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Homemade Samoa Bars

by Christa on June 28, 2011

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One of my life goals is to make the home-made version of EVERY Girl Scout Cookie. This week: the every so carmely-chocolately-shortbready-coconuty-chewy SAMOA also known as the Caramel Delite (in the 90s, when I was a girl scout).

Initially I thought this recipe would be very time-consuming, but it wasn’t whatsoever. The thing that makes this recipe so easy is the fact that they are bars vs. circular/cut out cookies.

Try these, whoever you are baking these for will LOVE them!

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Cookie Base:

INGREDIENTS:1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:
1. First, make the crust. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly, like wet sand. The dough does not need to come together. Pour crumbly dough into prepapred pan and press into an even layer.
3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until base is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack before topping.
Topping
INGREDIENTS:
3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
12-oz good-quality chewy caramels
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
10 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips are ok)
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 300. Spread coconut evenly on a parchment-lined 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.
2. Unwrap the 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 the caramel melt. When smooth, fold in toasted coconut with a spatula.
3. Put dollops of the topping all over the shortbread base. Using the spatula, spread topping into an even layer. Let topping set until cooled.
4. When cooled, cut into 30 bars with a large knife or a pizza cutter (it’s easy to get it through the topping).
5. Once bars are cut, 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 bar into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment or wax paper. Transfer all remaining chocolate (or melt a bit of additional chocolate, if necessary) into a piping bag or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle bars with chocolate to finish.
6. Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.
*if I were to make these again I would use a third less of the shortbread base. It was a little thick for my liking, and took away from the chewy topping
-Recipe adapted from BakingBites

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Barbara June 30, 2011 at 10:35 am

Clever girl! Your Samoas look wonderful. That caramel/coconut combo is so good.

Funny how often I think the same thing when dealing with bars….too much crust and not enough filling. Quite the opposite with pies.

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Eliana June 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm

hmmm – these could not look more delicious.

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Mary July 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm

OMG! Those look delicious. Your are a clever girl. I'd love to have one or two of them with my afternoon coffee. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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Jackie July 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm

mmmm… these certainly look and sound delicious. I can wait to try them. It is one of my favorite Girl Scout cookies.

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Cooking Contests July 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Oh these look fantastic! I looove girl scout cookies! Is this the first recipe you've tried? If you ever figure out how to make Tagalongs or Thin Mints you must share! Best of luck!
~Nancy Lewis~

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Bizzy B. Bakes July 5, 2011 at 2:52 am

You could start a business of faux Girl Scout Cookies. These are marvelous looking and I am sure they taste even better.

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theUngourmet July 7, 2011 at 5:17 am

Oh I can't resist Girl Scout cookies. I love all of them but the Samoa is one of my most favorites. I'd love to try making this one! :)

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Mellisa Rock July 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Bookmarking right this minute. These are my favorite cookie!

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teresa July 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm

mmmm, i must have these!

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Emily July 26, 2011 at 6:33 am

These bars look amazing! I want to bake them right now!

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Lizzy July 27, 2011 at 12:50 am

My favorite GS cookie! These look incredible!

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Cakelaw July 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Oh, I want!!! Caramel and chocolate = heavenly.

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Jenni Bennett August 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm

OMG. You had me at 'Somoa.' I am totally making these for a party this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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Hip Foodie Mom August 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm

OMG! God bless you! This is my FAVE girl scout cookie and I’ve always wanted to eat these year round! Do they really taste like the real deal? Guess I’ll have to give these a try to find out! Thanks for sharing. . finding this post just made my night! :)

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