Homemade Samoa Bars

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homemade samoa cookies

What are your favorite Girl Scout Cookies?   Are they Thin Mints?  Tagalongs?  Or maybe Samoas?  Ours are definitely Samoas.  Best.  Cookies.  EVER!  We’ve made a couple of Samoa treats in the past.   Delicious!

Samoas Fudge

samoas fudge

Samoa Cookie Caramel Brownies

samoa cookie aramel brownies

But we’ve never made Samoas.  I think I was intimidated by them.  They are so dang good, they must be difficult to make, right?  Nope!  Not difficult at all.  And oh so delicious.  And the best part, I don’t have to ration them out to my kids because they want to eat an entire ($5) box in one day!  Yah, I’m going to blame that on my kids.

samoa cookie bars

The hardest part in making these bars is dipping them in the chocolate.  But I guess I wouldn’t say it was hard, just messy.  The cookie is crumbly so they weren’t as “clean” as I had hoped.  But I don’t think a single person noticed.  They were too good.

homemade samoa bars

Thank you to Inside BruCrew Life (best blog ever!) for this amazing recipe.

Homemade Samoa Bars

Homemade Samoa Bars

Ingredients

    For the Crust
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • For the Topping
  • 3 cups shredded coconut
  • 12-oz chewy caramels, (I used an 11 ounce bag of Caramel Bits)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300*. Spread the coconut evenly on a baking sheet and toast for 20 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes until coconut is golden brown. Cool on baking sheet, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and butter until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Slowly stir in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly. Pour the dough crumbs into a greased 9x13 pan and press into an even layer. Bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes. The edges should be lightly brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. In a small sauce pan add caramels and the salt and milk. Heat on medium low heat until melted and creamy. Stir in the toasted coconut. Spread over the cooled crust. Let cool completely. Cut into 24 squares.
  4. Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Continue heating for 15 seconds, stirring after each time. Do not over heat. Dip the bottoms of the bars in the chocolate and place on a piece of wax paper to set. Place the remaining chocolate in a small plastic bag and cut off one corner. Drizzle the chocolate over the tops of the bars. Let set. Store in a sealed container on the counter.
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Don’t be fooled by how awesome these look and think they are super hard to make.  Try it.  You’ll love them!

homemade samoa cookies

 Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. these bars look so good! samoas are my fave 🙂

  2. These look delicious! Pinning!

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  3. ohh these look great..going to pin them to my dessert board right now 🙂

  4. Oh my goodness these look yummy.. my daughter and I love these cookies.. I must try this recipe. thanks so much for sharing

  5. Gosh! This looks sinfully delicious. Thank you so much for the awesome pictures and recipe 🙂

  6. Those look very tasty! Good thing I just ate lunch. I really like Samoas, I’ll keep this in mind. Thank you!

  7. Oh yum! Samoas are my FAVORITE 🙂

  8. Samoas are so addicting!! You shouldn’t be able to make them at home. But they look so good!

  9. Theresa says:

    Samoas are the one cookie I could never develop a taste for. I can’t stand dried, shredded coconut.

  10. Diane Sallans says:

    I used to make these years ago – thanks for the reminder!

  11. These look and sound yummy. Didnt the girl scouts have a cookie out like this? Cant wait to make these either . thanks for the recipe for them too and the yummy looking pictures. The family will love these.

  12. I am drooling! They look absolutely fantastic!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – can’t wait to see what you share next week 🙂

  13. Melissa S says:

    I was looking for something sweet to make for the 4th, I can’t decide between this and your snickers trifle.

  14. love these, this is my favorite girl scout cookie. Friday you will be featured on friday food frenzy! have a great fourth

  15. i love samoas! glad to have this recipe!!

  16. Marti Parks says:

    These look great, but I’m not sure how likely I would be to make them because of having to dip them in the chocolate.

  17. Christina Sparks says:

    These look really good. I used to every Wednesday make brownies with my son and itwas such a wonderful bonding opportuinity.

  18. Starr Greenwell says:

    Om my gosh, these look tantalizing. Great recipe, thank you for sharing.

  19. Oooh, one of my most favorites EVER! I can’t wait to try these myself! Thanks for sharing at For the Kids Fridays over at SunScholars! I am playing some catch up, and featuring your lovely idea at this week’s party! I hope to have you back to share again! I always love seeing what you have to share! Thanks for being a long-time friend and participant at SunScholars!

  20. Could you use suckers Carmel topping instead of the Carmel candies? (like you might use for icecream) i already have that in my fridge!

    • Hi Nicole – You could use Smuckers but it would be super runny and get all gooey. So I wouldn’t