Looking for something to do with your leftover* Girl Scout Cookies? The next best thing to eating the cookies in their purest form is making a new dessert featuring the cookies. This Thin Mint ice cream, for example.
*And I'm going to assume the only reason you'd have leftovers is because you bought five or fifteen boxes.
This Thin Mint chip ice cream has a coconut cream base infused with peppermint extract with chocolate chunks and crushed Thin Mints scattered throughout. If you eat your Thin Mints straight out of the freezer, this ice cream is for you!
Which Girl Scout Cookies are vegan?
Girl Scout cookie season is one of the best seasons! Luckily, there are two companies that make Girl Scout Cookies, ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers. The company that makes the cookies will vary depending on where you live, and the same cookie may or may not be vegan depending on which company made it. The good news is, all Thin Mints are vegan so you can make Thin Mint ice cream no matter where you get your cookies from!
ABC Bakers Vegan Cookie List
Consider yourself lucky if your local Girl Scouts sell ABC Bakers cookies. They have 5 vegan varieties, and I may have put them in order of deliciousness.
These lemon shortbread cookies are lightly sweet and have a lemon icing on one side.
You know Thin Mints! They're a thin chocolate mint shortbread cookie coated in minty chocolate.
These cookies taste like an open-faced Nutter Butter, with extra peanut butter filling, coated in chocolate.
These buttery shortbread cookies have a chocolate coating on one side, and each cookie has the word "thanks" imprinted in the shortbread in a different language.
The Girl Scout S'mores Cookies have a dense graham cracker cookie with a thin layer of marshmallowy icing coated in chocolate.
Little Brownie Bakers Vegan Cookie List
Yeah, that's it. Little Brownie Bakers has a contact page on their website with a phone number and email form if you want to reach out to them. Ask if they'll consider changing their recipes so that vegans and people with dairy and egg allergies can order Girl Scout Cookies.
Meanwhile, if you're in LBB territory, you're out of luck if you want to order more than Thin Mints. If you have friends or family in other states with the ABC Bakers hookup, give them a call so you can try all of the vegan Girl Scout Cookies.
Some tips for making your Thin Mint ice cream
Once you have your Thin Mints, it's ice cream time!
Coconut cream base
I find that using coconut cream as a base for homemade ice creams yields the creamiest texture, even after freezing completely. It does add some coconut flavor to your ice cream, so if that bothers you, replace it with cashew cream or high-fat non-dairy creamer.
To get the cream from a can of full fat coconut milk by letting it sit at room temperature, undisturbed, for a day, then chilling it for another day. The cream will rise to the top and solidify so you can scoop it out and use it in a recipe. While this is not a complicated process, you do have to plan ahead.
If you don't want to wait, you can buy coconut cream in a can. I've seen it at Trader Joe's and from the brand Thai Kitchen. Not to be confused with the sugary liquid used in piña coladas that is also called "coconut cream" and also comes in a can, this coconut cream contains just the cream from coconut milk.
To make the ice cream green, you'll have to add a bit of green food coloring. Otherwise it'll be white. The taste is great either way!
Freeze your Thin Mints
If you keep your Thin Mints in the freezer, you've already completed this step. By keeping the cookies cold, they'll incorporate into the ice cream without crumbling or melting it. They will also break apart better if you chop them using a food processor.
Use an ice cream maker
If you plan on making ice cream, even just occasionally, an ice cream maker is a great investment. It's necessary to churn the ice cream before freezing for a creamy texture. I have one similar to this Cuisinart ice cream maker.
If making ice cream is a one time thing for you, you can try the ol' salt and ice method!
- 14 fl oz coconut cream
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 2-2 ½ teaspoons peppermint extract
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Green food coloring, optional
- 10 Thin Mints
- ¼ cup chocolate chips, chopped
- Combine coconut cream and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat and stir in the milk, extracts, and food coloring, if using. Let cool.
- Keep the chocolate and Thin Mints in the freezer until it’s time to add them to the ice cream so the ice cream maintains its temperature when you add the chocolate and cookies.
- Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions, adding the Thin Mints and chocolate during the last five minutes of freezing.
- Serve garnished with extra Thin Mints, and chocolate syrup, if desired. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 542Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 103mgCarbohydrates: 88gFiber: 1gSugar: 81gProtein: 3g
All nutritional information presented within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on seitanbeatsyourmeat.com should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate. Even though I try to provide accurate nutritional information to the best of my ability, these figures should still be considered estimates.
This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated with current information in 2020. The recipe has not changed.