3.22.2011

Copy Cat Girl Scout Samoas Recipe

Yesterday I posted about simple foods, I do encourage those, I also encourage making homemade treats for your family. I can't bring myself to buy Girl Scout Cookies, I'm not a scrooge, I just don't think the Girl Scouts receive enough money from the sale of them. It's like those fundraiser programs where you buy "stuff" and the school receives a "portion" of the sale. I'd rather just make a donation to the organization than buy "stuff", I have enough "stuff" thankyouverymuch.

Enter the Homemade Copy Cat Girl Scout Samoas recipe. I actually saw a mention of a recipe somewhere a few weeks ago and thought "ohhh yeah" except it was a whole lot of making cookies and dipping in toppings and stuff, this recipe is an easy bar cookie version. At the time I saw the recipe I was still slogging through the legions of girls being pushed at shoppers exiting the store by their mothers. The frantic "Buy some cookies?" floating through the air and the exasperated "NO" from many more potential buyers than "Yes". I feel for the girls selling them, I really do, at the same time I still don't buy their cookies. Instead I make my own, while I'm at it I really should write out a check to Girl Scouts of America for the past 20 years of NOT buying cookies.

Copy Cat Girl Scout Samoas Cookie Recipe

shortbread cookie base
1 cup cold butter
2 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup dried coconut, not the moistened kind but the dried kind from the health food section

whirl the butter, flour, sugar and salt in a food processor
they will clump up a bit but won't make a "real" dough, that's OK
simply press the crumbles firmly into an 11x7 baking pan
then sprinkle on the dried coconut, press to adhere
bake for 20-22 minutes

meanwhile make the caramel topping
in a heavy sauce pan over medium heat cook together:
3/4 cup of butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoons corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
cook and stir, always stirring
until it boils
then reduce heat and simmer for 7 minutes, keep stirring, don't stop!
remove from heat until cookie base comes out
then make the chocolate topping
chocolate drizzle topping
1/2 cup chocolate chips**
1 teaspoon of butter
melt gently together
set aside until cookie base comes out

when the cookie base comes out use a big flat spatula to drizzle the caramel over the cookie, you as much as you like, I used about 1/2 to 3/4 quarters of the caramel, the rest can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days
then drizzle the chocolate over the top making sure to get the chocolate kind of evenly distributed
cool in the fridge for at least an hour then cut into bars
store in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container

chocolate, coconut, caramel oh yeah!

**We have one in our house who doesn't like chocolate (FREAK) so I made these a little light on the chocolate, you could definitely make these with more.


Why can't the Girl Scouts sell cookies like I did? Can't their dads take them to the Moose Club, set them up on stool and direct his friends to buy their cookies like mine did? SO easy, #1 seller every year.
 

Peace and Love--




my faithful helper Jakey Boy, helping me protect the cookies and find some good light...dreamer


7 comments:

  1. I love that you called your son a freak.

    I was also the #1 seller every year! Even made it into the newspaper a few times (huge deal!!). My dad didn't take me to the Moose Club tho- he took me to the fish n tackle shop and the hardware store. Still my trick to date if I have to sell something! Bypass the women- go for the men, they'll never say no if it's a girl (young or old) selling - no matter what the product!

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  2. These look so good! I'm definitely making them at some point....

    Frugally Green Mom

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  3. I'm a sucker for their THin Mints. It's the one cookie of theirs that I really like and don't mind paying for.

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  4. This recipe looks so much easier than the ones I posted. Mine are liek the ones you were talking about where you dip and so on... I like this one!!! Thanks!

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  5. I buy as a way of donating, but I may try your recipe because this is my favorite cookie.

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