Samoas Cookie Cups

Let’s talk “weird” compliments for a sec.

I’m positive you’ve probably gotten one, and probably given one, too.

Often, they’re accidentally given (I’m assuming) because no one PLANS to be a bitch when they wake up, do they? (Don’t answer that honestly).

But sometimes, on the occasion you abandoned your nice panties in favor of some angry, bitchy underoos, there are times when these weird compliments are decidedly calculated and planned out.

Consider them the thong underwear of compliments. You know what you’re getting into when you say it, despite any discomfort, pain or the like. You are aware of the repercussions (and let’s be honest, there are some) yet you don’t care. You’re thongin’ it today and telling people rude stuff all sandwiched crazy-like.

For instance, the usual “You look tired today” weird compliment.

Usually, I *think* people mean it to be innocent–almost like they’re reaching out to you in a caring way like, “you look tired” which means you “ARE tired” which secretly means “I can relate to your tiredness because I, too, am tired or I was and know the feeling of having to do something when you’re tired.” Instead, it comes out kind of like this: “You look tired” with a secret, off-beat meaning of “you REALLY look tired. In the five seconds after I said that I noticed all of ten crusties in your eyes, a small trail of dried drool off your lower lip and you basically look like you got zero sleep last night on a bed of nails.”


Or there’s what I used to get when I had my crazy-dyed hair: “Your hair is awfully bright!” Usually from older folk or conservative peeps, I let it roll off my shoulders even though its secret meaning was more than likely: “Girl, you look like a blind four-year-old took paint in the middle of the night, molested your hair with rainbows and made you look inappropriate and improper in public. Also, where are your parents, you should be wearing a nun costume and not green hair.”

Since I ditched the colorful hair, I still wear the (outlandish) clothes. Anything Betsey Johnson is game in my book, and if I can throw in funky jewelry, sky-high platforms and my dresses twirl, even better.

Yet, in our community, Abercrombie, Gilly Hicks and Juicy Couture reign supreme. If you can spend the same amount of money on a single pair of jeans as you could an entire wardrobe for you, your husband and kids at H&M, then you’re golden ’round these parts. The shorter the shorts, flippier the flops and more orange you can be, even better.

Soooo here’s me, pale as a ghost, wearing lace tights and American Flag platform boots with necklaces janglin’ around my neck–the antithesis of the average girl on campus. And instead of just sneering and walking away, some feel the need to do the weird compliment.

“Well that’s an interesting outfit.” Or: “you certainly have an eclectic taste in clothes!”

Read: “why can’t you just throw on this sweatshirt from PINK and some ass-shorts from Abercrombie and be normal and orange like the rest of us? God, you look like a psychotic character from Alice in Wonderland and I may or may not be moderately frightened by your differences in appearance. Also, you look weird.”

While most of the time, my gut instinct is to react equally bitterly back to them: “awh, thanks SO kindly for telling me I look like crap. I’m so glad you felt the need to point out the bags under my eyes and the fact that I got about three hours of sleep last night. I figured since you brought it up I’d let you know, too, that you also look like you could use about seventy cups of coffee and probably a face lift. Have a great day!” but instead, I usually just smile, say “yep!” and walk away.

It’s the nice thing to do when people act weird.

I only wish people were nice to me when I acted weird, because that’d mean people would be nice to me 24/7. And perhaps they’d bake me these Samoas Cookie Cups because nice people bake weird people these cups. Fact.

What is a Samoas Cookie Cup? Well, I’m assuming since we’re friends you also have a love affair with Samoas cookies. And if I know anything about all you guys, is that you love peanut butter cups. Sooo I kinda took the idea of a PB cup but threw in a cookie and some toasted coconut and caramel because that’s what good friends do for one another. You scratch my back, I scratch yours. Or the cookie cups will. Well, unless you don’t like food on your back in which case can we stop talking about this; something has turned awkward.

I’ll shut up now.

Samoas Cookie Cups

1 pkg chocolate almond bark
About 12 Vanilla Wafer cookies
1 pkg caramels, unwrapped
2 Tbsp milk
1 & 1/2 cups shredded coconut, toasted
Sea salt, for sprinkling

1. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, microwave the almond bark according to package directions, stirring until smooth and melted.
2. Take about a Tablespoon of chocolate and spoon it into each muffin cup. Spread it along the sides of the muffin cup, about halfway up, and along the bottom evenly. Drop a cookie in the bottom of each cup. Repeat until all cups are filled and set the remaining chocolate aside for topping.
3. Melt the caramels, milk and a dash of salt in the microwave for about a minute. Stir, then zap for another 30 seconds or so until completely melted and smooth. Stir in the toasted coconut until combined.
4. Place a heaping Tablespoon or two of the caramel coconut mixture on top of each cookie cup. Repeat until all cups are topped with the caramel coconut mixture.
5. Lastly, take the remaining chocolate and spoon it over each filled cookie cup, ensuring the chocolate coats the tops and sides of the cookie cups, covering the mixture completely. Immediately sprinkle the tops of the coated cups with sea salt, if desired.
6. Place the cups in the fridge or freezer for about 30 minutes to harden the chocolate, then bring back to room temperature before eating. These keep for about 3 days when stored airtight at room temperature.

Reese’s PB Cups, watch your back. A new cup is in town and it is buttery, salty, sweet, and absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS. You know you wanna take a stroll down Samoas Cup lane. The Reese’s won’t mind one bit.

Have a wonderful day!

xo, Hayley

Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! to my amazing Grandpa Tom and to my amazing 6-year old baby boy, Mannie! Two of the sweetest men in my life–have an amazing day!


  1. Mmmm…these look and sound delicious! I can’t wait to make these! I made your Almond Joy bars and posted about them today. They were yummy!

  2. Hahaha, the worst ‘compliment’ that I receive, almost on a weekly basis, is, “Oh wow, you’re really short eh?” Like I hadn’t noticed! It’s just irritating, because there’s not much I can do to change it, unless I walk around in 6 inch heels all the time!

    But I just nod and try to smile, while all the while shooting them death glares when they turn away -_-

    But these look delicious! 🙂

    • Oh man, I can only imagine shorter and taller people get weird compliments like that ALL the time. Thankfully I’m in the middle so no one ever points out my average height–though that’d be obnoxious! Death glares work wonders 🙂

  3. So, BION, I rarely eat candy bars. I would eat a ton of these little lovely creations of your, however…And, I don’t even like Samoas. No joke. These are so creative and Reese’s just better watch their step, or two. Nicely done, Hayley! 🙂

  4. I have a coworker who comes to my office at least once a week to tell me how “tired” I look. Gee, THANKS.

    But these cookie cups would probably perk me right up. Ohemgee…these look sooooo good! And your pictures are just amazing! I can almost taste these through the screen!

    • EWWW I seriously HATE the “you look tired” compliment the most. So rude! You should make these for your office, scream loudly you did, and when she comes to get one, tell her she looks like she isn’t ready for bikini season yet and eat one in front of her. Wow, that was really mean… but whatever, more Samoas cups for you and no more snarky comments from her. Win-win! Yay!

  5. You’re a super genius! These are awesome. Weird comments…get them all the time, mostly in the form of “do you work?” or “you only have one kid?” Um, I don’t know, is cleaning the toilet work? It’s not? Great! I can stop doing it now. 🙂

    • Anything that involves cleaning a toilet, a house, or taking care of a child is work in my book! I don’t have kids, but having had to previously babysit them and having been one, I know we’re not easy folks 🙂 ugh, people are so dumb sometimes!

  6. I agree worst comment…oh you are a stay at home mom…so what do you do all day? Mostly I tell them yup I sit on my lazy butt all day eating bon bons and watching shows. LOL! They just stare at me funny like. Hey someone has to clean the toilet and do all the mountains of laundry. So what if I can bake a billion cookies while I do that!!! Now these cookie cups…those are totally rocking my socks off tonight!!! Love it!!!

  7. Desi Lou says:

    Do u know if substituting almond milk I in place of milk will work? Or will it change the consistency?( instant pudding doesn’t ever set when made with almond milk-that’s y i’m asking). I know my mouth will be watering while i’m waiting for them to set, and it would b a MAJOR bummer if they didn’t turn out 🙁

    • Hey Desi, good question — I’m not quite sure how it’d turn out. If you’re talking about using the milk when making the caramel, you can always use a splash of water instead! I’ve done it both ways and both ways work fine for me.

  8. My mother-in-law likes to tell me how terrible my parents look. She’ll say “doesn’t your mother feel well, because she looks bad. ” Or, your dad is really going down hill.” I mean, she doesn’t even try doing it like a compliment, but sometimes you need to just keep your mouth shut. And btw my parents look just fine for 83 and 84!
    Can’t wait to make these Samoas for my daughter’s wedding!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Some people just don’t get it, Diane! And I’d say your parents look pretty fine for 83 & 84– they’re alive, so I think that’s already pretty good! 🙂 thanks for your comment!!

  9. Rachele says:

    These look amazing!! But I really enjoyed reading your blog a ton! You are so right about weird compliments. I do hope people are trying to be nice but it just doesn’t come out that way. You certainly made me laugh right out loud with how you could have responded, but didn’t. You are very funny!!! Thank you for brightening my day.

  10. kristen says:

    Got here from pinterest. I got your rudest comment, I’m a big girl always have been, I CONSTANTLY get from family, friends, no joke even some ppl in the doctors waiting room the other day…”are you a diabetic?” Or “have you been tested for diabetes, are you sure?” Dude wtf?! I have MENTAL health problems, which sometimes roll over into physical issues. So if I’m ever in a discussion about it, it auto goes there because I’m big everybodys natural assumption is my problems must be because I’m diabetic and don’t know it. Thanks douchecanoes….

    And no I’m “perfectly” healthy, just fat and crazy. Lol I think I want some of these to eat in front of the diabetics I know who’ve made this douche move. Hahah >:)

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Way to go, girl! Those people are douchecanoes and def. don’t deserve Samoa Cookie Cups. You’re awesome!!

  11. Hey there,
    These look amazing. Just curious what Almond Bark you buy? I’m in Newfoundkand and can’t really think of any off hand. To me Almond Bark is what my mother used to make for Christmas hostess gifts haha

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Shyama, I use the brand Candiquik, which seems to be sold in lots of supermarkets and chains like Target and Walmart, if you have those! Plymouth Pantry is also a good substitute. Really, any chocolate will work, I just like that the almond bark or candy coating has a higher burning point so it’s less prone to seize, unlike chocolate chips, which burn super quick. But if you’re in a pinch, just babysit your chocolate chips as you melt them and they’ll work just fine!

  12. Hiya! I just discovered you via Pinterest and holy hell I can’t wait to make these! They look delectable!

    I am a plus sized lady and I regularly get “Oh! You’re so pretty… for a big girl.” Superthanks for that caveat at the end there. Asshat. You’re also mildly attractive for a sphincterface. Have a lovely day!

    P.S. “douchecanoe” is my new favorite thing!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      OMG, NerdyBirdie — sphincterface is MY new favorite thing! Assphincter says what? Always love that line from Wayne’s World 🙂 Nice to meet you, doll! xo.

  13. Pat Brett says:

    Since these go in the freezer to chill, can I leave them there and remove as needed or is that too much freezing. Really don’t want to eat them all in 3 days. Sigh.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Pat! Sure, leave them in there! Maybe put them in something airtight if they’ll be in there longer than the usual freezing time (to avoid freezer burn) 🙂

  14. Will 12 cups use a full package of almond bark? Thanks!

  15. This may be a silly question, but what is “Almond Bark”?


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