Step These Easy Samoas Cookie Bars take the cake (or the cookie) when you craving their namesake. With a shortbread crust, coconut, caramel, and chocolate my Samoas bars are delicious with every bite.
Girl Scout Cookie Copycats
I guess I'm on a girl scout cookie kick. Tagalong Cookies on Sunday and Samoas today! It was Fat Tuesday when I first made this recipe back in 2016 so I needed to make something chocolate. And since Samoas are my favorite girl scout cookies I thought I would try to replicate those with my Samoas recipe.
These have a buttery crust with a caramel coconut layer topped with chocolate. So I think this Samoas recipe came pretty close!
I thought about making pretty little circles so they looked more like the girl scout cookies but since I had to go to Costco this morning too it was bars or nothing. I figured taste and ease of preparation normally beat pretty anyway.
If you love Samoas as much as I do make sure to also try my Samoas Coconut Pie Recipe.
How to Make Samoas Cookie Bars
First Step: Stir together the crust ingredients and press into the bottom of a baking dish. Bake the crust.
Second Step: Make the caramel topping by cooking butter, cream, and sweetener.
Third Step: Stir in the coconut flakes.
Fourth Step: Spread the caramel coconut layer on the cooled crust.
Fifth Step: Drizzle with melted chocolate.
Tips for Making Caramel
Do not leave caramel unattended. It can go from golden to burned in seconds. The first time you make caramel I suggest standing at the stove the entire time. Once you get the hang of it you can do other things in the kitchen as long as you check on it frequently.
How to Melt Chocolate in the Microwave
Start with thirty seconds and then stir. Continue microwaving for thirty seconds increments and stirring after each until the chocolate is 75% melted. Then just stir until it is all melted.
Can I Make These Nut Free?
Yes, just sub in sunflower seed flour for the almond flour.
Tips for Drizzling Chocolate
I always add a small amount of coconut oil, about ½ - 1 teaspoon for ½ cup chocolate chips, when I want to drizzle chocolate. It makes it thinner and smoother. That big blob in the middle of the dish is from before I remembered to add the coconut oil.
How to store Samoas Cookie Bars
I like these best at room temperature and you can keep them at room temp for 2-3 days. For longer storage, you need to refrigerate them and the caramel coconut layer will get firmer, like a toffee.
More Low Carb Caramel Desserts:
- 3 tbsp butter melted
- ¾ cup almond flour
- 1 tbsp Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
Coconut Caramel Layer:
- 3 tbsp butter
- ⅓ cup Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- 4 tbsp heavy cream divided
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 1.5 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup sugar free chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350. Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray. It is helpful to line with parchment paper.
- Put the crust ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until combined. Press into the pan. Bake for 15-20 min until the crust is golden brown.
- Meanwhile, combine butter, sweetener, and 2 tablespoons of the cream over medium heat. Stir until the sweetener is dissolved. Add the vanilla. Cook until it is a deep golden brown. As soon as it reached that deep color (right before burning) remove from the heat and immediately add the other 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Stir until smooth. Add the salt and coconut.
- Gently spread the coconut on top of the crust. Drizzle with chocolate. Let cool until the chocolate is firm. Cut into 16 pieces and enjoy!
Originally Published February 9, 2016. Revised and Republished March 2, 2020.