paleo thin mints girl scout cookie recipe

Paleo Thin Mints

Gluten-free thin mints are a scrumptious Paleo holiday cookie and make a great gift for friends and neighbors.

Don’t be sad that it’s Girl Scout Cookie season, because now it’s gluten-free Girl Scout Cookie season, and you can partake in gluten-free Thin Mints. You can even dive into Paleo Girl Scout Cookies, otherwise known as Paleo Thin Mints.

Give thanks for this to the fabulous Tammy Credicott, author of Paleo Indulgences. Without her book, full of fabulous Paleo recipes (including a couple of Paleo Girl Scout Cookie recipes), I would not have thought of making this delicious gluten-free dessert.

Paleo Thin Mints
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a food processor , combine almond flour, coconut flour, cacao, baking soda, and salt
  2. Pulse in shortening, honey, and peppermint extract until dough forms
  3. Roll out dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper to ⅛ inch thick
  4. Freeze dough for 15 minutes
  5. Using a 2-inch cookie cutter , cut out dough
  6. Transfer circles to a parchment lined baking sheet
  7. Bake at 350° for 4 minutes
  8. Cool completely on the baking sheets, then freeze for 1 hour
  9. Melt chocolate and peppermint extract in a small saucepan over very low heat
  10. Dip each cookie in chocolate, then place on a parchment-lined plate
  11. Transfer plate to freezer for 1 hour
  12. Serve

Store your Paleo Thin Mints in the freezer for the best texture and crispy crunch.

These healthy, gluten-free cookies are the perfect hostess gift, housewarming present, or DIY holiday gift. Since Purim is right around the corner (February 23, 2013) you can give gluten-free Thin Mints alongside your Hamantaschen.

I love to reduce, reuse, and recycle. So when I give gifts for holidays such as Purim, I focus on making something simple, yet special, and definitely not wasteful. I place my homemade baked goods in reusable tins. You can purchase used tins for your cookies and candies at your local thrift store. Carefully scrub and de-glutenize the tins, then run them through the dishwasher. This makes a great gluten-free holiday gift, or hostess gift, and reduces waste during Christmas and other holidays such as Purim.

Here are some more paleo dessert recipes you might like to use for Purim, other gift baskets, holiday cookie exchanges or any time of year:

Comments

  1. Kim says

    Elana – I love your site and your recipes & have been following you since I first went gluten free four years ago. With this recipe though, you have made my life complete! I am GF, DF & egg-free, so many Paleo recipes don’t work for me. I am so excited about this one! Thin Mints were always my absolute favorite Girl Scout cookie, and now I can finally have them again (and feel good about what I’m eating)! Thank you SO much!

    • Aimee says

      I have used coconut oil in place of vegan shortening with much success. I used this substitution in the Choc Chip Scones and worked beautifully. Happy baking!

    • Susan says

      I made them with butter, worked out great! Sounds like either substitution works. I’m so very happy with this recipe. My husband has the real GS thin mints, and I’m having to chase him away from mine.

  2. Claire Traas says

    Oh DARN, I can’t make this recipe because i don’t have any CELTIC sea salt, I only have the NORMAL kind! Shucks!

    • Jaime W says

      Candice, my children and I can not have tree nuts, we use pumpkin seed flour and sunflower seed flour with great success!!! I use these flours to replace the almond flour in a lot of Elana’s recipes and they all worked beautifully!

  3. Kenna says

    Yay! Up next…the peanut butter (sun butter) tagalongs? I think I may use your cookie as ground work and spend some time this weekend trying to get those fatty patties in my belly. Thanks for rockin’ it, Elana!

      • Kenna says

        Ha! Glad I could make you smile, Tonya. In case you are interested, I think I did a decent job creating those fatty patties…
        Use Elana’s cookie recipe, minus the cocoa.
        1/2 cup Sun Butter
        1/4 cup Honey
        1/4 cup Coconut Flour
        2 tsp. Vanilla
        Chocolate chunks
        Bake the cookies after cutting the shapes. Melt chocolate. Let cool. Generously apply butter. Paint chocolate over cookie. The first batch I did had too much chocolate (I dipped them) and not enough filling.
        I haven’t had the tagalongs for years, but this did my belly wonders. :)

        • autumn says

          Is the sunbutter layer the combo of the honey/coconut flour/vanilla or just the sunbutter? And using the rest of the ingredients for the cookie? Just to clarify… I can’t wait to make them :)

  4. Debbie B. says

    Elana, I absolutely love your sense of humor, in addition to your recipes, of course!

    (That you’re Jewish makes your blog the best! Shabbat Shalom.

    • Anne Jeffres says

      I was thinking that EXACT same thing! By the way, I have 2 Girl Scouts and I’m a troop leader, and we don’t even eat the cookies since they are so unhealthy!

  5. Anne Quintanilla says

    Thin Mints are my fave GS cookies! It just happened, I began my Whole30 on the month of GS cookie sales :( Thanks to you, I will be able to get my fix, of course, after this month. Love your recipes!!!

  6. Karen says

    Oh, you’ve done it again! Cannot wait to try these. My favorite cookie. I wonder if you have any idea how much you have enhanced the quality of my life with your recipes…….. Thank you!

    • Mia says

      Thank you again Elana!!!

      I love these cookies. I make a double batch every time and keep them in the freezer. Everyone I’ve shared them with loves them too.

      For dipping I use 99% TCHO baking drops (one bag for a double batch). They are very easy to melt. I add powdered birch Xylitol, to my preferred sweetness, to the melted chocolate along with the peppermint extract.

      Blessings,

      Mia

  7. says

    I wish I saw this sooner :- ) Oh, well .. I already purchased a box of thin mints to support a colleague’s daughter. Next year I’ll know better.

    Monica

  8. melissa says

    I made these and found the honey flavor to be distracting….. has anyone tried anything else in it’s place? I can’t do agave syrup though…. maple syrup??? Not sure if that would go with peppermint either.

  9. Aimee says

    Thank you so much for the recipe! My whole family loved these. I am lazy and didn’t freeze the dough or roll them out. I just made little balls and flattened them out on my baking sheet, they came out imperfectly shaped, but tasty just the same.

  10. Tonya says

    Thank You Elana!!! I made these today and they are as good as I remember the originals being. I did use coconut oil instead of the palm shortening and I used peppermint oil instead of extract. They are fantastic! My daughter is gluten and dairy free and has been for the past 5 years. This is her first experience with Thin Mints and I’m sad to report that she LOVES them and I’m going to have to share them with her. :)

  11. Paige says

    YUM! Making these today! BUT, substituting Creme de Menthe flavoring instead of peppermint to get the real girl scout cookie flavor..bought it last year to make healthier whole wheat thin mints before celiac came to the house and now paleo…….mmmm!

  12. Shari in NC says

    Elana,

    I just made them; they smell delicious!! We’ll taste once they come out of the freezer! Can’t wait!

    What suggestions do you have for dipping the cookies in the peppermint chocolate? I dipped them in the pan (on low heat) on a fork; some cookies broke in the process and many bent (but then straightened out back on the pan.)

    Thanks for educating us,
    Shari in NC

  13. Christyn says

    These are so good! I substituted coconut oil for shortening and also xylitol plus 1/4 cup water for the honey to make them even lower sugar. I did need to freeze the dough about 30 minutes before rolling out and they were still pretty fragile but I got them up with a thin spatula… They seriously take just like I remember thin mint cookies (which I’ve dreamed about for years) tasting! Thanks Elana!

  14. says

    These were absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing. A top-notch substitute, for sure. I had a hard time transferring them to the cookie sheets, but I probably waited too long after taking them out of the freezer. I also just spread the frosting over the tops of the cookies rather than dipping them in. So tasty!

  15. says

    Elana, I’m going to try your two desserts – paleo thin mints and the cc scones. My wife is trying hard to be Gluten Free; plus 2 of her kids have health reasons to avoid gluten. I think having an awesome baked desert will be a lot of fun. I like to bake and if I can show up with a thoughtful and tasty dessert, I’ll be back in the running for cool food guy.

  16. Joyce says

    Elana, these were fabulous. I used hazelnut flour in place of almond, and coconut oil instead of shortening. So good! Thank you!

  17. ginger says

    Hi I am very very new at not being able to eat any grains. so I have been searching for recipes. So anyway I wanted to make the Simple Bread which I down loaded from your site. I fallowed it just like it said etc. there was not enough liq. to make any kind of batter. so I just wasted two and a half cups of almond flour. was there a miss print in the recipe or what. We live on a very fixed income so I can not afford to waste food. please let me know if the recipe is wrong of what, it is so simple to make up but it won’t turn out. Ginger

  18. says

    These look amazing! Can you substitute butter or Earth’s Balance instead of shortening? Also, instead of almond flour can you use a GF blend?

    Thank you!

  19. Ellen says

    My daughter is a Girl Scout and also has a severe gluten allergy. She is out selling her cookies but can’t have even one. She remembers thin mints from her ore allergy days a d misses them. I made these as a surprise for her. She LOVED them! Thank you so much for making a little girl feel like a Girl Scout.

    • Tina says

      Dark chocolate is not the same as unsweetened. Dark would be similar to a bittersweet chocolate but you could also sub in semi-sweet which is pretty easy to find. Semi-sweet is sweeter than bittersweet.

  20. says

    I made this recipe as soon as I saw it the other day. It should have had a warning that you will not be able to control yourself and will keep going back to the freezer for more :) Completely love, this has rocketed to be one of my favorite recipes and I will completely post on my blog about making them and photos of how mine turned out. I didn’t have a small circle cookie cutter so I just cut into diamond-ish shapes. It worked really well!

  21. Britt in TX says

    Yes!!!!!! You’re the best!!! I can’t wait to try making these!! Man, it’s a good thing I ate the girl scout thin mints the other day. My mom been telling me to watch my sugar; )Now I can make this and she well love it too!! Thanks again!

  22. Tana says

    I find it endlessly fascinating with so many sites, be it paleo, vegan, grain-free or gluten free, the endless amount of sweet recipes there are. Sweet seems to trump savory hands down. Yet, as I eliminated wheat from my diet, my tolerance for things sweet diminished substantially.

    And yet, over everything else, it is really the sweets that I think are causing the bulk of our diabetes epidemic. It’s quite a thing to witness really. Thanks for all your work, sweet and savory!

  23. Mary Gordon says

    Hi Elana, I am new to GF and GF allergies : (

    What can I substitute for the coconut flour and the shortening and how much of each substitute? I cannot have coconut or potato flour!

    • Emily says

      I sub coconut oil for palm shortening in just about all recipes. Not sure about coconut flour though….maybe more almond? or arrowroot powder?

  24. Cindy Sue says

    I just pre-ordered her latest cookbook, and have just gotten the first two, although I am overwhelmed, it is a GOOD overwhelmed, I am thrilled! Am I understanding correctly that you can substitute honey for any agave in Elana’s recipes? Is this one of the major differences in the Paleo recipes?

    Side Note:
    I buy local honey from the Co Op, one teaspoon a day of your local honey is suppose to help with allergies over a period of time.

  25. Cindy Sue says

    gosh I sound like a pest, but one more thing, has or does anyone use King Arthur Blanched Almond Flour?

  26. says

    Great recipe share. Girl Scout cookies are so delicious but full of calories. Plus now with this recipe, I can have these any time I get the urge for these cookies rather than just during the “girl scout cookie season”.

  27. Betty says

    ! I have celiac and adrenal issues and have bee. Grain free a few years with the help of your books and website! I make your chocolate chip scones (I add some shredded coconut and walnuts) every week. They are my emergency food. I’m still nursing my 14month old and can’t lose my final 10 pounds. How do you keep from gaining weight with almond/coconut flours? I’d love your tips. I see that Elana can’t answer comments. Any body else have any tips?

  28. Kristin says

    Elana,
    Just finished making up the dough and it’s in the freezer as we “speak”. I wondered why the recipe was for such a small batch before I made it, and now I know why…the dough is soooo delicious that if I didn’t have a small batch I’d eat half of it raw!!!! (I don’t want to face my kids with only 10 cookies left, the shame of it) Thanks a million for all your wonderful recipe’s. My daughters and I are currently baking our way through your cupcake book and absolutely loving it too. Favorite so far is the Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache. They were much too good for words!

  29. cindy says

    you are my chef hero elana! thank you for this recipe. now i can feel even more guilty for turning down girls scouts and there fundraising efforts! ;-)

  30. LMB says

    Wow, these were fantastic, so similar to the real thing! I substituted coconut butter for the shortening and they were really great.

  31. Terry says

    These were amazing! Just one question. My melted chocolate was so thick I couldn’t dip the cookies. I smeared it on them with a spoon. Anybody else have that problem or a solution? How do you make the chocolate runnier??

  32. says

    Hi Elana,

    I am gluten free and grain free and pre diabetic. I really appreciate all your wonderful recipes. I am hoping you will post more recipes with coconut sugar and nectar rather than agave. I am an inexperienced baker and wonder if you can provide info in your FAQ’s about the equivalents using coconut sugar. I found a frosting recipe online that uses coconut sugar and arrowroot blended to make it into a powdered sugar consistency for frosting.

  33. Brooke says

    This recipe is awesome!! I made these for a friend who recently discovered many food allergies, and she really loved them. I substituted coconut oil for shortening, and agave for the honey, just because it was what I had on hand. I ended up with 50 cookies, however, so I had to use about 10 oz of dark chocolate. My husband loved them, too, and this will be a go-to recipe from now on. Thanks so much!

  34. Anne Rollo says

    Elena,

    These sure bring back memories from my Girl Scout Days! What would the Carb count be on these cookies, please?

    Thank you,

    Anne

  35. says

    Tried these today. FREAKIN YUM!!!! I would have a hard time telling them apart from the real deal. After they came out of the oven I wanted them a little bit crunchier than they seemed to be so I threw them in the dehydrator for 12 hours. Now they have that perfect thin-mint crunch. Definitely going to be a favorite!

  36. Val S says

    Hi there! I have a question, I have tried many of your recipes, and they always taste great. When I make any of your cookies, they completely fall apart. I’m wondering if it may be altitude, or If I’m doing something wrong. I’m right at sea-level, so you know if this should change anything? And if not, is there any suggestion you have for preventing this!
    Thanks!

  37. Amanda says

    OMG… these are so great my non paleo family and friends love ’em too… now… if I could just stop eating them….;) Thanks for the recipe;)

  38. says

    These were very easy to work with and tasted great. THe only thing I had to do differently was that I had to bake the cookies for 14 minutes, not 4. Also, I only had mint extract (a combo of spearmint and peppermint) on hand, so the peppermint flavor was not as intense as I would’ve liked. Will try these again using peppermint extract.

  39. ShazInNV says

    My sister-in-law had this problem. She found if she made the dough the night before and refrigerated it overnight, it held together fine.

  40. Christina says

    Hi Elana, I love your recipes and have followed you for years…and I’m a Boulder County resident as well!! So quick question: Could I use coconut oil instead of palm shortening in the Paleo Thin Mint recipe (and others)? I hesitate to support the palm oil industry because of the effect it has had on climate (see Years of Living Dangerously series), but who knows maybe the coconut industry similarly impacts the environment… Thanks!

  41. says

    Amazing. Made these tonight and they are perfect. Just SO good. When left in the freezer, they are better than the original thin mints. I did have to bake the cookies for 8 minutes (not 4) but mine were probably a little thicker than 1/8″.

  42. Mia says

    Thank you Elana! These are a wonderful treat!

    I didn’t have coconut flour, so I left it out and it turned out fine.

  43. Amy says

    I use this recipe to make the best chocolate chip cookies ever. I omit the cacao powder and increase almond flour by two tablespoons, use coconut oil instead of shortening, use vanilla instead of peppermint and add a handful of chips once batter is mixed. I do not put in the freezer, I just drop tablespoon full on parchment lined cookie sheet and use a small piece of parchment to smush the batter down with the bottom of a glass. Bake for 4 minutes or til edges are golden. If you can wait, letting them cool completely is best as they firm up. Thank you Elana.

    • Amy says

      I also reduce the amount of honey to 2 tablespoons instead of 1/4 cup. 1/4 cup of honey is equivalent to 4 tablespoons I believe.

  44. Cindy markley says

    Need sugar free for these cookies. What can I use as coating instead of chunks. Would like to make all your candies but need sugar free chocolate. Thank you

  45. Nancy says

    Not sure what I did wrong, but the chocolate sauce, in spite of it being 6 full ounces of chocolate, only covered front and back of half of the cookies. For the other half, I had to spoon and spread the sauce on top.

    That all being said, the batter for the dough was out of this world. And I still can’t wait to try the fully finished product. My 9.5 year old and I have been on GAPS and now a blend of GAPS and Paleo for over 2.5 years. Even prior to that, we only ate organic sugar (such as evaporated cane) and only organic flour. So she has never had a thin mint cookie before. I started this project just before dinner and with all of the wait time in between cooling and freezing, didn’t get done until after she went to bed. So she is greatly looking forward to trying a cookie tomorrow. Which is the last thing she said to me as I was shutting off her bedroom light and closing the door.

    I didn’t have a cookie cutter, so I used the rim of a drinking glass placed upside down (the skinny, 6 ounce “juice glass” size), which happens to be 2″ in diameter. Works great! Although actual thin mints are only 1.5 inches in diameter. I have seen other home versions of girl scout cookies (non Paleo) that call for putting the dough into parchment paper and shaping it into a log that is 1.5″ diameter, freezing, and then cutting (approximately” 1/4″ slices. I am guessing that with the very soft almond flour dough, in order to even shape the log, the dough would have to be chilled first, shaped, then frozen before cutting, if it would even work. I may give that a try some time in order to go for the smaller size.

    Good luck everybody!!! And happy eating!

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