan of processed food (or “crap” as Jillian Michael’s calls it), so to me, I like to bake and cook from scratch most of the time. While others see nothing wrong with buying cookies and cupcakes, I prefer to bake them myself.

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I started baking back when I was about 10 years old; after I checked out the All American Girl Cookbook from my local library. I immediately wanted to try Samantha’s Blueberry Muffins and Felicity’s Scones…you catch my drift. And there I was…not even a teenager, but I was washing fresh blueberries, sifting flour, and cracking eggs in a bowl. To this day, I LOVE to bake. I love the feeling of patting the homemade crust on the top of an apple pie, or sprinkling sugar into chocolate chip cookie dough. The smell that floats through the air as my banana nut bread bakes is one that not only makes my family all hover around the kitchen, but makes me eager to try a piece too.

Tonight after working a full day in the office, I came home and baked. And baked. And baked. I have a function the next evening and promised I would bake, so I did! chocolate chip-walnut cookies, Banana Walnut bread, and an apple pie. Yes, call me crazy, but it was fun! Although time-consuming, I enjoyed it and my treats look decadent and are just waiting to be gobbled up.

#SCBD Holiday Find: EE Cookies!

About a week or so ago, I got one of the best things anyone who loves food  dessert can possibly get. EE Cookies sent me a dozen of their unique cookies to try and they are right when they say these are not your ordinary cookies. So if you have a friend who is a cookie lover I highly recommend you get them a dozen cookies. They won’t be disappointed, all the cookies are jam-packed with chocolate chips, nuts, or fruit– how it should be! This pretty much says it all.

In my dozen, I received about four of each of these flavors:

Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip: delicious and jam-packed with chocolate chips

Dark Chocolate Chunk with Dried Cherries: I think the picture says it all, perfect for the dark chocolate lovers in your life.

Triple Chocolate Chip with Pecan: I’m currently munching on one of these and it is a great size, with great flavor!

Oatmeal with Dried Cranberries, Blueberries, & Walnuts: My favorite and currently my new favorite breakfast. I love how healthy it is since it has oatmeal in it and the dried fruit is top notch! It’s  a perfect little bit in the morning!

I’m so happy I was able to try EE Cookies and will definitely consider them for holiday gifts!  You can order your cookies online at their online shop, here. Plus, if you use the code HOLIDAY20 you can get 20% off your order at check out– can you say deal?! YES!

They also have a new home at 10 Waverly place inside “Brad’s” at NYU so you can stop by and grab some of our fresh, baked on site cookies, brownies and other delicious baked goods fresh in the case if you don’t want to order online.

I can see how they keep such a loyal fan base since they started in 2009! So if you have a few minutes, check out their site, order some cookies, and maybe even join the Cookie of the Month Club— you’ll be in for a delicious endeavor! They have tons of ordering options at the online store with plenty of creative deals for the cookie lover in your life!

Happy Eating– there is nothing wrong with having a sweet tooth especially with cookies this delicious!