Gluten Free Girl Scout Samoas

by - February 06, 2018

For years whenever those cute little girls would come around dressed in those uniforms, I would get a bit sad and even feel sorry for myself.  I have been pretty good at keeping a good and positive attitude when it comes to this diet but sometimes I do get a bit sad.  I have always loved Girl Scout cookies and was a Girl Scout for 13 years so they hold a special place in my heart.  I do love that Girl Scouts are making a wonderful effort with their gluten free cookie and I do like them but they just aren't the same as the Samoas.  For years I would be so sad until I thought that I could just make my own and I was so happy with the way that they turned out!

They taste just as I remember them to taste and I was thrilled to be able to enjoy these delicious cookies again.  I love a lot of coconut so I pilled that coconut on top of those cookies.  The extra coconut and homemade taste made these even better than the original.  When I made these, my family went crazy.  They all loved these, those that are gluten free and those that are not both ate these up.
The one tough part of this dessert is the cookie.  The shortbread is a bit crumbly and fragile which is the way that you want the texture to be but they can be a bit difficult to work with.  You definitely want these cookies on the more done side.  The softer they are the more crumbly they are and when you are putting them together, they can break really easy.  When assembling them, make sure you use light hands when applying the caramel and coconut.  I used Pillsbury Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Flour blend in this recipe but you can use whatever gluten free flour blend that you would like.  Just make sure that the flour blend has xantham gum included in it.
For the chocolate, I used semi-sweet because I wanted to balance out the sweetness of the caramel and coconut.  You can use milk chocolate or really any chocolate that you would like but I found that semi-sweet worked the best for me.  I am not really a fan of milk chocolate and not a fan of really sweet desserts so I thought the semi-sweet was the perfect compliment for these delicious cookies.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as my family did and you get to fulfill those Girl Scout cookie cravings. Make sure to check out my YouTube channel for more great recipes and product reviews.

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Gluten Free Girl Scout Samoas
Gluten free version of a favorite Girl Scout cookie
  • Cookie Dough
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend (I used Pillsbury Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Flour Blend)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Caramel, Coconut and Chocolate
  • 2 cups soft caramel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3 cups coconut
  • 1 cup chocolate, melted
1. Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Sift in gluten free flour blend, baking powder and salt. Make sure it is well incorporated. 2. Add milk and vanilla. Bring together and refrigerate for 30 minutes.3. Roll out cookie dough and cut out cookies. Place on parchment paper and bake for 10-13 minutes at 350 degrees. Set aside to cool.4. Toast coconut in oven or in a pan on the stove. Once coconut in a light brown, remove from heat.5. Melt caramel with salt and heavy cream in the microwave for about 2 minutes.6. Add the melted caramel to the toasted coconut. Make sure to save about 1/4 cup of the melted caramel to be used to 'glue' the caramel coconut mix to the cookie.7. Once cookies are cool enough to touch, add some reserved caramel to the top, then add a layer of caramel coconut.8. Dip in melted chocolate and drizzle chocolate over the top with a fork. Let chocolate set.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: about 3 dozen cookies

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