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    Default Homemade Girl Scout Cookies Samoas



    The Girl Scout bakeries describe Samoas as vanilla cookies dipped in caramel, topped with coconut and drizzled with chocolate. All good flavors, though I have to admit that I never tasted much vanilla in the cookies themselves, and so I used this description as a jumping off point for my version. I remember the cookies as being crisp and tender in the original, and selected a plain shortbread-like base for these. The cookie dough is very rich - by which I mean that it has a lot of butter - and is very easy to work with. The butter keeps it tender, so it won’t toughen up even after repeated rollings of the dough.

    For the topping, I debated between using a from-scratch recipe like Chockylit’s or a semi-homemade recipe like Debbie’s. The from-scratch recipe sounded appealing, but I opted for the semi-homemade version because I had a ton of Werther’s Chewy Caramels around already. These particular caramels are nice because they’re made with real butter, sugar and cream (rather than using partially hydrogenated oils, as a number of other caramels do). Of course, you can use any similar chewy caramel that’s handy, I just recommend picking out one with the best ingredient list you can find. I did take Chockylit’s suggestion of toasting the coconut for bit of extra texture. I used dark chocolate for the dip and drizzle, and set each of the cookies on a piece of parchment paper after dunking them in the chocolate to let it set up in an even layer.

    There are two ways to get the shape for these cookies. The first is to roll the dough out between pieces of wax paper and use a cookie cutter to make rounds, cutting the smaller center hole later. This technique works great and doesn’t take too long, especially as the dough can be rerolled a couple of times. The second technique calls for a special pan: a mini donut pan. If you have a pan like this, simply press some cookie dough into the tube and bake. The dough doesn’t rise much, giving you a nice flat side and a perfectly rounded one. Take your pick and go with what is convenient for you.

    And since you’re all probably wondering, these cookies were absolutely fabulous. The cookies were tender and buttery, the topping was sweet with a delicious coconut flavor, and the dip of chocolate on the bottom of each cookie balanced all the flavors perfectly. Better than I even remember the Girl Scout cookies being. I could - but I won’t - probably eat an entire batch of these on my own.


    Homemade Samoas (a.k.a. Caramel de-Lites)
    Cookies
    1 cup butter, soft
    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
    Preheat oven to 350F.
    In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt at a low speed, followed by the vanilla and milk, adding in the milk as needed to make the dough come together without being sticky (it’s possible you might not need to add milk at all). The dough should come together into a soft, not-too-sticky ball. Add in a bit of extra flour if your dough is very sticky.

    Roll the dough (working in two or three batches) out between pieces of wax paper to about 1/4-inch thickness (or slightly less) and use a 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter to make rounds. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and use a knife, or the end of a wide straw, to cut a smaller center hole. Repeat with remaining dough. Alternatively, use scant tablespoons of dough and press into an even layer in a mini donut pan to form the rounds.

    Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until bottoms are lightly browned and cookies are set. If using a mini donut pan, bake for only about 10 minutes, until edges are light gold.
    Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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

    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.

    Using the spatula or a small offset spatula, spread topping on cooled cookies, using about 2-3 tsp per cookie. Reheat caramel for a few seconds in the microwave if it gets too firm to work with.

    While topping sets up, 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 cookie into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment paper. Transfer all remaining chocolate (or melt a bit of additional chocolate, if necessary) into a piping bag or a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle finished cookies with chocolate.

    Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.
    Makes about 3 1/2-4 dozen cookies.

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    that looks like a foodgasm to me.

    It also reminded me that I just started this eating healthy thing and I ordered 2 boxes of GSC (samoas and thin mints) like a month ago, which means soon I'm going to have all that delicious temptation in my house.
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    They look very yummy. Since we don't get girl scout cookies here I'm thinking of making these. I love coconut.
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    Those are my favorite ones!

    They go by another name here..which I can't remember now..till I hit submit...

    Carmel Delights!
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    mmm, i'm totally making these soon. thanks for posting this recipe!
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    No problem. I was surfing food blogs this afternoon. I found more Girl Scout cookies which I'll post
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    Thin Mints?!?! Please say they have thin mints?
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    I don't even like coconut, and that's making my mouth water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WitchHazelEyed View Post
    Thin Mints?!?! Please say they have thin mints?
    Yes just about to post it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariesoleil View Post
    Yes just about to post it.
    At this moment you are my most favorite person in the world.

    Maybe I can think of a way to make them better for me, if not, oh well.
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    ^^ Haha thanks I think it's an altered recipe though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    I don't even like coconut, and that's making my mouth water.
    i used to HATE coconut, but still liked samoas. now, i like coconut & i love samoas.
    Last edited by chartreuse; February 19th, 2008 at 05:28 PM.
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    Thanks for the recipes. I love these and the thin mints. Local ice cream shop makes girl scout cookie flavored ice cream. So good!
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    OMG. I love these. Whenever they're on sale here I buy at least 3 boxes. Cuz as soon as I finish one, I always want Samao.

    /lame joke.

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    ^^Good one

    I ate a whole box of these yesterday. There's 5 in each row so I ate one row every couple of hours. I didn't feel like such a pig that way. Seriously, how do you stop eating these? They're freaking addictive as hell! These and those damn Thin Mints!

    Curse you Girl Scout Cookies!!!!!!!!!

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