Samoas Cookie Bars

Samoas Cookie Bars are a Girl Scout Cookie lovers dream. Now you can have your favorite cookies year round! These amazing cookies got their start in 1917 when Girl Scouts in Muskogee, Oklahoma began selling homemade sugar cookies in their high school cafeteria as a service project. At the time you could buy a dozen of the cookies for 25 cents. Ninety-four years later, this cookie sensation now sells over 200 million boxes per year. I remember when I was a little girl being in Girl Scouts. Selling the cookies was always the most exciting part of the year. We would all dream about the amazing prizes that we could earn if we sold enough boxes. So we would go door to door, smile and hope that our neighbors would buy a few boxes from us. Sadly, I never sold that many..20 to 30 at the most, just enough to get the cookie patch.

These days I have friend’s daughters who are easily selling over a hundred boxes! The incentives that the girls earn now are crazy! If one Girl Scout sells 2000 boxes by herself, she earns a laptop. Yes, you read that right-a laptop! Crazy! I think the best prize when I was in Girl Scouts was an AM/FM cassette boom box! Samoas (in some areas called Caramel deLites) are my favorite Girl Scout cookie, so when I stumbled across this recipe, I immediately bookmarked it. Buttery shortbread crust smothered in caramel and coconut, dipped in chocolate, and then finished with a drizzling of chocolate stripes. Does it get much better then this? I think not! :)

Samoas Cookie Bars

Yield: 30 bar cookies

Ingredients:

For the Cookie Base:
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Topping:
3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
12-oz chewy caramels
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons milk
10 ounces dark or semisweet chocolate

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together sugar and butter, until fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and add the egg and vanilla extract, beating until thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. On low speed, mix in the flour and salt until mixture is crumbly, like wet sand. Pour the dough into the prepared pan and use your hands or the back of a large wooden spoon to push the crust into an even layer at the bottom of the pan. Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Reduce oven to 300 degrees F. Spread coconut on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and toast 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until coconut is golden brown. Cool on baking sheet, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
In a large microwave safe bowl, combine caramels, salt and milk. Place in microwave and cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir. When the mixture is smooth, fold in toasted coconut with a spatula.
Pour mixture over the cooled cookie base. Using the spatula, spread topping into an even layer. Using a small piece of parchment paper, press mixture evenly into pan. Set aside to cool completely.
When cooled, cut into 30 bars with a large knife or a pizza cutter. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Melt the chocolate in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat. Dip the base of each bar into the chocolate and place on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer all remaining chocolate into a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle bars with chocolate to finish. Chill in refrigerator until chocolate is set.

Source: Baking Bites

32 Responses to “Samoas Cookie Bars”

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    Beth — February 18, 2011 @ 7:01 am

    Those cookie bars look fantastic! Can’t wait to try them.

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    happywhennothungry — February 18, 2011 @ 7:04 am

    Wow! My mouth is watering! I love samoas and will def have to give this recipe a try!

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    Heavenly Housewife — February 18, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    How yummy! I don’t understand why you cant buy girl scout cookies on the internet or in any store, they aren’t easy to come by, so making them yourself is perfect. have a wonderful weekend ahead.
    *kisses* HH

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos — February 18, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    ahhhh i love girl scouts cookies! these look beautiful and tasty, actually they look better than the real cookie itself!!! :)

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    Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow — February 18, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    Those are my favorite GS cookies! You bars look just like them! And just as delicious!!!

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    Amy — February 18, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    OMG, I LOVE Samoas. And aside from the shape, these look spot-on! Gonna have to try out this recipe! Yummm :)

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    Lucie — February 18, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    These sound amazing. I was never a GS and never really had many GS cookies, but now that I have absolutely no way of getting them I find myself craving Samoas and Thin Mints!

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    Leanna @ Raptortoe.com — February 18, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    Oh man these look great!! I love chocolate dipped anything.

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    This Italian Family — February 18, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    I’ve never had samoas, but those look yummy!

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    sensiblecooking — February 18, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    That would be my ideal place to be 25 cents for dozen of cookies. Life is good. The prizes for selling enough cookies does sound tempting but more than that the cookie itself looks so divine. I will be happy with cookie, don’t need laptop.

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    the purple spoon — February 18, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    those look so good! I love samoas-will definitely have to try these :)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 18, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    Christina, you had me at “samoas”! Those are my FAVORITE Girl Scout cookies. I could easily devour an entire box, and I could easily devour all of these wonderful cookie bars! They look delicious and you did a great job on them. Thanks for stopping by my blog, too. Have a great weekend!

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    alisueonthemove — February 18, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    Amazing!! You have made my day!! I was only able to get one box of Samoas this year, but now I can have them all year long!!!

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    Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) — February 18, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

    Your pictures look great!
    These cookies look amazing, and I can’t wait to try these!

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    DessertForTwo — February 18, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    I could eat a whole pan of these! Yum!

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my site so I can find yours :)

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    Sara — February 19, 2011 @ 12:23 am

    I used to be a Samoa fan, but in recent years I’ve come to enjoy the Do-Si-Does the most. Nevertheless, I know I’d love these. What a fun recipe!

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    Honey — February 19, 2011 @ 12:32 am

    ooooh… girl scouts cookies! samoas are like my favorite. a bite into them and there is a squirt of all that butter/oil/whatever they put in it. i’m so glad there is a homemade version out there. i’ll definitely look into making this.
    :-)

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    photoshtuff — February 19, 2011 @ 5:16 am

    Omg I live for girl scout cookie season, just so I can buy samoas! These look amazing!

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    fitnessnfoodiegirl — February 19, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    Yum! I saw Girl Scout Cookies were finally on sale and I LOVE these ones and was trying to figure out how I could make them. Now I know! :D

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    briarrose — February 19, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    This is my favorite girl scout cookie flavor. They look so good.

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    Jenn@eatcakefordinner — February 20, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

    These are on the top of my “to make” list and I would have made them today if I had caramels. Do you think they would work with homemade caramel? I have to bring treats to work on Wednesday and I think these would be a huge hit!

    • Christina replied: — February 21st, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

      Mmm..homemade caramels sound great! I bet they would be delicious with the homemade caramels…let me know how they turn out for you! :)

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    Nichole — February 28, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    made these today..AMAZING! Mine were not nearly as pretty as yours but so delish!! :)

    • Christina replied: — February 28th, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

      I LOVE these…Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout Cookie! I am so glad that you enjoyed them! :)

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    chocolatecoveredeverything — March 19, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

    Samosa’s are my favorite cookie too! I love cutting them up and sprinkling them over Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt! I am definitely going to make these! Thanks!

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    fariemia — February 20, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    Reblogged this on Life Lessons.

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