Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Thin Mint Brownies: Girl Scout Cookie Time!

You can't miss them. Every street corner, every park, every office is filled with girls in green uniforms and/or mothers and fathers hawking the taste of the season: Girl Scout Cookies.

Girl Scout Cookies are hard for me to pass up. I was a Brownie and a Girl Scout, and I used to pound the pavement selling and then delivering. I was on a mission, and I went door to door alone. Those were different times, but not the cookies. I still love them. Anyway, by this time of year,  I have a cupboard filled with Samoas, Tagalongs and Thin Mints.. well, not the cupboard for the Thin Mints. I put them in the freezer. I've been freezing my Thin Mints for more years than you can imagine. Not that they're being frozen for future times. I just think they taste better that way. It's no secret that my favorite cookies are Thin Mints.

Here's a fun recipe for Thin Mints--Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies Brownies.  Plenty of other ways to use Girl Scout Cookies. Be sure and scroll down for more tips!

Thin Mint Brownies

3/4 cup sweet butter
3/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup unsweetened DARK cocoa powder
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1/2 Box Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies, crushed into small pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter 9”x9” square baking pan.
In double boiler over low heat, melt butter and chocolate together and remove from heat.
In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.
When chocolate/butter mixture has cooled a little, whisk in eggs and vanilla.
Note: it is important to cool chocolate/butter mixture or eggs will cook.
Add rest of dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
Pour batter into prepared baking pan.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted into center comes out clean.

Other things to do with Thin Mints:
Crush them up and use them as ice cream toppings or in cakes and cookies, truffles, and brownies.
Girl Scout Cookies are also great to use as pie crusts, in the same way you'd make a chocolate wafer cookie crust or graham cracker crust. Yum.

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