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Better than the real thing, this recipe for Girl Scout Samoas (-style cookie) will win the hearts of all who partake.  These cookies take a little time, but if you have it, you'll find the process blissful and rewarding.  The best part is that this recipe is a riff on the traditional Trefoils recipe - so make up a double batch of shortbread and you're good to go!

While it's good to support your local scouts, sometimes you just need a cookie, even when it's not in season!

Step 1: Ingredients

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First, you'll need the basic shortbread recipe, which you can find here.
Just to have it handy, here's a repeat of those ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 115g (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 250g (2 cups) all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
For the topping, you'll need:
  • 225g (3 cups) shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted
  • 15-oz soft caramels (I recommend making your own if you have the time!)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 8 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate
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Amersroyal3 years ago
I would suggest filling a zip lock bag with a big enough size opening at the bottom of the bag to pipe the coconut-caramel goodness onto them. Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout Cookie!

Great suggestion - thanks!

Being that im samoan! These are my favorite cookies.. :)
Kahlah2 years ago
I used the centers from my cookie centers to make mini cookies. They look a lot like your bon-bons, they just have the mini circle bases. Next time I make them, I will probably not make the cut out and work with the whole cookie.
Yum. Thanks for the recipe.
enticement2 years ago
bluidevil622 years ago
oooh I like these cookies
lookitsria2 years ago
Can't wait to try this! About how many cookies does it yield?
gotclawz12 years ago
I made a big one using a bowl and a cup to cut out the shape
scoochmaroo (author)  gotclawz12 years ago
That is fantastic! How long did you bake it?
I don't remember the exact time, I just kinda kept my eye on it
xaderz2 years ago
My favorite
xaderz2 years ago
my favorite! yum yum
I did it! Personally it took about 5 hours to make but, in the end the taste really turned out!
scoochmaroo (author)  Captain Skully3 years ago
Amazing!!! Good for you! It is super time-consuming the first time, but I'm happy to hear you thought it was worth the effort.
ashleylaney3 years ago
i really need to try these because i love cooking!!!!
cmoua3 years ago
Will the cookies still turn out well if I don't cut a small hole in the middle and just leave it as one whole cookie? Would I have to change any baking time or temp?
scoochmaroo (author)  cmoua3 years ago
Should be fine!
Great instructable I can't wait to eat These I am addicted to caramel delights so I will love them
PurpleKat3 years ago
Hey, I'm using the caramel/toasted coconut mixture from this recipe to replace the caramel in a batch of Igor bars. (I was dared to see how much awesome I could cram into them.) Any chance you could give me a hint on the best caramel to coconut ratio?
lpobiak3 years ago
yummie!! :-) These look awesome!
moosetooth4 years ago
"Better than the real thing" is not a brag. These are!
Lorna Doone shortbread cookies are an easy shortcut for the time crunched. You'll need two packages for this amount of topping.
Great Instructible!
suayres4 years ago
These look pretty yummy, too. I may make some for my daughter, who loved them, but can't eat them because of a severe corn allergy. If I make my own caramel & use unsweetened coconut, she would be able to eat them! So thank you again!
suayres4 years ago
You should be able to heat the caramel in a double-boiler (if you don't own one, put a heat-safe bowl over a saucepan with water in the pan) and heat, as described above, until the caramel is melted & smooth.
wayland4 years ago
Hey, thanks. I made these and everyone loved them. They were a huge hit! Thanks again!
edn104 years ago
Ohh haha gotcha thanks, man I can't believe I missed that. I was skimming around.
edn104 years ago
I was wondering, did you make the dough or did you get it from somewhere? If you did make it, i was wondering what the recipe was?
scoochmaroo (author)  edn104 years ago
The ingredients are listed in Step 1, along with a link to the instructions: http://www.instructables.com/id/Trefoils-Shortbread-Recipe/
ser_pez4 years ago
a question: did you have any trouble getting the coconut/caramel mixture to stick to the cookies?? i'm not sure if the mixture wasn't hot enough or what, but i had a hard time getting it to stick.
neekeem ser_pez4 years ago
I had the same problem, so I put the whole lot (coconut mixed in) back in the microwave and zapped it again. Then it was too hot to stick, but I quickly found where it worked. Plus on some of them where it wasn't sticking well, I just went with it and left it. When I finished, I put a piece of waxed paper on my hand and pressed lightly on the misbehaving ones. All was good by morning.
butterbeans4 years ago
fantastic ible! i can't wait to make these for a special someone.
I never even knew Werther's made CHEWY caramels. And these are my favorite girl scout cookies, and I don't even know anyone with kids anymore! All mine are grown. I will have to save this recipe and maybe make these this weekend.
tmahone4 years ago
I could only find sweetened coconut at my grocery store, will it make a large difference in flavor?
dachemist4 years ago
Funny thing, I have a link to your account on my desktop that says "best instructable auther ever"
scoochmaroo (author)  dachemist4 years ago
Aww. That's gotta be like my favorite comment ever!
is 15-oz caramels 15 ounces of caramel?
ahh just yesterday i saw the girlscouts at the walmart asking me if i wanted to buy some but i had to decline because im allergic. However i have a g-Free shortbread recipie i can use and everything else is edible Thanks so much youve made my day.
bungalow74 years ago
This is delicious!

Though I must confess I was making them for a party, was running seriously short on time and having trouble getting the chocolate to stay attached to the cookie bottoms.

After snacking on too many that just weren't behaving, I "gave up" tossed the completed cookies and the rest of the bits and pieces into a 9x13 pan poured a can of condensed milk over it all and baked it at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes while I got ready for the party, then cut them into bite sized chunks.

Everyone raved about them!

The flavor profile is the same as the Girl Scout Samoa, so if you want a Samoa and esthetics aren't an issue, it makes an amazing bar cookie!
Fingers01104 years ago
After making these cookies, I suggest making some vanilla/caramel Ice cream. Chope the cookies up and mix into the partially melted IC. Than let it freeze again and enjoy. Very good combination, yet adds to the fatty feelings! lol
SageMinto4 years ago
These look so wonderful!! :O

I never knew the name of these cookies...
I will be trying these!!
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