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Homemade Samoa Cookies

Samoas or Caramel Delites, whatever you want to call them, are my favorite Girl Scout cookies, ever! When I stumbled across the recipe a couple of years ago, I knew I’d found a winner–and I have to admit, I love these even more than the “real deal”! There are quite a few steps in this recipe, but don’t let that scare you off–they’re actually quite fun to make, and believe me, well worth the effort! Now if only I could figure out how to make my own peanut butter patties!

**Also note that we are starting our Chillin’ for the Holidays series which includes holiday cookies all week long this week, a Show Us Your Cookies Photo Contest and RSVP for the Once A Month Mom “Show Us Your Cookies” Virtual Christmas Party!

Homemade Samoa Cookies

Author/Source:

Jimmie @ onceamonthmeals.com, Adapted from www.bakingbites.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Up to 5 tbsp milk
  • 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 12 oz chewy caramels (unwrapped)
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Mix in flour, baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt at a low speed, followed by the vanilla up to 2 tbsp milk, adding in the milk as needed to make the dough hold together without being sticky. Roll the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to make rounds. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and use the end of a wide straw to cut a small center hole. Repeat with remaining dough. (You can skip this step if you don’t mind your cookies not having a hole in the center.) Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until bottoms are lightly browned and cookies are set. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Decrease oven heat to 300°F. Spread coconut evenly on a baking sheet (preferably one with sides) and toast 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden. Cool on baking sheet, stirring occasionally. Set aside. Place the caramels in a large microwave-safe bowl with 3 tbsp milk and 1/4 tsp salt. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir a few times to help the caramel melt. When smooth, stir in toasted coconut. Spread topping on cooled cookies, using about 2-3 tsp per cookie.

While topping sets and cools, melt chocolate in a small bowl. Heat on high in the microwave in 45-second intervals, stirring thoroughly to prevent scorching. Dip the base of each cookie into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment paper. Transfer all remaining chocolate into a piping bag or a quart-size freezer bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle finished cookies with chocolate.

Freezing Directions:

Cool completely, then transfer into freezer bags. Label and freeze. To serve, thaw at room temperature.

Servings: Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies

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4 Responses to “Homemade Samoa Cookies”

  1. Briana says:

    I can not wait to make these. Samoas are my all time favoriye cookie. This has seriously made my day.

  2. Amanda says:

    These look great. I love Caramel Delights (as they were called when I sold GSC). Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for posting!

  3. Melissa says:

    Support your local girls and Girl Scouts. Only make these when you cant buy the real deal! “smiley face”

  4. J Hinson says:

    Steps were not too difficult. Coating back of cookies was very messy. very rich. Would recommend making the cookies small in size. Will try a mixture of semi-sweet and milk chocolate next time. Chocolate seemed to take away from caramel and baked coconut. Not my favorite.

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