These bar-slash-brownies are a knock-off of the Girl Scout favorite: Samoas cookies. The original recipe says to cut the brownies into squares and then dip the base of the bars in chocolate. I didn’t have time for that so I drizzled chocolate over the top. They were delicious but probably lacked some of the authenticity that makes a samoa a samoa. Regardless, they were fantastically tasty and the kids I served them to gobbled them up. Even though the recipe uses pre-packaged caramels (you can always make your own caramel), the recipe is still a bit time consuming since the coconut needs to be toasted (don’t skip this step!) and the shortbread base bakes before adding the caramel coconut layer. I still think they were worth it. They are a great change-up to the standard old brownie and have a great presentation quality. I’ll definitely make them again!

Samoas Bars

Yield: Makes 30 bar cookies.

Samoas Bars


    Cookie Base:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Topping:
  • 3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 12-oz good-quality chewy caramels (I used one 14 oz. package of the Kraft brand)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 10 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips are ok – I didn’t coat the base of the brownies in chocolate so I only used 1 cup semisweet chips to drizzle on top)


  1. For 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.
  2. For the topping, preheat oven to 300 degrees. 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 (mine took about 25 minutes). Cool on baking sheet, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  3. Unwrap the caramels and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk and salt. Cook on 50% power for 1-2 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 (I kind of had to use my hands on this part to get it 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).
  4. 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. Alternately, you can omit the step to dip the base of the brownie in chocolate and simply drizzle the melted chocolate on the top of the bars (you won’t need the full 10 oz. if you choose this step). Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.

Recipe Source: adapted from Baking Bites

33 Responses to Samoas Bars

  1. Anna says:

    I made these for my church Community Group and they were a HIT! My only suggestion/complaint is that the chocolate needed to be thinned out. It wasn’t ‘drizzling’ very well, and when I dipped the bottoms of the bars into the chocolate it was really goopy and didn’t coat well. So, I heated my chocolate over a double-boiler and added shortening to give it a thinner/smoother texture, which in the end made a TON of difference. Yay!

  2. Deb says:

    Yum, yum, yum. The coconut and chocolate layer really taste like a Samoa (they’re called “Caramel Delights” in my area – isn’t that funny?). I might try brown sugar in the cookie base next time because I remember that layer being a little more rich. But, no complaints here, they were delicious.

  3. Breann says:

    Ok, these look totally awesome!! I’m making them for my church class!

  4. Kim says:

    Made these for a bake sale at my husband’s office and not a one made it home. I used the back of a tablespoon to coat the bottoms of the bars with chocolate and then put them on a wax paper covered cookie sheet to set in the fridge before flipping them right side up and drizzling the chocolate on top. For some reason “dipping” anything in chocolate usually ends up getting me more covered in chocolate than anything else. I think next time I will skip the chocolate on the bottom altogether because I felt it overpowered the caramel/coconut flavors, but my husband thought they were fine the way they were. Thanks for yet another great recipe!

  5. kristen says:

    Okay I just spent a good portion of my morning reading through this fantastic blog! Can I say that I just gained 10 lbs just from LOOKING at it! Oh my! There are so terribly yummy looking delightful treasures on this site! I may never leave…

    Thanks so much Melanie for doing this! I love cooking too, but could never maintain a blog about it like you do!

  6. Polliwog says:

    These look scrumptious! I can’t wait for an excuse to make them.

  7. Merianne says:

    Dang you Mel! Why do you do this to me? Why must you post so many excellent recipes that make me fatter than I already am. I’m going to try these this weekend….Yum!

  8. Alan says:

    Wow 393 comments that’s pretty impressive. I had never commented before yesterday, but then who can resist a giveaway. Anyways after reading your post today, I was amazed that you don’t track visitors to your blog. Its relatively easy and free. I have a few blogs that I contribute on and on my food blog (which I stopped posting on at least 6 months ago – long story… moving twice and 1 year old twins) I have my stats visible so you can check it out if you like. < HREF="" REL="nofollow"><> there is a little graphic on the left hand side near the bottom labeled sitemeter click on that to get the stats or on this direct < HREF="" REL="nofollow">link<>. you can email me if you have any questions. my email address can be found on my profile page. Have a nice day!

  9. Bunny says:

    I have pkged caramels that I’ve been looking to make something with, this is it!!! Thanks!

  10. grace says:

    coconut, caramel, and chocolate–everything i need in a dessert, really. well…maybe cinnamon too. great bars. 🙂

  11. Tiffany says:

    I had a baby four months ago and asked my sister Angie Crosby if she new any good recipes and she gave me this blog site address and said you had served her the zucchini medley and it was delicious. Since then I have made that as well as many numerous other recipes on your site and I can honestly say that I have yet to be disappointed, they are all fantastic!! So thank you for taking the time to try these recipes out so I just have to make them with no worries, my family thanks your for it as well, especially my husband, he loves them all especially the meatballs, curry, and sweet and sour dishes. Thank You! Tiffany Gasser

  12. Melanie says:

    Hi Tiffany – thanks for your comment. I’m glad that you have liked some of the recipes. I appreciate you letting me know!!

  13. Para i familiaku says:

    Yummy, I never heard of them before, so you can bet that I will make them this weekend, they look so yummy! My family always enjoys new treats!! Thanks for the recipes.

  14. Dixiechick says:

    I think I just wet my pants–these looks so good! Maybe the fact that I’m doing no sweets this week before my triathlon has me a little crazy for such things, but my oh my these look good. I do believe I will have to make them as soon as my race is over. 🙂

  15. AndreaQ says:

    Yum-I love Samoa’s. The only GS Cookie I like! Your pictures are beautiful too.

  16. Krystal says:

    oh wow. . .those look great!! I went through my samoas w-a-y too fast, and these will be a great substitute until cookie season comes around next year! 🙂

  17. teresa says:

    I can only imagine that homemade samoas would be only that much better! These look great!

  18. Heidi says:

    OMG! This is my favorite girl scout cookie. I cant wait to try these bars.

  19. Kara, Garrick, Rylee and Jadyn says:

    Somoas are my FAVORITE girl scout cookie so I can’t wait to try these, thanks!

  20. rickandangie says:

    These sound wonderful! And Rick loves Samoas so I think I’m going to have to give them a try sometime soon! Yummmm.

  21. the says:

    O my gosh ! I making these this weekend for Mothers Day dinner!
    Thanks 🙂

  22. Lauren says:

    Oh my gosh, I love samoas! I will definitely be making these! (and probably eating them all too!)

  23. Lane and Katie Eyre says:

    I am drooling! This look delicious, and my husband loves samoas, so I will have to try them! Thanks again for a great recipe!

  24. Kali says:

    I made these a couple weeks ago when I had a craving for them and found them on Baking Bites. These are DELISH!! and taste SO much like the girl scout cookie!

  25. Hornsfan says:

    This is my favorite Girl Scout cookie – I can’t wait to make the bars!!

  26. Melanie says:

    Melissa – wow! I’m so glad you made these already. AND that you loved them. Thanks for the smile!

  27. The Snow Queen says:

    yes! Yes! YES! Oh sorry did I say that out loud? These were very yummy I made them as soom as I saw the recipe.

  28. Sallie My Sister's Kitchen says:

    That’s really funny because Laura at Real Mom Kitchen posted Somoa Brownies today too.

  29. Cecilia says:

    This looks sooooo good. I am definitely going to make these for the fam. We all love Samoas. YUMMY!

  30. Sarah B. says:

    Hi Melanie,
    I love your blog and have never commented on-line, only in person, but I am laughing because I made a knock-off version of samoas this very morning and then later looked at your blog. These look easier then the ones I made because they were individual cookies. I love samoas and was sad I didn’t get any this year so I decided to take things into my own hands. Mine are okay but they are missing something, maybe I will try your version here if I ever can afford that many calories again! Your blog is an inspiration to me. Who knows, maybe one of these days I will actually start my own food blog.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Bless your heart for posting this!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Boy, these sound so delicious!

  33. Erin Orr says:

    These look great! My mom LOVES samoas, so I might need to make these for Mother’s Day! Thanks!

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