1.21.2011

Fabulous Friday Finds: Samoas Recipe

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Who doesn't love Girl Scout cookies?  I remember selling them door to door as a girl.  My family bought so many boxes of them and we'd freeze them to try and make them last longer.  We savored each cookie like it was our last.  Yum.  Enjoy the recipe for Homemade Girl Scout Samoas from babble.com.  Check out their Homemade Girl Scout Thin Mints or their Homemade Girl Scout Tagalongs.

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Samoas
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup superfine sugar (or granulated)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
Dipping Caramel (recipe follows)
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (available at health food stores)
12 ounces of chocolate chips
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Add in egg and beat until well incorporated, scraping down the bowl, if necessary. Add in vanilla. Beat until smooth. With mixer on low, add in salt and flour. Mix until completely incorporated and dough is uniform. Pull dough together and shape into a cylinder with a diameter of about 2 1/2 inches. Wrap in parchment paper and freeze for at least 25 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice dough into 1/8 inch disks and place on baking sheets, about an inch apart. Once you have made 30 cookies, wrap up the cookie dough, freeze, and save for another time. Use a tiny circle shaped cookie cutter or a large round cake decorating tip to cut a hole in the center of each disk. Refrigerate for an additional 10 minutes. Bake for 8 minutes, or until crisp. Let cool completely.
3. Add coconut into the caramel. Warm the caramel in the microwave for about 10 seconds if necessary. Take cooled cookies and gently dip them completely in the caramel. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Freeze until set, about 5 minutes.
4. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals, stirring well after each interval, until fully melted. Place the caramel coated cookies in the chocolate. Use a fork to pull them out of the chocolate and place them on a parchment line cookie sheet. Use the chocolate still on the fork to drizzle stripes over the top of the cookies. Refrigerate until set.
Dipping Caramel
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar)
4 tablespoons corn syrup
6 tablespoons water
pinch of salt
6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons cream (DO NOT use plain whipping cream)
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1. In a heavy bottomed saucepan with high sides, combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt. Whisk until combined, and set over medium-low heat. Swirl the pan every now and then to help distribute the heat. Use can use a pastry brush dipped in water to brush the sugar crystals down the sides of the saucepan. When the sugar dissolves completely, raise the heat to medium. When it comes to a boil, watch very carefully for the bubbles to become more viscous (this means that the water has evaporated and that it is ready to go through the candy stages). As it is bubbling away, you want it to turn a deep amber color. When it does, remove the heat and, working quickly, use the spoon to scoop up a small amount of the candy and drop it into the small glass of water. If the blob turns hard like lollipop, then it is ready. If the blob is still soft, put the pan back on the heat. Keep testing until the candy is hard. Remove from heat.
2. Whisk in butter, 6 tablespoons of cream, and vanilla (Careful here, as the mixture should bubble violently for about 10 seconds). If the caramel isn’t smooth right away, return the pan to low heat and whisk until smooth.


28 comments:

marissa said...

i totally FORGOT about these! my favorite girl scout cookies ever! i don't even want to know the fat content of those babies but i am so making them.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

it's so funny because in my part of the USA, they are not called samoas! i was in girl scouts....they are "caramel delights" (my mom still buys them) but my faves were the lemon pastry creams! mmmmm.

Krystal said...

gosh those sound amazing, I wish someone would just make them for me!

Debby said...

I am soooo all over these!! Thanks for sharing. Perfect recipe for the snow day we are having! xo

Lily Riani said...

just shared the you entry with my cousin, asking her to bake for me...heheh it look sooo super duper yummy

Elizabeth said...

YUM! i'm adding these to my "to bake list" :)

My name is Renée. said...

oh yummie this looks good!

Mary Nevin said...

you just made my weekend!! I love these!!!

genevieve, sandbox romance said...

Um, yum. Need to make, asap!

Natalie said...

THIS IS AWESOME! I can never find any Girl Scouts, anywhere, so this is exactly what I need. :D

Diana Mieczan said...

I have to try them...They look so amazing! Have a fantastic weekend,sweetie
Kisses

Josie said...

These look absolutely AMAZING! So gooey and tasty.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Tamera's Take said...

Those look delicious!!!
Tamera xo

Jessica of Fine and Fleurie said...

Yum! I am definitely going to give these a shot on my next cheat day :)

Tamara Nicole said...

Ok just printed this and gave to all my co workers! These are my fave cookies of alll time, soooo excited! Thanks hun, and have a lovely weekend!

The Constant Complainer said...

Dude, instead of "you had me at hello" from the movie "Jerry Maguire" I'm saying "you had me at cookie." These look darn good.

P.S. Happy Friday!

classnfab said...

This just seriously made my day! yummy I'm definitively trying it out!

~M
Classy and Fabulous

P.S.
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Anneli said...

Mmm... they sound delicious! I must try that recepy out sometime. And soon. :-) Have a lovely weekend!

Moosette said...

YUM!!! Those are my fav! Must try recipe soon!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Alexis Kaye said...

uhm WOW. I'm in love.

Glenys said...

Yummy cooky. Great recipe.

style'n said...

These had to be one of my favorites...next to the thin mints of course! And i was a brownie and remember selling these when I was so young. It was so much fun and yes we froze the cookies too! I would love to try this recipe.

-marta said...

thank you so much for this! I'll definitely be experimenting this weekend :)

xx

Oh, My Darling said...

Mmm, delicious!

S and O said...

that's it my friend, I'm drooling!!! :)
you have no idea how happy I am to find this recipe -- I've been searching for a good one for ages! Thanks!
xoxo
Olivia

thepearlworld said...

Now I know what I'm eating on breakfast!

cailen ascher said...

they look amazingly delicious! definitely going to have to keep this recipe in the files : )

hope all is well with you!

The Design Boards said...

Thanks for the recipe, these look amazing!!! Now I dont have to wait all year for girl scout cookies.

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