How to Make Girl Scout Samoa Cookies

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Girl Scout Samoa Cookies

Each year, when the Girl Scouts start knocking on doors, everyone breaks out their wallets to buy those delicious cookies that are only available once a year. Thankfully, with this Girl Scout Samoa Cookies recipe, you're able to enjoy the gooey caramel and chocolate treats year-round. However, a bit of warning: This recipe shouldn't be taken on by those hoping to be munching down on Samoa Cookies very soon. This concoction takes some time to get together as well as some patience, but it's certainly worth the wait. Samoa Cookies are basically a shortbread cookie (similar to Girl Scout Trefoils) topped with a coconut, chocolate, and caramel mixture.

Samoa Cookies.jpgCreative Commons image by MissMessie
Offered by Girl Scouts
Customer service phone 800-GSUSA-4-U [1]
Served as Dessert or snack
Main ingredients Chocolate and coconut[2]
Cooking method Baking
Similar to Keebler's Coconut Dreams
Author Katrina Robinson

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Girl Scout Samoa Cookies Ingredients

Cookie Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract[3]
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder [4]

Topping Ingredients

  • 4 cups toasted coconut
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped[5]
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla[2]

Girl Scout Samoa Cookies Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. To make the cookie base, cream together butter and sugar in a bowl. Mix in flour, baking powder, and salt gradually using an electric mixer on low speed.
  3. Add the vanilla and milk. Add the milk only as needed--the goal is to make the dough come together in a soft, pliable ball without being sticky. If you have sticky dough, add some flour.
  4. Roll the dough out on parchment or wax paper to approximately 1/4-inch thickness. Use a 1 1/2-inch round cookie cutter to make the cookies. Now make a hole in the center of each cookie dough round with the wide end of a straw or a knife.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown around the edges.
  6. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to completely cool. [5]
  7. Begin on the topping by placing each cookie in a cup of a greased muffin sheet.
  8. Combine the butter, corn syrup, and sugar in a two-quart saucepan over medium-low heat.
  9. Heat the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.
  10. Boil for 3 minutes while continuously stirring.
  11. Gradually pour in sweetened condensed milk, still stirring.
  12. Insert a candy thermometer to the mixture and continue cooking over low heat until the mixture reaches 220-228 degrees Fahrenheit. To test the caramel's texture, take a spoon and scoop up a bit of the mixture and drop it into a small glass of water. If the caramel hardens, the candy has reached the right temperature. If the caramel stays soft in the water, you'll need to continue cooking it a bit more.[6]
  13. Remove the caramel mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  14. Beat the mixture until creamy.
  15. Add the toasted coconut and stir in completely.
  16. Stir the caramel/coconut mixture over the shortbread cookies with a teaspoon.
  17. Allow the cookies to cool and then transfer to waxed paper.
  18. Melt the chocolate chips in a saucepan and drizzle thin stripes over the cookies.
  19. Allow the chocolate to harden and then enjoy! [2]

Girl Scout Samoa Cookies Caramel Video

Master chef Gordon Ramsay teaches how to make caramel, the base of the Girl Scout Samoa Cookie topping


  • Instead of creating the caramel from scratch, you can also purchase 8 to 12 ounces of chewy caramel candies and melt them down.[4]
  • Another shortcut you could use is purchasing shortbread cookies instead of making yours from scratch. [2]
  • You can mix different types of chocolate as you like, adjusting the proportions of semi-sweet and bittersweet, or replacing it all with milk chocolate.
  • You can also drizzle white chocolate on top, if desired.
  • For a quicker way to shape the cookies, press the cookie dough into a mini donut pan and bake as usual. Since the dough doesn't rise much during baking, the cookies will turn out with the classic flat shape on the bottom.[7]

Also See: How to Make Edy's Girl Scouts Samoas Cookie Ice Cream, How to Make Girl Scout Trefoils, How to Make Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls, How to Make Cracker Barrel Coca Cola Cake, How to Make Cinnabon Cream Cheese Frosting, How to Make Wendy's Frosty, How to Make KFC Pecan Pie


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