I owe a big thanks to my friend Renee who turned me on to candy making and decorative chocolates more than a decade ago. Back in the day she and I would make everything from home-made cherry cordials and cream cheese mints to caramels, painted pretzel sticks and our own peanut butter cups. Since then, we’ve both had children and the time available to tackle that vast array of treats has dwindled. However, one recipe I took away as an easy-to-make mainstay were the home-made thin mints. They are the perfect fill-in until the Girl Scouts’ cookie order forms make their once-a-year appearance. They are also easy to make and a great treat your kids can take part in making as well.
1 box Ritz low-sodium crackers
2 to 3 120z. bags of Light Cocoa Candy Melts or chocolate wafers
Peppermint oil (not extract, oil)
The directions are simple. Use a double boiler or create your own using a large frying pan filled with water and a saucepan that can sit inside it. Melt your chocolate wafers.
Add a few drops of Peppermint Oil. The amount of oil you ad is dependent on your taste. Add a little at a time until, when you take a taste of the chocolate, you taste a hint of the mint more-so than the chocolate.
Then, start dipping the crackers. Use a fork to take the crackers out of the chocolate and give a few taps on the side of the pan to drain some of the extra chocolate off. I try to tap off quite a bit of the excess so the crackers dry faster. However, I do leave enough so I can add a decorative sugar to the top.
The sugar decorations pictured here I picked up at a store called Cook’s Specialty. That’s also where I get my chocolate wafers. I know the candy melts can also be found at Michael’s.
When I can’t get to Cook’s Specialty for the sugar decorations, I just melt some different colored candy wafers, dip a fork in each one, and then randomly drizzle the candy across the crackers. That way, you can do colors for any holiday. Pink and yellow for Easter. Orange for Halloween. You get the picture.
The next time you’re craving thin mints, remember that you don’t have to wait for a Girl Scout to knock at your door. Make your own! Enjoy!