Thin Mint Chex Mix

I love Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. I usually buy three boxes when they are one sale. Frozen Thin Mints with cold milk is such a refreshing treat anytime of the year. I also like to find recipes where I can incorporate these sweet treats. This one came from Pinterest. If you didn’t stock pile for the year like I did, you can also substitute Keebler’s version available throughout the year in your grocer’s cracker/cookie aisle.

Mint Chex MixThin Mint Chex Mix from Pinterest

Chocolate Thin Mint Chex
5 c. Rice Chex cereal
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
12 Thin Mint cookies, finely crushed
1/4 c. powdered sugar

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 1/2 minute on high, then stir every 20-30 seconds until melted. Coat Chex, add cookies and stir. Add powder sugar and stir again.

White Chocolate Chex
5 c. Rice Chex
1 1/2 c. white chocolate chips or almond bark (add green dye if desired)
3/4 c. powdered sugar

Melt chocolate and add green dye. Coat cereal and stir. Add powdered sugar and stir.

Mix both cereals together and let cool before serving.

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Just Like Girl Scout Cookies

I saw this recipe in the current issue of Self magazine. I have to admit, I hadn’t really read their magazine until I got a free subscription with my registration for the 2011 Susan G. Komen Kansas City Race for the Cure. This is a great magazine filled with all sorts of lower calorie recipes and tips to help you live a healthier lifestyle. Check them out or get your own free subscription when you register for our 2012 Race.

I wanted to share this recipe because so many people who completed the Girl Scout cookie poll selected Samoa (or Caramel Delight) cookies as their favorite. This lower fat/calorie dessert is sure to be a hit those also watching what they are consuming.

Homemade Caramel Madness Cookies by Skinny Chef Jennifer Iseroh

1/2 c. sweetened coconut
24 reduced-fat Nilla wafers
Parchment paper
12 chewy caramels
1/4 c. skim milk
1 oz. (3 T.) of chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Toast coconut for 15-20 minutes until golden, rotating ever 5 minutes. Let cool. Cover baking pan with Parchment paper and place wafers on top. Microwave caramel and milk on High for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently until smooth. Fold coconut into caramel mixture. Spoon a 1 T. onto each wafer and let cookies cool for approximately 5 minutes. Microwave chocolate chips for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Pour chocolate into a baggie, snip the corner, and drizzle over cookies. Cool before eating.

Yields 24 Cookies. Nutrition Facts per Cookie: 52 calories, 2g fat, 1g saturated fat, 8g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g protein.

Notes:

  • A friend check this on her Weight Watcher app and each cookie is one point.
  • I don’t like coconut so I made this without it. My co-workers still enjoyed it.
  • Quick trick I learned from Social Suppers to reduce mess in the kitchen. Place a baggie in a glass cup pulling over sides. Fill with chocolate. Pull from glass and zip baggie.

Happy 100th Birthday

Today is the 100th birthday of the Girl Scouts. As a former Girl Scout and a friend of several former employees, I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by to share another delicious recipe that uses Girl Scout cookies.

It’s funny because when I think about politics, I think back to being a Girl Scout. In 1988, I was a 5th grader at Wisner Elementary School and a fourth year scout. For Girl Scouts, we decided to help clean-up our community after the election by helping remove political signs. But I also remember our school setting up a mock Presidential election. I recall lots of kids having some very distinct opinions about who they thought should be President. I’m pretty sure those kids were just spewing whatever their parents were saying at home. It’s interesting because I don’t really recall my parents discussing politics.

I know it was the first election I started asking my own family about who they were voting for and why. My dad always went to vote after he closed the station. I’m pretty sure he allowed me to tag along with him to the City Auditorium when he went to vote that year. My Grandma Fletcher told me how women gained the right to vote when her mother was just 10 years old. Grandma Kingston made a point of voting in every election because she knew recognized the importance of this powerful right to have her voice heard. And for many year’s, my Grandma Fletcher served an election poll worker (an opportunity I had to do for my country in 2010).

Like political elections, Girl Scouts opens up the world to all sorts of possibilities for girls. Remember that the next time a Daisy, Brownie, Girl Scout, or Cadets ask you to order cookies.

Lemon Crunch Cheesecakes with Caramel Apple Topping (source – some Girl Scout Council website)

8 Lemonades Girl Scout Cookies (5 crushed and 3 broken into small pieces)
4 tsp. melted butter
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
1 c. finely chopped apple
1/3 c. caramel flavored topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 6 baking cups in a muffin tin. Combine crushed cookies and butter. Press in bottom of muffin cups. Beat cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla using an electric mixer. Stir in cookie pieces. Spoon batter onto crust. Bake for 20 minutes or until centers are almost set. Cool. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Just before serving, remove cheesecakes from muffin wrappers. Top each with chopped apple and drizzle with caramel topping. Serve immediately.

Thin Mints

It only happens one time a year – Girl Scout cookie sales. The combination of irresistible taste, limited availability, and the cuteness of our co-worker’s seven year old daughter making “the ask”. You have to buy at least one box, right?

When Girl Scouts start selling cookies, it takes me back to my own childhood. I grew-up in a small town called Wisner, NE. It’s a tiny town with about 1,000 people. My dad owned a service station (remember back when someone actually filled your tank, checked your oil, and washed your windows for you) and my mom was a homemaker/the station’s bookkeeper. It was the kind of town where I could go to the swimming pool all afternoon or for a bike ride by myself. The rule in our family was you just had to leave a note on the piano lamp so everyone knew where you were.

Our town didn’t start Brownies until 2nd grade and no one sold cookies until they were an actual Girl Scout (started in 4th grade). Since I know I was in scouting through the 8th grade, I guess I sold Girl Scout cookies for five years. Like I said, my dad owned a filling station so I’m sure you probably think I just gave him cookie sheet. Nope! My parents had a very strict rule, YOU had to do the selling. I have no idea how many boxes I actually sold but I remember the experience. And more importantly, I remember some of the fun things my troop got to do with the money we earned from selling cookies. We made this crazy claymation project, went to the Nutcracker ballet at Columbus High School, and even saw the Ice Capades at Aksarben (it’s Nebraska spelled backwards). Perhaps it’s where I learned my creativity and love of the arts.

Remember when Girl Scout cookies had fun names like Samoas, Tagalongs, and Do-si-dos? That’s because back in the day, Girl Scout troops all got their cookies from Little Brownie Bakers. When the demand for Girl Scout cookies increased, other companies now help meet the cookie demand. Until about two year’s ago, my cousin’s daughter was still selling the original Girl Scout cookies made by Little Brownie Bakers. Now, I’m not sure where they still distribute but you can enter your zip code on their website to see if they still sell within 50 miles of where you live. (Note – pictured above is a box of Thin Mints made by ABC Bakers/Interstate Foods – which is what the kids in the Kansas City area sell.)

Today’s new recipe I’m sampling is called “Thin Mint Brownies.” I got it from the Little Brownie Bakers’ website. Check it out for more get ideas of what you can do with their yummy treats. Remember, the $3.50 you spend on a box is an investment in young ladies of your community.

Thin Mint Brownies

1 shelve of crushed Thin Mint Cookies (1/2 a box)
1 box of brownie mix
2 eggs (3 eggs for cake-like brownies)
¼ c. water
½ c. oil

Prepare brownie mix in a medium bowl until fairly smooth. Stir in crushed cookies. Spread into a sprayed 13 x 9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool before serving.

I think they turned out delicious.

Recipe Modifications

  • You can substitue plain yogurt or applesauce for the oil in the brownie mix. These are healthier options and they don’t really change the taste of the brownie.
  • This recipe is similar to other recipes I have made for mint brownies. If you don’t have Thin Mints, you can substitute chopped  pieces of mini Hershey mint candy bars (available at Christmas time) or crushed Keebler Grasshopper cookies for a similar minty/textured brownie. I have also made mint brownie by placing York Pepperment Patties in the boottom of my backing dish. If you do this though, the flavor will be really minty and your will get air bubbles in you brownie.