{diy project} Mint Extract & Thin Mints

The first time I used fresh mint from the garden to make mint chocolate chip ice cream, it didn’t taste right. I was so used to store-bought peppermint ice cream that fresh mint tasted strange. However, over the past couple of years I’ve come to love that fresh mint taste. I’ve used mint from our garden to make mint lime syrup for soda and mojitos and I’ve made chocolate mint ice cream a few times. However, recently when I tried making thin mints using the recipe below, and I used store-bough peppermint extract, it tasted artificial. I decided I needed to try the recipe again using my own mint extract. Surprisingly and lucky for me, it’s super easy!


To make fresh mint extract, you collect as much mint as you can fit packed into your glass jar. Wash the mint leaves and break them up into smaller pieces. Stuff them into your jar, and then cover the mint leaves with vodka. Let the mint sit in the vodka for about a month, shaking it up every once in a while if you remember. Then take out the mint and, voila, you have mint extract! It should stay good forever since it is preserved in alcohol.


To make homemade thin mints, I tempered semisweet chocolate using the microwave (heat 10-15 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until just melted). Add mint extract to taste. I bought Ritz-type crackers from Trader Joe’s and then I dipped the crackers into the melted chocolate, laying them on parchment paper to dry.



Crunchy, chocolatey, minty – what’s not to love? Enjoy!


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Brilliant. Why didn’t I think of this?

  2. sweetrosie says:

    Maybe the taste difference is the peppermint extract v the garden spearmint? I have both types growing and they are quite different in flavour. I know what you mean though, it’s worth making your own. I recently made my own vanilla extract, so easy 🙂
    Lovely post, thank you!

    1. BETSY says:

      Yes, you are right sweetrosie – part of the difference is the spearmint flavor. I want to try planting different kinds of mint soon!

  3. Pirate Jeni says:

    Very cool! I have “mint” in my garden.. that sort of migrated from my neighbor. I have no idea what kind it is, but it makes a lovely tea… I don’t know why I didn’t think to make extract!

  4. Cynthia says:

    Hello all – is the From Scratch Book Club going to be reading something again soon? Hope so.

    1. Christina says:

      We hope so Cynthia! Stay tuned!

  5. teagls says:

    I really like your blog, and I love this mint extract idea. I am pretty much brand new to making things from scratch and I like the easy stuff. Who knew making chocolate mint thins could be so easy. I am looking forward to eating them 🙂

  6. chefceaser says:

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

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