I wouldn’t call myself crafty. The thought of spending copious amounts of time on tedious projects involving little pieces of paper, glue, sparkles and whatever else seems like heaven to an 8 year old girl, makes me want to snarl.

I feel this way even with food projects. Scour Pinterest and you’ll find an endless stream of amazing works of cupcake art, complete with fondant masterpieces and sculpture work indicative of a university degree in fine art. Not that I haven’t tried my hand at a project or two; I’ll try anything once!

Most of the time, holiday-themed desserts in our house are simple creations. They’re ideas that have more to do with flavor design than they do crafty design.

So, when I picked up our annual Girl Scouts Thin Mints bounty from a friend’s daughter, I had a brilliant idea: Mint is green. Green is the color of St. Patrick’s Day. I want brownies.

Dark Chocolate Thin Mint Brownies - (cool) progeny

Dark Chocolate Thin Mints Brownies

Prep: 10 minutes | Bake: 35 minutes | Yields: 16


  • 1 box dark chocolate brownie mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 sleeve Thin Mints (16 cookies)
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Preheat your oven to 350°F and butter the bottom and sides of a glass 9×9” baking dish.

Add the brownie mix, eggs, water and canola oil into a large mixing bowl. Use a wooden spoon to mix the batter until the ingredients are just combined, about 50 stirs.

Dark Chocolate Thin Mint Brownies - (cool) progeny

Pour half of the batter into the baking dish. Place the Thin Mints in one layer on top, 4 rows of 4 cookies each. Pour the remaining batter on top and smooth it gently to cover the Thin Mints completely.

Bake the brownies for 30-35 minutes, or until the middle appears set.

Let the brownies sit for at least 30 minutes before cutting them, otherwise you’ll have a gooey, minty, chocolatey mess on your hands.

(This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however! A good scoop of warm, gooey, minty brownie would be absolutely delightful with a bowl of vanilla ice cream.)

Dark Chocolate Thin Mint Brownies - (cool) progeny

Photo Credit: Liza Hawkins