Double Chocolate Thin Mint Parfaits

A flavorful layered dessert, featuring moist thin mint cake, rich homemade pudding and fresh whipped cream. A fun dessert for the entire family!

Rich double chocolate thin mint parfait recipe from @bakedbyrachel

When I was little, my afternoons were always spent with friends. Whether we were hanging out at the neighborhood playground, climbing trees, creating the occasional dance routine in my front yard or crafting at another Girl Scout meeting… we were always together. I have so many fond memories of those early years.

I may not climb trees or attend Girl Scout meetings anymore, but something that hasn’t changed is my love for 80s music… okay, and Girl Scout cookies and definitely chocolate!

I love chocolate, always have and always will.

Moist rich chocolate desserts of all varieties… cake, cupcakes, cookies and so much more. You name it, I’m game. Pair it with even more chocolate and I’m even happier, because there is no such thing as too much chocolate. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.

Rich double chocolate thin mint parfait recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I decided to combine moist Thin Mint flavored cupcakes with rich homemade pudding and fluffy whipped cream, creating an irresistible layered dessert! Chocolate heaven! My kids were in love. I was in love. And you will be too! These came together in a pinch, using Pillsbury’s new Girl Scout Cookie flavored cupcake mix. Easy to whip up and bake, with fantastic results.

You may or may not be aware of my love for cupcakes. I absolutely prefer them over full size cake. Cute, personalized portions with perfectly piped frosting or in this case, a coating of rich ganache.

The fun thing about this recipe is you can opt for saving the tops of the cupcakes for eating as is, topped off with rich ganache or reserving for use in the parfaits. Trust me, you’re going to want to eat the ganache covered cupcake tops. It’s ridiculously good. Serve with some extra whipped cream for a fun treat.

Rich double chocolate thin mint parfait recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Whether you want chocolate pudding parfaits with layers of Thin Mint cake OR you want rich moist Thin Mint flavored cupcakes… you can have these anytime, all year long! No waiting around for Girl Scout cookie season to roll around. Enjoy the classic flavors when you want!

Not only are these easy and delicious, they also contain no added colors, preservatives or artificial flavors! A definite bonus! You can find all nutritional and allergy information, ingredients and product locators on the Pillsbury website.

Psst… there’s also a Caramel & Coconut variety which you should definitely check out.

Rich double chocolate thin mint parfait recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Yield: serves 6-12

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20-30 minutes

Double Chocolate Thin Mint Parfait

A flavorful layered dessert, featuring moist thin mint cake, rich homemade pudding and fresh whipped cream. A fun dessert for the entire family!

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch prepared Pillsbury Thin Mints Cupcakes

Pudding:

  • 1/2C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3Tb cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1C heavy cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1C whole milk
  • 1/4C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp mint extract
  • 4oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

Whipped cream:

  • 1 1/2C heavy cream
  • 1/4C powdered sugar
  • Thin Mint cookies for topping

Directions:

  1. Prepare cupcakes as directed. 
  2. While cupcakes bake, prepare pudding. In a medium bowl, sift together cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt. In a medium bowl or measuring cup, whisk together heavy cream and egg yolk. Pour liquid into cocoa mixture, mixing with a wooden spoon until smooth and thick. 
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine whole milk and sugar. Whisk gently to dissolve sugar. When bubbles form around the edge of the saucepan, remove from heat and whisk in thick cocoa mixture until smooth. Return to medium-high heat and bring to a boil. When large bubbles form, remove from heat, stir in chopped chocolate and mint extract. Whisk until completely smooth. Transfer to a clean bowl, press plastic wrap to the surface and cool to room temperature. 
  4. Prepare whipped cream. In a medium bowl, beat together heavy cream and powdered sugar until nearly stiff peaks form. Transfer to the refrigerator until ready to use. 
  5. If cupcakes have been dipped in ganache, slice off the top of at least 6 cupcakes. Cut the bottom portion into small pieces. 
  6. Using desired individual serving dishes, create layers of cake, followed by pudding and whipped cream. Repeat until all ingredients have been used up. Cut up additional cupcakes as needed. Piping bags or spoons may be used to add both pudding and whipped cream to the serving dishes. Garnish with a single Thin Mint cookie. Enjoy immediately or chill until ready to serve. 

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. As always, all opinions and views expressed in this post are my own.

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22 Responses to “Double Chocolate Thin Mint Parfaits”

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    Peppermint Dolly — September 9, 2016 at 4:49 am

    They look amazing!!

    Rxx

    • Rachel — September 11th, 2016 @ 8:34 am

      Thanks so much!

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    Jenny Flake — September 9, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Oh my goodness….WANT!!!

    • Rachel — September 11th, 2016 @ 8:34 am

      Thanks, Jenny!

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    Cynthia | What A Girl Eats — September 9, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Thin mints are me favorite GS cookie, so these have my name written all over them! Perfecto!

    • Rachel — September 11th, 2016 @ 8:34 am

      Thanks, Cynthia!

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    Heather Kinnaird — September 9, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I need to find those cupcakes mixes and fast! this looks SO good

    • Rachel — September 11th, 2016 @ 8:34 am

      You definitely do!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — September 9, 2016 at 10:53 am

    I love these mini parfaits Rachel! I had no idea Pillsbury made girl scout flavored cupcake mixes, I’ll be on the hunt for them this weekend!

    • Rachel — September 11th, 2016 @ 8:35 am

      Thanks so much, Danae!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — September 9, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Love thin mints! These parfaits look so good!

    • Rachel — September 11th, 2016 @ 8:35 am

      Thanks, Jessica!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — September 9, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Thin mints are my favorite! This parfait looks crazy good!

    • Rachel — September 11th, 2016 @ 8:35 am

      Thanks, Anna! :)

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    Taylor Kiser — September 10, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Love those layers!! Looks so delicious!

    • Rachel — September 11th, 2016 @ 8:35 am

      Thanks, Taylor!

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    Maria @ kitchenathoskins — September 10, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Love your posts and pictures. Such amazing ones!

    • Rachel — September 11th, 2016 @ 8:35 am

      Thanks so much, Maria! :)

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    Aimee @ShugarySweets — September 12, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I need to get my hands on some of those mixes. These parfaits are super cute!

    • Rachel — September 12th, 2016 @ 9:45 am

      You definitely do! And thanks, Aimee!

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    Gina @Running to the Kitchen — September 12, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I can’t wait to try this!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — September 12, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    I could devour one of those straight away!!

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