homemade samoas-- shortbread cookies in chocolate, caramel, and coconut

After making these cookies, I can't believe I've lived the past 21 years without them. They're literally the best cookies ever. I've always loved samoas, they're hands down my favorite girl scout cookies. And what do you know, they taste even better when made fresh! It's like if all my life I had been eating packaged chocolate chip cookies. I mean, a cookie is a cookie is a cookie. It's still good to a sweet tooth like me. But then one day your taste buds experience the magical deliciousness of a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie, how the chocolate is gooey and just melts in your mouth, the dough so soft and chewy. That's what it was like to eat these cookies. Samoas are awesome. Homemade samoas are out of this world.

I used la creme de la crumb's recipe, but with very minor adjustments. To get the recipe, read on after the jump :)

Ingredients for about 20 cookies
1/3 cup turbinado sugar*
1/2 cup softened, unsalted butter**
1 cup + 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 generous teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cold milk (I used 2%)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Caramel (recipe adapted from smitten kitchen)
1 cup turbinado sugar*
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 1/4 cup semi-sweet-chocolate chips (you can use dark)
*I used turbinado sugar, whether there are actual health benefits of using it or not, I don't know. But that's what I buy soooo. The original recipe calls for regular white sugar so you can definitely use that.
**Make sure your butter is soft before you start anything. You may have noticed from the ingredient list, but these cookies have a very dry dough. Your butter needs to be soft in order for the dough to come together.


Making the cookies 
1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees + get a pan with wax paper ready.
2. Mix together the butter and sugar so that they're fluffy.
3. Add in flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until you have a sort of crumbly mixture.
4. Add in milk + vanilla extract and mix. You may reach a point, like I did, where you couldn't mix anymore. If you have been mixing in a stirring motion, it's time to switch tactics. Taking a fork, press down into the mixture so that the ingredients are pressed together and begin to form the dough.
5. After you form your dough, cover it up and toss that guy into the fridge for an hour, or the freezer for 20 minutes.
5.5. If you left your dough in the fridge/ freezer for too long and it turned into a rock, fret not, your cookies are salvageable. Taking your trusty fork, break down your dough into smaller pieces. From there, use your hands to mix the smaller pieces together until they soften up into dough-- see second picture after the break for reference.
6. Roll the dough out, about 1/4 of an inch. Cut out your cookies. Personally, I used the mouth of a small mason jar for the outside edge, and a water bottle cap for the inside. Improvise!
7. Put your cookies on your wax paper covered pan, and bake them for 10-12 minutes. They should come out an off white color.
8. After your cookies are done, since your oven is already hot, get ready to toast your coconut. The coconut that I bought was already toasted, but I wanted to toast it a little bit more. If you have large flakes like mine, you can chop them up to be finer. Personally, I liked the added texture of the larger pieces. Either way, place your shredded coconut on wax paper on a pan, and let them toast for about 5-7 minutes, tossing them around halfway to make sure they don't burn.
Caramel time!
9. As your cookies are cooling, it's time to make your caramel sauce! It sounds complicated, but it's easy peasy, just make sure you have all your ingredients measured out before you start, because it goes along fast. In a dry saucepan, place your sugar over medium-high heat, constantly stirring.
10. After 3-5 minutes, your sugar should be completely melted. Remove from the heat, and mix in your butter. It probably won't all mix in and you'll be left with a oily, liquidy layer up top.
11. Add in the heavy cream, and put your mixture back over the heat. Continue stirring.
12. Bring your caramel to a boil, and let it cook for a few minutes-- all the while stirring. You don't want the sugar to burn and stick to the bottom of the pan. It should darken a bit, then remove it from the heat.
Top it off
13. After your caramel sauce is done, mix about 3/4 of it with your toasted coconut.
14. Dipping the top of the cookies into the caramel and then the caramel + coconut mixture did not pan out for me. If it works for you, you're good to go. If not, this is what I did. I dipped the cookies in the plain caramel, and then using a fork, topped the cookies off with the caramel + coconut mixture.
15. Let your caramel chill on the cookies so that they stick before moving onto the chocolate step.
16. Melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips. Dip the bottom of the cookies into the chocolate. If that doesn't work, spread it on with a spoon. Let chill until the chocolate hardens.
17. Melt the last 1/4 cup of your chocolate. Using a fork, drizzle (or in my case, haphazardly dribble like a 5 year old) your chocolate on top of the cookies.
18. You're done!! Time to eat! They'll stay fresh for a week in an airtight container... if they're not all eaten by then.


  1. I can definitely get behind homemade samoas. Now I wish they had Girl Scouts where I live!

  2. They look delish! thanks for sharing


  3. These look amazing! Bookmarking this post, so when I am home for Christmas I can make them!

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  4. OH MY GOODNESS my mouth is literally salivating! I will definitely be trying this recipe out :) xx

  5. Thanks a lot for showing all steps so detailed, I'm sure the cookies are totally yummy! I like them especially due to the flaked coconut :)

    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

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  6. These look delicious! I've never had samoas before. I usually get the shortbread cookies but I'll definitely look into this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Katherine Lou

  7. Oh God, what are you trying to do to me?
    These look freaking scrumptious and need to get in my belly now!

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  8. ughhh they look super yummy. you're making me crave for sweets right now! haha

    xo, Carla

  9. Whatttt!!!!! How is this real life :O Maybe I have been living under a rock but I have actually never heard of samoas before haha. I seriously need to make these during my summer break. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Wow these look absolutely delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!! Lovely photos as well.

    rae of love from berlin

  11. Yummy, this looks so delicious, great pictures.

  12. These cookies look extremly tasty! I will try your recipe:)

  13. Oh my cookies - these look delicious!!!

  14. Omg these look so good! I definitely want some :D

  15. This look so yummy. I love anything that has coconut, so I'm sure this will taste good <3

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  16. Mili I have never tried samoas. We don't have these cookies over here. They look super yummy. I have to bake them. Hopefully I'm able too :D


  17. Those look delicious!! I need to try this.


  18. oh my, those are some crazy cookies!!! like, really really cool! and what a great Christmas gift/dessert idea as well. if someone made me those cookies I would certainly try but I'm too lazy to make them myself :P

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  19. Holy moly get in my belly! These look incredible. Bookmarking for later!


  20. These look utterly delicious and your photography of them is incredible - straight out of a food magazine! :)


  21. Cue my tummy rumbling- these look amazing!


  22. This looks so yummy you actually inspired me to cook, lol! Must try this, it's the perfect treat for Christmas & winter!


  23. These look delicious!! Thanks for sharing this recipe! :)


  24. Thin mints are my favorite but samoas are my husbands favorite. He'd love if I made these for him! :)

  25. Oh my goodness these look so delicious!!! I need to make some of these over Christmas or something.

  26. Wow, Mili! These homemade samoas look INSANELY good! Like angels frolicking on your taste buds lol! Great job girl! Unfortunately once you've tried the homemade ones, the girl scout ones won't cut it anymore lol! Rita @

  27. Not only does this look delicius but your photography is absolutely delish as well! :)

  28. This looks soooo goood! Definitely going to try this :)


  29. i haven't heard of Samoas before - these look SO good. :)~


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