Samoas Bars

Hubby loves girl scout cookies. Specifically Samoas. I grew up in the Midwest, and we always called them Caramel Delights. Whatever you call them, everyone loves them. I saw this recipe come up and I knew I had to make these.

These bars do take a little bit of time because each step requires some wait time before you can move on to the next step. In the end, they’re definitely worth the effort. Hubby did comment that the cookie part tasted a bit off. I think there’s just a higher ratio of the cookie part than in the girl scout version.

Homemade Samoas Bars – from Baking Bites – makes 30 barsCookie Base:
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

First, make the crust.

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan, or line with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly, like wet sand. The dough does not need to come together. Pour crumbly dough into prepared pan and press into an even layer.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until base is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack before topping.

Topping:
3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened) – I used sweetened
12-oz good-quality chewy caramels – I used the Kraft caramel bits
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
10 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.

Put dollops of the topping all over the shortbread base. Using the spatula, spread topping into an even layer. Let topping set until cooled.

When cooled, cut into 30 bars with a large knife or a pizza cutter.

Once bars are cut, 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 bar into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment or wax paper – I used a spoon to spread some melted chocolate on the bottom of each bar. I then laid them chocolate side up to set the chocolate.

Transfer all remaining chocolate into a piping bag or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle bars with chocolate to finish.

Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.

Makes 30 bar cookies.

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14 Responses to “Cranberry White Chocolate Cupcakes”

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    theblogisthenewblack — October 25, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Yum! And festive… I’m glad there’s another Boston blogger out there that loves making cupcakes as much as I do!!!! 🙂

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    Lauren — October 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    These cupcakes look amazing!! I love white chocolate, and the tart cranberry flavor sounds like a fantastic accompaniment :).

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    While I adore pumpkin, I think it is great that you did something different from the norm. The cranberry sauce filling looks really good!

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    Carrie — October 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    These look great! I have some cranberries I have been debating what to make.

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    We Are Not Martha — October 25, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    These are so beautiful! I love the idea of white chocolate cupcakes…. and cranberry sounds just perfect. Yum!

    Sues

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    Dani — October 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    They’re beautiful and sound amazing!!

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    Aimee — October 25, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Those look delicious! Love the flecks of color, and it is nice to step outside of pumpkin paradise once in awhile. Yum!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — October 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    These look amazing! I like that you did a recipe with cranberries…delicious! I have two frozen bags in my freezer calling my name 🙂

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — October 25, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    What a great idea! I love this flavor combination. I agree that this is the best way to fill a cupcake…I’ve used it a few times now!

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    Megan — October 25, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    These cupcakes look gorgeous! Now I want to order Fiori di Sicilia from KAF. I did so good not letting myself buy it when we were there!

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    Evan @swEEts — October 26, 2010 at 1:27 am

    How fun! These cupcakes look delicious.. I don’t know why but I would have never thought about cranberry and cupcakes!?

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    Shannon — October 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    these sound fabulous, love the flavor combo!!

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    Cara — October 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Great pics! These sound delicious 🙂

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    Gia — November 25, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    For some reason I am not seeing the recipes for the cranberry filling or mousse. Can you help me find them? Thank you!

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