The Girl Scouts are back and this time and they are selling everyone’s favorite Samoa’s! Who doesn’t love the combination of gooey caramel, and crunchy coconut dunked in chocolate all on top of a cookie? This cookie brings together the perfect melange of flavors. The best part about this dessert to me is that it is gluten and dairy-free, which means guilt-free! The second best part is that it doesn’t even taste much different. So I can still have the same delectable goodness even though I have dietary restrictions. They aren’t crunchy like the normal samoas, they are soft and delectable. As soon as you bite into them, they crumble and melt in your mouth.
Let me know how these turn out for you!
Just like the Girl Scout cookie, but gluten and dairy free AND made from scratch!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups gluten-free flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon 100% pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups shredded sweetened coconut
- 15 oz store-bought caramel (jar)
- 3 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 10 oz dark chocolate
For the Cookies:
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF
- In a stand-up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the creamed butter, mixing between each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- Add the milk and vanilla extract, blending until combined and the dough begins to come together in large pieces.
- Wrap the dough securely in plastic wrap and refrigerate, about 1 hour or until firm.
- Once the dough has chilled, roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface until it is approx 1/8-inch thick. Cut out as many cookies as possible with a doughnut-shaped cookie cutter or you can use a glass with a 2-inch mouth and something with a 1-inch mouth. Place the cut-out cookies on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and repeat with the remaining dough.
- Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the baking sheet half-way through until the cookies are pale golden brown. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Make the coconut topping:
- Spread the coconut flakes onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the coconut for about 10 min in a 350 degree F oven until toasted, stirring frequently. Remove the toasted coconut from the oven and set aside.
- Melt the caramel, almond milk, and salt in a double-boiler by placing the caramels in a medium saucepot set over a large saucepot of simmering water. Cook stirring until all is mixed well. Remove the saucepot from the heat and combine 3/4 of the caramel with the toasted coconut in a large bowl.
- Carefully spread the remaining 1/4 cup of caramel atop the cooled cookies then press on a portion of the coconut mixture. Let the cookies cool for 30 minutes. If the caramel-coconut mixture thickens too much at any point while pressing it onto the cookies, return it to the double-boiler and warm it until it’s spreadable again.
- Melt the dark chocolate in a double-boiler. If too thick to dip, add warm water, a teaspoon at a time. Dip the bottoms of the cookies in the chocolate and place them on a wax paper-lined baking sheet face down. Use a fork to drizzle the tops with chocolate. Let the cookies sit until the chocolate hardens fully.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Gluten-free, dairy-free, cookies, gluten-free cookies, Samoa cookies, girl scout cookies, girl scout samoas