I was a Daisy and a Brownie girl scout when I was little. For some reason, I thought that girl scouts were the ones that actually baked the delicious cookies everyone looked forward to. Well, two years of earning patches later, I came to the realization that we just sold them. I felt robbed 😦
Cut to 21 years later, and I finally got to bake my own girl scout inspired cookies! Yes. I feel cool 8)
The purple box of coconut deliciousness used to whisper my name. MMMMM Samoas!
I discovered Baking Bites. The recipe was just smiling back!
I’ve been way too
tired lazy busy to bake the shortbread cookies, then make the caramel coconut topping. As usual, I tried a semi home-made shortcut a la Sandra Lee. I cut out the shortbread recipe completely. I’m sure that the shortbread recipe was phenomenal, and would boost my Betty Crocker points but I did not have the time. We were waking up at 4:45 AM to drive to VT to go skiing. Damn the shortbread! Instead, I used Keebler Fudge striped shortbread cookies. I chose these because
1. they were shortbread cookies
2. they already had chocolate covered bottoms which would save me time, frustration, and a ton of clean up
3. they are round
4. they even had the hole in the middle
While that cooled, I sprayed a microwave safe bowl with nonstick spray (just in case). Then I unwrapped a bag of chewy caramels & put them in the bowl along with 1/4t salt and 3T milk. I popped the bowl into the microwave for a few minutes
Then I put a blob of caramel goo on each cookie and let them set up for a little while. This part was kind of difficult because it is really sticky, and the cookies break easily, so 1/2 way through, I stopped trying to save the hole in the middle and just began plopping it on. I had a lot of gooey mixture leftover and I couldn’t just toss it all out. I ran out of striped cookies, so I made some oreo-based Samoas! I didn’t try one, but my husband did & loved them. If you’re feelin saucey, give it a whirl. I really wanted to try it on a ritz for some sweet & salty action, but we didn’t have any.
I hate melting chocolate. There. I said it. I feel cleansed now. Having said that, I melted some chocolate chips and filled a plastic bag with it. I cut a tiny corner of the bag to act as a pastry piping bag. I made a few stripes on top of each cookie.