Samoas Bark

After making a homemade version of Girl Scout Tagalongs, I have not been able to get those little cookies out of my head. What is it with Girl Scout Cookies anyway? They only sell them once a year for a very short window of time and then they are gone? Seriously? Sell them year round and I am sure my family would keep them in business. :D

I spotted this recipe for Samoas Bark back at Christmastime and bookmarked them right away. My favorite cookie in a no bake bark? Um, yes please! This is the second time I have made these tasty treats and they were a hit both times. I did change the recipe slightly by adding the coconut in with the caramel mixture. The original recipe had separate layers, but when you would cut them into little bars all of the coconut layer would fall off. By adding the coconut in with the caramel every little piece of coconut stays in place. Gooey, ooey, coconutty deliciousness…you need these in your life! ;)

Samoas Bark

Ingredients:

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
4 tablespoon butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
7 tablespoon heavy cream
1 (11.5oz) bag of dark chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely crushed shortbread cookies

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 8 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bark from the pan once set); set aside.
Toast the coconut by spreading onto a rimmed baking sheet. Toast stirring frequently, until the coconut is an even golden brown color, about 6 to 8 minutes. Set coconut aside to cool. Reserve 2 tablespoons for topping.
In a small saucepan over high heat, bring the sugar and water to a boil swirling the pan gently, until the sugar has dissolved (Do not stir) Cook, gently swirling the pan occasionally, until it has the color of straw. Turn the heat down to medium and continue to cook, gently swirling the pan occasionally, until the caramel turns a medium amber color. Add the butter and heavy cream to saucepan and whisk to combine. Set aside to cool completely. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the caramel for topping.
In a metal bowl set over a pan of lightly simmering water, melt chocolate, stirring occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat. Reserve 2 tablespoons for topping.
Pour half of chocolate into prepared pan, use an offset icing spatula to smooth the chocolate into an even layer. Sprinkle coarsely crushed shortbread on top and gently press it into the chocolate. Transfer pan to the freezer for 5 minutes or until chocolate becomes slightly hardened.
Fold the toasted coconut into the caramel sauce. Remove the pan from freezer and pour caramel/coconut sauce on top. Use an offset icing spatula to smooth it into an even layer. Transfer pan to the freezer for 5 minutes or until caramel becomes slightly hardened.
Remove pan from freezer and pour other half of chocolate on the caramel/coconut layer. Use an offset icing spatula to smooth the chocolate into an even layer. Immediately sprinkle with reserved coconut and gently press to adhere. Drizzle remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate and caramel on top of the coconut. Transfer pan to refrigerator for about 5-10 or until bark is set. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Source: adapted from Endless Simmer

 

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20 Responses to “Samoas Bark”

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    ....RaeDi — February 26, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    They look incredible and delicious! I wonder if I have every thing I need to make….

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    thekalechronicles — February 26, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    These look great! The triangular shape is fetching.

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    Megan — February 26, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    This looks so awesome!

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    ChgoJohn — February 26, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    These look so good! The Scouts had better be careful. If people start baking your recipes, you just might put them out of business. :)

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    The Teenage Taste — February 26, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    Yum! I’ve had this recipe for Samoa Bark bookmarked forever – I definitely need to get around to making it! I love Samoas!

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    Meg @ Sweet Twist — February 26, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    This looks so D-EEEE-LICIOUS!!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — February 26, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    Wow, this is amazing. I must make it sometime!

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    Sally — February 26, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    i love samoas! they are by far my favorite girl scout cookie. :) this looks incredible!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — February 26, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    Oh wow and these are my favorites, OK these and thin mints!

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    Jody Thompson — February 26, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    Oh yum! These look greatness and nice photos too. Cheers!

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    Sarah Harris — February 27, 2012 @ 12:18 am

    Oh yes, my family would love year-round girl scout cookies! I pinterested these to remember to make them!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 27, 2012 @ 12:25 am

    I just made your Samoas cupcakes, which were phenomenal by the way, and now I have to make this! You’re killing me here!!

    I think I need to run at least 10 miles the day that I make these.

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    Donna — February 27, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    These look just wonderful, I’m going to try them later today or tomorrow. TFS
    Love your site

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    Miss Tasty — February 27, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    GENIUS!! Thank you for posting!!

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    alisueonthemove — February 27, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    Reblogged this on alisueonthemove and commented:
    Thank you!!!

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    iamahoneybee — February 27, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    wow. I think this sounds so good. We resisted this year to save some money and save some calories. At least I know I have an option to enjoy some Samoas at home. Love this bark recipe!

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    m&m — February 27, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    Yum! Bringing back memories!

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    Meg's Everyday Indulgence — February 28, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    This sounds amazing! Samoas are my favorite girl scout cookie with Tagalongs being a close second. I have to give this a try!

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    Annie Oakley's Kitchen — March 5, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

    Personally I am don’t really care for samoa’s (it’s the coconut) but my SIL loves them. In fact I just bought her a box of them yesterday. Her Birthday is coming up so I’m going to bookmark this one to make for her. Thanks!

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