These Copycat Girl Scout No-Bake Samoa Cookies are AWESOME. Everyone who’s tried one has loved them and asked for the recipe!
A couple of days ago, I teased y’all with this recipe on my social media accounts. (Are you following me?!) And everyone was begging for the recipe and waiting for the day I posted them.
Well folks, today is your lucky day!
I have nothing against the Girl Scouts. Absolutely nada. Even though my experience as a Girl Scout wasn’t as pleasant and dandy as everyone else’s, I don’t hold anything against them because hello? They sell cookies and wear patchwork vests. How can you hate someone in a patchwork vest that’s hocking Tagalongs? YOU CAN’T.
But what I love/hate about them is that the cookie season is so short. I admit – if they sold cookies year-round, we’d never want to buy them because they’d be everywhere all of the time. But at the same time, I have no willpower and will snarf an entire package in one sitting that was supposed to last for a longer period of time, and then I start craving them again.
Also, not their fault, but they put like 5 cookies in a package now. WHAT GIVES. I feel like I eat my single serving (read: entire box) that I spent $5 on and then have to shuffle my way back to the store, head hung low with shame, and shove another Lincoln in their direction for my next fix. That’s how they getcha! I’m onto you, Girl Scouts of America. I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE UP TO.
Since I regularly crave the perfectness of their Samoa Cookies (or as they’re now known, Caramel Delites), I decided I needed to create a Samoa cookie that I could eat year-round until my homegirls are staked outside of the grocery store selling me my biggest vice with their cute missing teeth and light-up shoes.
These Samoa Cookies taste IDENTICAL to the real deal. I promise you! You’ve got the shortbread cookie base that’s dipped in chocolate, then topped with a gooey caramel & toasted coconut mixture, then drizzled with chocolate. I mean, how can you say no?!
Best of all, these are NO BAKE which means you don’t need to spend hours preparing cookie dough, rolling them out, baking them, cooling them, frosting them and assembling them. You can literally cut out the middle man and go straight to eating. HALLELUJAH!
Now who wants some? I’ll share.
No Bake Samoa Cookies (Girl Scout Copycat)
- 1 pkg fudge stripe shortbread cookies about 20-24 cookies
- 1 (11 oz pkg) caramel bits
- 3 Tbsp heavy cream
- 2 cups toasted coconut*
- 2 squares chocolate CandiQuik
- Line a baking sheet with foil and place the fudge stripe shortbread cookies stripe-up onto the baking sheet, spaced out about 1-2" apart from one another. Set aside briefly.
- In a medium microwaveable bowl, combine the caramel bits and the heavy cream. Microwave on HIGH for about 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave again for about 15-20 seconds. Stir until smooth & melted. Fold in the toasted coconut to combine.
- Working quickly, drop Tablespoonfuls of the coconut caramel mixture onto each cookie, spreading it out to cover the surface of the cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies until all the cookies are covered.
- In a small bowl, microwave the chocolate CandiQuik on HIGH power for about 30 seconds, stirring until melted & smooth. Drizzle the chocolate over the cookies (I like spooning the chocolate into a sandwich baggy, seal out the air, and snip off a corner for a makeshift piping bag). Let the chocolate and cookies set, about 15-20 minutes, before serving. Store airtight at room temperature.
- *TO TOAST COCONUT: Spread the coconut in a foil-lined baking pan in an even layer. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place coconut in the preheated oven and bake for 5 minutes. Stir, then bake for another 5-7 minutes. Stir once more and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes or until toasted, keeping a watchful eye on the coconut the whole time.
Gooey, packed with buttery caramel, toasted coconut and sweet chocolate, these cookies are sure to please every Samoa Cookie lover!
Have a super sweet day!
Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says
Love how simple this recipe is, while I hate samoas damn coconut, my sisters would die for these!!
Ahh thanks girl! <3
Haha! Tighten that Screw, Girl!
If you don’t like Coconut, Melt a Marshmallow and stick between the Cookies for alternate Deliciousness!
Try something else besides coconut
Samoas are my favorite girl scout cookies! These look even better than the real ones!
Thank you so much, Miranda! xoxo!
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
HAVE THEY CHANGED THE NAME AGAIN?? OMG. They were originally Samoas. Then when I was a kid they were Caramel Delites. Then Samoas again. And NOW they’re going back? sooo confusing.
All the more reason to just make this recipe and not even worry about it Seriously these look amazinggg!
I actually don’t know what they’re called anymore – all I know is I love ’em!
Actually, there are two Girl Scout cookie distributors, depending on your location. ABC Bakers sells the ‘Caramel Delights’ and Little Brownie Baker sells the ‘Samoas’. 🙂
Thank you for the clarification.
Veronica Miller says
Can these be made ahead or are they best when made the same day you are going to serve them?
These can for sure be made ahead! I’d just keep them on the counter in an airtight container.
Veronica Miller says
Thank you so much for getting back with me! Cant wait to give them a try.
Annette Roberts says
These are absolutely fabulous! I over cooked the caramel chips and mine were a bit dryer than yours. BUT the folks at church ate them all! I wonder if the caramel in the jar, for ice cream, would work as well. Now i’m thInking about other variations to try!
Kim Beier says
can these be frozen
Yes they can, but please let them come completely to room temperature before eating so that caramel has time to soften.
Kim Beier says
Is the coconut sweetened or unsweetened? Thanks
Hi Pat, usually I just use sweetened since it is easiest to find. Either will work though!
CAN you tell me if you used unsweetened or sweetened coconut.
Hi Paula, I always use sweetened just because it’s easier for me to find.
What do you mean by Caramel Bits? Are these the caramel squares that are individually wrapped? Or is there something I should be looking for near the chocolate chips? Thank you !
Hi Stephanie! Caramel Bits are a newer product by Kraft and they look like little tiny balls of caramel that are unwrapped – kind of like a caramel chocolate chip, but no chocolate. I usually find them with the chocolate chips, though. They’re just so much easier to use since you don’t have to unwrap a bunch of caramels. If you can’t find them, however, just use the regular caramels and unwrap them all!
Can use something else lse other them heavy cream.
Hi Correnia, heavy cream creates a creamier texture in the caramels but you can absolutely use milk or even water.
I cannot WAIT to try these, Hayley! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Out of all Girl Scout cookies, samoas are my favorite. I’ll be making these soon for sure!
Can you use homemade soft caramels instead of the tidbits?
That should work, as long as they are caramel candies you can melt down!
Hands down my favorite GS cookie! Thanks for sharing. To reduce the cost and calories/cookie, I use the smaller Murray’s Butter Cookies or Salerno Butter Rings. I also use a higher quality dark chocolate (chips or bar) which tastes less waxy and is somewhat healthier.
Can you give me the nutritional value of those cookies???
Hi Sandy, I’m sorry, I don’t offer nutritional info on my recipes. You can type the ingredients into a nutritional calculator online though!
Dianne Stanton says
These look amazing though here in Canada not sure of fudge striped shortbread or what chocolate CandiQuik is?
Presume these are brand names and maybe not up here? Help!
Hi Dianne, sorry for the delay. Striped shortbread cookies are by the brand Keebler, but any fudge-striped shortbread cookie will work. Candiquik is a chocolate candy coating that melts and hardens over treats. I’m sure you have an equivalent in Canada! Sometimes it’s called almond bark or candy coating.