If Girl Scout Cookie Season could be considered an official season of the year, it might be my favorite. There’s nothing like a full sleeve of Thin Mints to munch on while watching a good movie for a perfect evening at home.
Pinterest is full of recipes you can make using the cookies, and recipes you can try to replicate the cookies, and the Girl Scouts must have noticed that and decided to get a piece of the action for themselves. Not a bad idea since they don’t even have to try selling these new baking mixes door to door or in front of the mall. I found them on the shelf at my local Walmart Neighborhood Market and it looks like Target carries them as well.
You have four mixes to choose from, all made by Pillsbury:
- Thin Mints Brownie Mix
- Thin Mints Cupcake Mix
- Caramel & Coconut Blondie Mix
- Caramel & Coconut Cupcake Mix
I started with the Thin Mints Brownie Mix, since combining the best cookies with my favorite treat seemed like an easy win. When I buy mixes I always check for an expiration date, just to make sure I don’t have to use it up in the next week. When I looked for the date on this box though, I also saw this note:
This is a little frightening to me. I’m glad they’re being up front about the use of genetic engineering, but on brownie mix? There should be about four ingredients in this thing. How much engineering does that take?
I almost put it back on the shelf after seeing this, but I was determined to give these a try. Hopefully that wouldn’t lead to me growing a tail.
The instructions are just as straightforward on these as any other brownie mix. A quick stir with an egg and some water and oil and you’re ready to pour the batter into a pan and get baking.
They smelled deliciously minty as they baked and I let them cool for just a few minutes before I scooped out a nice, warm corner to try.
And it tasted like a brownie. With a minty flavor. That’s it.
After cooling more completely I tried them again and yep. Still just tasted like a boxed brownie mix.
My coworkers liked them, but nobody seemed super impressed. My made-from-scratch brownies are better in taste, fudgey texture, and chocolateyness, and there was nothing about these that screamed “Thin Mints”. I might have enjoyed them more if there were cookie crumbles to mix in or sprinkle on top. Because the mint is nice, but without the cookie crunch there’s no real reason to put the Girl Scout logo on these (other than for their cut of the profits).
Overall I’d have to say that while this was fun to try once, Pinterest is probably the better option for a Thin Mints recipe that will really wow people, or maybe even the Girl Scouts’ own cookie recipes. Or just eat a box of cookies.
Do a good turn daily,