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Homemade Thin Mints (Easy No Bake Cookie)

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Homemade Thin Mints

If you’re a fan of Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies, then you are gonna love this recipe! This super quick and easy recipe requires just 4 ingredients (including Ritz crackers) and it requires no baking! These homemade cookies have the same crunch and minty chocolate flavor as the Girl Scout variety – I personally like them right out of the freezer with a glass of milk! 🙂

Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

(Adapted from Averie Cooks)

Ingredients:

One sleeve of Ritz crackers (or about 27)
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil, shortening, or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon pure mint extract

How to make homemade thin mints with Ritz Hip2Save

Directions:

In a microwave safe bowl, mix chocolate chips with mint extract and coconut oil. Microwave in 15 second increments until melted and smooth, stirring each time. My microwave takes about 3 times. (Note: Using some sort of oil helps the chocolate melt smoother with less clumps).

Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Dip the crackers into the chocolate, turning your hand to drip off the excess chocolate. I used a toothpick since the crackers have small holes in the middle. Place on top of the wax paper and freeze or refrigerate until set.

These are so delicious and super quick to make on the days you want something sweet but don’t want to turn on your oven. They are a favorite in my family and I hope your family loves them too!

Homemade Thin MintsWritten by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 110

  1. Sheela

    oh my gosh this blew my mind! I am SOOO excited to try these!!!

  2. Jodie

    To make it even easier, use the Andes mint pieces in the baking aisle. They melt super easy, just dip the cracker in and let harden on wax paper. It’s the one cookie on my kids Christmas cookie wish list every year!

  3. lisa kegerize

    I have made these numerous times and they are awesome.

  4. Melissa

    I have made these for years. If you want another recipe….you can also use the Wilton Light Cocoa chocolate wafers (that you buy at Joann’s or Michaels) and Cream de Menthe LorAnn oil. I think it’s the Cream de Menthe that gives them the true Girl Scout mint flavor.

    • Guest24

      Melissa, Thanks. I was wondering about using my Cream de Menthe. I bet it would taste “mintier” .

  5. Kim

    Yummy…. I wonder if you could use the Icing flavoring we got free a while back to make these. I have mint in it and its away to use it 🙂

  6. moonflowerbug

    I have made these for years….try using Wilton Light Cocoa chocolate wafers and Cream de Menthe oil flavoring by LorAnn…give it more of the true mint flavor. I think I might have to try the Andes way too.

  7. Tiffany

    You just made my day. I have a couple of boxes of ritz that I was worried about expiring. I just need the mint extract. I’m so excited!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh you’ll love these! You’re welcome 🙂

  8. John

    They actually sell these in store, “Fudge Ritz”

    • John

      please change m=y icon, not a girl

      • Nik

        I think the girl icon is standard for everyone. I’m not a girl, but it’s just a comment on a blog so I’m not bothered by it.

    • JulieA

      Are they mint flavored?

      • Daisy

        The off brand ones at Savealot are mint flavored! Taste exactly like the Girl Scouts thin mints!

    • leah

      They are not mint flavored though

  9. Savvy

    I love thin mints…I have been making mine with oreos and wiltons dark cocoa mint melts (found at JoAnns).

    I carefully twist apart the oreos and remove the creme filling.
    Warm up the dark cocoa mint melts, as directed on the package.
    Dip the single (half) oreo into the melted cocoa mint melts and place on parchment to harden.

    These are divine in the fridge or freezer!! Off to make a few for dessert tonight, thanks Lina for such a great recipe!!

    • Laura

      Savvy, great idea thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great idea! You’re welcome 🙂

  10. robyn

    Between this, keebler, and the dumb price of the cookies now is why my girls can’t reach their sales goal

    • Jessica

      That’s not very nice……. Not everyone can afford $3.50 for a box of cookies or even want to pay $3.50 for a box of cookies if they can afford it.

      • Kayla

        My area is selling for 4 dollars. Their price is getting way out of hand and I heard the actual troop gets very little, most of the profit goes to corporate.

        • J

          Not to mention their boxes have gotten smaller!

      • Guest24

        @ Jessica. $3.50/box? really? I won’t tell you how long it has been when I sold them for 50 cents a box. But, I think sugar was cheaper then, too….. Thanks, That made me smile.

      • Jaime

        Beside your troop only gets like .25 for each box. Most of America doesn’t know that. Girl Scout Cookie Sales are like crazy competitions…. between the mothers…anyway!

    • Erin

      Well, Keebler and Little Brownie Bakers (the company that bakes Girl Scout cookies) are owned by the same company so…

      • leah

        Exactly Jessica!!

      • Laura

        I thought Keebler Grasshoppers were the same ad thin mints.

    • Amy

      As someone who just spent $36 on GS cookies, I beg to disagree. These recipes are great in a pinch, but nothing compares to a REAL GS cookie. 😉

      • mel

        Agreed! I always buy a box here, there whenever I see the tents (usually Walgreens or Sam’s) But these are great to make when you have a hankering for thin mints and its not girl scout cookie season!

    • Ketsy

      Wow! Perhaps it’s your attitude. People purchase to those with good hearts and comments such as these reflect it. I would buy these by the case to send to buddies overseas. Now it seems like it’s the parents pushing and crazed children rather than sweet little girls.

      Anyhow, great idea. I wouldn’t do these just because time is money and it seems like quite a few ingredients. I’d probably pay for the cookies or eat Oreos or York 😀

      • Mandy

        Quite a few ingredients? lol

    • meg

      I think I’m just going to copy and paste my comments…for petes sake!!!! It’s a recipe…if u like it try it if you don’t just move on! Why post a rude comment? I don’t understand what has gotten into people lately! Thanks for the great recipe and keep them coming 🙂

    • Suzyq

      Our area just raised their price to $5 a box and I’m sorry but that’s a rip off for such a small box of cookies. I’m all about supporting Girl Scouts but lets be realistic! So yes I will be making my own from now on.

      • Maggie

        As a life member of GSA, I get it. I sold bigger boxes at $2.00. If you see girls out, give ’em a dollar as a donation and skip the cookies. Troops will be glad to add to a slush fund. Ours paid for girls who couldnt afford to go to outings, and to buy girls a sash to put their badges on when the family cant afford the uniforms. Support the girls or the local troops and the camps. Camps are massive pieces of land that are utilized most during the summer, but taxes are crazy and many could close. Scouting can become a way of the past only if we let it.

    • Jesse

      I don’t buy them because they aren’t gluten free AND they use GMO ingredients- ick!

      • 1luv

        How can we make a gluten free version?

    • chester

      they are $5.00 in northern california now. i see the girl scouts everywhere, but i’m hesitant to spend that much on a few cookies.

    • Denise

      LOL

      I don’t know about that….I just purchased a box of Thin Mints TODAY, even after reading this wonderful recipe. I wouldn’t normally pay $4 for a box of cookies, but I couldn’t resist the enthusiastic Girl Scout outside Walgreens (and her little brother snacking on the product).

    • Stephanie

      Great attitude to teach your daughter, that’s what Girl Scouts are all about, right?

      Anyway, I don’t buy them anymore because of the ingredient list. Have you ever actually read what’s in those things? If we can’t pronounce it or if it’s not a food made in nature, we don’t eat it. Say no to GMO’s.

    • Steffers

      They’re $5 a box in Northern California. I support my local Girl Scouts and I bought 4 boxes on Friday and yes they were $2.50 a box in the late 80’s when I sold them as a child……but this is a great sub for the rest of the 11 months a year that these cookies aren’t sold.

    • Trineke

      My troop has opted out of selling Cookies the last two years. It’s not a requirement. Yes, the girls don’t get a cookie badge, but we earn several more doing alternative fundraising. It’s not the price of other cookies or recipes that are causing low sells. Other cookies and recipes have been around since the beginning of the GS. The problems with sales are the reason we have opted out of selling them. Weak Economy. Cookie prices ($5.00-$7.50 a box in our area) and the fact that the cookies are full of GMO’s and other dangerous ingredients. We can hold a bake sale, car wash, or silent auction etc. and bring in far more money than we were with cookies.

  11. Heather

    I also have put a light layer of peanut butter on the cracker then dipped them in chocolate and they taste like the peanut butter tag alongs

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh yum! Great idea

  12. deb

    wow! sounds like a great idea for Christmas this year for the cookie exchange I do with my friends and no baking!

  13. tam

    oh, i bet these would be easy to do with those delicious mint chocolate chips from Trader Joes 🙂 YUMMM! Thanks!!!

  14. Akmom

    My mom made a no bake cookie this year for a cookie exchange that is two ritz crackers with peanut butter in the middle then dipped in chocolate, similar to the tagalongs. I was surprised how well the crackers held their crunch. Great recipe! Might be good with Nutella too:)

    • JANE

      i make these too. always a big hit

  15. J

    I saw this right after you posted, had everything on hand so I made them right then. Kiddos thought they hit the jackpot when they woke up from nap lol! Thanks for sharing, too easy and yummy!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ha that’s cute thanks for telling us!

  16. Melissa

    Wow! Just Wow! Thanks again Lina for another fabulous idea.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome Melissa, enjoy!

  17. Jesse

    Anyone know of a gluten free cracker that tastes anywhere near a Ritz? Thanks!

      • Jesse

        I saw this too! Looks delicious, but also like a lot of work 😉 I was hoping for ready-made, but I don’t think they exist. I’ve tried Glutino, ick! If you can remember what Ritz taste like, Glutino is no good at all.

    • Tilla Ham

      I was wondering same thing, most gf crackers are very thin, I’d love to make these for my baby girl.

  18. Ann Dee

    YUM!!!! Thanks for posting. I am SO trying this!

  19. Joann S

    awesome thanks for sharing you ROCK GIRL !

  20. Sandra

    Now we need the Hip2save App to have a recipe tab 🙂

    • Laura

      Great idea Sandra

    • Krista

      That is a good idea! I agree!

      • diane

        Yes!!! A Recipe Tab would be IDEAL!!! 🙂 🙂

    • SwagMom

      The app does have a recipe tab! Go to “More,” then “Categories,” scroll down… and Voila! “Recipes” 😉👍

  21. Leslie

    These are good if you dip them in crushed peppermints! Perfect for Christmastime!

  22. Melissa

    I stocked up on some Ritz really cheap recently. Now I just need the mint extract! LOL Sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  23. Melanie

    I agree, good for in a pinch but nothing compares to an actual GS cookie!

    While the boxes did shrink a few years ago, our council just increased to $4 – the first increase in 11 years. As with any fundraising item, they are more expensive because the money has to get stretched so many different ways – the bakery, administrative & advertising costs, local council, local service unit, troops, and girls. The money does not just go to the corporate office and the stockholders!

    All the troops I know give back locally and globally. In addition to the “Mints for the Military” program which ships thousands of boxes to our troops overseas, troops pick charities near and far and donate proceeds. That “rip off” box of GS Cookies supports cleft palate surgeries, service dogs for children with epilepsy, pet shelters, orpanages (local and international), the Red Cross, Operation Christmas Child, and much, much, more. Donations to “Mints for the Military” are tax deductible, too!

    Girl Scouts is for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. My “sweet little girl” is in 9th grade, and has been in Scouts for 7 years. I am in my 5th year as a Leader. So, please be kind when you see an older girl selling cookies. I cannot tell you the number of times my daughter and I have been working a booth, in full uniform, only to hear “where are the (cute little) Girl Scouts?”

    Girl Scouts is testing gluten free cookies. We don’t have them in our council this year, but a neighboring council is selling them and we ordered some to try. If all goes well, all councils will sell gluten free cookies in the future.

    Girl Scout cookie sales is the largest girl run business in the world. Girls learn people skills, decision making, business ethics, goal setting, and money managing.

    Those boxes do a lot of good. Even if you can’t afford to buy a box (or don’t want to), you can always donate spare change.

    “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” (Girl Scout motto)

    Have a great day!

    • meg

      Ok. But I do not think that lina posted this recipe as a statement against buying girl scout cookies! It’s a recipe. Period. Sigh.

      • Melanie

        True, but of course the replies follow attacking the cookies, prices, girls, etc., so I thought it nice to provide another point of view.

    • Tilla Ham

      I support individual girl scouts because they are just cute little girls selling cookies. but the ceos of the organization make millions, and I don’t agree with all of their politics. Personally I would buy 100 boxes if they still sold animal treasures and the round lemon frosted short breads but they don’t..so I buy 4 boxes to support a niece.

      • Melissa

        The CEO of the Girl Scouts doesn’t exactly make millions, but she does make a lot! Her salary is slightly less than what the President of the United States makes, which is about $400,000 per year. Plus she received about $72,000 dollars in other compensation this past year and gets perks of the job such as $65,000 to redecorate her 17th-floor Fifth Avenue office.

    • Ginger

      After asking how much they earned per box (some ridiculous number, like .56/box), I simply handed the troop mom $2 and told her to give it directly to the troop. We can still support the girls AND make our own cheaper!

    • Victoria

      “our council just increased to $4 – the first increase in 11 years” I’m sorry but you’re wrong. I was a Girl Scout all the way up from a Daisy to a Senior, and stopped shortly before college, which was certainly within the past 6 years. I sold these particular cookies for years, and they steadily increased every few years, either by a quarter or by .50 cents. So I know what I am talking about. It doesn’t appear you have been involved that long, so perhaps you are uninformed.

      • Melanie

        Nope, not misinformed or uninformed. Every council sets their own price, and ours was the same for 11 years. Our council has the same price for 11 years.

  24. Bunny

    Num num num. These looks dangerous 🙂

  25. Linda R

    Thanks for the recipe! Can’t wait to try them 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome!

  26. Kath

    I am not attacking girls scouts I was one in yesteryear, but I do not promote what the girl scout council supports now. So I do not buy them. My personal choice. I consider where I spend my money as my vote for what I believe in and I choose not to support them. Loved reading all the other variations and for the recipe idea.

    • ann

      I’m with u there!!

    • maryg.

      I agree 🙂

    • Angie M

      What is it you think the Girl Scouts supports now?

    • Tilla Ham

      I completely agree. I do not agree with their politics (example anti gay rights) (not individual little girls, but the organization) and I do not agree that they bank millions while little girls peddle their cookies trying desperately to earn field trips and badges.

      • Victoria

        It’s funny that you mentioned that, because growing up, my sister and I were actually apart of a troop that was full of girls that happened to apart of families that had money. And the two of us, well, our parents struggled a bit. Every year we sold thousands of cookies, and yet, we saw little to none of it. The girls who parents who could afford to send them on the trips sold only a few, and yet the money we earned went to the group as a whole and we missed out on going on trips…that we mainly helped to fund! So for any troop leaders out there that may be reading this, keep this in mind.

        • Rachel

          Sorry to hear your experience. My daughter sold cookies and we get cookie credits for them that we can use for merchandise at the Girl Scout store or camp. We don’t pool all together. Some girls didn’t sell very many so if they want yo ho to camp their parents need to pay. There are scholarships too.

  27. Jennifer

    I think they may thinking about the recipe tab. I have been begging for awhile now, lol.

  28. Steph B

    These look so yummy!!! Thank you for sharing, Linda 🙂 I bet my nephews would love these!

  29. Kim

    I would never open a pack of thin mints, throw them on a tray, and bring them to a party… I would however make these and bring them. I also last year bought an entire case of thin mints… Which did not last my family (gave them to everyone for Easter) until it was time to rebuy this year… So this is not taking away from people buying Girl Scout cookies…if this was posted “off season” would anyone even comment about it?

  30. Melissa

    Yum, I’m also wondering how these would take substituting chocolate graham crackers for the ritz… might have to try it!

  31. Janet

    We used to do this in the college cafeteria. We’d get an individual serving of mint chocolate chip ice cream, crumble saltines on top and then add a tablespoon of hot fudge. Perfect combination and really tasted like the thin mint cookies.

  32. Penta

    Wow! What a great idea. I have everything in my pantry for these. I will be making a box for my adult son to take on my next visit. He and I just love chocolate and mint. Hubby doesn’t like mint so I will make him the peanut butter ones. Awesome recipe. Thank you for posting it! Now I can use up those ritz crackers I got such a great deal on too 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome! I want to try the peanut butter ones too! 🙂

  33. Rachael

    I can’t wait to try these. And don’t be concerned about some of the “off topic” comments. I love recipes like these because we can try to achieve a store bought flavor without buying the item in the store.

    • Barb

      I couldn’t agree with Rachael’s comments more! I made these tonight and they are just wonderful, it’s nice to making a store bought cookie from home. Lina you are the greatest in my book, so sorry others make such weird comments about a simple cookie recipe that you shared with us. Keep those recipes coming, you make everything taste soooo good!

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Ha thanks ladies! 🙂 Glad you liked them!

  34. Kayla

    I just made these, awesome is my only thought! I do have to admit I hesitated to buy the mint extract at full price, but so worth it! Thanks so much, I have loved all of your recipes that I have tried so far!!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Kayla! Glad you thought so 🙂

  35. Laura

    I decided to make these today when I saw ritz type crackers (back to nature brand) on clearance at Kroger for 82 cents! They are amazing! Thanks for the great and easy recipe!

  36. Amy Fennell

    Sweet! Now I can have my thin mints while I wait for cookie season! This last year I was goin to only buy one box(idc about the price) but after I had bought my one box less than a week later I was going to walgreens and cutest little girl said to me, “ma’am, I hate to bother you but would you like to sample a cookie? I’m selling them to raise money for Girl Scouts.” Then she flashed a grin so big and was missing her front teeth. I told her I’m sorry but I bought a box last week and her smile faded…then I pulled out a $20 bill and said but I sure would like to donate this to you. That little grin returned and she came around the table a gave me a big hug. Her mom kept thanking me saying they had been there for a while and a ton of people would just walk by and put their hands up, not to be bothered by her and seeing her daughters smile made her day. Well, that little smile made my day.

    • Betty

      Yes, I’ve made them about 3 or 4 years now. Taste just like Girl Scouts thin mint cookies. Delicious

  37. Kaylee

    Just made these and they are delish!! I melted three squares of Almond Bark with 1/2 tsp Mint extract and it was so easy! Thanks for sharing this great recipe! My husband and I aren’t big fans of the GS thin mints, but we couldn’t stay out of these! 🙂

  38. Regeana Ball

    AWESOME AND EASY….

  39. Rachel

    Even easier way, melt down Andy’s baking chips in a fondu pot, put ritz cracker in, flip, pick up with a fork tap on the side to get excess off, slide onto parchment paper off fork with table knife. Let stand till hard. Enjoy!!

  40. Terry

    Looks yummy and easy to make will defiantly try, thanks

  41. Cindy k

    I am having trouble. The chocolate mixture is so thick!!! I added milk to it but now that won’t set up!! Help!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      If you mix a little bit of oil like coconut or canola and warm it up again it should thin.

  42. sABRINA

    WOW, Shame on all of you!! If you don’t want to but GS cookies…don”t! This recipe is very close, however each and every one are not perfect, and there is not the perfect box to package them in….You can buy your own ingredients, the ritz cracker recipe, and I have many times, however, it is VERY time consuming. How much is your time worth?? For me… It takes 4 + hours to melt, dip, cool and pack …… Just Stop the the bull…if you don’t want to buy them, don’t….Period!

  43. Kathy

    Could you use club crackers instead of ritz?

  44. Sandy

    I will continue to buy girl scout cookies and I also buy popcorn from the boy scouts. I will also be trying this recipe – thanks for sharing it!

  45. sailingthecosmos

    Can you use peppermint extract instead of mint?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I’m sure that would be yummy also 👍

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