From Thin Mints to Peanut Butter Patties I adore Girl Scout cookies — It’s hard to decide which one is my favorite Girl Scout cookie, Samoas are definitely toward the top of my list. So, those are my inspiration for these copycat Girl Scout Samoas.
What I love about Samoas is that they have a simple buttery shortbread base that’s covered in rich caramel, coconut, and chocolate. The flavor of the buttery cookies mingles so well with all of the decadent toppings.
If you’re looking for a recipe for crispy cookies loaded with decadent flavor, and you can’t get them from a local troop, put this recipe on your to-bake list. It may become your new favorite recipe.
Common Questions about Copycat Girl Scout Samoas
What are the ingredients in Girl Scout Samoa Cookies?
Girl Scout Samoas have sweeteners like sugar, corn syrup, invert sugar, and a few others. They also are made with flour, condensed milk, coconut, soy lecithin, vegetable oil, and a few other ingredients.
They also have some nutrients like vitamin B and folic acid.
What Flavors are in Copycat Girl Scout Cookie Samoas?
These cookies, which also go by the name Caramel deLites, have a crispy, vanilla shortbread cookie base that’s covered in chocolate, caramel, and coconut.
Why Did the Girl Scouts Change the Name of Samoas?
Samoas actually didn’t go through a name change. Instead, since they are made by two different bakeries (Little Brownie Bakers and ABC Bakers) they have different names depending on where they were baked.
Making Copycat Girl Scout Samoas Ahead of Time
You can make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it until you need it.
Store these cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 1 week.
Refrigerator: While it’s better to store cookies on the counter than in the refrigerator, these can be stored for up to 10 days to 2 weeks in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
Freezing: Freeze cookies in a freezer-safe container or freezer bags for up to a year.
Tips For The Best Samoas
These cookies are so delicious you’ll definitely want to follow these tips to get the best results.
- Avoid refrigeration. It reduces the moisture in the cookie, compromising its flavor and texture.
- When freezing cookies, do so in a single layer. To avoid having them stick to each other, wrap in parchment paper or wax paper.
- If the chocolate is not melting quickly, add shortening.
If there are any ingredients that you don’t have on hand, you can find most of them in the baking aisle at the grocery store.
- Unsalted butter (room temperature)
- Granulated sugar (white sugar
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Shredded coconut
- Caramel sauce (thick)
- Semisweet chocolate
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
If you can’t find the cookie cutter at a local shop you can order it online.
- Letter O Cookie Cutter
- Rolling pin
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper or Silicone Mat
- Wire rack
- Piping Bags (or ziplock bags with the tips snipped off)
How to Make This Girl Scout Samoas Copycat Recipe
While it may seem like a lot of steps, they’re all easy — and this cookie is definitely worth it!
- Add the butter, sugar, and salt to a large bowl and mix together briefly.
- Pour in the egg and vanilla extract and mix to combine.
- Continue mixing while slowly stirring the flour.
- Once the cookie dough has formed, shape it into a ball and use a rolling to roll it out.
- Use the cookie cutter to cut out the cookies, placing them on a prepared cookie sheet.
- Roll the leftover dough again and continue to cut out cookies.
- Repeat until all of the dough has been used.
- Bake cookies until the edges are a light golden brown.
- After removing them from the oven, transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and allow them to come to room temperature before decorating.
- While waiting for the cookies to bake, combine the caramel sauce and coconut until completely combined. The coconut should be entirely covered.
- Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag and set aside.
- Melt the chocolates in intervals, stirring in between each one, until they are melted and smooth.
- Spoon some chocolate in the piping bag and reserve the rest.
- When the cookies are cool, begin to decorate by dipping the bottoms of the cookies into the melted chocolate.
- Place dipped cookies on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- When all cookies have been dipped, refrigerate them briefly.
- After the chocolate on the bottom becomes hard, remove from the refrigerator.
- Use the pastry bag to pipe the caramel mixture around the tops of the entire cookie.
- Use your hand to gently press the mixture down.
- Pipe the melted chocolate over top in dark chocolaty stripes like the design of Samoas.
- Transfer the cookies to another prepared baking sheet and refrigerate until set.
What to Serve With Girl Scout Samoas
You can serve anything with these delicious Samoas that you would serve with any other chocolatey dessert.
- Coffee – A warm cup of coffee is a perfect pairing.
- Whipped cream – Dip these in light and fluffy whipped cream.
- Ice cream – Make ice cream sandwiches or garnish a bowl of ice cream or gelato with the cookies.
Why You Should Make These Copycat Cookies
We can’t think of a reason not to make them!
- Delicious replica – Satisfy your Samoa craving when it’s not Girl Scout cookie season.
- Accessible – All of the ingredients are easy to come by.
- Versatile – These are a great dessert for any occasion.
Variations and Add-ins
Since these are copycat cookies we don’t like to make too many changes that might interfere with the flavor and texture of the original but here are a few ideas.
- Low carb – For lower carb or gluten-free cookies, experiment with alternative flours to wheat flour.
- Lower sugar – Replace the sugar in the recipe with your favorite alternatives.
- Chocolate – Use dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet.
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Samoa Cookies – Copycat Girl Scout Recipe
- ½ cup butter unsalted – room temperature
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- 1 ½ cups caramel sauce thick
- 1 ½ cups semi-sweet melting chocolates
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl blend together the butter, sugar, and salt for about a minute.
- Add the egg and vanilla extract to the mixture and mix once again.
- Slowly stir in the flour until the dough forms. It shouldn’t be super stiff, but also should not be sticky at all.
- Form the dough into a ball and then roll it out on a lightly-floured surface using a rolling pin. Roll to ¼” thick.
- Cut out your cookies using the cookie cutter.
- Place the cut-out dough on the prepared baking sheet.
- Repeat the rolling out process to finish cutting out all of the dough.
- Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned.
- Remove from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.
- While the cookies are baking, mix the caramel sauce and shredded coconut until the coconut is completely coated and combined.
- Transfer the mixture into a piping bag.
- Heat the melting chocolates in a bowl in the microwave at 30 second intervals until completely melted.
- Place ½ of the melted chocolate in a small bowl and ½ in a piping bag for decorating/drizzling.
- Once the cookies are baked and completely cooled, dip the bottom of each cookie into the melted chocolate so the bottom half is coated with chocolate, then place it back on the parchment paper.
- Place the pan in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to harden the chocolate.
- Once the chocolate has hardened, pipe the caramel/coconut mixture around the top of each cookie. Slightly press down the coconut layer to mold the topping to cover the face of the cookie completely.
- Lastly, drizzle the remaining melted chocolate over the top of each cookie to emulate the girl scout samoa cookies.
- Transfer the decorated cookies to another parchment-lined sheet.
- Refrigerate for 5 minutes or until the chocolate is set.
- Hand mixer
- Letter O Cookie cutter
- 9×11 inch Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- 2 Piping Bags
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate. Please double-check with your own dietary calculator for the best accuracy. We at Taste of the Frontier cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.