Saturday was, well, not a super happy day. Luckily it wasn’t for any really sad reason, but simply for the loss of two more weekends of basketball. I’m going to miss the facebook camaraderie of old friends shouting their spirit with voracious status updates, and random text messages from friends and foes around the country. But then again, I do have two more weekends of freedom than I’ve had for the past three years!
In order to wash away the pain… I made cookies. And not just any cookies… but imitation girl scout cookies!!!
Ladies and gentlemen… may I introduce you to the Samoa bar:
Mr. M happened to snatch me up some Thin Mints and Tagalongs this year, therefore this former girl scout was yearning for a box of her favoritest cookies: Samoas (aka. Caramel deLites). With no scouts parked outside the markets, I opted to find a recipe online and make them myself. I found a wonderful recipe for the original cookies at Baking Bites, but soon decided that the bar form of the cookie would be much easier and simpler to make.
The recipe [as copied from here] essentially involves three steps: baking crust, making the coconut topping, and chocolate dipping.
Step 1: the crust (ingredients: 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)
Step 2: Caramel/Coconut Topping (3 cupsshredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened), 12-oz good-quality chewy caramels, 1/4 tsp salt, 3 tbsp milk)
Melt some seriously ooey-gooey caramels (like these Worther’s Originals) to get the best taste!
Meanwhile toast yourself some coconut so you can mix it in with the melting caramel…
…and spread it on the top of the crust to form the cookie bars.
Step 3: mmm….chocolate!
Melt some chocolate chips, and dip the base of the bars into the ooey-gooey yumminess. Stick the rest of it in a plastic bag, nip the corner, and drizzle on top!
Now not having any of my favorite cookies to compare them to, I can’t tell you it’s an exact carbon copy of the original, but it’s close enough for my mind to wander away from basketball and that’s all I needed!