Samoa Cookies


Can you believe that I have never ever had samoa cookies in my whole life? I seriously can't even imagine that I've lived 23 years without these lovelies that will make anyone's thighs go biiiiig :) But big thighs are in now, aren't they? Well, maybe not but you can always munch on only 1 or 2 or 3 of these and then hope for the best that today is not the day that your body decides to pack on pounds! 
I didn't rely on my good luck and after trying the homemade salted caramel a bit way too many times, I decided that I will have to work it off. No excuses. So I did an almost 7 mile run (and walk)!! I am really starting to like this whole running thing. I can't run for a very long time or really fast yet but I am moving my butt and that's what counts! :) And because of that, I allow myself eat things that are loaded with caramel. 
Homemade caramel. This recipe is the bomb. Seriously. Try it. Even if you don't wanna spend hours assembling these cookies. But the caramel... Actually the whole cookie is to die for.

First of all, I used palm oil instead of butter which made the shortbread so crispy. But the really good kind of crispy. Crispy but melts in your mouth at the same time. And because I was not very familiar with shortbread, I rolled out the dough way too thin. Thus my cookies broke into pieces when I tried to spread the caramel and then the caramelly coconut on top. But I didn't just give up, I used the caramel as glue and worked it out. And we ate the cookies with a fork. Well, big deal. Or is it? :)

Next, I left out the chocolate on the bottom part. I thought the cookies were already very sweet and they had some chocolate drizzle on top, they sure didn't need to have more sugar and chocolate. These cookies were perfect the way there were and didn't need extra chocolate. But of course, if you want, you can dip them in chocolate. 

All in all, I'm in love with these cookies. Love the texture that you have a nice crisp when you take a bite but you get some gooey part, as well. I was surprised that they're not overly sweet, either. With that amount of caramel, who would have guessed? :) But no, the sweetness of it is just perfect. I also love the combination of the toasted coconut and salted caramel. Oh my... I can't wait to try them tomorrow when the flavors fully develop. Okay, I stop myself now and just give you the recipe :)

Samoa Cookies
recipe adapted from The Little Epicurean

for the shortbread
1/2 cup palm oil - around 110 grams, you can use coconut oil or butter too
1/4 cup raw cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp milk

for the caramel
1 cup white granulated sugar
6 Tbsp butter - around 80 grams
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla - I use bourbon vanilla powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup chocolate chips

To make the shortbread, cream the palm oil and sugar together. Add in the vanilla.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, the baking powder and salt. Incorporate the dry ingredients with the palm oil mixture and add in the milk. Use an electric mixer and mix until the dough forms a ball. First, the dough will be very crumbly but just mix it anyway.
Wrap the dough in plastic and chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.

Toast the shredded coconut in an ungreased pan over low heat. Stir it frequently as it tends to burn very quickly. When they get a nice light brown color, place it in a bowl and let it cool. 

Preheat oven to 350F (175C).

To make the caramel, add the sugar and vanilla in a saucepan. Cook it over medium heat until it begins to melt. When it's melting, turn the heat to low and start whisking the sugar with a wooden spoon. Continue to melt the sugar until it's fully melted and has a nice brown color. Now it's time to add the butter. Keep whisking and stirring until the butter has melted. For me, the butter completely separated from the caramel so I was a bit worried but when I added the cream, it all worked out fine.
So when the butter is melted, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the cream. The caramel will bubble and you have to whisk it for a long time before you get a nice and creamy caramel texture. So just keep stirring it until it's lump-free. Add in the salt.
Leave 1/4 of the caramel in the pan and mix the rest with the coconut. 

Roll out the shortbread dough not too thin. Cut out circles with a glass. I used a shot glass to cut out the hole in the middle.

Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. Then cool them for another 5-10 minutes before assembling them.

Melt the chocolate in a bowl above boiling water.

Spread caramel on top of the cookies so that the coconut will be "glued" on top. After spreading the caramel, add the caramelly coconut on the top. Drizzle the melted chocolate on the cookies with a fork. 
And you're done! Enjoy!


  1. Love this! I love the girl scout version but I'm sure the homemade one is 1000000x beter!

    1. Thank you! I've never had the girl scout version so I can't really say these are better but I can tell you these are AH-MAZING :D Totally worth the trouble of making them yourself ;)

  2. I love your pictures and recipes. I'd like to inform you of a great new website www.foodieportal.com. I would like to invite you to come and join us and share your wonderful pictures with us. We are simply foodies and we are not photography snobs, so picture perfection is not important, all we care about is delicious food. We're pretty new so give us a chance. :)

  3. Replies
    1. Oh they are!! But which cookies are not? :P

  4. these look yummy!

  5. Samoas have always been my favorite of the Girl Scout cookies! Well, tied with the thin mints, anyway. :) Will have to try this one.

  6. Do you know that you may have shared this information for other people but then end up informing every other reader that visits the post. It is a very well written post, a page that I would be glad to revisit. When people are looking for the best custom article review writing services, there is always the need to liaise with very professional experts. We are that very reliable help provider, where the most reliable help is obtained. We are the best there is.

  7. Experimenting with shortbread cookie recipes, I found a way to create a cookie the not only gives you a melt-in-your-mouth texture, but also retains its shape and doesn't crumble when you pick it up. krogerfeedback.com

  8. Hey Thanks for sharing this valuable information with us. I will come back to your site and keep sharing this information with us.krogerfeedback

  9. This comment has been removed by the author.

  10. wow! really like this post about cookies as i love to make kroger feedback cookies and eat those cookies on my own :p

  11. find out the latest mobile call package

    1. i found this page from google and im happy because is good article and im try to share it
      در دنیای وب پیدا کردن چیزی مثل این با ارزش است سایت خوبی دارید
      دانلود آهنگ کردی

  12. Cookies are my favorite items in Subway restaurants. when i have free time i love to visit nearest subway restaurants. It is easy to get free cookie by Subway customer feedback survey at Official Site. Here is the Offcial site to take subway listens survey for free cookies.

  13. VT dialer offers world-class auto dialer software to send a large number of calls and messages at the same time, tell clients about charging dates, set up press 1 crusades and considerably more to improve operator's profitability and deals pipeline.

  14. This comment has been removed by the author.

  15. food survey Customer Satisfaction Survey is way to tell your feedback and Participate in food survey on http://surveys-online.info
    Mcdvoice Survey

  16. Our college research paper services is meant to transform the academic profile of any student from a downward trend to an upward trend in their grades.


  17. Nice blog, the article you have shared is good.This article is very useful. My friend suggest me to use this blog.

  18. Don’t ever give up on your blogs as they are a source of happiness for the people. Keep sharing. Thank you.
    My Survey

  19. Great recipe. Loving it so far. Find best online feedback surveys at PCOpinion Survey

  20. I have read your excellent post. This is a great job. I have enjoyed reading your post first time.

  21. I have read your excellent post. This is a great job. I have enjoyed reading your post first time.


  22. Replies
    1. Nice blog, the article you have shared is good.This article is very useful. My friend suggest me to use this blog.


  23. Our custom made essays are available from the custom nursing essay writing service platform that makes it easy for clients to spread in various parts of the work to access them with ease.

  24. Morrisons store chain conducts an online feedback survey as Morrisons is Listening Survey which allows the customers from the stores to share their feedback and customer experience.
    Morrisons Survey UK

  25. Access Pyramid Credit Union Login account by entering your user id and password. If you are looking for Pyramid Credit Union Login official portal for access your dashboard then you can access official links are given below.
    Pyramid Credit Union Login Online

  26. This comment has been removed by the author.

  27. دانلود آهنگ جدید گرشا رضایی
    Morrisons store chain conducts an online feedback survey as Morrisons is Listening Survey which allows the customers from the stores to share their feedback and customer experience.

  28. Unfortunately, the recent UK Customer Satisfaction survey echoes those findings, indicating that it has fallen over the past couple of years, from

  29. Jan Dhan Yojana उनके लिए है जिनकी आय कम है और जो थोड़ी मात्रा में बचत कर सकते है| लोग कम खर्चे पर नयी टेक्नोलॉजी का उपयोग कर सकते है|
    Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana Benefits


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...