Samoas

Homemade Samoas
Here they are and just like the real thing!

The recipe is a little lengthy, but totally worth it! Also, in the mood for Thin Mints instead? Find the recipe here!

Cookie bottom
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour (I used Cooqi Gluten Free Flour)
1/4 tsp salt

Topping
3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
12-oz good-quality caramels
3 tbsp milk
10 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips are okay)
Plus extra butter to help melt chocolate

This recipe makes one 9 X 13 inch pan of Samoas squares, but I cut it in half and used a 8 X 8 inch pan. This recipe is adapted from Key Ingredient.

Cookie Bottom 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in the flour (I use Cooqi Gluten Free) and salt until mixture is crumbly. The dough does not need to come together. Pour crumbly dough into the pan and press into an even layer. Press well and for several minutes.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until base is set and edges are lightly browned. Let the pan cool completely before adding the caramel coconut topping.

Coconut Caramel Topping 
The original recipe said to wait for the cookie bottom to be done before toasting the coconut in the oven, but I didn’t want to turn my oven off and then on again. So I toasted the coconut while the cookie bottom was baking.

Spread coconut evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet (preferably one with sides) and toast 10-15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden. Let it cool on the baking sheet. Be careful because there is a fine line between toasted coconut and burnt coconut!

Unwrap the caramels (I used half a bag of the classic Kraft caramels) and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir a few times to help the caramel melt.

When smooth, fold in toasted coconut with a spatula.
Put dollops of the coconut caramel topping all over the cookie base. Using the spatula, spread the topping into an even layer.

Let the topping set until cooled. You could either put it in the refrigerator or wait until the next day to make sure they are set.

When set, cut into squares with a large knife or a pizza cutter.

Samoas
Chocolate Dipped Bottom
Next, melt the chocolate. I prefer to melt it over a double broiler, but the microwave works too, just be careful not to burn the chocolate so melt over low heat.

Either method you use, add some butter to the chocolate to help it melt and become smooth.

Dip the base of each bar into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment or wax paper.

Transfer all of the remaining chocolate (or melt a bit of additional chocolate) into a piping bag or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle bars with chocolate to finish.

Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container. They can also be stored in the freezer.

Samoas
Enjoy!!

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64 comments

  1. These make my mouth water! :)

    I would love for your to join my Link Up! :)

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  2. As cookie mom…GS cookies are about to do me in!! We had direct sales this year and I had to guess how many to order. We have too many!! OY!!! This does look yummy!!!!

  3. Just saw your post on Facebook and had to come over and check out your recipe. These look SO DELICIOUS!!!

  4. Mmmm my favorite girl scout cookie! Definitely trying these. Saw you over on Foodie Friends Friday link party.

  5. These sound delicious! :)

  6. Samoas are my favorite GS cookie, besides Thin Mints. Thanks for the recipe. Pinned it to make later!

  7. These look great! I have a lot of food allergies and can’t eat the real thing, but I’m looking forward to making these to st my Girl Scout Cookie fix.

  8. I am starting to collect gluten free recipes and this one looks scrumptious! Pinned – from the PinMe party :-)

  9. My favorite GS cookies! Definitely whipping up a batch of these! :)

  10. WOW Those look so yummy! Stopping by from Pin Me.

    Alexis from Running Away? I’ll help you pack!

  11. I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award! To read all about it go here: http://www.rainonatinroof.com/2013/03/liebster-blog-award-again.html

    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  12. My favorite girl scout cookie! Totally pinning these to try ASAP! :)

  13. wow – they look amazing! samoas are my favorite GS cookie

  14. Samoas are my all-time favorite! I would love for you to join the Pinworthy Projects link party! http://www.atkinsondrive.com/pinworthy-projects-link-party-week-9/

  15. omg. I can’t wait to make these!! I only buy one box per year of these, because they get eaten in a bout 1 day!! Please share this at our little linky party

    http://www.lifewelive4.com/2013/03/love-it-list-it-linky-party.html

    :) Laura from Life We Live 4

  16. Oh my! I have always wanted to find a samoa recipe! Yum, I am so making these!

  17. Seriously delicious share. I love those cookies. I’m visiting from Raising Imperfection

  18. Wow all these look great. Im a new follower from the blog hop. Awesome site. Please visit my blog and hopefully you will want to follow back.
    Best
    Angel

  19. Pinned before I even read it; I love Samoas! Following along from Raising Imperfection!

  20. Mmmmmmmmm! These sound awesome :)

  21. You are killing me with all these recipes ~ you don’t have me on this one though. Never been a fan of these ones! But, I’m sure you’ll entice me soon enough with something wonderfully evil and delicious!!

    So happy to have you co-hosting with us today!

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  23. Sounds better than the “real thing”! I wish I liked to bake. I would certainly put this together!

  24. These look delish! I’m so glad you came to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell… come back again next week to party with me again :) xoxo~ Ruthie

  25. Love this! I’d like to invite you to link up to Saturday Spotlight @ Angels Homestead.

    http://angelshomestead.com/saturday-spotlight-6/

    Hope to see you there :)

    April

  26. Holy smokes! They look amazing! Totally pinning this. Thanks!

  27. I love Samoa’s! Thanks for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  28. So glad to discover your blog and all your yummy recipes! Thanks for sharing at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party. Hope you’ll join in again next week!
    Leigh Anne

  29. These look absolutely mouth watering. I’d love for you to link these up at my link party :D

    http://thevelvetmoonbaker.blogspot.ie/2013/03/sweet-and-savoury-sunday-link-party-1.html

  30. These look amazing, my mouth is watering! I’d love for you to share this post @ tell me tuedays today! http://mothersniche.com/free-printablelinkparty/

  31. These are my favorite Girl Scout cookies! I can’t wait to try these.

  32. Wow! You are my new hero! Samoas and Thin Mints!!!! I’ve already pinned this to make sure I don’t lose it in cyberspace.

  33. These look sooo good!
    Jenn
    With Luck

  34. This is my favorite Girl Scout Cookie! I will have to make some of these for my daughter while she is home on Spring Break!

    Thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I look forward to seeing what you bring to the party next week!

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

  35. These are awesome! I am featuring them on my link party this week :) Thanks for linking up!

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  37. These looks soo yummy. I would like to invite you to Linkin’ with my Ladies Bloghop. I hope to see you there.

    I followed you via Pinterest and liked your FB.

    Judy
    http://www.pursuitoffunctionalhome.com/
    http://www.kusinaniinday.blogspot.com/

  38. Hey Beth you will be featured tonight at our Love It & List It party! Thank you so much for linking up with us! I can’t wait to make these cookies for the family coming in to town this week!
    :Laura: http://www.lifewelive4.com

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  41. These look so good! I’ve featured them at this weekends Link Party! Thank you so much for sharing last week at The Weekend re-Treat!

  42. thanks so much for linking this gorgeous recipe up at the Sweet and Savoury Sunday link party, hope to see you there again tomorrow!

    http://www.thevelvetmoonbaker.blogspot.ie

  43. That sure looks good Beth!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening :)

  44. Thank you for linking up at Fluster’s Creative Muster. Hope to see you next week!

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  45. I’m making these for my teens!!!

    Thank you so much for linking up in the Crafty Showcase last week! I’m slow at getting to do all my visit this week! We care that you link up and LOVE LOVE LOVE visiting your blog to see what all you are up to!

    have a super week!
    Susie @Bowdabra
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  46. mmMm – Thanks for posting this recipe. I’m going to have to give it a try. Pinning this. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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  49. You said on here that these are gluten free. I think you made a simple error because they are not gluten free if they have ALL PURPOSE FLOUR in it. You might want to say Gluten Free All purpose flour.

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