This Ritz Cracker Thin Mints recipe is the best way to satisfy your chocolate craving! Crunchy, buttery Ritz crackers straight from the box are dipped in melted mint chocolate and ready to eat in a flash.
I have to give a nod to the famous Girl Scout thin mint cookies for this inspiration. They are the perfect combination of chocolate and minty flavors like these peppermint brownies or homemade peppermint bark.
What are the Ingredients?
If you like easy recipes, you’ll love these Ritz thin mints:
- Chocolate – Melting chocolate is ideal, but good old chocolate chips will do just fine. You could also use Ghirardelli or Hershey bars. White chocolate chips or bars are another option and would allow you to decorate your cookies with festive stripes using colored glazes.
- Peppermint Extract – If you don’t have peppermint extract, you can use mint chocolate chips. Peppermint combines best with chocolate and provides the mintiest zing to your cookies, but you could also try wintergreen or spearmint if you prefer those flavors.
- Ritz Crackers – These have the same crunchy consistency as chocolate wafers, and are almost as sweet. Plus, the salt gives an extra flavor boost.
How to Make Thin Mints
As quickie desserts go, this is about as good as it gets. Homemade thin mints made using Ritz crackers may not taste exactly like the original, but they have their own unique charm. Best of all, you don’t have to wait for the annual cookie sale!
- Melt chocolate using a double boiler (as described in the recipe below).
- Stir in peppermint extract.
- Dip crackers and place on parchment paper to cool.
If melting chocolate in the microwave be cautious and use low power. You don’t want to overheat, or it could get chunky and dry. A double boiler is the safest bet!
How Long Will They Last?
Homemade thin mint cookies will last in the fridge for at least two weeks or longer, tightly covered. You can also store them in your pantry and they will stay fresh for about the same amount of time.
Store thin mints in plastic containers or zippered baggies. Keep them away from heat to prevent them from sticking together. The best way to store them is in the fridge or freezer.
Can You Freeze Homemade Thin Mints?
Ritz thin mints will keep for 3-4 months or even longer in the freezer. Place in zippered baggies on the door of your freezer so that yummy chocolate fix will always be in easy reach! No thawing required!
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- Easy Chocolate Mousse – just 3 ingredients!
Ritz Thin Mints
- 40 Ritz crackers
- 16 ounces chocolate 1 pound or approx 2 ½ cups
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- ½ teaspoon vegetable oil or coconut oil
- Place chocolate and vegetable oil in a bowl. Place the bowl over a pot of gently simmering water (ensuring the bowl doesn't touch the water). Stir gently until melted. Once melted, stir in the extract.
- Dip crackers into the chocolate mixture and allow excess to drip off.
- Place on a parchment-lined pan and refrigerate until cooled.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)