Saturday, February 19, 2011

Samoa Girl Scout Cookies

As you probably (or should) already know it is Girl Scout cookie season!! Jeff and I bought our first ones of the season a few weeks ago at a grocery story near my parent's house. How can you say no to the little girls selling them? I used to be one of those girls, so I always feel bad for them and have to buy a box (or 2 or 3). Today Jeff and I decided that $3.50 was far too much money for a box of a few cookies, and made our own!

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Ingredients for the cookie: (recipe from here)
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Ingredients for topping:
  • 3 cups shredded coconut
  • 12 ounces of caramels
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 8 ounces chocolate chips

We took a lot of pictures for this post, so hopefully you can follow along! First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating, begin my mixing the butter and sugar together in a large sized bowl.

Next, add in the flour, salt and baking powder.

Finally, add the vanilla extract and milk and you should have batter that looks something like this (who needs spoons when you have hands?):

Now the fun begins! Roll the dough out (on top of parchment paper so it doesn't stick to the table). Make sure it is about 1/4 of an inch thick.

Now the next step is probably easiest with a round cookie cutter, but since we didn't have one we improvised with a small votive candle holder.

Make as many round cookies as you can. The dough is easy to work with, so re-roll it as many times as you need to. After cutting about 1 1/2 inch circles out, make a small hole in the middle of each cookie (you may use a straw, knife, finger, etc.).

Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes or until browned. While these are baking you may want to begin getting your ingredients ready for the topping!

Unwrap the caramels. Place in a bowl with the milk and salt and microwave for about 3 minutes stirring occasionally (if your microwave is more powerful, use less time).

Next, spread the coconut on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 20 minutes. Stir it every 3-5 minutes. Hang in there with me...I know there are lots of small steps with this recipe but the end result is worth it!

Once the caramel is melted and coconut is toasted, fold the coconut into the caramel mixture and stir well. Using a small spoon, place the mixture on top of the cooled cookies (about 2 tablespoons per cookie). Please note: those are not my manly fingers...they are Jeff's.

Finally, melt the chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave. Heat for about 30 seconds then stir, and repeat until melted completely. Dip the base of the cookies into the chocolate and place onto parchment paper. Once all cookies have been dipped, place the remaining chocolate into a zip block bag and cut a small hole in the corner. Pipe the chocolate onto the cookie in a zig-zag pattern.

Place in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden. And then you're done! All of your hard work has paid off-because you now have more than a dozen Somoa Girl Scout cookies!

This recipe could put those cute little Girl Scouts out of business ;)

We are heading to Chipotle (our favorite) for dinner with my sister and brother-in-law tonight. Waking up bright and early to pick up our new puppy Ollie! Pictures will most definitely be posted tomorrow of our new little family. Hope you're enjoying your weekend as much as we are!


Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said... Best Blogger Tips

Have you tried the somoa girl scout cookie ice cream at the grocery stores? It is my favorite!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I think I'll buy them but good for you to make them! A lot of work! Cheryl from New City

Stefanie said... Best Blogger Tips

These look fantastic! Less than 2 hours ago I was talking about how expensive the GS cookies were and how we sadly can't afford to buy them - I am so excited for this recipe!

I feel bad too, since I used to be a Brownie selling these as well, but there's just no way to justify the price when you're unemployed like me and my partner.

wendi said... Best Blogger Tips

Well you get what you pay for, whether you make or buy ;)

I am so excited to make these! Thanks!!!

thechurchcook said... Best Blogger Tips

All of a sudden, 3 boxes of Samoa cookies I bought from cute little scouts at Piggly Wiggly this afternoon don't look too good. Thanks a lot, Cait and Jeff. :(

Jenn said... Best Blogger Tips

I haven't seen any Girl Scouts out yet? I have to bring treats to work on Wednesday and I think these would be a hit. Who doesn't love samoa's? Do you recommend using the Werther's Carmels that you used? Do you remember how many cookies this recipe made?

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

You only paid $3.50 for the cookies? In the Seattle area, the cookies are $4.00 a box and people are still trying to buy them. Less cookies and more money? It doesn't equal up.
Looks like I may start making the cookied myself! Sorry, girls.

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said... Best Blogger Tips

I've seen these all over the blogosphere lately! If my husband sees them, I'm in big trouble :) They look delicious.

Sandra said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy..those look so good and delicious! Congrats on top9!!!

Margaret Murphy Tripp said... Best Blogger Tips

Somoas were always my favorite Girl Scout cookies and yours look even better!

Katrina said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay so we could be friends in "real life!" My husband and I had the same conversation a few weeks ago and I made homemade Samoas too! Unfortunately I got hit by pneumonia the same week so I haven't been able to post the recipe and pics yet. Anyway - yours look so very pretty! :) Oh, and yes Chipotle is our favorite too!! I want to bathe in their guacamole. - Katrina

MarmandeintheKitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Samoas are my favorite girl scout cookie - these look great!

Lisa @ Tarte du Jour said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! These look delicious! My favorite girl scout cookie.... and now homemade. Well done on the top 9!

Sara said... Best Blogger Tips

Just came across your blog through foodbuzz! Cute blog! Congrats on the top 9...Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout cookie.

Halley said... Best Blogger Tips

I made these at home once, in bar form because I didn't have as much patience as you! Yours look amazing though, even better than the box ones!

Jill Colonna said... Best Blogger Tips

Bravo on Top 9. Adore the tempting photo with the milk sitting behind them. They look fabulous!

Laurel {Make and Takes} said... Best Blogger Tips

OK, these are amazing!! My most favorite girl scout cookies homemade! We're featuring cookies at the M&T Spotlight this week and I'd love for you to submit these:

Natacha @ said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on making top 9 ! Loved the step by step pitures...

Claire said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my GOSH! I love Samoas! I'm actually eating one right now at my desk. Shameful.

Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow said... Best Blogger Tips

They look delicious! My fav GS cookies too. Congrats on the top 9!

briarrose said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my...these look just perfect. My favorite girl scout cookie. :)

Becky Sue said... Best Blogger Tips

YUM! I really want to make these! Oh and btw you are super lucky our GS cookies cost 4 bucks in AZ! Glad I found your blog! I look forward to reading more!

Christi @ Love From The Oven said... Best Blogger Tips

These look delicious! Congrats on making Top 9!

Droplbs4life said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like a awesome recipe! I will try to recreate this weekend. Here is a simple recipe for those yummy girl scouts thin mints loved by all who come into contact with them.

Step 1 Melt Chocolate - mint chocolate chips or mint melting chocolate purchased from a craft store
Step 2 - Cover Ritz Crackers with Melted chocolate one at a time and place on parchment paper
Step 3 - Refrigerate until hard
Step 4 - Eat and save money with a smile for both!

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! Your Samoas look awesome. That's my favorite Girl Scout cookie EVER!!! Nicely done!

The John Family said... Best Blogger Tips

So yummy! Cant wait to make them!

Aunt Tammy said... Best Blogger Tips

Tag-A-Longs are also easy to make. And Oh so yummy. I use Ritz crackers. Spread one cracker with peanut butter. Use a second cracker to make a sandwich. Dip in melted chocolate. Cool on wax paper. Easy as that and Mmmmmm Mmmmmm!!!

Becky said... Best Blogger Tips

It looks like you had a lot fun making these delicious cookies. Congrats on the Top 9

Holly @ Recipes from a Normal Mum said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh these are pretty as a picture. Yum! x

Wilde in the Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Mmm, these are my favorites! Steppy recipe, but the results look totally worthwhile! Thanks for sharing! :)

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea! They look divine and tasty. Congrats on the Top 9 today!

Kim - Liv Life said... Best Blogger Tips

Nicely done!! Samoas are my son's favorites of the Girl Scout selection. I love that we can make them!
Yep... I was one of those girls selling too, and then I became the leader. I had a troop for 5 years and loved watching the girls grow up. I'm hoping that now they are in middle school at least a lesson or two will stick with them. So far I hear that they are still making good choice.
And as for the $$... we are $4 here!!
Congrats on the Top 9!

muppy said... Best Blogger Tips

these look delicious, i like the little hole in the middle!

Food Frenzy said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh boy! I know what will be made at our house. Congrats on the Top 9.

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So Domesticated said... Best Blogger Tips

These look delish... congrats on being featured on Foodbuzz Top 9!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on making the top 9 again! You guys are awesome! Cheryl

little j said... Best Blogger Tips

My box of Samoa cookies disappeared so fast...but if I made these I'd have so much more to eat!! And I'd probably save a few bucks too. Great idea!!

Dina said... Best Blogger Tips

these look way better than the real thing!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

They look great, I have resorted to buying Keebler Coconut Dreams (or something like that) More bang for the buck, but I can usually find them for $3 and there's more than 10 in the box.

Moms of all Trades said... Best Blogger Tips

Tried these today...AMAZING! I subsitutes cocnut for crushed Pretzels... SO good! I am featuring you on our blog! Stop by and grab a button! Thanks so much for sharing

Nichole said... Best Blogger Tips

Those look so good! I made Thin Mints a few years ago, and they were delightful. I paid $4 for a box of them this afternoon. Maybe I should make my own again!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for this great idea! We tried it and had trouble making them look as great as you did! But they tasted so yummy!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Insane coincidence! We just found your recipe on Tastespotter and we made these cookies in SOLLY BASEMENT!

Taylor said... Best Blogger Tips

Samoas are my favorite! I'm currently working my way through a container of Edy's Samoa ice cream...I think these homemade cookies would go perfectly with it :)

Beth said... Best Blogger Tips

I just got my Girl Scout cookies today and was wondering if there was a way to make these at home (since I can...ahem... eat an entire sleeve at once). I will definitely be trying this! So excited:) Thanks!

nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said... Best Blogger Tips

did you sit down and figure out a cost comparison? just wondering...

Pantry Chef said... Best Blogger Tips

Woah there... a chance to have these amazing cookies more than just once a year? Yes, please! Thanks for sharing. My mouth is watering as I type.

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said... Best Blogger Tips

Holy crap, these look wonderful! And we LOVE making things from scratch ourselves to eliminate preservatives, flavorings, and all that artificial garbage. Thank you!! I bookmarked & stumbled this, too!

Lolli said... Best Blogger Tips

Wowzers!! My mom is coming in a few days and you better believe we are making these!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks so good!

However, the profits made from selling Girl Scout cookies does benefit their program. Girls get community service and learn life skills as they develop into fine women.

So I think I will buy a few boxes from them to support their cause, then make these for the rest of the year. Good job :D said... Best Blogger Tips

AH, Perfect! I have been trying to find the real cookies in NYC to celebrate Girl Scout Day, and it's more trouble then you would think! I will be making these today. Happy girl Scout Day!

sparklingsnowflake said... Best Blogger Tips

Being from the UK we don't have all the interesting variations of girl scout cookies as you guys across the pond, but this is a recipe I would love to try out!
I think I lived somewhere kids were selling these, I'd be very very broke! Thanks for sharing, can't wait to try them out :)

Julia said... Best Blogger Tips

oh my gosh that took FOREVER (this may be because i'm not very good at cooking and i'm only a teenager) but oh my goodness they tasted like heaven XD

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AH, Perfect! I have been trying to find the real cookies in NYC to celebrate Girl Scout Da

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I just made these tonight! Wish I could post a photo on here to show everyone... So sooo yummy! Thanks guys! :D

<3, Melissa

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