Homemade Samoas #SundaySupper

I love when our Brownie and Girl Scout neighbors come to the door selling cookies. Though my kids love Thin Mints, I’m a sucker for those chocolate dipped cookies topped with caramel and coconut. It was time to attempt some Homemade Samoas!Homemade Samoas | These exquisite creations are heads and tails better than the originals!

Homemade Samoas

I won’t deny grumbling to myself when painting caramel on the shortbread rings, then patting sticky caramel-coconut mixture over that. Or when I tried to pipe straight chocolate lines over the surface of these gems. These homemade Samoas did require a bit of fiddling that might have pushed me over the edge had the outcome not been so fantastic. These are BETTER than the Girls Scout Samoas, much better. Plus, they are dangerous to have around!

Homemade Samoas | These exquisite creations are heads and tails better than the originals!The Process

These cookies were made in three different steps. First was making the donut shaped shortbread cookies. Not too tough, but finding the right cookie cutters took a little trial and error. I ended up using a 2 inch round biscuit cutter and then a large metal piping tip with about a 1-inch diameter. I baked these up one day and finished them the next by adding the topping and adding the chocolate flourishes. The bottoms were dipped in dark chocolate, then that same chocolate was drizzled over the top to imitate the look of the classic Girl Scout cookies. I gave these away as fast as I could as I know my willpower would flounder in their presence. Everyone who tastes these gems sang their praises. Sheer bliss.

Homemade Samoas | These exquisite creations are heads and tails better than the originals!

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You May Need:

Half Sheet Pan, 13″ x 18″
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French Rolling Pin

Homemade Samoas

Serves 2½ dozen     adjust servings

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 1 hr 12 mins

A copy cat recipe of the Girl Scout Samoas cookies.


    Cookie base

    • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon milk
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

    For the topping

    • 1 1/2 cups coconut. Angel flake, toasted (bake on parchment at 350º for 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes so it won't burn)
    • 7.5 ounces soft caramels
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
    • 4-6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (or use dark melting wafers)


    1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients, then Add the milk and vanilla extract and mix until the dough comes together.
    4. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.
    5. On a lightly floured surface, roll chilled dough to about a ⅛-inch thickness. With a 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out as many rounds as you can. Place on baking sheets. Using a smaller cookie cutter (about 1-inch diameter), cut out centers to make donut shaped cookies. Reroll scraps of dough and continue to make as many cut-outs as you can.
    6. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes until they are very lightly browned. Remove the cookies to a wire wrack to cool completely.
    7. To make the topping, first put the caramels and milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Zap at 30-second increments, stopping and stirring in between, till caramels are almost totally melted. Remove from microwave and the small bits should melt from the residual heat.
    8. Put the toasted coconut into a large bowl and add about ¾ of the caramel, mixing until combined. Set aside.
    9. With the remaining caramel, paint on a thin layer on a cookie to use as the "glue" to attach the coconut topping. With your fingers press on some of the coconut mixture to cover the top of the cookie base. Repeat with the remaining cookies, gently reheating the caramel if needed.
    10. Let cookies solidify for an hour or so, then gently melt the semi-sweet chocolate or melting wafers in a small bowl. Dip the bottoms of the cookies into the chocolate and place them on a wax paper-lined baking sheet to dry. Use remaining chocolate to drizzle chocolate over the top of the cookies. I used a quart sized zip-topped back with a corner cut off as a piping bag. Let rest until chocolate is firm.


    Recipe Notes

    Slightly adapted from Just a Taste
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 1382kcal Calories from fat 870
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 97g149%
    Saturated Fat 67g335%
    Transfat 2g
    Cholesterol 124mg41%
    Sodium 354mg15%
    Carbohydrate 132g44%
    Dietary Fiber 13g52%
    Sugars 70g
    Protein 13g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g
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    Dizzy Miss Izzy, our 1 year old lab

    Dizzy Miss Izzy watching me take photos, while hoping for a spill.


    1. These samoas look so pretty and yummy, temptation!

    2. These are Grumpy’s favorite cookie! I would have to hide these on him in order to get any if I made these. lol You did a beautiful job creating these.

    3. They look definitely worth all of the efforts, Liz. I am saving this for the X’mas.

    4. Now, I can get behind Pina Colada Day! Your cookies turned out great and I can’t wait to see the fudge on the list:@)

    5. well these sure look better than anything you can buy! great job !

    6. I bet these are WAY better than the ones out of a box!

    7. These are WELL worth the effort! double yummy!

    8. Samoas are my favorite GS cookie too! These look perfect! I’ll take a dozen 🙂

    9. Oh dear, I can certainly see why you gave these away, I can barely hear myself as they are screaming “make me” straight from your lovely blog! Caramel and chocolate combo are a dream but adding coconut is shear beauty!

    10. Oh wow! I love these cookies but have never thought about trying to make them. These are also my son’s favorite – so I know who I will be baking for. Thanks!

    11. These are my absolute favorite Girl Scout cookie. I’ve seen a few copycat recipes, but Liz, yours look perfectly delicious, just like the real thing! In fact, I bet they are better!

    12. So creative as per usual. 🙂

    13. Kristen Chidsey says:

      I am sure these were a crazy amount of work, but like you said, I know they are better than the original!!

    14. I have never had a samoa with that whole chocolate allergy thing, but since these are better than the original, I must try them.

    15. These are my favorite Girl Scout cookies! I can’t wait to make them at home, yours look amazing!

    16. Hard work or not, these are definitely calling my name! I’ll be making these – soon.

    17. I would have to give them away quickly too, there is no way I wouldn’t be grabbing one every time I passed them. They look amazing!

    18. They always used to be my #1 choice of GS cookies 😉 So cute!

    19. These look so good – must try them some time!

    20. Love these cookies Liz, I would have a hard time not eating them all myself. Also love all the pics of your beautiful black lab, what a beauty.

    21. These cookies look soooooooooooo YUMMY !!
      Funny enough – there’s not very popular here because they’re unknown….
      Maybe it’s time to introduce them here 🙂

    22. I will never be able to eat the Girl Scout version again after seeing these. They are gorgeous – and so is Miss Izzy!!!!

    23. I love samosas and I just know your homemade version is even better than the original!

    24. Izzy has gotten so big!!!

      and ahhhh I love samoas, these homemade ones are GORGEOUS

    25. Giving me a recipe for my favorite girl scout cookie? That’s dangerous!

    26. Love the tasty treats, dear! Hahaha! The last shot is so adorable! xoxo

    27. These look like the real thing and worth all of the effort. I would have shipped them out also, no way I could resist them.


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