Do you have leftover candy canes that you can't convince anyone in the house to eat? Were you a little over zealous with your purchasing of chocolate chips and have bags of them stacked in your pantry? Are your kids teetering on the edge of boredom and need a fun structured activity to pass a little time until the next holiday gathering? Do you love Girl Scout cookies especially thin mints, but don't have access to them for a few more months? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, then Holiday Mock Thin Mints is the recipe for you.
I first sampled these holiday delicacies a few weeks ago at a Christmas party. The dessert table was filled with cakes, cookies, pies, and a fabulous chocolate cheesecake so it was only as an afterthought that I perched one of these round chocolate treats on the edge of my already loaded plate. It was obvious that this dessert was bite-sized and festive, but what wasn't as apparent was that it possessed one of my favorite flavor combinations, salty and sweet with a hint of mint. Also, it reminded me of something that I couldn't immediately recall. As I was pondering just exactly what this treat tasted like, the lady next to me told me that she had made these cookies and that their flavor is similar to Girl Scout Thin Mints. She quickly spouted off the recipe and I made them the next day.
The recipe for Holiday Mock Thin Mints is easy and fun. The minty treats make a nice gift for teachers and friends and are a great way to clean out your post-holiday pantry. My younger kids joined in by crushing the candy canes (note to self: never hand an eight year old boy a wooden rolling pin and tell him to hit something as hard as he can, yikes!). My older children assisted by stirring the chocolate chips as they melted in the double boiler and then dipping the Ritz. Everyone enjoyed sprinkling each cookie with some crushed candy canes.
After saving a few for ourselves, we added the remainder of our Holiday Mock Thin Mints to our Christmas cookie plates that we delivered to neighbors. After tasting them, one of the boys on our street made a batch using white chocolate. He was thrilled to share them with us. We were all impressed with his creativity and want to try that next time. Enjoy the rest of your holiday and enjoy creating and sampling Holiday Mock Thin Mints.
Holiday Mock Thin Mints
33 Ritz crackers (about 1 sleeve)
1 bag Nestle's Chocolate and Mint Morsels (10 ounce) or
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate morsels with a few drops of peppermint extract added or
another melting chocolate of your choice including white chocolate
1 cup of crushed candy canes
- Place candy canes in a heavy duty gallon-sized zip-lock bag. Bang lightly with a rolling pin until candy canes are fully crushed, but still slightly chunky.
- Melt the chocolate morsels (add peppermint extract if using).
- Dip ritz crackers in chocolate and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or a silpat liner.
- Sprinkle each coated cracker with crushed candy canes.
- Place in refrigerator until chocolate is hardened.
- Store in an air-tight container.