Friday, February 10, 2012

samoas from scratch

last weekend mike's goddaughter asked him to buy girl scout cookies, and it got me thinking about how much i love samoas! so, for the super bowl, i decided to try them from scratch.  if i do say so myself, they turned out great!  i brought some to my family and coworkers and they loved them too.  it took a bit of work, but they are definitely adaptable to take less time (i.e. not cutting holes in the middle of each cookie or individually dipping/ drizzling each cookie in chocolate), so if you have a couple of hours to spare some weekend, i would try these cookies!

for the cookies:
- 2 sticks of butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk

for the topping:
- 3 cups sweetened coconut
- 15 ounces soft caramels (i bought the ones individually wrapped... whoops! haha)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 8 ounces of semi sweet chocolate

for the cookies:
- using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar
- in a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt
- slowly add this dry mix to the butter mixture
- slowly add the vanilla and milk 
- cover dough and refrigerate until dough is as firm as a stick of butter
- roll out the dough, on a well-floured surface, to desired thickness (i made it thin for this recipe)
- cut your shapes out of the dough
- place the shapes on a greased cookie sheet
-bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees

for the topping:
- toast the caramel in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes **making sure to take it out every minute and a half or 2 minutes to stir so it does not burn
- microwave caramels, salt, and milk for topping in 1 minute increments until melted
- stir the toasted and cooled coconut into the caramel mixture
- **after the cookies have cooled spread the coconut/caramel mixture onto cookies (the only thing i found to work was spreading the mixture by hand and dipping my hands in water in between every cookie so it wouldn't stick to me)
- once the caramel/ coconut is cooled on the cookies, dip the bottom of the cookies into melted semi-sweet chocolate (i used a fork to evenly spread the chocolate and remove the excess)
- pipe melted chocolate on top of the cookies for decoration

mike bent a bbq skewer for me to use for the inner circle 
messy - but it worked well! 

it does make a lot! 


Beth Dunn said...

Love those girl scout cookies. Your look amazing

Paula said...

These are my favorite girl scout cookies! I can't wait to try this recipe! We'd love for you to link up to our party!

Meg said...

thanks so much for the invite! i am definitely going to follow your blog and link up!


Six Sisters said...

Impressive! Thanks for coming to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back next week! -The Sisters

Nichi said...

These look amazing. Can't wait to try them.

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