Are Thin Mints Vegan? The Answer For All The Vegan Cookie Monsters!

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Drinking tea or coffee with some cookies or biscuits feels like heaven to me. Lately though, I’ve been into thin mints, thanks to the persuasive Girls Scouts!  So, out comes another question… are thin mints vegan? Well now they are!

 You heard that right, Girl Scout Thin Mints are now vegan!

The Star Of The Girl Scout Cookies

The popular fundraising Girl Scout cookies come in 8 different flavors, and they have gained the lead. Of over 5,000 voters in a survey, 25% chose Thin Mints as their top fave! And that’s all over the U.S., in all 50 states! Wow!

The popular fundraising Girl Scout cookies come in 8 different flavors, and they have gained the lead.

Thin Mints Ingredients

Here are the main ingredients of the famous thin mint cookies from the Girl Scouts:

  • Flour, Cocoa, Oil of peppermint, Vegetable Oil

And the nutrition facts are:

Calories: 161 / 4 cookies

Total fat: 8g

Cholesterol: 0g

Sodium: 122g

Sugar: 10g

Bonus: NO partially hydrogenated oils & NO high fructose corn syrup

These thin mints are now vegan! The labels even says so! Hooray! Way to go Girl Scouts! However, they also have wheat and soy so if you are allergic to these, then you will have to avoid them.

Is There Dairy In Thin Mints?

Absolutely NOT! While the other Girl Scout Cookies have milk or butter in them, thin mints don’t.

The previous recipe for their Thin Mints had eggs and other dairy products.

However, a switch to a dairy-free vegan recipe began a long time ago in some states. Fans of dairy cookies may notice a change in taste, but we vegans say, thank you Girl Scouts!

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When Did Thin Mints Become Vegan?

The production of vegan Thin Mints started in 2014 but did not become country wide until 2015. All flavors are currently manufactured and distributed by Little Brownie Bakers, although some states may license other bakeshops too.

The production of vegan Thin Mints started in 2014 but did not become country wide until 2015.

Vegan Thin Mints Recipe

Unfortunately, Girl Scout Cookies only come in seasons in most states. Too bad for us, because our cravings are not as seasonal! They can strike anytime!

So, like the resourceful vegan that I am, I went on to find some of the best recipes for vegan Thin Mints. Now I don’t need to wait for Girl Scout cookie season, and neither should you!

Are you ready to bake?

Ingredients

For the Mint Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup (112g) Vegan Butter
  • 1/2 cup (100g) White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Mint extract
  • 1 cup (125g) All Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 cup (56g) Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp Soy Milk (or other non-dairy milk)

For the Mint Chocolate Topping/Coating:

  • 14 oz (400g) Vegan Dark Chocolate
  • 1/2 tsp Mint Extract
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Combine the vegan butter, brown and white sugar in an electric mixing bowl and cream together. Add the mint extract and mix in.
  3. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into a bowl and mix in the baking soda and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing in by hand until crumbly.
  5. Add in the soy milk (or other non-dairy milk) 1 Tbsp at a time, mixing into a thick cookie dough. You may not need all 3 Tbsp, 2 might be enough. This depends on the type of vegan butter you are using. You’ll know it’s the right texture when it’s still very thick cookie dough but you can roll it into balls easily.
  6. Roll into balls. Line the baking tray with parchment paper and place the balls in it with ample space in between. Dip the bottom of a glass into cocoa powder. Using the base of the glass, press onto the cookies to flatten them. You can also use a square of parchment paper instead. Place the parchment on top of the cookie and then press down with the glass bottom to flatten.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. The edges will be firm but the cookies will still be soft in the middle. This is fine as they will firm up as they cool.
  8. Leave the cookies to cool for at least 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack. Once they get cool, prepare your chocolate topping.
  9. Break up the chocolate into pieces and place into a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals, stopping to stir before placing back into the microwave. Once the chocolate melts completely, add in the mint extract and coconut oil and stir in.
  10. Dip the cookies into the chocolate and then place onto a baking tray with parchment paper lining.
  11. You can also just spoon chocolate on top of the cookies if you don’t want to cover them completely.
  12. Once done, place the cookies in the fridge to set.

Make sure to store the cookies in the fridge so the chocolate coating doesn’t melt. This can keep for a week, more or less.

Do you want to avoid oils? It’s possible! Try this Oil-Free Vegan Thin Mints recipe from Feasting On Fruit!

BONUS: To learn how to make these simple vegan cookie recipe, check out the video below.

Where To Buy Vegan Thin Mints

Okay, so Girl Scout Cookie season is over, and you don’t have the luxury of time to cook. But you can’t stop thinking about Thin Mint Cookies! Can’t blame you. 

Another problem is that the Girl Scout organization does not allow their cookies to be sold by anyone else but them.

However some people will resell boxes in Amazon and Ebay, but since they aren’t official, I’d say buy at your own risk. You might also see them being sold at giant groceries like Walmart and Ralphs, but some say these are knock-offs.

So unless you stack up during Thin Mints season, what I’d recommend instead is a new brand of vegan Thin Mints. This should tide you over until the next Girl Scout Cookie season. 

You’ll never know, it can be your new favorite too! You can try:

Thin Mints Chickpea Snacks from Biena Snacks (Non-GMO and gluten-free)

This vegan snack brand uses chickpeas in most of their products. Their Thin Mints come with the “Girl Scouts” stamp of approval. Now isn’t that enough guarantee?

Price:  $4.49 per bag, sold in 8-packs at $35.92 on their website.

Contents: 89g

Servings per bag: 3 (28g per serving)

Taste: Consumers say this tastes a lot like the Girl Scouts ones!

You can buy this from their website or at Whole Foods!

Conclusion

Vegans can now enjoy the best-selling VEGAN Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies! Are thin mints vegan? YES, they are!

And don’t forget, you can always make your own If you find yourself craving for them too often (try the recipe above)! Make it as minty and chocolatey as you want! 

Just make sure to indulge in moderation, you wouldn’t want too much sugar, would you?

Do you love Thin Mint Cookies too?  Let me know on the comment section below. And don’t forget to share this article in your favorite social media platform.

 

Vegans can now enjoy the best-selling VEGAN Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies! Are thin mints vegan? YES, they are!

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