Gluten Free Thin Mint Cookies

Spot on Gluten Free Thin Mint Cookie Recipe

Gluten Free Thin Mint Cookies — because nobody should have to miss out on America’s favorite cookie — and this diy version is even better than the original!

Gluten Free Thin Mint Recipe

My Homemade Thin Mints is one of the most visited posts on my blog.  That doesn’t surprise me at all, it’s such a rush to know you can recreate the most popular Girl Scout cookie right in the privacy of your own kitchen, with your own ingredients, any time you feel like it.  Using your own ingredients is key — did you know that, at least these days, the Girl Scout Thin Mints contain no butter or chocolate at all — they’re made with vegetable oil, shortening, and high fructose corn syrup.  Oh, and a touch of artificial flavor.  I’ll take my version, thanks.  And now even gluten free eaters can get in on the action.

Spot on Gluten Free Thin Mint Cookie Recipe

The inspiration for these gluten free Thin Mint cookies came from one of my readers — she said she made my regular Homemade Thin Mints with gluten free flour and they turned out fantastic, so I tried it for myself and I agree — thanks Kelly!  These cookies are made exactly like my originals, except that I replaced the flour with a gluten free mix.  Mine is from Bob’s Red Mill    I’m happy to report that the difference is minimal.  The gluten free version has a little bit less crunch due to the lack of gluten, but some people might actually prefer that, and I didn’t think it made much of a difference either way.

Cutting out gluten free Thin Mint cookies

The dough comes together easily and after a quick chill, rolls out to a 1/8 inch thickness on a floured board.  You can make the cookies ahead of time if you like.

Baking Gluten Free Thin Mint Cookies --- better than the originals!

For me the true beauty of a Thin Mint is in the pepperminty chocolate coating, and it’s here that the homemade version outshines the mass produced a hundred to one.  Using your own chocolate makes such a big difference, and really just about any chocolate you use to coat your cookies is going to be higher quality than what is on the mass produced cookies.  That’s just one of the perks of doing it yourself :)  You can use chocolate chips or baking chocolate.  I found baking chocolate (aka Baker’s Chocolate squares) works best if you want a smooth even coating.  if you just love chocolate and like a thick layer on your cookies, chocolate chips work fine too.

Gluten Free Thin Mint Cookie Recipe --- even better than the orignals!

Easy and so satisfyuing --- do it yourself Gluten Free Thin Mint Cookies

Gluten Free Thin Mint Cookies

Yield: makes about 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 ounces, or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 and 1/2 cups gluten free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Mix)
    Chocolate coating
  • 16 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate, either baking chocolate or chocolate chips (if using the baking squares, cut them into very small pieces before melting)
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 --- 3/4 tsp peppermint oil, to taste (be sure to use an OIL BASED product, not a water based flavoring)

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Cream the butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until fluffy. Beat in the salt, vanilla, and cocoa powder.
  3. Blend in the flour and combine until fully mixed.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and bring together into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and put in the freezer for 15 minutes. Don't leave it in longer than 15 minutes or it will be too stiff to roll out.
  5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/8 --- 1/4 inch, depending on how thick you like your cookies. Keep the dough moving on the board to prevent sticking. Cut out cookies with a 2" cookie cutter. Place on an unreleased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Cool the cookies completely on a rack before coating.
  7. Melt the chocolate and vegetable oil in a microwave safe bowl for one minute. Remove and stir to melt. Add another 30 seconds if necessary. Stir until the chocolate is smooth and silky. Sometimes it helps to let the hot chocolate sit for a minute to completely melt all the little lumps. Add the peppermint oil and stir again. If the chocolate seems too thick, add a touch more vegetable oil and microwave another 15 seconds.
  8. Dip each cookie into the chocolate head first, then flip, and remove using a fork to balance the cookie. Gently rap the handle of the fork against the side of the bowl several times to let the excess chocolate drip off. Set the cookies on a parchment lined surface to firm up. I like to set them in the fridge to completely harden.
  9. Store the cookies in the refrigerator for best flavor.
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notes:

  • I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Mix for this recipe.  If you can’t find it at your supermarket, you can buy it on Amazon, HERE.
  • Make sure your butter is truly at room temperature, if your butter is too cool your dough will not come together as it should.
  • When melting chocolate, make sure all your bowls and implements are completely dry, even a little bit of water can cause the chocolate to ‘seize’ up and become a solid mass.   Heat the chocolate gently and slowly until it melts and is thin enough to coat the cookies.  You can use milk chocolate if you prefer.
  • I like to melt the chocolate coating in 2 batches, that way if you get crumbs in the chocolate you can transition to a clean batch for the rest of the cookies.
  • It is important to find peppermint oil or an extract that is oil based.  Water, as I just mentioned, will make chocolate seize up.  I used McCormick’s Peppermint Extract which does have a tiny amount of water in it, but it works for me.  You can find food grade peppermint oil in large craft stores, cooking stores, and online HERE.
  • Thin Mints are best eaten cold, so keep them in the fridge.  Some people like them frozen, too.

 

Easy to make Gluten Free Thin Mint Cookie Recipe

Special note — The Girl Scouts is a wonderful organization and I support them wholeheartedly — I recommend buying up lots of their cookies this month — but focus on the Trefoils and the Samoas…we’ve got the Thin Mints covered ;)

 

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GLUTEN FREE THIN MINT COOKIES --- now everybody can enjoy America's favorite cookie!

47 Comments

  • Reply
    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    March 6, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    These look amazing! I cannot believe that they are gluten free!! Thanks for sharing

  • Reply
    Sarah
    March 6, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    You had my attention at Thin Mint Cookies…but you had my heart at Gluten Free! XO

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    Bobbi from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
    March 6, 2016 at 11:09 am

    WOW these look amazing! I pinned so I can give them a try later :)

  • Reply
    Sandra
    March 6, 2016 at 9:51 am

    No offense to Girl Scouts, but your thin mint cookies are much better! Real Butter and cocoa is what cookies should be made with! Pinning to try later!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 6, 2016 at 9:55 am

      :)

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    Christine | Vermilion Roots
    March 6, 2016 at 8:57 am

    These won’t last long in my house. :-)

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 6, 2016 at 9:10 am

      They didn’t in ours, Christine ;)

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    Josephine
    March 6, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Must try this recipe! Looks super tasty! Love your website.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 6, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Thanks Josephine :)

  • Reply
    Fredrik
    March 4, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Nice!

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    Shannon
    March 4, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    These look amazing! They look just like the real thing!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 4, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      They’re BETTER than the real thing Shannon :)

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    Laurel
    March 4, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    And do you know what’s even better? No eggs so if you’re dairy free or vegan all you have to do is switch out the butter with a dairy free substitute. Thank you! Oh, and furthermore? Yum.

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      Sue
      March 4, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks Laurel — at the risk of driving everyone crazy with thin mint recipes, I plan to post a vegan version soon!

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        Laurel
        March 9, 2016 at 10:24 am

        That’s even better. I think I just saw it but someone stole my name in the comments. I swear I had it first! Thanks for all your sharing, everything makes me drool whether I can eat it or not.

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    Bita Arabian
    February 28, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Sue, these cookies look so, so good! I cannot wait to share this recipe with my friend whose fighter has a severe wheat allergie – she is going to be so excited to make these for her gal. Thanks a bunch ?

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    2 sisters recipes
    February 27, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Amazing recipe sue – thanks for sharing !!

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    Jeff the Chef
    February 26, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    I love these! But do you have a problem with the chocolate blooming or falling out of temper?

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 26, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      I haven’t had it bloom, Jeff, in general I don’t find that a problem with the Bakers chocolate or the Nestle chips.

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    February 25, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    What a great idea and perfect for those who can’t or aren’t eating gluten. Treats for all! :)

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    Chris Scheuer
    February 25, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    What a great idea Sue. I know they’re infinitely better than the new fangled GS cookies! They would be a wonderful project to do with little ones!

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    Vicki Bensinger
    February 25, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    OMG I can’t believe my eyes. I love you and hate you at the same time because now I’m going to have to make these, my ALL TIME FAVORITE Girl Scout cookies. Guess who’s going to eat them all up? Yes , ME! I never saw your other ones so will be sure to catch that link and print it off as well. Of course since my 94 year old mom typically buys 10 boxes and freezes them I can surprise her as well with the homemade version. Honestly I had no idea they didn’t use chocolate anymore. I suppose it’s because I quit buying them since we would devour them so quickly then be disgusted with ourselves when our pants would all be too tight. Maybe I’ll just make these and save a few for my house and share the rest with everyone else. I’m excited!!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 25, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      I’m so glad I’ve excited you Vicki :)))

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    February 25, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Homemade thin mints are the best these look fab!

  • Reply
    Diane {Created by Diane}
    February 25, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Chocolate and Mint….a true weakness for me, I just LOVE these!

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    February 25, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Sue, ever since I was a Girl Scout, I’ve been addicted to Thin Mints. Even after I stopped liking chocolate (sometime in my late 20s), I still liked Thin Mints and would eat a whole sleeve of them by myself once a year. Haven’t had them in several years now, but I’d like to make this gluten-free version for my chocolate-loving GF friends.

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    February 25, 2016 at 5:21 am

    OMG Sue! Only my favorite Girl Scout Cookie of all time! Need to try this recipe! I love these beauties crushed over ice cream!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 24, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    They look wonderful Sue! Love thin mints and need these in my freezer now! There are a bunch of girl scouts worried right now :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 24, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Well, the Girl Scouts have got to keep up with TVFGI :)

  • Reply
    jenny
    February 24, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    These look amazing! I love the bob’s red mill mix–I find it works really well in a lot of recipes.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 24, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      I’ve just started using it and like it too Jenny.

  • Reply
    cheri
    February 24, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Sue, oh these are beautiful, making them for my daughter-in-law.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 24, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      My daughter is now eating gluten free, so I need to make some for her too!

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    February 24, 2016 at 8:57 am

    GF thin mints? Get outta here! What a GREAT idea. Sharing this with Mrs KR (the baker in our household) — I know just who we should make these for. :-) Really good — thanks.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 24, 2016 at 9:09 am

      I hope Mrs. KR approves :)

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    February 24, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Being in Canada, I have to say I’ve never had an American Girl Scout cookie but that’s ok because I want this deliciousness! Each photo made me hungrier, Sue, lol. Love that these are packed full of flavor. Can I order some from you? ;)

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 24, 2016 at 8:15 am

      haha, sure, send me your address Robyn :)

  • Reply
    DWT
    February 24, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I just started eating gluten free and I can’t believe you posted these today, I was JUST complaining to my wife about not being able to gorge on Girl Scout cookies this year!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 24, 2016 at 7:40 am

      Glad I could help :)

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    Donna
    February 24, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Maybe I’m confused but the recipe as printed above contains butter and your comments said these cookies are also dairy-free. Should that be 1 cup shortening instead of butter? They look yummy.

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      Sue
      February 24, 2016 at 7:42 am

      I’m not sure what you mean Donna, I didn’t say my cookies are dairy free….the actual Girl Scout cookies are now made dairy free, maybe that’s what you’re thinking about? My plan is to do a vegan version next, so stay tuned :)

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        Donna
        February 24, 2016 at 8:20 am

        As I suspected. . I misunderstood. :) I have friends who cannot have gluten or dairy products and I thought I would make these for them but I will wait for a vegan version and see if you recommend them as well. Thank you!

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          Sue
          February 24, 2016 at 8:34 am

          I think I’ll do the vegan version asap since it’s Girl Scout cookie season, Donna. Hope it helps you out.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    February 24, 2016 at 7:26 am

    wow they turned out so perfect, Sue.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 24, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Thanks Angie, I love Thin Mints, gluten free or not!

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    Erin@WellPlated
    February 24, 2016 at 3:19 am

    NO BUTTER?? Girl scouts, what happened? I feel a little like I just found out Santa isn’t real—the shock! The disappointment! Thanks for saving the day with this homemade version, and I love that every one can enjoy!

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      Sue
      February 24, 2016 at 5:49 am

      I think they’re trying to save money Erin, but they’re billing them as vegan. I think it’s just a reality of making anything on a large scale, the cost of quality ingredients is prohibitive.

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