Healthier Thin Mint Cookies

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While in the process of going through EVERYTHING I own for my big move down to Texas, I also had to go through a lot of separation. I let go of bags and bags of clothes, books, and surprisingly some food stuffs I’d never used up. With the food, though, I was able to eat my way through a lot of the dried goods I’d accumulated during my two years in this apartment. One of which was a bag of pitted dates. So yummy, and bought with equally yummy intentions for a dessert I had in mind in the spring.CC Pics 009

But that idea passed. The dessert went unmade, and then I remembered a Thin Mint Brownie recipe from the Fabulous Chocolate-Covered Katie, whose cookbook comes out soon, I hope (Katie?).

Well these tasty treats are really good. Just ask the friends I made them for, for a summer picnic in July. And you could ask the other group of friends who tried them, too, at a fireworks show. They were happy to indulge, and I only felt bad when they looked at my little thin mint cookies and then looked at the big, sugary-frosted store-bought ones they bought with a twinge of remorse.

Okay, I didn’t feel too bad about giving friends a healthier alternative they liked just as much. I didn’t want anyone to feel embarrassed about the cookies they brought though. CC Pics 010

To share this positive embarrassment/ healthy kindness with your own friends, check out the recipe I’ve adapted from CCK’s version for a slightly chewier, cholate-ey-er cookie recipe.


1/2 cup walnuts

1 and 1/2 cups pitted dates

1 t vanilla extract

1.5 T cocoa powder

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scant pinch of salt

1 t stevia


-Combine all ingredients in your food processor. Blend ’til a dough forms.

-Roll into bite-sized balls and flatten between your palms for a flat cookie.

-If you wanted a small pan of brownies, simply press the dough into a small pan and slice.

-Serve cold or even frozen if that’s how you like your thin mint cookies (I do!). Enjoy.


Chewy Lemon-Coconut Candy Balls

If you’re ever in the mood for a sweet and tangy, candy-like dessert, I highly recommend this one.

I found this No-Bake Lemon Ball recipe on Snack Girl’s site. Originally, it made 14 or more.

I’ve refigured and resized, and now you can have three super sweet candy balls anytime you want.


-2 T sliced almonds

-2-3 T pitted dates (about 5-6)

-twist of lemon juice

-1-2 T shredded coconut


-Toss the dates and almonds in your food processor. Process on the “shred” setting for a minute or so. Then squeeze lemon juice over the top. Process once more.

-Scoop out the mixture and form into little balls. If they aren’t sticking enough, you can can squeeze more lemon over the top or a few drops coconut oil.

-Roll the candies in the shredded coconut.

I dropped these atop a bowl of frozen vanilla yogurt, and it made for a phenomenal pairing! I’d be interested to hear what serving ideas others have.