Samoa Cookies: those famous Girl Scout ‘Caramel Delite’ cookies that most people scramble for whenever the Girl Scouts start selling cookies & then crave once the season is over. Why wait for one of these cookies when you can learn how to make them for whenever you please?
These have been on my Ultimate Food Bucket List for a long time and I’m very happy that I finally got to attempt them. Although the total time spent making these was around 3 hours, it was well worth it and I am planning to make them again soon. I have no doubt that you will love them as much as I did!
Samoa Girl Scout Cookies Adapted from JustaTaste
Makes: 60 cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Coconut Topping Ingredients
- 3 cups shredded sweetened coconut
- 15 ounces store bought soft caramel (or homemade)
- 3 Tablespoons milk
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces dark chocolate (can also substitute milk or semi-sweet)
For the Cookies:
Preheat: 350 F
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy in a bowl with a mixer.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add 1/3 of the flour mixture at a time to the creamed butter. Mix between each addition and scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Add the milk and vanilla extract, blending until combined and the dough starts to form larger pieces.
- Divide the dough in half, pressing it together to compact it into two disks. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (about 1 hour).
- Once the dough is chilled, roll it out on a floured surface to about 1/8 inch thick.
- Cut out as many cookies as you can using two different sized cookie cutters (or a doughnut shaped cookie cutter OR any circular shaped top).
- Place the cut-out cookies on a Silpat or parchment-paper lined cookie sheet.
- Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through, until the cookies are a light-golden color. Transfer to a wire-rack to cool.
For the Coconut Topping:
- Spread out the shredded coconut on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for about 10 minutes in a 350 F oven until toasted, stirring frequently to ensure even browning and so they do not burn.
- Remove the toasted coconut from the oven and set aside.
- Melt the caramels, milk, and salt in a double boiler by placing them into a heat safe bowl or saucepan set over a larger saucepan of simmering water.
- Stir until the caramels are completely melted and remove from the heat.
- Mix in ¾ of the caramel with the toasted coconut in a bowl.
- Carefully spread the remaining ¼ cup of caramel on top of the cooled cookies. Press on some of the coconut mixture and let the cookies cool for about 30 minutes. (If the caramel cookie mixture cools or hardens, just put it back on top of the double boiler and warm it until it is spreadable)
- Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler or microwave.
- Dip the bottoms of the cookies in the chocolate and place onto parchment or waxed paper.
- Use a piping bag to drizzle the tops of the cookies with chocolate. Set aside to cool and then enjoy!
-If you do not have a piping bag to pipe the chocolate, you can also use a ziploc bag and snip off a tiny piece of the corner
-When toasting the sweetened coconut in the oven, be sure to stir them frequently as they burn easily and quickly!
Samoa Cookies: Step by Step
Cutting out the cookies using two different sized circle cookie cutters
Cookies waiting to be covered in caramel!
Caramel, milk, & sugar about to go onto the stove using the double boiler method (place pot over a larger pot of simmering water and also make sure that it does not touch the water)
Samoa Cookies: Before (still delicious at this stage, be careful of who you allow to taste test haha)
Samoa Cookies: After (definitely do not leave these out of your eyesight!)
One Word: Yum!!!
Have you ever attempted to make any of the other Girl Scout cookies? Have you ever made samoa in a different baking style than cookies (such as cakes, ice-cream, etc)?