Thin Mint Scones

Posted on 01/23/2013 by patsrockmybosox
My boyfriend is a little crazy and bought 12 boxes of Thin Mints from a local Girl Scout. Much to my surprise, he asked me to find some recipes so I could use up some of the Thin Mints. I've been sitting on a recipe from King Arthur for mini chocolate chip scones, and thought I could easily modify it and sub in crushed up Thin Mints for the chocolate chips.

Long story short, these didn't come out quite the way I wanted them to. They're not really that minty or that chocolatey. They're still really good - I've been having some for breakfast every morning - but they're not really what I was hoping to accomplish.

If you try to make these, my two main tips would be 1) don't let your boyfriend crush the cookies, because he'll turn them to dust, and 2) sub in some peppermint extract for the vanilla!

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Thin Mint Scones
Ingredients
2 3/4 c. flour, plus about 1/4 cup for kneading
1/3 c. sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into pats
1 roll (approx. 1 1/2 cups) Thin Mints or Keebler Grasshopper cookies, crushed
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup whole milk

Topping
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 c. sugar

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine dry ingredients and butter just until crumbly - some large chunks of butter will probably be unincorporated.

Stir in the crushed cookies. Add in the eggs, vanilla and milk. Mix until all ingredients are combined and a dough forms. You may want to switch to your dough hook attachment, but you don't have to.

Scrape the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Pat or roll into a square that's about 8" and 3/4" thick. Cut the square into 16 small squares. Cut them again so you have about 30 smaller squares. Mine were about 2" in size.

Transfer the squares onto a well greased cookie sheet. The scones won't increase in size too much, so you should be able to crowd them and get them all on one large size cookie sheet. Once they're all on the cookie sheet, put them into the freezer for about 30 minutes (longer is okay too).

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Pull the scones from the freezer, brush each of them with the egg and then sprinkle them with sugar. If you want them to have that really sugary look, use more sugar than you think is necessary - a lot of it will melt down while they're baking.

Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.

Yields approximately 30 scones.

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Do you see the box of Samoas in the background? :)

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theshiz 24th-Jan-2013 04:58 am (UTC)
I'm SO trying this when my cookies come in!
nightsinger 24th-Jan-2013 05:39 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever had a problem with "too many" Thin Mints in the house. With the possible exception of when I was a Girl Scout in high school and had crates of product physically in the house with me. And that was only "too many" because I had to pay for them myself at retail price if I wanted to eat them.

That said, cool idea!
rikkitsune 24th-Jan-2013 11:08 am (UTC)
I'm killing myself laughing about the cookie dust because my partner was all like "What? What's wrong with that? She asked for them crushed, he just did a really good job of it."

Hahahahahahaha
patsrockmybosox 24th-Jan-2013 11:31 am (UTC)
LOL I'm glad someone at least can relate! I mentioned this to my boyfriend and he said the same thing - "honey, you said 'crush the cookies', so that's what I did"
thirdbase 24th-Jan-2013 01:12 pm (UTC)
My husband says the best recipe for Thin Mints is to ship them to him. He has graciously offered to accept any boxes your boyf wants to send along.

What a kind, generous husband I have.
(*chokes on sarcasm*)
(*hacks up a sarcasmball*)

In other news, I should probably find a girl scout so that he doesn't go steal them from his mother's house like he did last year.
kmazzy 24th-Jan-2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
We don't get Girl Scout cookies here in Britain so this is pretty unBritish I have to say!!

Anyone want to send some over??

(I had some in Seattle - apparently Thin Mints are good if you put them in the freezer and eat them cold!)
bunney 25th-Jan-2013 01:19 am (UTC)
That's the best way to eat them! Well, they're good to scoop chocolate ice cream into your mouth, too.
sneakyangel 25th-Jan-2013 01:55 pm (UTC)
I was thinking that too!
helenatroy 25th-Jan-2013 02:17 am (UTC)
Thirding the keep them in the freezer comment. I have thin mints going back three years. (I think it was 12 boxes I bought then, too!) It's really nice to munch on thin mints way out of season!
patsrockmybosox 25th-Jan-2013 02:22 am (UTC)
We know about keeping them in the freezer. He's already thinking about getting another case of them, so I think he's letting me use some so I don't go all :O when he hands me the money to bring to my coworker lol
ryodans Good 25th-Jan-2013 06:22 am (UTC)
Yummy !! Thanks for the recipe.
sneakyangel 25th-Jan-2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
What would be the British equivalent of Thin Mints? Are they like After Eights?
patsrockmybosox 25th-Jan-2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thin mints are a thin, crunchy chocolate cookie covered with dark chocolate and flavored with mint. Any similar cookie will work - Keebler Grasshoppers are the closest US sub. After Eights would certainly work, and the minty middle part would probably help increase the minty flavor, too.
actwyllei 5th-Mar-2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
What a kind, generous husband I have.
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