Cream Cheese Thin Mints

by | Mar 3, 2013 | Cookies, Desserts | 13 comments

I decided not to buy any Girl Scout Cookies this year because I’m trying to cut back on sweets.

These no-bake cream cheese Thin Mints are the perfect St. Patrick's Day treat! #recipes #chocolate #mint

So instead, I bought a package of Keebler Grasshopper cookies, and added melted Andes baking chips, cream cheese, and melted candy coating.

Somehow this “cutting back on sweets” thing didn’t work out like I’d anticipated.

These no-bake cream cheese Thin Mints are the perfect St. Patrick's Day treat! #recipes #chocolate #mint

So then I decided I’d just send them all to work with the Tall Boy in order to get them out of the house.

That didn’t work either, because I kept “forgetting” and then sneaking bites when no one was looking.  Because here’s the thing: as much as I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, chocolate and mint is my ultimate favorite.

Fortunately, it’s also one of Doodle’s favorites, so he’s been bailing me out by eating almost as many of these as I have.

These were a fun little treat we threw together last week after the snow (finally) stopped and school was back in session.  They took less than half an hour from start to finish, and my favorite part?  No bake!

🙂

These no-bake cream cheese Thin Mints are the perfect St. Patrick's Day treat! #recipes #chocolate #mint

Cream Cheese Thin Mints
 
Ingredients
For the Crust:
  • 1 (10-ounce) package Thin Mint or other fudge-covered mint cookies
  • ¼ cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • ¾ cup Andes Mint baking chips
For the Filling:
  • 5 ounces white candy-coating (like Candiquik)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • green food coloring (I used about 3-4 drops)
  • sprinkles
Method
For the Crust:
  1. Crush cookies into fine pieces using a food processor. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and Andes mint baking chips on high for about 1 minute, or until mixture is melted. Stir until smooth. Add mixture to crumbs, and mix until all cookie crumbs are moistened. Press crust into an 8 x 8 pan, pressing firmly. Freeze for at least 10 minutes.
For the Filling:
  1. Microwave candy coating according to package directions. Stir until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk cream cheese until smooth. Whisk in food coloring and flavoring until smooth. Add candy coating, and stir until smooth. Spread filling over crust. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.
  2. Cut into 9 squares (3 rows of 3 squares each). Cut in half diagonally to make 19 triangles.
Notes

Love chocolate and mint as much as I do? Here’s some other recipes you might like:

Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies from Kitchen Meets Girl

Mint Brownie Grasshopper Pie in a Jar from Kitchen Meets Girl

Triple-Threat Grasshopper Mint Brownies from The Domestic Rebel

Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Chocolate Mint Poke Cake from Crazy for Crust

Thin Mint Fudge Brownies from Inside BruCrew Life

Chocolate Mint Pretzel Bites from Shugary Sweets

50+ of the Best Chocolate Mint Recipes from Something Swanky

13 Comments

  1. Stephanie @ Back For Seconds

    Wow, Ashley, these are amazing! I just love easy no bake treats. And I’m with you, chocolate and mint is right near the top of my favorites list too. I would probably eat the whole batch myself 😉
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  2. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

    When I saw the name for these I knew I would love them! Cream Cheese + Chocolate + Mint= HEAVEN! I absolutely love mint and chocolate and these bars are the epitome of mint and chocolate!
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  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    I LOOOOVE this rendition on Thin Mints. Because while I enjoy Thin Mints for their simple, minty goodness, I do sometimes find that I wish they had frosting. Because seriously, everything is better with frosting, amirittte? Also, I will be happy to come to your house and finish eating these for you.
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  4. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    These sound AMAZING. OMG I’d eat the whole batch too! LOVE me some Thin mints. I bought a bunch, can’t believe I haven’t opened a box yet!
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    • Ashley

      Thin Mints and Samoas are my favorites. No way I could NOT open a box if I had ’em. 🙂

      Reply
    • Ashley

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Nancy! I’m off to check you out now!

      Reply
  5. Joan@Chocolate and More

    who needs to buy Girl Scout cookies when you can make bars like these! Yum! I don’t think I’ve even seen them selling cookies this year, not like when we were kids and went door to door. I think the hubby may have bought a box or two but I haven’t seen them, lol.
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