The Healthy Thin Mint Cookies are low-calorie, all-natural, wholesome and easy to make! Yet, they’re full of chocolate flavor, soft and delicious!
The Winter Cookies Story
Mint cookies smell like winter, don’t they? Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukah, or another winter holiday, the cookies are definitely a winter staple!
Even though growing up I was not exposed to many different cookie varieties, I would still get mint candy and mint gingerbreads (a Russian staple) in goodie bags for New Years! (Note: in Russia, where I grew up, New Year is the biggest winter holiday of the year. However, after moving to the U.S. I have learned to pay big respects to the other winter holidays, such as Christmas and Hanukah, which are usually both celebrated in schools and at homes. And it’s in the U.S. where I’ve learned about the Thin Mints that are so popular here in the winter!
Since I moved here in 2004 I try to keep up with the American tradition and either buy, or bake such traditional treats as the Thin Mints! Of course, baking them is always a better option, since not only they taste home made, you can make them healthy and guilt-free, which means – you can eat more, which is always a good thing!
Preparing the Healthy Thin Mint Cookies
Preparing these Healthy Thin Mint Cookies is a bliss! There are just a few ingredients, and the cookies can be prepared in less than 10 minutes! The only step that takes a bit of time is scooping the dough out and flattening the pieces of dough to make thin disks. However, this can be done rather quickly if you have a cookie scoop!
Healthy Thin Mint Cookies Variations
There are people who don’t like mint. To be honest, I like mint sometimes, but there are times when I am just not in the mood. Mint is a bit too strong of a flavor and I need to really crave it to want to have it! Therefore, if you do not want to make these cookies with mint – don’t! Just sub the mint for vanilla, and you will have the yummiest Healthy Chocolate cookies that you can indulge on without guilt!
Another variation that you can make, is subbing the wheat flour for the oat flout to make the cookies gluten-free. The texture of the cookies will not be compromised: they will still be crispy and crunchy!
Lastly, you can sub the fructose sugar for erythritol to make the cookies sugar-free. However, you will need more erythritol, about 1/2 cup, since it is less sweet than the fructose sugar.
Healthy Thin Mint Cookies
- 2/3 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup fructose sugar
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. mint extract or vanilla extract if desired
- 2 tbsp. oil
- 1 egg white
- Whisk together the oil, egg whites, mint extract and sugar.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Mix well.
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Line the baking sheet with some parchment paper.
- Scoop out small pieces of dough and flatten them into the thin disks. Place the cookies on the baking sheet.
- Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes.
- Let the cookies cool down before putting them into a container where they can be store for up to 1 week (or they can be frozen for 1-2 months). Enjoy!