Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Samoas!

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Homemade Girl Scout Cookies #recipe: Samoas from @katrinaskitchen at www.inkatrinaskitchen.com

The neighbor girl came knocking a couple of weeks ago and I got a little excited when I opened the door and saw she had that infamous order form in hand. I yelled back to the other room where my husband was and asked him what kind he wanted to which he quickly replied, “Thin Mints and the lemon ones.” Happily I checked the boxes on the form and sent the little girl on her way.

Then it happened. The thoughts came slowly at first but then more strongly as the night wore on… SAMOAS!!! WHY DIDN’T I ORDER THE SAMOAS?!?!? Well, a few days of that is enough to drive a girl crazy so naturally I had to set out to make my own. I found a recipe and tweaked it to my liking. Turn your oven on to 350 and let’s get started! First you toast up some coconut. I did it right on my stove top because coconut burns easily and I wanted to keep my eye on it. You can do it in the oven if you want or even the microwave.

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies #recipe: Samoas from @katrinaskitchen at www.inkatrinaskitchen.com

You start with a pretty basic shortbread recipe. This dough came together beautifully and it was so easy to handle.

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies #recipe: Samoas from @katrinaskitchen at www.inkatrinaskitchen.com

Roll between 2 pieces of wax paper and cut out circles. I was going for an authentic look so I cut out the middle hole. You could do the same or you could just stick with circles.

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies #recipe: Samoas from @katrinaskitchen at www.inkatrinaskitchen.com

Then you mix up the coconut topping and spread it on the shortbread. At this point my 4-year-old foodie came in the kitchen and said with urgency in his voice, “Mom! Why are you putting that nasty salsa on the cookies?” I told him it was coconut. His reply was, “Coconut salsa, huh? Well, okay.” Oh how I love that kid!

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies #recipe: Samoas from @katrinaskitchen at www.inkatrinaskitchen.com

Moving on – Dip the bottoms of these in some chocolate and another drizzle on top and voila! Who knows…you may even be able to pull off $3.50 if you take them next door with an order form in hand. Congratulations! You just earned yourself a baker’s patch for your sash.

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies #recipe: Samoas from @katrinaskitchen at www.inkatrinaskitchen.com

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Samoas

Buttery shortbread cookies topped with coconut and drizzled with chocolate- a girl scout cookie copycat


  • Cookies
  • 1 cup butter soft
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • up to 2 tbsp milk
  • Topping:
  • 3 cups shredded coconut sweetened or unsweetened
  • 12- oz good-quality chewy caramels
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 8 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate chocolate chips are ok


  • Cookies:
  • Preheat oven to 350F. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt at a low speed, followed by the vanilla and milk, adding in the milk as needed to make the dough come together without being sticky (it’s possible you might not need to add milk at all). The dough should come together into a soft, not-too-sticky ball. Add in a bit of extra flour if your dough is very sticky.
  • Roll the dough (working in two or three batches) out between pieces of wax paper to about 1/4-inch thickness (or slightly less) and use a 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter to make rounds. Place on a baking sheet and cut a smaller center hole. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until bottoms are lightly browned and cookies are set. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Topping:
  • Toast coconut over medium heat on your stove top until golden. Cool, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  • Unwrap the caramels and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk and salt. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir a few times to help the caramel melt. When smooth, fold in toasted coconut with a spatula.
  • Using a small offset spatula or spoon, spread topping on cooled cookies, using about 2-3 tsp per cookie. Reheat caramel for a few seconds in the microwave if it gets too firm to work with.
  • While topping sets up, melt chocolate in a small bowl. Heat on high in the microwave in 45 second intervals, stirring thoroughly to prevent scorching. Dip the base of each cookie into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment paper. Transfer all remaining chocolate (or melt a bit of additional chocolate, if necessary) into a piping bag or a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle finished cookies with chocolate.
  • Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.
- Katrina

45 Responses to “Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Samoas!”

  1. #
    BigFatBaker — February 27, 2011 at 2:55 am

    YUM!!! Samoas are one of my favorite girl scout cookies. I was just telling my bf that I was craving some girl scout cookies, but making your own sounds like a much better idea. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. #
    Dulce Dough — February 27, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Wow! Great job on these! I love the little GS sash too!

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    Terra — February 27, 2011 at 2:58 am

    YUM!!!! I found a recipe the other day for shortbread cookies. Now I really have a reason to make them;) I love love Samoas! My favorite Girl Scout cookie, but I stopped eating any Girl Scout cookie about 3 years ago. Soooo now I may need to enjoy this recipe to get my Samoas fix fulfilled:)
    Take care,

  4. #
    Julie higgins — February 27, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Those look amazing! Can’t wait to give them a try!

  5. #
    Stephanie — February 27, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Yay! Making homemade samoas has been on my to-do list for forever! Bookmarking this to try soon. They look great!

  6. #
    Kimberly — February 27, 2011 at 4:59 am

    Haha! Oh your story had me laughing SO hard, I had to read it to my hubby! So adorable. I can totally see my own son saying something along those lines too. Those look incredible, I too forgot to order my Samoas this year, I may just have to make a batch of these!!!

  7. #
    mycookingdiarys — February 27, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Wow! those looks mouthwatering!!! thanks for sharing.

  8. #
    Katrina — February 27, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I would LOVE it if you all made these! Stop by my Facebook page to post a picture of them when you do!

  9. #
    GillyCakes — February 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    So adorable! I’m glad I have another great blog to add to my line-up! We shall see if we have “twin-posts” again, soon!! 🙂


  10. #
    Becky — February 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Great job with those cookies. I like Samoas, too, so I may just have to make a batch. I bet your son liked, once they were done!

  11. #
    Joy — February 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Oh my goodness! I’ve never heard of samoas, up here we only have chocolate and white Girl Scout cookies. Maybe they are worried about the kids freezing under the load of too many cookies? My ignorance will not stop me, your ingenuity has my curious piqued. The caramel may have helped.

  12. #
    Kate @ Diethood.com — February 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    This is my favorite girl scout cookie! Oh my goodness, I could eat these day and night. Thank you sooo much for the recipe…I will get to them asap!

  13. #
    Susan — February 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I am SOOO making these this week on cookie day! Inspired and so cool! Love the little Junior sash! You rock!

  14. #
    Christina — February 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    These look fantastic! Too funny about the “coconut salsa” !
    You’ve surely earned a baking badge for these! Well done!

  15. #
    sara @ CaffeIna — February 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I love Samoas! Thanks for sharing the recipe

  16. #
    Chef Dennis — February 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Katrina
    you certainly picked the right cookie to make! The girl scouts sell so many delicious varieties…but the Samoas are by far the best!
    thanks for sharing the recipe with us

  17. #
    S. — February 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Hilarious… I posted my Samoas adventure, too.

  18. #
    Angie's Recipes — February 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Those cookies look fantastic! Recipe bookmarked!
    Coconut salsa :-)) that doesn’t sound too bad.

  19. #
    Amy — February 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    These look amazing! I bet they are even better than the storebought by far!

  20. #
    Happy When Not Hungry — February 28, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I love Samoas and yours look amazing! I’ve never thought to make these homemade, but I’ll definitely have to try!

  21. #
    Elyse @ The Cultural Dish — February 28, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Samoas are my favorite! I have a box in my kitchen now! 🙂

    I am giving you the “One Lovely Blog” Award that you can get here: https://theculturaldish.blogspot.com/2011/02/traditional-irish-soda-bread.html

  22. #
    Carolyn — February 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I can’t believe you forgot the samoas either, they are the best ones! Except now I am rather glad you did, because lookit the yummy homemade version.

  23. #
    Manu — February 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I have never eaten these, but the do look delicious! I really like your blog Katrina… so I am passing on a “One lovely Blog Award” to you. You can retrieve it here: https://www.manusmenu.com/first-event-and-second-award
    Have a lovely day!

  24. #
    Coco — February 28, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    This is an awesome post! I was laughing when I read this because just the other day my boyfriend and I hunted down the girl scouts after noticing a very discrete sign posted on a corner. After I got out of the car I glanced back and yelled what he wanted and he also yelled back “thin mints”, while I made a mental note to buy “the lemon ones”. So, I picked out the boxes, paid the delightful little scouts, and we were on our way. Ten minutes later we both simultaneously realized we also forgot Samoas!!! LOL. Nice to know we aren’t the only ones to have suffered at the hands of Samoas. Also nice to know we can try making our own! Thank you for this post!

  25. #
    Simply Life — February 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Oh WOW! these look way to good! You might put the girl scouts out of business!

  26. #
    A little bit of everything — March 1, 2011 at 4:52 am

    my husband’s favorite are thin mints too :))
    your samoas cookies look heavenly delicious. thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  27. #
    Anzelle @ Scrambledpancakes — March 1, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I’ve never heard of these before, but they sound amazing! I’ll have to make them… another item for my “things to bake” list.

  28. #
    Rosemary — March 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Oh I love these! Have to bake them soon; Lent’s coming and this is a sweet-free house for six weeks! (I could probably eat the coconut salsa by itself!)

  29. #
    Laura — March 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Somoas are my favorite Girl Scout cookie. I’ve seen several recipes for homemade Somoas lately, but yours looks the most authentic to the original. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe in the near future.

  30. #
    Priyanka — March 1, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Loved your blog…….its just so cute

  31. #
    whatsfordinneracrossstatelines — March 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I just finished mine, I bought from those adorable little girl scouts. So when I need my fix, I know where to go.

  32. #
    Chris's Gourmet Fashion — March 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    These are my daughter’s favorite girl scout cookies. We usually just wait for the delivery from our neighbor … not sure I want to let her know I have the recipe … I may never have peace again! No seriously I really have to try these, thanks for sharing!

  33. #
    Dina @ The Dish and The Dirt — March 4, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Katrina, I will take that nasty salsa anytime. You nailed it on the head with this post and your Thin Mints post (my husband’s favorite and then my favorite). I love that this can be a year round treat and that I can control the ‘process’ (as in, unnatural processed foods) with these. My boys would love these (well, maybe not my 7 month old but that’s only b/c he doesn’t have any teeth yet).

  34. #
    Care — March 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Seriously! The Girl Scout banner thing got me! I found this blog due to Foodbuzz (congrats, by the way) But I decided this place was a keeper when I saw the Banner on the cookie! You are my type of character!!!! Can’t wait to check out your entire blog!

  35. #
    Katrina — March 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Ha ha! That cracks me up! I guess I’m goofy like that to put a girl scout sash on my cookie!! ha ha! I’m glad you liked it anyways! ♥

  36. #
    3rdfloorbakes — March 8, 2011 at 2:08 am

    So funny! I used the cap of my vanilla bottle too! And I thought I was the only one…

  37. #
    SnoWhite — March 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    These look great! Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe like this.

  38. #
    Katrina — March 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Hello Katrina,

    I do not own a microwave, any tips on how to improvise with the caramel. Can I do this on the stove?


  39. #
    Katrina — March 26, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Yes – you can most certainly do this on the stovetop on low heat. There are also recipes for homemade caramel but I went the easy route. GOod luck! ♥- K

  40. #
    Stacey — April 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Only $3.50 huh. In my area of the country GS Cookies are $4 a box. My son who just left for boot camp loves Samoas! He’s love these.

  41. #
    Angela @ Mind Over Batter — April 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout cookie, but I’ve steered clear after I once read the calorie count on the box. I’m going to fool myself into thinking there are no calories in these cookies. No box, no calories, right?

  42. #
    gastronomic nomad — May 7, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Katrina, I think I love you for sharing thus recipe of a home-made samoa. No girl scouts come a-knockin’ on my door in New York. Why is that? This just made my day a little brighter.

  43. #
    Juliana — June 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I’ve never posted on your blog before, but I have been looking at your recipes for a while. I actually used your recipe and adapted it to make homemade samoa doughnuts for breakfast. I posted the recipe on my blog. They were delicious! Thanks for sharing and the inspiration!


  44. #
    Teresa — March 25, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I made these tonight and had a snag with the topping. I may have cooked it too long, or it may have been the type of caramel I used. I had kraft caramel “bits”, not the individually wrapped candies. The topping melted up nicely, it tasted great out of the pot and it worked well on the cookies. But, after it was cooled completely, it was hard as a rock and broke off the cookie. I am going to try the recipe again with wrapped candies and hope it stays gooey.

  45. #
    Sandra Lappe — March 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I may just have to make these yet today! Ya wouldn’t by chance have the recipe for any other Girl Scout cookies would you?

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