Mint-al case…

I’ve decided that my ex-husband and I are going to end up like Rita Wilson and Richard Gere in the movie Runaway Bride. I have that pictured in my head as the type of friendship after marriage we will be having. Speaking of the picky eater he did something so incredibly selfless and amazing there are not words. Can’t tell you what that is, yes, you can hate me, but I can tell you it speaks volumes about his character.

I did a rough estimate of my taxes (since I am STILL waiting on one of my W2’s) and cried a little (well maybe a lot). Grrrr… IRS and taxes. But then I passed a fire station and a police station on the way to a public park on a paved road on Saturday morning and was like oh yeah, taxes.

Crazy Cocker Spaniel turns 12 next week, I am gearing up for it. Which means absolutely nothing as I don’t actually know how to celebrate that. I guess just make a lot of bacon. So thankful that she is not a kid where I am expected to throw these ridiculous birthday parties.

Girl Scouts are out in full force in my area. I had a plan. It was a good plan to only buy a few boxes. But everywhere I went this weekend there they were staring up at me with their little eyes (the Brownie girls are the worst with the sad eyes). So I have a few more boxes than planned on and so do the troops. I mostly bought Thin Mints because well I love them. Though I miss the old Thin Mints from my day as a Girl Scout when they were not a chocolate, but just white mint cookie inside. Anyone old like me remember that?

Some people are purist and don’t want you to mess with the cookies, just eat them. But I usually like to dedicate one box each year to baking something with. I decided to go the blondie route instead of brownie because you could see the cookies better, plus there are already a lot of Thin Mint Brownie recipes already out there in the blog world. :)

Enjoy your week!


Thin Mint Blondies

8 ounce unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
1 cup 1/3 brown sugar, loosely packed
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 sleeve Thin Mint Cookies, cut in half
½ cup Andes Mint Baking Chips (I find mine at Target)

1/3 cup Andes Mint Baking Chips
1 sleeve Thin Mint Cookies (minus a few to the stomach of Peabody), cut in half

Spray a 9-x-13-inch pan with baking spray. Set aside.
Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars on medium-high speed for three minutes.

Add in vanilla and eggs (one at a time) and beat for 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl after each addition.

Add salt and flour and mix on low until fully incorporated.

Fold in ½ mint chips and one sleeve of cookies.

Spread into prepared pan. It’s going to be thick and you may have to press down on it with wet hands.

Bake at 350°F 20-25 minutes, or until set in the middle. The minute the come out of oven, sprinkle the chips evenly across the blondies and let stand for one minute to melt a little. Then add cookie pieces, pressing down slightly into the blondies to stay more put. Let cool on a rack.

Serving size depends on how big you cut them. When I cut them I got two…I kid. Kind of.

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  1. We didn’t get Girl Scott cookies this year. For some reason, I’m just turned off by them. Maybe I’m not human. Oh well. I am kind of ad that I didn’t buy thin mints though (yesterday was the last day to buy cookies here) because these blondies look good. Maybe the Andes mints (oh how i love Andes ments) will just have to do.

  2. I got kicked out of Brownies my first year. I dont remember why either, but I am pretty sure it was nothing I did personally, but rather I was not the ‘type’ the Moms wanted in the group. Ah well.

    Jas loves the thin mints, too. I stocked up on them. I like to use them as a cheesecake crust. :)

  3. oh my gosh, I was convinced I’d made that up! I really thought that Thin Mints were like Peanut Butter whatevers, but no one could confirm. My third grade self thanks you.

  4. I wrote about that a few blog posts ago–not about the Thin Mints but how I swore I could remember chocolate and vanilla sandwich Girl Scout cookies, that they no longer list on their website. I also remember Thin Mints being ‘better’ than they were today, so perhaps it is the creamy center I’m thinking of with them as well…

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Dude, I definitely remember the thin mints being different when we were kids too. I wonder why they changed them?

  6. Nice blondies! I’n not a big fan of minty treats, but I’m sure I’d enjoy those.



  7. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who still pines for the original Thin Mint cookie. Sigh…

  8. They used to be better! My mom swear that the year they took the transfats out a few years back changed the taste and that “now they were c?!p” lol. Well being forme Brownie/ current mint love of course I had some frozen. We froze the new to equal the test, let both defrost and yup. The old recipe was better.

    These look great, I owe some baked goods to some peeps so I think I’ll be making those.

  9. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for seeing a value in your tax bill…. Grrrr… IRS and taxes. But then I passed a fire station and a police station on the way to a public park on a paved road on Saturday morning and was like oh yeah, taxes.

    As the spouse of a 1st responder, I get giving your money away is sucky, but I soooo appreciate that you see the value in it.


  1. […] If you happen to be one of the few with a box of thin mints stashed away, definitely give these a shot. You, or whomever you give these amazing bars to, will thank you a million times over. Just to note: The original recipe calls for Andes chips, but since I couldn’t find these in the store, I made them with a mixture of milk and white chocolate chips. Thin Mint Blondies Source: Culinary Concoctions by Peabody […]

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