Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Samoas Knockoff Cookie Bars



If you love Samoa Girl Scout cookies then this easy bar cookie is for you. What an awesome treat. I have to say this is genius easy! Enjoy!



My husband absolutely loved my first batch of Samoas knock off cookies collection I made ( click on the name for the original recipe).  Well I am here to tell you, in the summer when it too hot to think about cooking and heating up the house, these were the best idea yet and they taste pretty darn close to the originals! A little more cookie than usual, and alot more taste! So if your a Samoa lover, this may be your new found favorite.

Cookie Crust

1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Original Recipe for Samoas Knock off cookies


 Caramel Topping

3 cups shredded toasted sweet coconut
1 14 oz bag of unwrapped kraft caramels
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons or more heavy cream

1 1/2 bags of semi sweet chocolate chips or 16 oz of good dark or semisweet chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a 9x13-inch baking pan lined with parchment paper, (this is a must use.)

In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
Gradually add in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly.
Place dough onto lined pan and packing the dough into the space of the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes edges are lightly browned. Cool completely.

In the mean time,  toast coconut on a paper plate in the microwave turning with a spoon every minute until golden brown or on parchment paper in the oven until golden brown on 350 degrees. Set aside and allow to cool.

Unwrap the caramels and place in a large microwave glass bowl with the cream and salt. Microwave and check every minute stirring, till smooth. When smooth, fold in toasted coconut.
Spread the coconut and caramel topping all over the cooled cookie crust evenly. Let cool completely.
(Place in refrigerator for around 25 minutes to firm up for faster results.)

Melt chocolate in microwave stirring every 30 seconds till melted and smooth. Spread the melted chocolate on parchment paper the size of your 13x9 crust.  Slide the crust topped with caramel and coconut off the parchment paper onto the chocolate lined parchment paper. Use a spatula to go up the sides to cover the crust,  Save some of the chocolate to drizzle over the top. I refrigerate mine until firm around 10 minutes. Cut when chocolate is set into squares.

Tip: if you leave them too long in the refrigerator you wont be able to cut them without the bottom chocolate layer falling off. Do cut them when set around 10 minutes after cooling and in the refrigerator. If you have any problems then you can adhere the bottoms with a dab of chocolate frosting.

Method preferred:
I do recommend that you cut them first before the chocolate into squares and dip them individually, the second method works however not as good.

These freeze very well, or I store in the refrigerator cut and leave out around a half hour before serving.

35 comments:

Bo said...

These sound amazing!!!

5 Star Foodie said...

Sounds like a terrific recipe to try!

Belinda @zomppa said...

I concur with your husband!

Lyndsey said...

I absolutely love Samoas, and have to try making thiese! When I was a kid my favorite cookie was called the Yes-Yes cookies and tasted so much likr the Samoas, but a different shape! Yum!

Dzoli said...

My daughter is half Samoan I should know these cookies but i don't.Will make them ,they look delicious;)

Vicki Bensinger said...

Samoas are my absolute favorite. This recipe looks so easy. Do I dare attempt to make it? That's a tough one because I'm the one that will probably eat all of them. Thanks anyway for sharing this recipe. When I can't get into my pants I'll know who to contact!

Claudia said...

My family adores Samoas! Clever you to figure it out! They look scrumptious!

Curt said...

I had to come and see what's cooking at "What's Cookin' Italian Style today.

Those bars look nice and sticky. Yum!

Lizzy said...

YES!!! My favorite GS cookie! And now in bar form! I've been intrigued by the copycat recipes, but never wanted to go to all the work when my family wouldn't eat them. BUT I can make these dreamy bars and freeze them just for me :) Thanks, Claudia!!!

Neha said...

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Cheers

Federica said...

OMG! I didn't know these cookies before. They're absolutely terrific and irresistible, I'm mouthwatering :) Bye, have a great day

Lolly @ Lolly's Sweet Treats said...

These look delicious! Samoas and Thin Mints are my favorite Girl Scout cookies!

Krista said...

Samoas are my favorite from the scouts! Thank you so much for the recipe, I'll have to try these at home! Perhaps make them even better ;)

Drick said...

another winning knockoff.. probably better than the originals... thanks

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Great recipe. Samoas are one of my faves!

Mary said...

These sound other-worldly good. I'm afraid they wouldn't last long in my kitchen. We are not known for restraint. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

lavieenfribourg said...

How I love this caramel topping!

Shia said...

Look out girl scouts!! Every year an attorney I work with has his daughters go around with their cookie sheet and I always get samoas and then have them recommend their favorite. I love these cookies and I am definitely going to try to make them now. Thanks for the receipe!

The Baking Gypsy said...

Love it, Claudia. The caramel topping is scrumptious~ Mmmmm, I would love a few now! :)

xoxo,
Tammy♥

Tina said...

This really is a wonderful recipe. So many of us like the purchased cookie that I am sure a homemade version would be even more delicious. Your picture of those cookies is a winner, along with the recipe. Yum!

Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny said...

Wow these look so delicious!! Gotta love girl scout cookies made from scratch! :)

anthony stemke said...

Wow, love that caramel.

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

These cookie bars look gooey & fabulous!

Reeni said...

I've been wanting to make my own samoas! They look scrumptious!

Alida said...

These are awesome! They look so delicious!

Lo-mo said...

Wow, these look fabulous! At first glance I thought your title said samsosas and I thought...hmmm I don't remember samosas being a cookie, but a closer look lead me to these delicious looking cookies!

Erin said...

Great job on this one Claudia! These are one of my favorites, can't wait to be able to give these a try!

Cindy B. said...

They sound so good. Thanks you for sharing.

Parsley Sage said...

This is a fantastic dessert :) Totally yummy and inspired by one of my favorite savory dishes!

Anne@frommysweetheart said...

Claudia! This is BETTER than the original! I will definitely attempt these! : )

Dawnie @ The Coach's Wife's Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness! I am making these right now... Have you tried it with home-made caramel? We its hard to find caramel here in Sweden. Thanks so much I have been missing girl scout cookie!

girls who like to gorge said...

These look and so good! Perfect rainy afternoon food! x

Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! said...

They look pretty authentic too!

briarrose said...

It's a beautiful addiction. My happy place involved Samoas all year round. ;)

Peggy said...

Samoas are my favorite! I made a bar that's very similar to this and they always seem to disappear way too fast!