Homemade Samoas

Yeah, that’s right.

I made homemade Samoas.

OK, so these are a bit more time-consuming to make than your average cookies (there are a few assembly-related steps), but they are so worth it. Because Girl Scouts don’t come along nearly often enough. And – no joke – they taste even better than the originals.

Plus: how great would these be as Christmas gifts? Just find out what each of your friends’ favorite Girl Scout cookie is, whip up a homemade batch, and put them in a pretty labeled box.

I found the Samoas recipe on BakingBites; you can also find recipes for Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, and Trefoils.


What you need:

For the cookies:

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
up to 2 tbsp milk

For the topping:

3 cups shredded coconut
12-oz good-quality chewy caramels
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
8 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips are ok)

What you do:

First, the cookies.

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar.

3. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well, then add vanilla and mix well again. The goal is for the dough to come together in a soft (but not sticky) ball, so you may need to add a tablespoon or two of milk. A little warning: I thought the dough wasn’t coming together well and added a tablespoon of milk, and the dough ended up being way too sticky. I needed to add quite a bit more flour to bring it back to a workable state (which turned out fine in the end, but just saying: add less milk than you think you need, if any).

4. Work the dough into a ball and set it between two sheets of wax paper. Roll it into a sheet about 1/4″ thick.

5. Using a small cup (about 1 1/2″), make rounds and set them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

6. Using the tip of a knife, cut a smaller hole in the center of each round.

7. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes and let cool.

Now…the topping!

1. Spread the coconut in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Toast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. (The instructions say to toast it at 300F, but that temperature started to char my coconut; I found that the lowest setting worked better in my oven.)

2. Take your caramels.

3. Put them in a microwave-safe baking dish with the salt and milk and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until smooth.

4. Fold in the toasted coconut.

5. Using an offset spatula, spread a little caramel/coconut mixture onto each cookie.

(This step is sort of delicate – and can be painful, what with the hot caramel and all – so be careful. I broke several cookies during the spreading process – but no harm: I just served them with some coffee and a small dish of melted chocolate for dipping a little later on in the day.)

6. Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl (stirring at 30-second increments) until smooth. Dip the bottom of each cookie into the chocolate and let the excess drip off; set on a parchment-lined baking sheet or large plate.

7. Final step: put the rest of the melted chocolate into a Ziploc and cut a small hole in one corner. Drizzle the chocolate over the tops of the cookies. Let cool in the refrigerator until the chocolate is set before storing in a single layer in an airtight container.

How beautiful are these?!

Above: Homemade vs. Original.

Obviously the homemade ones are a touch bigger (a necessity; to keep the vanilla cookies thin and light they need to be a bit bigger in terms of circumference to stay in one piece during the caramel-spreading process), but really: they’re almost identical-tasting, and the texture – at least in my opinion – is way better; chewier and a bit more robust. One note: I used milk chocolate here, but darker chocolate (as used in the Original) is probably preferable, as it’d cut the sweetness just a touch and provide nice contrast with the caramel/coconut topping.

  • Jmarieblog

    wow, they look even better than the real thing! i love how it looks so gooey and chewy. drool!

  • Oh yum! Samoas are my most favorite Girl Scout cookies! I can’t wait to make some!

  • Sasha

    Definitely making these, I’m sure they are worth the wait!


  • Anonymous

    drool is right! eating one this very second 🙂

  • Sidney

    mmm these look so tasty!!! do you use sweetened or unsweetened dried coconut in the topping?

  • your a god send…its 1:33 am and i cannot wait to make these tomorrow.yaaaaaay! these are the bombest cookies gonna post mines online thank you

  • Anonymous

    i used sweetened, but the recipe says that either works!

  • Kim Holmes

    Seriously impressed. They’re my favorite GS cookie too…will have to put these on my To-Make List.

    • Anonymous

      why thank you!! hope you enjoy.

  • Mrcnliz!

    Just made these little gems! BIG HIT!

    Instead of using a knife to cut the inner circle I used the twist off cap of a wine bottle! Nothing like a sweet red and a mock samoa!! 🙂

    • Anonymous

      smart improvisation! so glad they turned out well for you.

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  • Curse you all for trying to take this away from the poor little girls.
    You Filthy Fucks

    • Lauren

      Well, some of us want samoas in the off-season. Including me, and I’m a girl scout.

  • Jay

    thought it was a recipe for Indian appetizers

    • Anonymous

      nope. but you should try these anyway 🙂

    • Youredumb

      you mean SAMOSAs?

  • SO funny. I did a post just like this recently, except I didn’t take the time to make them look like the original! Very cute 🙂

  • These look SO amazing!!

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  • Wait what? Those are samosas? Here in New Zealand samosas are deep fried savoury parcels! Like these:

    Are they not an Indian thing??

    Mmm.. your sweet version would make a very nice dessert to follow..

    • Anonymous

      no no – samoas (a type of girl scout cookie, no second “s”), not samosas 😉

      • Sorry.. I have a reading problem..

      • Tara

        …I live in SD and they’re called Caramel Delights…

        • Anonymous

          i object! samoas 4-eva.

  • Ursulamajor57

    I bet that if you would have dipped the bottoms in the chocolate first and let dry, that the cookie would have been more stable for the coco-caramel spreading step. Then later you could reheat the left over chocolate for the drizzle.

  • Gabi-nunes

    Lindo!! E parece delicioso!

  • Jessica from Demarle

    By the way, I made these and brought them to work and they were the BIGGEST hit!  Also the Silpat helped out so much because I could just dip them in the chocolate and place them on the silpat. Then all the chocolate cooled onto the cookie and I picked them up so easily!

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  • thebalancedlibra

    Beyond amazing! Im enamored with your blog!

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  • Vickar indaka

    Like a donuts,, very delicious..☺