The 2 Ingredients You Need To Make Homemade Thin Mint Cookies

Thin Mint cookies are a top seller for Girl Scouts, and it's easy to understand why. With a minty and crunchy interior and a smooth chocolate coating, they check off all the boxes for both flavor and texture in one little handheld treat. However, if it's not Girl Scout cookie season, it may be hard to get your hands on the iconic cookie — that's when you can turn to this easy two-ingredient dupe.

All you need to make these copycat cookies are a couple of sleeves of Ritz crackers and a bag of Andes mints. To melt the chocolate, you could use the double boiler method, but it's even easier to microwave it — just be sure to warm the chocolate in brief intervals and stir after each until the chocolate is silky smooth. Then, use tongs, chopsticks, or a fork to dip the crackers one at a time. Transfer them to a silicone mat or line a baking sheet with parchment paper like Ina Garten does when she cooks and bakes.

It only takes about half an hour for chocolate to set at room temperature, so you can easily satisfy your Thin Mint craving on the fly. And if you can't wait that long, just pop them in the fridge or freezer for lightning-fast chocolate hardening.

Variations and optional add-ins for homemade Thin Mint cookies

This homemade version of the popular Girl Scout cookies may not be an exact match to the original, but it does closely replicate the flavors and textures. That said, you can kick it up a notch with a few simple spins. If you're looking for even more minty flavor, sprinkle some crushed mints on top or add mint extract to the melted Andes. Or, customize your chocolate by skipping the Andes and combining the mint extract with melted dark chocolate chips or your preferred type of chocolate.

You can also get creative with your presentation and liven them up with sparkly decorator's sugar. Green is perfect for indicating their minty flavor, but you can switch it for holidays, or occasions like baby showers. For a fun birthday treat, add colorful sprinkles on top to channel the look of confetti cake — you can even easily make your own homemade sprinkles.

If more chocolate flavor is what you're after, try pressing chocolate sprinkles into the tops of the cookies or drizzling them with more of the melted Andes. Or, replace the Ritz cracker with a crunchy chocolate cookie (for example, one layer from an Oreo). No matter how you choose to make them, there may be more than enough variations to experiment with to get you through to the next Girl Scout cookie season.