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Thin Mint Trifles

Thin Mint Trifles a simple dessert featuring my favorite Girl Scout Cookies.

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I FINALLY found Girl Scout cookies.

I knew at the end of February what I was going to do with a box of thin mints but I could never locate the suckers!

But then this past weekend, I found them and all was well in my little dessert world.

I know there have been variations of this all over the place and mine is probably really similar but I swear that us food bloggers just think the same and are on the same wavelength at all times!

Thin mints are probably one of the Girl Scout cookies that is super versatile. It’s chocolate, it’s mint, it goes in a lot of things that have chocolate and vanilla, therefore, you can probably throw them in virtually any dessert and the minty chocolatey flavor would complete your dessert. Or, use it as a topping on vanilla ice cream and be in heaven.

Speaking of Girl Scout cookies that are super versatile, my good friend and pretty much always-on-the-same-wavelength girl, Cassie (go check her out if you haven’t; she’s a doll!), blogged about tagalongs today (another one of my favorites of the Girl Scouts — chocolate and PB?! I’m there!). Talk about versatile. She put them in pudding peanut butter cookies. How amazing does that sound?! I’d totally break apart some of those cookies and eat them with this trifle.

My top favorites are the samoas and the thin mints (frozen, yes, I freeze my cookies). I didn’t buy any samoas this year for the fear of eating the whole box like I do every year, but my mother bought some and I ate like 1/2 a sleeve. Darn her!

These are super easy to make and it serves about 4 mini trifle glasses. It’s great cause it’s individual servings and I let mine sit, covered, overnight in the fridge and I thought it tasted wonderful because the pudding gets to soak in some of the minty flavor and the cookies get all softened so it feels more like I’m digging into a layered brownie. So good and I’d like to think it’s somewhat healthy cause it’s individual servings? Nahhhh, who am I kidding? I’ll pretend it’s healthy, how’s that?

Thin Mint Trifles
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 box of Girl Scouts Thin Mint cookies, crushed
  • 1 package of instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups of milk (I used 2%)
  • 5 drops of green food coloring
Instructions:
  1. In a large ziploc bag, put the thin mints in and squeeze out the air as you're closing the bag. With a rolling pin, crush the thin mints to fine pieces. Not crumbs, but fine pieces where there are some larger & smaller pieces within the mixture.
  2. In a medium bowl, follow the instructions on your instant pudding box. With mine, I was to add 2 cups of milk to the pudding mixture and whisk until it started forming into a pudding consistency, about 3 minutes. I then added 5 drops of green food coloring and whisked well to combine.
  3. To layer your trifle: start with spooning a layer of thin mint crumbs on the bottom of the trifle glass then a few tbsp. of the green pudding, then layer again with thin mints and then the pudding. Top the trifle off with more thin mints, as desired.
  4. If you can't wait, you can dig right in, but I covered them with plastic wrap and had them sit in the fridge overnight (read entry above as to why I did it this way; you don't have to). You can have them sit for 4 hours in the fridge to get colder if the pudding is not as cold as you like it when you finish making the trifles.
  5. Store covered, if not eating right away, for up to 2 days.
Notes:
If the whole bright green pudding is off-putting and you're not a fan of artificial coloring, you can omit the green food coloring and just have it be regular vanilla pudding or whatever flavor floats your boat! Greek or plain yogurt would be a great alternative too.

17 COMMENTS

  1. 03/15/2012 at 7:11 am

    What a cute dessert, I love those little trifle cups that you’ve use and that combination of crumbly chocolate with smooth pudding sounds delicious. I’m not sure I’d be able to wait overnight to dig in…

  2. 03/15/2012 at 7:25 am

    oh my heavens these are awesome! I would eat way too many before I actually got them into the trifle. I’m a fool for thin mints!

  3. 03/15/2012 at 8:29 am

    Adorable! I’m totally on a Girl Scout cookie craze myself–my Samoas and Tagalongs just came in on Tuesday! :D

  4. 03/15/2012 at 8:51 am

    Yum yum yum!!!! I love thin mints! I usually freeze them so I can have them all year. This seems like a good alternative to hoarding cookies!

  5. 03/15/2012 at 9:52 am

    Loving green week!!!

  6. 03/15/2012 at 10:06 am

    I just purchased some mini trifle glass. These are perfect to break those out of the box! Samoa’s are my favorite too! I’m holding back on eating them because I want to use them in cupcakessss. YUMM!

  7. 03/15/2012 at 10:34 am

    What a great way to use Girl Scout Cookies! Now I just need to get my hands on a box to whip up some of these delicious recipes! I love that you have them in individual size servings, so cute!

  8. 03/15/2012 at 10:45 am

    Girl scout cookies are so addicting. That’s why I just don’t buy them – it’s a preemptive strike to not gain 10 pounds from eating a whole box without flinching.

    Anyway, your trifle is gorgeous. It accomplished such a nice shade of green. And individual servings are definitely the way to go, especially for overeaters like me!

  9. 03/15/2012 at 10:50 am

    You two are killing me today with these recipes! Holy yum :)

  10. 03/15/2012 at 12:02 pm

    Ohhh how I love me some Thin Mints! I used up all mine in brownies. And I didn’t get around to any posts with Samoas, because I ate all of them! DANG!

  11. 03/15/2012 at 2:40 pm

    What a fun and festive batch of trifles! These look SO delicious, Julie, and perfect for me since it’s warming up around here and I don’t want to use my oven as much lately!

  12. Liz
    03/15/2012 at 5:58 pm

    Popping over from Cassie’s blog…and I LOVE these trifles! I have tons of Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs in our freezer and I need to incorporate them into some desserts! You both have inspired me :)

  13. 03/15/2012 at 7:37 pm

    This is super clever Julie and really cute! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and the kids would love them. You’re very smart to find a way to use up all those Girl Scout Cookies that are around everywhere right now!

  14. 03/15/2012 at 9:26 pm

    I still haven’t been able to get my hands on Girl Scout cookies and all the recipes I’ve been seeing floating around on food blogs have me *really* wishing I had. Thin Mints are my favorite too, and I love your trifles!

  15. 03/15/2012 at 11:55 pm

    I’ve found Girl Scout cookies waaaay too many places lately. My collection might be getting out of control. Thin Mints are my favorite…and I love what you’ve used them for here!

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