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Homemade Samoas Cookies

Another favorite Girl Scouts™ cookie is the Samoas cookie. This delicious copycat recipe has the perfect amount of chocolate to caramel coconut ratio all on a buttery shortbread cookie. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword samoas cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
chill dough in refrigerator 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 8 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 171 kcal
Author Joanna Stephens




  • 18 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

Caramel Coconut Topping

  • 3 cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • 12 oz caramel dessert topping
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips for bottom of cookie and drizzle on top




  1. Start by combining the butter and sugar together. 

  2. Then, add in your vanilla extract and salt.

  3. Next add in the flour. It may be somewhat crumbly, but starting to come together.*

  4. Cover your bowl and let it chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. When you pull your dough out of the refrigerator, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  5. Then roll your dough out on a floured surface.

  6. Using a donut cookie cutter, cut out rings and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

  7. Bake for 8 minutes, rotating halfway through.

  8. Let the cookies cool on a cooling rack while you start making the topping.

Caramel Coconut Topping:

  1. Spread your shredded coconut evenly over a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

  2. Then, bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes to lightly toast the coconut.

  3. Place all the toasted coconut into a medium mixing bowl, and then combine your caramel. Mix with a rubber spatula until evenly distributed.

Assembling the Samoas Cookies

  1. Take one of your cookie rings and spread some caramel coconut onto the top. Then, place them on a plate or cookie sheet lined with wax paper and place them in the freezer. Repeat with all the cookies.

  2. Then, melt the chocolate chips in a microwave or double-boiler, and then spread the chocolate onto your frozen cookie with the caramel coconut. Place these back on the wax paper and into the freezer.

  3. With the remaining melted chocolate, drizzle onto the top of the cookies with a fork or piping bag.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Samoas Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 69mg3%
Potassium 60mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 186IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.