Easy Homemade Samoas {Girl Scout Cookie Recipe} (2024)

by Jess MillionMoments

So you know that decision I made last month to get back into my healthy eating groove? Well, it is going fantastically. I feel better, I have more energy, I completely cut out soda from my diet, I’m making all kinds of smart food choices and best of all, I’m wearing jeans I haven’t seen since before the kids were born. Hooray! So I’m sure you are probably wondering why in the heck I’ve got a giant picture of chocolate and caramel temptations going on here. Well, here’s the thing. The key to staying on track is not to completely restrict yourself – you need to balance it with little treats and rewards here and there or else you’ll go crazy. I am pretty much obsessed with Girl Scout cookies, so naturally with it being that time of year I keep fighting off my temptation to buy a gazillion boxes of Samoas and scarf them down in one sitting. But that won’t do me any good, will it? I’m certainly not prepared to let all my hard work go down the drain for a box of cookies. So I decided to make my own version with all natural ingredients and less sugar and oh my gosh, they are amazing. So here you go, my surprisingly easy take on Samoa Girl Scout cookies. Enjoy! (But don’t overdo it.)

These will probably take you around an hour start to finish, but if you’re short on time you can either make your shortbread and come back to it later, or use store bought shortbread cookies if you really want. The shortbread recipe I’m using is a classic that I grew up with and it is really similar to the pie crust method I use with a few subtle differences. It holds up really nicely to the layers and melted chocolate without crumbling and makes around 18 cookies.

Homemade Samoas

For the shortbread portion:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks of butter – softened
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk

First preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix your butter and sugar in a stand mixer using a medium speed. Don’t worry if you don’t have a mixer, you can still do it by hand. Next add in your flour, baking powder, vanilla and milk. Sprinkle some flour onto a cutting board or other surface and roll out your dough, making sure to keep sprinkling flour over it so it doesn’t stick.

Now cut out your cookies. You can use a cookie cutter if you have one, but I don’t so I shaped mine using a small cup and the end of a piping tip for the hole. Bake them for 10-12 minutes.

Set them aside to cool and start on your topping mixture. Here is what you need:

  • one bag of sweetened coconut
  • half a bag (around 5 oz) of caramels
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • dark chocolate baking chips

Spread your coconut out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and stick it in the oven for 10 minutes, taking it out halfway through to mix it up. When it comes out it will be golden brown, toasted and smell amazing!

Melt your caramel and milk together in the microwave according to package directions, then lightly mix in your coconut. Spread the mixture onto your cookies with a spoon (and probably your fingers because caramel is sticky). Oh my gosh they look delicious already!

Next melt your chocolate in the microwave and divide it in half. Spread half of it onto a small plate andspoon the rest into a plastic sandwich bag (or piping bag if you’re feeling fancy) and cut off a small portion of a corner. Dip the bottom of each cookie into the chocolate and set them on a baking mat.

Make the famous stripes on top of your cookies using your bagged chocolate and give everything ten minutes or so to harden.

Now you’re finished! Aren’t they just amazing?

These are really delicious and taste just like the real deal. I hope you made enough to share, because these will go super quickly once the word is out! Store them at room temperature and they should stay fresh for 3-4 days. I personally love cold desserts so I like to refrigerate all my cookies. These are great in ice cream, sprinkled on top of a cheesecake and so much more!

Easy Homemade Samoas {Girl Scout Cookie Recipe} (2024)


What are Samoa Girl Scout Cookies made of? ›

Just imagine a buttery shortbread base piled high with a mix of toasted coconut and caramel that's dunked and drizzled in dark chocolate. The result is a homemade take on the iconic Girl Scout cookie, ordinarily only available a few months out of the year.

What are the ingredients in Girl Scout Cookies? ›


Why did they rename Samoa? ›

The names and recipes of four popular cookies are distinct because of business contracts between local Girl Scout Councils and the bakeries, whose recipes and ingredients differ. Across most of North Carolina, Girl Scouts sell cookies produced by ABC Bakers.

How many cookies are in a Girl Scout box of Samoas? ›

Samoas contain about 15 cookies per box.

What flavor are Samoa cookies? ›

Also known as Caramel deLites, Samoas are vanilla cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and laced with chocolate stripes.

What is the new Girl Scout cookie for 2024? ›

The 2024 lineup includes classics such as Thin Mints®, Samoas®/Caramel deLites®, Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs®, Adventurefuls® and other fan favorites. “When people buy Girl Scout Cookies, they're buying so much more than cookies.

What are the discontinued Girl Scout cookies? ›

14 Discontinued Girl Scout Cookies That Are Gone Forever
  • Raspberry Rally. This little treat occupies a unique spot in Girl Scout cookie history. ...
  • All Abouts. ...
  • Dulce de Leche. ...
  • Animal Treasures. ...
  • Juliettes. ...
  • Olé Olés. ...
  • Thanks-A-Lot. ...
  • Lemon Chalet Crèmes.
Feb 10, 2024

What is the healthiest Girl Scout cookies? ›

Shortbread and trefoils: They were the lowest in calories per cookie (30 and 32 calories, respectively), and lowest in saturated fat and added sugars. Thin mints: They have just 40 calories a cookie and only slightly more saturated fat and added sugars than No.

Do Girl Scout cookies taste different in 2024? ›

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, which has troops in western Ohio and southeastern Indiana, changed bakers for the 2024 season. Each baker makes their own Girl Scout Cookies, which means iconic favorites may differ in flavor and name – and new, specialty cookies are now available.

Are Samoas and Caramel deLites the same? ›

Samoas are made by Little Brownie Bakers, while ABC Bakers produces Caramel deLites. Each cookie uses similar ingredients, but measurements vary. Those slight differences result in Caramel deLites having a higher cookie to caramel ratio.

Do we still own Samoa? ›

Samoa is an independent island country in the South Pacific Ocean, while American Samoa is a U.S. territory and unincorporated organized territory of the United States. They are located near each other in the Pacific Ocean but have different government and economy.

Why are Samoas called Caramel deLites? ›

Upon further research, which admittedly has not been confirmed by the Girl Scouts (or any other parties involved for that matter), it appears that the two names for the same Girl Scout cookie boils down to a good old fashioned trademark claim.

Who owns Girl Scout Cookies? ›

The corporations that own the two bakeries – ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers – with the Girl Scout Cookie contracts. ABC Bakers is owned by Interbake Foods, and Little Brownie Bakers is owned by Italian confection maker, Ferrero.

What is the most popular Girl Scout Cookie? ›

The best-selling Girl Scout Cookies are:
  • Thin Mints®
  • Caramel deLites®/Samoas®
  • Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs®
  • Adventurefuls®
  • Peanut Butter Sandwich /Do-si-dos®

How much were Girl Scout Cookies in 1980? ›

A shift in pricing strategy (1970s-1980s)

Some councils tried out tiered pricing, offering deals for buying in bulk or asking a bit more for those extra-special cookie varieties. Cookies usually went for between $1 to $1.25 per box. By the 1980s, prices varied, with some boxes going for $1.50.

What is in a Girl Scout Samoa? ›

The key parts of a Samoa (or Caramel DeLite, as they are also called) are the: Shortbread cookie base. Carmel Coating. Toasted Coconut.

Are Samoa's Girl Scout cookies healthy? ›

Raspberry Rally: The latest addition to the Girl Scout menu is the second unhealthiest with 80 calories per cookie. Samoas: It's one of the classics on the menu and the unhealthiest. While it's lower in calories (75 per cookie) than the Rasberry Rally, Samoas have 6g of sugar per cookie.

What do Samoa Girl Scout cookies taste like? ›

It deftly balances coconut, chocolate and caramel with a soft cookie crust. Samoas are really the only Girl Scout cookies with a classically chewy texture, and they're also a bit sticky if you break them in half.

Are samoas made by Keebler? ›

Little Brownie, a division of Keebler, has been making Girl Scout cookies since the late 1970s. Their cookies have somewhat less descriptive, yet equally recognizable names like Samoas and Tagalongs.

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