tutorial tuesday: make your own girl scout cookies.

by Janetha on March 5, 2013

in guest posts,recipes

i am suuuper pumped to introduce my guest poster tonight! meet mandy.


she’s one of my very favorite people in the world.. and i’ve only known her since august. we have decided we must have been friends in another life, because it really seems like we’ve known each other since we were born. or before that. this girl keeps me sane and entertained all day long. she’s incredibly fit, sharp as a tack, and is a loving momma to four cute kids. i know–FOUR. girl’s crazy. in a nutshell, mandy is the bees knees and i love her to bits.

anyway, i wasn’t planning on blogging tonight because i’m sleepy and my eyes hurt and i just wanna be lazy! mands made some delicious looking cookies today so i told her she should write me a guest post. much to my surprise, she agreed! this is her blogging debut! she has never guest blogged anywhere before nor does she have a blog, i mean she’s not even on facebook..  so i am pretty thrilled that she agreed to write up a post for me on a whim. i have to say, she’s got a knack for this blogging thing… here she is!


Hi friends of Janetha, my name is Mandy and im lucky enough to call Mrs. Gallegos my friend and this friendship comes with some important duties, one of which I was called upon to preform tonight because Janetha wasn’t in the blogging mood. So here is my debut!

I ordered Girl Scout cookies over a month ago but they haven’t arrived. Grrrrr. As I continue to watch my friends and family happily indulge, I decided I didn’t need the Girl Scouts and took matters into my own hands today and threw together some Samoas!

Photo 1

Homemade Samoas (also known as Caramel DeLites)
recipe from Just A Taste via Pinterest 

This recipe has two parts–the cookies and the chocolate & coconut topping.

Ingredients: (For the Cookies)

  • 1 cup of unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions for the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In three increments, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter, mixing between each addition and scraping down the sides.
  5. Add the milk and vanilla extract, blending until combined and the dough begins to come together in large pieces.
  6. Use your hands to divide the dough in half, pressing it together to compact it into two disks. 
  7. Wrap the disks securely in plastic wrap and refrigerate them until firm, about 1 hour.
  8. Once the dough has chilled, roll each disk out onto a lightly floured surface until it is 1/8-inch thick. Cut out as many cookies as possible with a doughnut-shaped cookie cutter. I couldn’t find a doughnut cookie cutter so i went to Michael’s and found a linzer cutter for $5.99 and LOVED it and will be using it again.                                                                                                               NewImage
  9. Place the cut-out cookies on a Silpat or parchment paper-lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.     NewImage
  10. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the baking sheet half-way through, until the cookies are pale golden brown. 
  11. Transfer the cookies to a wire wrack to cool completely.

Ingredients: (For the Chocolate & Coconut Topping)

  • 3 cups of shredded sweetened coconut
  • 15 oz. of store bought (or homemade) caramels
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 8 oz. of dark chocolate

Directions for the chocolate & coconut topping:

  1. Spread the coconut flakes onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the coconut for about 10 minutes in a 350ºF oven until toasted, stirring frequently to ensure even browning and so that it does not burn. Remove the toasted coconut from the oven and set it aside.
  2. Melt the caramels, milk and salt in a double-boiler by placing the caramels in a medium sauce pot set over a large sauce pot of simmering water. Cook, stirring, until the caramels are fully melted. Remove the sauce pot from the heat and combined 3/4 of the caramel with the toasted coconut in a large bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. Melt the dark chocolate in a double-boiler or in the microwave. Dip the bottoms of the cookies in the chocolate and place them on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Use a fork to drizzle the tops with chocolate. Let the cookies sit until the chocolate hardens fully.
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I am not the cleanest baker but oh well!


The only thing i would have done different is I would have added more caramel to the coconut but other than that they were a hit.. and while I am trying to not eat sweets, I did have one bite and quickly threw away.


1. what is your favorite girl scout cookie?
2. what do you call them–samoas or caramel delite?
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Neil March 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm

You pretty much better bring me one (read: two) of these tomorrow, or I will flat out kill you.

Yep. Kill.

Candice March 5, 2013 at 10:43 pm

They look SOOOO good! Samoas have always been a favorite.
ps. I love mandy mucho mas.

Kenzie @ sarcasminspandex March 5, 2013 at 11:13 pm

That nifty and beautiful green serving plate was compliments of yours truly which means that the really great title picture wouldn’t have happened without me which means that I should be getting one of these beauty’s at the gym tomorrow. Before Neil. And if you have to choose between me or Neil because you have eaten all but one cookie, it damn well better be me. Or I will flat out kill you. And I have a slightly higher hint of crazy than Neil. So since this message is for Mands via your blog, do you mind passing this message along for me? Because i’m too tired to text threats this late at night. That is all. Loved the post.

And Samoas are my favorite. But the Tag A Long peanut butter ones come in close second.

Erica March 6, 2013 at 5:18 am

omgosh I want to make these! 4 kids? GF looks amazing. And what a baker!! I think I like the lemon sandwich cookies best

Linz @ Itz Linz March 6, 2013 at 5:45 am

homemade samoas?!?! OMG!! samoas (yes, samoas!) are my favorite gs cookie!!

Corey @ When We Wander March 6, 2013 at 7:11 am

Great recipe! I was kind of hoping it’d be for the tagalongs (my personal favorite) but nothing beats a coconut and chocolate combo!

Laura @ RunningJunkie March 6, 2013 at 7:37 am

I love Samoas!! SO good!

Julie March 6, 2013 at 8:52 am

Samoas are my favorite. I can’t call them their new name.

Annette@FitnessPerks March 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

These are my dad’s fav. Maybe I need to make ’em for him!?

Amanda @ Romancing the Unusual March 6, 2013 at 10:41 am

Those look delicious! My favorite GS cookies are thin mints or tagalongs or pretty much ANY of them! ;)

Lindsay's List March 6, 2013 at 10:52 am

will i meet you in April at GPP?!?!?! I sure hope so!

Kenzie @ sarcasminspandex March 6, 2013 at 10:59 am

Let it be known throughout all annals of cookery and things of deliciousness that these were the best cookies I’ve eaten since 2011. I was literally double fisting them 5 minutes after the workout. Sketchy judgement of timing on my part but amazing nonetheless. Better than the real thing people.

Shari March 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I would say I could eat pizza everyday if it was my job, or maybe mexican food. Love that steamer.

Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness March 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Yum! I love Samoas, I always called them carmel delights tell i moved to Kentucky for school where everyone calls them samoas.

BroccoliHut March 6, 2013 at 6:01 pm

LOVE this! I’ve been craving Girl Scout cookies like crazy, but alas, I don’t know any Girl Scouts. Guess I’ll have to make this delicious recipe!
My favorite GS cookie is Samoas, followed closely by Tagalongs.

melissa March 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm

before I had to go GF, it was Samoas hands down.

I am actually an assistant leader. With no kids. Who sells the cookies but can’t eat them, lol

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