Cake 42: Raspberry Thin Mint Cheesecake

We received a care package from Mark and Deedee’s family in Seattle while my husband was home on R&R and it included two boxes of my favorite Girl Scout cookies – Thin Mints! (Read my attempt at making homemade thin mint cookies.) I have been thinking about it for a while, and finally with the right supplies, was able to make a thin mint cookie crust for a classic New York cheesecake, which also happened to be the type of cake my husband requested for his time home from Afghanistan. Lucky break.

I apologize for not posting this much sooner – we’ve been enjoying two weeks of R&R from his deployment and I even took lots of time off work to spend with him, so I’m just now getting around to it!

Thin Mints Crust Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups Thin Mint cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Thin Mint Crust Recipe Directions

Put enough Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies in the food processor to grind until you get 2 cups of fine cookie crumbs for the cheesecake crust. Melt 1/4 cup of butter. In a small bowl, mix the two with a spatula, and then press into a prepared 9″ round spring form pan. I prepared my spring form pan with butter and flour, as well as a 9″ round parchment paper sheet. Press the crumb mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan.

New York Cheesecake Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup flour

New York Cheesecake Recipe Directions

Put your oven rack in the middle of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put a cake pan filled with water on the bottom rack. In your kitchen mixer, beat the cream cheese with the paddle attachment until it’s light and fluffy, and add the sugar gradually, beating until smooth. Mix in the milk, then add the eggs one at a time beating just until blended (don’t overbeat). Add the Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and flour and beat until blended. Pour over your thin mint cookie crust. Bake for 1 hour, or until the middle is just a little jiggly and doesn’t seem quite set. Turn off the oven and let it set for about another half hour. Remove from the oven and cool completely at room temperature. Chill for 6 hours.

Raspberry Sauce Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 6-ounce package of fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Raspberry Sauce Recipe Directions

Thanks, mom-in-law, for teaching us how to do this part. Couldn’t be easier. Cook down the fresh raspberries, sugar and almond extract over medium heat in a saucepan, stirring constantly until the raspberries break down. If you wish to have a smooth, seedless raspberry coulis, simply press the sauce through a sieve with a spoon. My husband said he was just fine with the seeds so we kept them in. Pour over the completely cooled cheesecake, garnish with fresh mint (ours is mint from the garden) and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Homemade Thin Mint Cookies Recipe

They’re delicious, and they’re in the right ballpark, but I’ll be the first to admit, “Close, but no cigar.” You’ll still have to buy piles and piles of delicious, calorie-ridden Thin Mint cookies from your favorite local Girl Scout to get a taste of the real thing. This homemade thin mint cookie recipe is still delicious, though!

Homemade Thin Mint Cookie Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • 4  ounces of bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, separate from the other
  • Fresh mint leaves

Homemade Thin Mint Cookie Recipe Directions

Beat the softened butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg, mint extract and chopped mint leaves. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and salt together in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients mixture in parts, about 1/3 at a time and beating well after each addition. Divide the cookie dough in half. Lightly flour your work surface. Roll the thin mint cookie dough up from the long end into a long, tight roll about 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter. Wrap them in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight (or at least 5-6 hours). When you’re preparing to bake, put your rolls of thin mint cookie dough in the freezer. Get out your cookie sheets and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. After a half hour or so, pull out your cookie dough rolls and slice them 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick with a sharp knife. If you had trouble rolling your dough into a long roll and your cookies are a little thin, feel free to squish your disc down a bit if you like. Bake about 10 minutes minutes. While the cookies are cooling, melt your butter and chopped chocolate in a double boiler, stirring semi-constantly to avoid it scalding or burning. While the cookies are warm but nearing room temperature, plop them in the chocolate mixture and turn over once or twice to coat completely, then cool on a wire rack with waxed paper below it to catch the drippings, or directly on wax or parchment paper if you want. While the chocolate on the thin mint cookies is cooling, press a fresh mint leaf into the chocolate on the cookies that will be presented and eaten in the next day or so! Cute.

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