Homemade Girl Scout Cookies – Samoas Bars

These homemade girl scout cookies samoas bars are the perfect cookie substitute. So simple to make and packed full of coconut, caramel and chocolate flavor.

These homemade girl scout samoas cookie bars are better than the original! Easy to make and totally delicious!

I love love love love girl scout cookies.  I swear. I could eat a box at a time.  I probably shouldn’t admit to that….

Anyway, now that we have established that I love girl scout cookies I’m also betting that there are others out there who love them as much as I do.  My favorite one of their cookies is hands down the Samoas.  They have such a delicious crunchy bottom topped with a chewy coconut topping.  Plus not to mention the addition of chocolate…yum!

I have been eying Baking Bites homemade samoas bars recipe for over a year. I’m not sure why it took me so long to make these gems but I finally got around to it yesterday.  Amazing. Horribly amazing. The reason I say “horribly” is because all I wanted to do was eat them last night. I had to stop myself at two and boxed the rest up for Mr.NN to take to work. I was not going to be left home with all those bars today….it would not have been good….

These homemade samoas bars are packed full of cookie flavor. Easy to make and totally delicious in every single way.


Homemade Girl Scout Cookies - Samoas Bars

These homemade girl scout cookies samoas bars are the perfect cookie substitute. So simple to make and packed full of coconut, caramel and chocolate flavor.

Yield: 30 bars


For Cookie Base:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For Topping:

  • 3 cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • 12 ounces chewy caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 10 ounces dark chocolate chips


For cookie crust:
First, make the crust.
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly, like wet sand. The dough does not need to come together. Pour crumbly dough into prepapred pan and press into an even layer.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until base is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack before topping.

For topping:
Preheat oven to 300. Spread coconut evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet (preferably one with sides) and toast 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden. Cool on baking sheet, 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.
Put dollops of the topping all over the shortbread base. Using the spatula, spread topping into an even layer. Let topping set until cooled.
When cooled, cut into 30 bars with a large knife or a pizza cutter (it’s easy to get it through the topping).
Once bars are cut, 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 bar into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment or wax paper. Transfer all remaining chocolate (or melt a bit of additional chocolate, if necessary) into a piping bag or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle bars with chocolate to finish.
Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.

These homemade girl scout samoas cookie bars are better than the original! Easy to make and packed full of caramel, chocolate and coconut flavor!


29 Responses to “Homemade Girl Scout Cookies – Samoas Bars”

  1. #
    Emily Malloy @Cleanliness — February 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Just wondering.. Will you move in with me?

    Just so we can team up and bake all of the time.

  2. #
    Faith — February 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Great recipe! This is my #1 fav girl scout cookie…I’d love to make my own! 🙂

  3. #
    Barbara — February 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    If I could write this is small letters, I would: I’ve never eaten samoas. I know, I know. But we always have loved the mint ones.
    These sure look good though. Wonder if we have been missing something??

  4. #
    Veronica — February 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    These are my favorite Girl Scout cookie too! I’m saving this! P.S. Did you take the pics in your light box? They’re amazing!

  5. #
    Shelby — February 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    The Samoas are Grumpy’s favorite GS cookie out there….I would be scared to death to have these in the house because they probably wouldn’t last a day!

  6. #
    Delishhh — February 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    These cookies are the reason i do not like to get Girl Scout Cookies. However, my husband came home the other day with 6 boxes :). These are my favorite and this bar looks AMAZING!

  7. #
    Keeley — February 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    These look even better than the Girl Scout cookies. We need to hang out… seriously!

  8. #
    Joanne — February 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Man I haven’t had a girl scout cookie in FOREVER. And THAT is a crying shame. These bars look like the perfect way to relive my childhood girl scout experience!

  9. #
    Amanda — February 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    These looks soooo good! I made the somoa cookies once and they were a huge pain to make, but tasted oh so good. Bars would have been much easier!

  10. #
    Kristy — February 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Those look amazing, they are my fav girl scout cookies! Can’t wait to give them a try!!!

  11. #
    Blond Duck — February 24, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Oh my God. I’m going to replace the chocolate with PB and get so fat.

  12. #
    Reeni — February 24, 2011 at 8:02 am

    These look incredibly addicting and definitely hard to stop eating! Can’t wait to make them!

  13. #
    Katerina — February 24, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Totally decadent, I have never heard of these but I would love to try them!

  14. #
    Mandi — February 24, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Now this is what I’m talkin about =) Samoas are by far my fave girl scout cookie! I am definitely bookmarking this one! Thanks!!

  15. #
    Mimi — February 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    My kids loves these as much as the real deal.

  16. #
    Erica — February 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    GORGEOUS! I think these look better than the cookies. We ordered a few boxes of GS cookies this year- I can’t say no to adorable little girls.

  17. #
    theUngourmet — February 25, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I never can resist Girl Scout cookies either. Samoas are one of my favorites! These look fantastic! 😉

  18. #
    Dana - Food for Thought — February 25, 2011 at 11:28 am

    So funny… I just came across this recipe today! It looks so amazing… I was a girl scout for years, and still have a special place in my heart for samoas!

  19. #
    doggybloggy — February 25, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    these look perfect – now make the chocolate mint cookies and tell me where to meet you….I can get to inwood if you like.

  20. #
    grace — February 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    the price is right for these, that’s for sure! plus, i tend to like bars better than cookies anyway–you can cut whatever size you want at the time! 🙂

  21. #
    foodlady — February 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Where did I do wrong?

    I had two problems. Some shortbread separated from the caramel when I cut the bars and then on others it just crumbled when I tried to dip them. I iced the chocolate on the bottom. I am guessing they will taste great, but looks not so good

    • becky replied: — March 1st, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

      I had that same problem, foodlady. Wondering what I can do differently next time to keep it from happening.

  22. #
    Diana @ a girl, a dog and an oven — March 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    These were amazing – I made them for a party and everyone loved them! Thank you!


    • nutmegnanny replied: — March 27th, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad they were a big hit 🙂

  23. #
    NO REASON NEEDED — November 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    These mustn’t be available in Canada, I’ve never seen them.

  24. #
    Judy — September 7, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    I just made these! Thanks so much for the recipe. It was time-consuming but fun! My coconut/caramel mixture was a little drier than I expected, but it stuck to the cookie layer just fine. I used milk chocolate on the bottom, but it didn’t set up as easily, so I switched to semi-sweet chocolate for the decoration on top.

  25. #
    misty — February 8, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Made these today and they tasted great!


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