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Thin Mint Shortbread

This is post #4 in a 3 week series of Girl Scout Cookie-inspired recipes!

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Thin Mint Shortbread Cookies | #3weeksofGScookies

It’s hard to believe that Thin Mint week has come and gone so quickly! But here we are, at the very last Thin Mint recipe.

This is the only recipe I’ve made this week that doesn’t use the actual cookie in the making. Instead, I wanted to loosely replicate the girl scout cookie from scratch.

It’s not an exact copy cat, but it is delicious and a lot easier to make than dipping chocolate cookies! Chocolate shortbread always tastes sort of like brownies to me, which I love. These have a little bit of mint flavoring (which you can choose to increase a bit from what this recipe calls for if you’re a bigger mint fan than I am) and a hefty chocolate drizzle– so the Thin Mint flavors are all there, just arranged a little differently.

I used both chocolate and green melting candy as a drizzle, just to give you a minty visual. But feel free to leave the green out and just drizzle chocolate!

Thin Mint Shortbread Cookies | #3weeksofGScookies

Thin Mint Shortbread

Yield: 12


  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract*
  • 1-3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup melting chocolate for dirizzling.


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Cream together the sugar and butter. Add the dry ingredients, the vanilla extract, and the mint extract.
  3. Mix well. Mixture may be crumbly at first, but should come together after mixing for a minute or two. If it doesn't, slowly add water 1 teaspoon at a time until dough is just moist enough that it sticks together when you press it with your hand.
  4. Roll dough onto a silicon baking mat or parchment paper to a 1/4 inch thickness. It helps to try and keep the dough in a rectangular shape.
  5. Place dough on a cookie sheet (with the silicon baking mat or parchment paper) and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350ºF.
  7. After chill time, bake dough for 15-20 minutes, until set in the middle.
  8. Immediately cut bars using a pizza cutter (but do not try to separate the bars while warm).
  9. Once cooled completely, drizzle the bars with chocolate and let chocolate set before serving.


*I used 1/2 tsp mint extract, because I'm always paranoid about overusing mint flavoring (toothpaste-- yuck!). But even I think you could probably up this amount to 3/4 tsp, maybe even 1 tsp if you like mint a lot.

Chocolate shortbread recipe was ever so slightly modified from: Two Peas and Their Pod

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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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10 Responses to “Thin Mint Shortbread”

  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on February 27, 2014 at 7:21 pm (#)

    These pictures are gorgeous!!! Love the chocolate shortbread. Perfection!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on February 27, 2014 at 8:38 pm (#)

    You get more creative by the post! And love how vibrant that green is! pinned

  3. Lauren @ Jesus and a Side of Peanut Butter posted on February 27, 2014 at 9:39 pm (#)

    Would it be blasphemy to say that these look better than regular thin mints?

  4. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on February 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm (#)

    ooooh! I’ve never seen a thin mint recipe like this one before and I LOVE IT! Sad thin mint week is over though :(

  5. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on February 28, 2014 at 7:17 pm (#)

    Absolutely perfect Ashton! And your pics are gorgeous! Pinned!

  6. K. Mad posted on February 28, 2014 at 10:41 pm (#)

    Love all these recipes!!!! Wish I could send it to my E_MAIL!!!!!

  7. Danielle posted on March 2, 2014 at 1:03 am (#)

    Love all of these recipes! The look so delicious!! I must try them. Absolutely, hands down will try them.
    Also, I just nominated you for a Liebster Award! You can find more information about it on my blog. I hope that you decide to play along and do your own Liebster post. It’s a fun way to get to know other bloggers. And I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :)


  8. Claire @ A Little Claireification posted on March 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm (#)

    This looks absolutely delicious, Ashton!! Pinned!

  9. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on March 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm (#)

    I love that you replicated the thin mint but made it a bit easier. I’m with you, I prefer to drizzle my cookies instead of dip them. Love this recipe. Pinned.

  10. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on March 13, 2014 at 3:01 am (#)

    I’m glad to know that Girl Scout Cookies are now made with sustainably sourced palm oil. Still, it never hurts to be able to make your own. These sound great.