caramel coconut cookie bars

Aka, Girl Scout Samoas copycats. If you’re like me, you’ve already eaten through your stash of Girl Scout cookies… and you need a fix!

Samoas BarsIt’s pretty easy to clone the tasty confections from our fine little friends in green vests– especially in bar form– you’ll be eating these up in no time. Just a few simple ingredients…

Samoas Cookie Bars (makes 9 generous cookie bars, or 16 smaller squares)

Shortbread crust:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 ¼ cups AP flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt

Coconut caramel topping:

  • 1 ½ cups shredded coconut
  • ½ (12 ounce) bag of caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream

Chocolate drizzle:

  • ⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

samoa ingredients

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 baking pan, line with parchment paper.
  2. Spread coconut on a rimmed sheet pan.  Toast the coconut in the oven, turning occasionally for 10-15 minutes until slightly golden. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Combine butter and sugar in a bowl, mix on medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix flour and salt. Press dough evenly into the bottom of prepared pan. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  4. Bake until pale golden brown, 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  5. In a small bowl combine caramels and milk. Heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals stirring in between until melted. Place toasted coconut in a large bowl and add the caramel stirring well to combine.
  6. Pour coconut caramel mixture over brownies and gently spread evenly over the top. It will be thick so you might have to gently press it in an even layer.
  7. Place chocolate chips and butter into a zip-lock baggie and put into microwave for 20 second intervals. Squish the bag with your fingers to mix and smooth the chocolate between intervals. When melted smooth, snip a tiny piece off of the corner of the bag and drizzle over bars.

… and voila, samoa cookie bars.

cookie barsOn my honor, I will try not to eat all of them.

we go together like cookies & milk

What can I say about Valentine’s Day, that hasn’t already been said?

cookies & milkThis year, be sweet to yourself. I don’t think Valentine’s Day has to be all about romance, and kissy-kissy things. I think it’s a fine time to celebrate the little things that make you happy. By all means, show the people you love how much you care about them (aren’t you doing that every day?), but why not show yourself a little love, too. 11 ways to love yourself more.