Homemade Samoa Cookies

I see so many recipes each week that I want to try.  Right now I’ve got a huge Word document full of recipes that I’ve found on various blogs and websites. And hopefully I’ll get around to trying them all one day! This week I’m sharing a yummy recipe that I found a few months ago over at Santa’s Gift Shoppe.  When I saw this recipe, I immediately knew that I had to try it, because my husband just loves Samoas!  And let me tell you, these cookies did not dissapoint.  I’m not even fan of Samoas. (I’m a Thin Mint girl!) But I just loved these!

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Recipe for Homemade Samoa Cookies
Shortbread Cookies:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
]1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Up to 2 tbsp milk (Only use if too dry!)

Coconut-Caramel Topping
3 cups shredded coconut
12 oz. caramel cubes
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk

Chocolate Drizzle & Chocolate Bottom
8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
Cookie Directions:  Cream together butter and sugar.  Mix in flour, baking powder and salt. Then add vanilla.  Only add milk if the dough is too dry and won’t stick together. (Add additional flour if dough is too sticky.)  Roll out dough and cut with round cookie cutters or roll dough into balls and flatten between hands.  Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes.
Topping Directions: After all your cookies are baked, spread coconut evenly onto a parchment-lined baking sheet (preferably one with sides) and toast for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden brown.  Set aside and let cool on baking sheet.
Unwrap caramels and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk and salt.  Cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir a few times to help caramel melt.  When smoth and creamy, fold in toasted coconut with spatula.  Use an offset spatula to spread topping onto cookies. (I just used a spoon.)  If the caramel gets too firm, just place it in the microwave for a few seconds to remelt.
Chocolate Directions:  While topping sets up, melt chocolate in a small bowl, for 1-2 minutes stirring every 15 seconds to prevent scorching. To get the chocolate on the bootom of the cookies, you can either dip the cookies in the chocolate, or take each cookie and spoon the chocolate onto the bottom of the cookies.  (I found it easier to spoon the chocolate on.) Place cookies on wax paper and place in the freezer for a few minutes to set.

Use remaining chocolate (or melt more chocolate if neccessary) and place in a piping bag or a Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle on cookies in a back and forth motion for desired effect. Allow chocolate to set, and get ready to serve!

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  1. Jerri, these look fabulous! I don't think I've ever had a samoa but I'm a huge coconut fan so I know I'd love them. I can't wait to try these. I'll be linking up on Thursday with a cookie recipe. I just have to make it first. :o) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  2. oh my. those look amazing!!!

  3. Thelittlebrownhouse.us says

    OOhhhhh – excuse me while I wipe the drool off of my laptop screen… you just had to go and post these didn't you!! They look amazing – and dang that Santa's Gift Shoppe girl for putting them out there in the first place!

    Cutting and pasting into my own word document!!!

  4. Yum! Those are my fave GS cookie! I've seen knock-off recipes before but this looks like the most authentic one out there. Thanks!

  5. Ready Set Create says

    Can I say Delish?! Those look so yummy! I cant wait to try them! Thanks for all the pics! Visiting from Its So Very Cheri.

  6. ooooh. i've always loved samoa cookies! can't wait to get a chance to make these


  7. Jane @ Going Jane says

    Oh my heavens! These are fabulous looking!! 🙂

  8. Jane @ Going Jane says


  9. What a great recipe. I love these cookies.

  10. Oooh, my favorite girl scout cookie EVER! Yours look delicious – can't wait to give these a try!

  11. We love the GS version but these look even more delicious. I would love if you linked up to my linky party! http://memakingdo.blogspot.com/2010/09/your-so-very-creative-linky-party.html

  12. I keep seeing this recipe and I really want to try it. Your pictures are great!

  13. Just wanted to come back and thank you for linking up to my Cookbook Sundays!! :o)

  14. Mrs. Sojourner says

    Those look delicious; I can't wait to try them! 🙂

  15. I love Samoa's! I can't wait to try this recipe!

  16. Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads says

    Oh yum! Those look delicious. It looks like the recipe would be fairly easy to convert to make them gluten free. Hmmm… now, I'm craving cookies. lol!

  17. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says

    Seriously, these look fantastic! They are my favorite! You saved one for me, right?

  18. Amanda @ Serenity Now says

    I am SO trying these!! I always devour the Girl Scout brand ones. 😉 Visiting from Tasty Tuesday. Hope you'll stop by my blog to say hi. 🙂

  19. Yum, these look tasty!

    Thanks so much for the follows, I'm returning the favor!

  20. Menopausal New Mom says

    Oh Boy, I'm going to like it around here! Those look so delicious!!!

    Thanks for finding my blog today, I dropped by to say "Hello" and to follow you back. I'm a bit of a jewelry hound and I love your designs!


  21. Thanks for following…you're blog has some great information!

  22. Beth @ Sand To Pearl says

    Awesome, my husband LOVES these, it will make a perfect little gift for our upcoming anniversary.

  23. Jerri….those look so good!! WOW!!
    I saw them on it's so very Cheri!

  24. ymmm
    thanks for sharing

  25. oh.my.goodness!!!! These love SO good! I am definitely going to give these cookies a try. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm stopping by from Santa's Gift Shoppe

  26. YUM. I will be making these for sure! TFS!

  27. the country cook says

    Those are only my FAVORITE Girl Scout cookie! I shouldn't make these – I'd eat the whole batch. – http://www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

  28. Oh, maybe I have died and gone to heaven! I love the Girl Scouts version, but now I can have them all year! Thank you for posting this recipe, I may have to re-share it over on our blog! Yumm-o!
    I found your blog through I'm Lovin' It Fridays!

  29. Something Wilde says

    Oh yum!! These look awesome!

  30. These look BETTER than the GS version!! YUM!!!

    Thanks for linking up too!!

  31. Kelly Polizzi says

    oh.my.goodness! these look so good, i could lick the screen! thanks for sharing the recipe!!! And thanks for following me, following you back 🙂 have a great saturday!

  32. Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com says

    Samoas are my favorite GS cookie. I will have to try that recipe out. It looks delicious!

    I shared your yummy recipe on my TT&J FB page and linked to you 🙂


  33. Tammy@My Party FIle says

    These look scrumptious. I've never had a Samoa Cookie, but I think I need to try one! I'm visiting from Its so Very Cheri.

  34. These look delicious!! I probably didn't NEED this recipe! LOL

    I'm followed you over from It's So Very Cheri!

  35. Yummy! Samoa cookies are truly delicious. I probably look for some Samoa in the market to make this recipe this weekend. My kids will surely love this. It will be their first time to eat a Samoa cookies and it is my first time also to bake some of these. Thanks for the recipe.

  36. Melanie Plush says

    I always put Samoa fillings to my bread and this one is so creative! I should try this recipe of yours since I am a big fan of Samoa! Thanks for sharing! My hubby will surely love this too.

  37. MaterialGirlGreen says

    Samoa's are my favorite, I can't wait to try this recipe! I'm a new follower through GFC. Please visit and follow me at http://materialgirlgreen.blogspot.com

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