Friday, February 15, 2008

Homemade Samoas

Guess what! You can make Samoas at home; you don't have to buy them for a million dollars a cookie from those cute little girls in green hats! I got the recipe from a really great recipe site called veggienub. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds soooo good!

Homemade Samoas

1 cup butter, soft
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
up to 2 tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt at a low speed, followed by the vanilla and milk, adding in the milk as needed to make the dough come together without being sticky (it’s possible you might not need to add milk at all). The dough should come together into a soft, not-too-sticky ball. Add in a bit of extra flour if your dough is very sticky.Roll the dough (working in two or three batches) out between pieces of wax paper to about 1/4-inch thickness (or slightly less) and use a 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter to make rounds. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and use a knife, or the end of a wide straw, to cut a smaller center hole. Repeat with remaining dough. Alternatively, use scant tablespoons of dough and press into an even layer in a mini donut pan to form the rounds.Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until bottoms are lightly browned and cookies are set. If using a mini donut pan, bake for only about 10 minutes, until edges are light gold.Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
12-oz good-quality chewy caramels
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
8 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips are ok)

Preheat oven to 300. Spread coconut evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet (preferably one with sides) and toast 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden. Cool on baking sheet, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
Unwrap the caramels and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk and salt. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir a few times to help the caramel melt. When smooth, fold in toasted coconut with a spatula.Using the spatula or a small offset spatula, spread topping on cooled cookies, using about 2-3 tsp per cookie. Reheat caramel for a few seconds in the microwave if it gets too firm to work with.
While topping sets up, melt chocolate in a small bowl. Heat on high in the microwave in 45 second intervals, stirring thoroughly to prevent scorching. Dip the base of each cookie into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment paper. Transfer all remaining chocolate (or melt a bit of additional chocolate, if necessary) into a piping bag or a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle finished cookies with chocolate.Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.

Makes about 3 1/2-4 dozen cookies.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I made these cookies today. The recipe was easy to follow but it was a lot more labor intensive than I anticipated. It took all afternoon.
I ended up adding more flour to the dough (not extra milk). The dough rolled easily between wax paper. I'm not sure the point of the hole in the middle of the cookie and probably won't bother doing it in the future. You don't see it with the carmel topping and chocolate bottom.
I cooked mine for 7 1/2-8 1/2 minutes until they just started to go golden.
I needed to add more milk to the carmel/coconut mixture so that it would be sticky enough to stay on the cookie. I resorted to spreading chocolate on the bottom of the cookies with a spoon instead of dipping them. I ended up using a lot more chocolate than the recipe asks for.

Overall, I am very pleased with the cookies. It has been a long time since I have had the girlscout version, but these ones are very yummy!!!