Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Samoas Cookie Bars

Imagine a bar that is chewy with layers of shortbread, chocolate, coconut, and caramel – well this is the bar.  It is delicious and rich too.  I was looking for a recipe to include my favorite girl scout cookie which is Samoas and i wanted to replicate the Samoas into the bar, and this is the bar that i created.

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Samoas Cookie Bars

Samoas Cookie Bars

Yield: 16 peices

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Crust
4 tbsp of melted butter
1 box (9oz) of Girl Scout Cookies Trefils (traditional shortbread cookies)

Filling
2 boxes (15oz) of Girl Scout Cookies Samoas (chewy and rich)
16 oz of semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup of caramel sauce (recipe below)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9x9-inch baking pan with butter. Line the pan with parchment paper, letting excess hang over the sides of the pan.

Make the Crust. In a food processor, process the shortbread cookies until you have the texture of bread crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse a couple of times to fully incorporate. Press the mixture into the lined baking pan and gently pat down evenly. Bake for 12 minutes, until golden. Set aside to cool.

This is a good time to make the caramel sauce, then set aside.

Once you have made the caramel move on to the chocolate layer. Put the chocolate chips in a bowl and microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until completely melted.

Pour all the chocolate (save two tables for drizzle on top) on top of the crust.

Then in a food processor, process the Samoas cookies until they are into 1/2 inch pieces. Just pulse a few times. Add the Samoas on top of the chocolate.

Add the coconut on top of the Samoas.

Now sprinkle the rest of the melted chocolate (2 tbsp) on top of the coconut and then drizzle 1/2 cup of the caramel sauce over on top.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.

Remove from the pan and cut into 16 squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Caramel Sauce
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cups heavy cream, at room temperature

In a sauté pan, heat the sugar over medium heat, whisking as the sugar begins to melt, this takes about 5 minutes. Some of the sugar will harden into clumps, that is ok just keep whisking. Continue to cook the sugar until it reaches a dark amber color. At that point add the butter all at once and whisk until it is completely incorporated into the sugar. Remove the pan from the heat and pour in the heavy cream (it will foam up when first added). Continue to whisk until it forms a smooth sauce. (If your sauce is lumpy and hard something went wrong.)

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9 Responses to “Samoas Cookie Bars”

  1. 1

    Heather @ Heather's Dish — February 13, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

    HOLY HEAVEN these look amazing!

  2. 2

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — February 13, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

    Those look insanely good!

  3. 3

    Sonia Barton — February 14, 2013 @ 5:21 am

    Oh my – looks good, but the girls scouts here weren’t selling Samoas, I was bummed.

  4. 4

    Katherine Martinelli — February 14, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    Oh wowie – samoas are definitely my favorite Girl Scount cookie and I like the sound of them in bar form even more. They look amazing!!

  5. 5

    Splendid Willow — February 14, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    Wowsa! The girl scouts cookie committee will steal your recipe!

    Happy Valentine’s pretty & lovely Mama and friend!

    oxox Mon

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    Laura Dembowski — February 15, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    I love putting store bought treats into homemade baked goods. It gives them something extra special and makes baking so much fun! These look so rich and delicious too!

  7. 7

    Katrina — February 15, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    Mmmm, my favorite of the girl scout cookies!

  8. 8

    Nami | Just One Cookbook — February 21, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

    WOW!! These bars look amazing! And I was surprised that ingredients list are short. I can eat this everyday if I’m allowed to… :D

  9. 9

    vanillasugarblog — February 23, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    love this!!
    very creative!!

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