Guilt Free Homemade Samoas® (or Caramel deLites®)
These Guilt Free Homemade Samoas (or do you call them Caramel deLites?) cookies are SO much better than the prepackaged Girl Scouts kind! You get the same shortbread-like base, coconut-caramel topping, and chocolate drizzle, except this DIY recipe is all natural, reduced sugar, dairy free, and vegan. No need for the yucky high-fructose corn syrup, dangerous hydrogenated oil (trans fats), and artificial ingredients.
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Okay, I’ll admit it. I was a Girl Scout.
*holds up 3 fingers for Girl Scout promise*
And I’ll also admit that I’ve eaten FAR more than 20 boxes of Samoas in my lifetime.
*raises right hand to swear the oath*
Clearly, I had a slight infatuation with Samoas. I loved the stuff hard core, so it’s obvious that I miss it
TO DEATH a little now and then 😉
But why do those cookies have to be SO dang unhealthy? Let’s take a look at their ingredient list (unhealthy ingredients are in bold):
Sugar, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated palm kernel and/or cottonseed oil, soybean and palm oil), enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin b2], folic acid), corn syrup, coconut, sweetened condensed milk (condensed milk, sugar), sorbitol, cocoa, glycerin, invert sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, cornstarch, salt, caramelized sugar, dextrose, soy lecithin, carrageenan, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate, natural and artificial flavors.
Honestly, all I can think is EW. The first ingredient is sugar, the second is partially hydrogenated oils, and the third is bleached flour. Sugar is listed 6x in that list. 😑
Girl Scouts seem pop out of nowhere for the sole purpose of making us pack on a few pounds… or maybe they just like torturing us by dangling those amazingly delicious (but putridly artificial) cookies in front of our faces. It’s like they know that deep inside we all want to buy 63 boxes so breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be taken care of for the next three weeks.
Ehem, I know I’m not the only one who thought of that, ehem.
Thankfully, we don’t have to do that to ourselves because we can now make our own HOMEMADE Samoas! And without the trans fats, excess sugar, and artificial ingredients!
These Guilt Free Homemade Samoas (or is it Caramel deLites? I don’t know… who cares, they both taste pretty much the same and are freaking addicting) make it easy to say “no” to that sweet little Girl Scout and the nasty artificial crap she’s trying to sell you.
Sorry Girl Scouts, but I’m boycotting you.
Guilt Free Homemade Samoas
Coconut Caramel Layer:
- 2 oz Dark Chocolate (melted)
For the Shortbread Crust:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Bring the rolled pie crust out of the fridge and let it sit at room temp for about 20 minutes, or until soft (if you unroll it cold, it will tear). Unroll the pie crust on top of the parchment lined baking sheet and bake for ~12 minutes, or until just golden brown.
For the Coconut Caramel Layer:
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, coconut oil, and salt. Set aside.
- In a saucepan (I used a 4-quart saucepan), add the maple syrup, water, sucanat, and erythritol. Do not stir. Add a candy thermometer to the saucepan, then place the pan over medium-high heat. Without stirring, let the mixture come to a boil. When it reaches 250 degrees Fahrenheit (it takes me ~7 minutes), remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the set aside coconut milk/oil mixture.
- Return the pan to the heat and let it come to a boil again. When it reaches 266 degrees Fahrenheit (it takes me ~10 minutes), turn the stove off and remove from the heat. Add the baking soda and whisk until completely even. It will bubble, that's normal! Pour the caramel into a nonstick loaf pan or brownie pan and let cool slightly.
- Whisk in the oat flour, then stir in the shredded coconut. Let cool until it has thickened up and isn't pourable or drippy. Scoop the mixture over the cooled pie crust and spread to the edge of the crust. Refrigerate just until firm.
- Use a 2" circle cookie cutter to punch out your Samoas. Snack on the scraps, of course 😉
For the Chocolate Drizzle:
- Drizzle the melted chocolate over the Samoas and refrigerate until firm. Serve and enjoy!
Forget Girl Scouts cookies filled with corn syrup and dangerous trans fats. Make their cookies at home!
With love and good eats,