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A Year of Slow Cooking

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Chocolate Mint Fondue Slow Cooker Recipe

It's girl scout cookie season. The number one seller is ALWAYS the Thin Mints. 


I've got two in scouts this year: a Daisy and a Junior. My girls participate in cookie sales because I believe it's a great way to boost self-esteem by speaking clearly to grown-ups and handling money.

We aren't able to eat the cookies due to our gluten intolerance. It's really not a big deal, though, because I can quickly whip up a batch of chocolate mint fondue that feeds the entire troop for less than one box of the "forbidden" thin mints.

Not a bad deal!
The Ingredients.
serves 8
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon mint extract or 2 tablespoons peppermint schnapps (NOT for the girl scouts!)
marshmallows or cookies for serving (my kids adore the chocolate sandwich cookies from Glutino)

The Directions.

Use a 2-quart slow cooker. Put the chocolate chips into your slow cooker. Add the heavy whipped cream and mint extract (or the schnapps). Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes or so. I really like melting chocolate in the slow cooker because you really don't need to worry about it scorching. If you smell the chocolate, give it a quick stir.
Serve with your favorite cookies or marshmallows. 

The Verdict.

This seriously tastes like liquid Girl Scout cookies. It's perfect. Just a bit minty, but not over-the-top.
If you'd prefer to make actual gluten free thin mint cookies, I do have a recipe, posted over on Totally Together. These cookies freeze well, and taste great frozen, just like the real ones do!

Happy President's Day!
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Anonymous said...

Does the dip taste different when made with the extract as opposed to the schnapps?

Stephanie O'Dea said...

hi Anon, the dip is a bit looser with the schnapps, and tastes like there's a bit of alcohol in it, but the mint comes through. :-0

GF Gidget said...

You can't go wrong with mint and chocolate!

Anonymous said...

I've given up most GS cookies because most have partially hydrogenated oils. And my favorite were samoas- I've got to look into making my own soon. (even if it says 0 grams trans fats, if it has PH oils, it's got trans fats). Stupid labeling laws let them get away with that.

Laurie said...

I've been reading your blog forever and I think you are SUCH a great Mom!

Gabe said...

Oh YUM! I'll be making this up tonight! Thanks for posting so many GREAT recipes!

Dawn said...

Does it stay "liquid" with the cream in it or do you need to serve it warm?

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Dawn,
great question. It will harden a bit and become sort of frosting-like when it cools. For the best dipping, keep the pot on warm, or plug in and reheat as necessary.

Headless Mom said...

I can't wait to try this. I have to buy a 2Q. first, but my family will love it.

Any other ideas for other things to dip in? What about apples?

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Sounds heavenly, Steph! I only like mint with chocolate usually, so this is perfect, and yes I miss those GS cookies. I bet this would work with coconut milk and dairy-free chocolate, too. :-) I'm thinking my group needs to have a fondue party soon. ;-)


Silly Mistress said...

I just found you blog, and oh my gosh!! I never could've imagined the things you've done with a slow cooker!! I recently just got one and I'm having fun with it already and I can't wait to try out some of your recipes!! ^_^

bookladydavina said...

ooh.. will have to give it a try, though our favorites are samoas and tagalongs.... we ordered cookies this year a few weeks before I found out that I'm allergic to wheat.. *sigh* it's going to be so annoying when they show up now..

Elizabeth said...

Sounds delicious!!! i was just complaining about how much I miss girl scout cookies! thank you so much for the recipe. I'm sure it will be just as fabulous as all of your other recipes that I have tried :) Thanks for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

This is a GREAT idea! I tried this using Pamela's gluten-free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookies as dippers and it was just perfect. Thanks!

Kendal said...

I just found your blog and I am thrilled! I use my slow cooker at least 3 times a week. Can't wait to look thru all of your yummy recipes!

Todd said...

I just love your site! I didn't realize after all this time that you had girls in GS too?!?! We just finished our cookie sale! My Brownie sold over 500 boxes and a boat load of those? Well, THIN MINTS of course! Keep crock potting!!!

Carol, Simply...Gluten-free said...

When I was a kid I ate a whole box of those cookies - got so sick I couldn't look at them for years! Fortunately my chocolate mint aversion has been fixed but not the gluten thing so this is a great solution, and more fun!

Jenn said...

I love this site! I came across it today when looking for a simple beef stew recipe and I bookmarked it immediately! I can't wait to try this one!

BigD said...

Great idea! This would be fun for a kid party!

Summer said...

Mmmm... sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing; I will have to try this out soon:)

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