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Making Girl Scout Cookies At Home: Samoas | But Better

Can you make a homemade Girl Scout cookie? and will it be better?

Can you make a homemade Girl Scout cookie? and will it be better?


Cookie Base:

  • 2 cups (300g) of all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup (225g) salted butter

  • 3/4 cup (167g) white sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon (4g) fine sea salt

  • 1 egg white

  • 3/4 teaspoon (4g) vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon (2g) almond extract

Caramel Coconut Topping & Dipping :

  • 2.5 cups (175g) unsweetened shredded coconut

  • 1 cup (208g) white sugar

  • 1/4 cup (59ml) water

  • 2.5 tablespoons (54g) light corn syrup

  • 4.5 tablespoons (64g) cold unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup (118ml) heavy whipping cream

  • 1/2 teaspoon (4g) fine sea salt

  • 2 teaspoons (13g) vanilla bean paste

  • 12oz (340g) 60 pct dark chocolate, melted


Cookie Base:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. In a medium-size bowl, add flour and mix in salt; in a separate bowl, add butter and begin beating it with a hand mixer till evenly distributed in the bowl; while beating on medium speed, add in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until everything gets added.

  2. Then mix in egg white until thoroughly incorporated, followed by vanilla extract and almond extract; mix until combined. To your mixture, add flour, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until fully incorporated.

  3. Divide your cookie dough into 2 pieces, place between 2 pieces of parchment paper, roll it out about ¼” thick and place onto a sheet tray; repeat with the other piece of dough and place in the fridge overnight to firm.

  4. Using a 2.5” donut cutter, punch out as many donut-shaped rings from your dough; place those rings onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, spaced about ¾” apart. Place in the oven for 15 - 18 minutes or until golden brown, let it cool slightly, and place it on a wire rack to cool completely.

Caramel Coconut Topping & Dipping:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. On a baking sheet, add coconut, and place in the oven, stirring often for 3 - 6 minutes or until a toasted golden brown. Remove from the oven and place on another baking sheet to cool down completely.

  2. In a medium-size sauce pot, add sugar, water, and light corn syrup; lightly mix that, set up over medium-high, let it dissolve, and come to a boil. Once boiling, let it cook (swirling around if necessary) until your sugar turns into an amber color.

  3. Then whisk in butter; once melted and emulsify, add heavy cream; whisk together until combined. Next, add salt and vanilla paste. Pour that into a separate container and cool to room temperature.

  4. Place your toasted coconut in a medium-sized bowl, then add ¾ of your caramel and toss together until thoroughly combined. For the remaining caramel, spread it evenly on the base of your cookies.

  5. Mount your coconut on top of your ring, nice and evenly, to cover the entire ring. Repeat that with all your cookies.

  6. Pour ¾ of your melted chocolate into a medium-size bowl, then place your cookie in the chocolate, leaving the coconut exposed. Next, drain your cookie with a fork and put it on a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat. Repeat with the rest of your cookies, and finally, do a fine drizzle on top of your cookies. Let it solidify at room temperature and enjoy.


May 16, 2023

Was feeling lazy so I made these into bars in a 9x13 pan and swapped in a dairy free caramel recipe for the sake of my lactose intolerant roommate. Absolutely delicious!


Finnegan Wise
Finnegan Wise
May 23, 2022

This was a perfect recipe!!! Thank you so much!!! Advice to beginners: make sure you get the caramel to about 275˚F for the perfect consistency. I struggled with this my first time making caramel, so don’t make that mistake!

Tony Pronko
Tony Pronko
Dec 29, 2022
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How was the caramel consistency different?


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