How To: Make Mint Thins “Cookies” for Hostess Gifts

December 21, 2012

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It’s the rush of the holiday season again- and while I’d shared this project on CraftsUnleashed awhile back, I forgot to share it here. And truthfully, if you pop by my house today, this is really what I’m doing.  While they are made with simple buttery crackers, they taste like the expensive scout cookies those cute girls in green sell! I love to package them up in packs of six and give them out  to the school crossing guards, teachers, neighbor, and good friends. Just a little homemade treat to share the holiday spirit!

Here’s how I make them. You’ll need:

  • Double boiler OR a Candy Melter
  • TWO 2 lb bag of Dark Chocolate flavor Candy Melts (Milk Chocolate if you prefer is OK, too.)
  • 2 Sleeves of Ritz-type round crackers
  • candy canes or starlight peppermints, crushed

Start off by melting your chocolate wafers in steel bowl placed on the base of the Candy Melter. Set the dial to “melt.” It took about 10 minutes.

Stir occasionally to speed up the melting process.

Stir occasionally to speed up the melting process.

It melted the chocolate wafers beautifully, and it was such a relief not to stand over a hot stove while using a double boiler. After the wafers are melted, you can set the dial to “warm” and it’ll keep your candy smooth and workable without scorching. Great, huh? Next, take a moment to crush your peppermint candy. (It’s a great job for a kid!) Just place your candy in zip-top sandwich bag and bang with the back of a large metal spoon  it’s in crumbles.cakeandcandy 008

Now to dip our crackers! I like to use both the pronged fork that comes in the kit and a fork to help flip them over. Just drop the cracker in the melted candy wafers, flip them with the fork, then lift out of the candy. Tap the fork gently on the side of the bowl and then slide the cracker off the fork using the pronged tool. Place them on waxed paper or freezer paper.cakeandcandy 007cakeandcandy 005

While the chocolate is still soft, sprinkle on some of the peppermint bits. Then let them cool completely.cakeandcandy 006There you have it! They are lovely on a plate for serving, or box them up for gifts for teacher, your hairdresser, paperboy, or neighbor. And truly….this was one DELICIOUS post to write!

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4 Responses to “How To: Make Mint Thins “Cookies” for Hostess Gifts”

  1. Dee in NH Says:

    Those look great! I’m not much of a baker but this looks like it’s quite manageable! Thanks and have a great holiday!!

  2. Julie Hulver Says:

    We made these this year! You can make a lot in a short amount of time and they taste just like Thin Mints. Delicious! Put the chocolate wafers in a tin with crushed peppermint or a paper towel with some peppermint extract overnight before melting for extra peppermint flavor. Some candy supply stores also sell mint chocolate.

  3. Diana Ramsey Says:

    I made these for a family party yesterday, and one of my sisters , who is VERY fussy ( you will never know HOW fussy)said that they were the best cookies she had ever had. They were out of the Ritz crackers at my local grocery store, so I just used some wheat crackers with LAVENDER chocolate melts and the crushed candy canes. I have a few left and I am going to hoard them. But then, I could always make some more…

  4. Diana Ramsey Says:

    My sister has now asked me TWICE to make these again. So I will. Thanks a lot for the idea…

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